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Phuket to Ko Rok - help!

  • dantout

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    Hi,

    I posted this message under another topic by accident yesterday, but I really hope someone can help with this.

    I'm flying into Phuket at 1pm on the 31st of October and want to make my way straight to Ko Lanta to get to Ko Rok. Does anybody know of another way other than the ferry via Phi Phi, as this only leaves in the morning.

    Otherwise I'll stay for one night in Phuket town and make the trip the next day. I'd like to stay at either Thanang Guesthouse or Tui Mansion in Phuket Town. Given that this is the start of the high season, do I need to book these guesthouses in advance? Or are they pretty easy to get a room in?

    Also, what are the options/prices for getting from Ko Lanta to Ko Rok. I've only seen guided tours advertised, but I want to spend some time on the island.

    Cheers.

    #1 Posted: 9/8/2006 - 16:05

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  • somtam2000

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    Hi dantout,

    As far as I know the morning boat is your only option, so an overnight stay in Phuket it is!

    Probably no need to book, you should be able to get a room no problem.

    For Ko Rok, it's been a long time since I went there -- I chartered a longtail from Ko Muk and went out there for the day. At that time (1994) there was no accommodation on Ko Rok, though there was a small National Park office and you could camp there, though you'rd need to bring your own water, food etc.

    Given that was over ten years ago, things could well have changed considerably, but I believe you can still rent tents off the park office -- to do it solo you'd need to charter a longtail out there and organise with them to come back to pick you up at a certain day/time -- it won't be cheap!

    I don't know if you've been there before -- but it is stunning!

    #2 Posted: 9/8/2006 - 16:17

  • dantout

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    Thanks Somtam,

    I'm also considering the possibility of heading north to Ranong then heading over to Ko Chang (the other one) for a long-ish stay. I have a friend who stayed there in some great-sounding, cheap bungalows, but that was before the tsunami and I can't find any info on what's available there now. I know that there are buses running to Ranong directly from Phuket, is there a site that I can check for the bus times on this route?

    cheers.

    #3 Posted: 9/8/2006 - 17:17

  • irisheyes

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    Last year we took a great trip to Ko Ngai then Ko Rock with this longtailboat company- look them up on www.lantalongtail.com they are on Ko lanta.

    Have fun!

    #4 Posted: 16/8/2006 - 10:16

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