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Khuraburi

Getting there and away

Bus

Khuraburi lies towards the north of Phang Nga province and is along the way to/from most of Thailand's west coast destinations. Sample fares include:

Bangkok: Air-con 1st class express goes to Morchit Station, costs 492, departs at 12:00, 13:40, 17:40, 18:15, and 19:15, and takes about 11 hours. Air-con 2nd class local costs 380, departs at 11:30, 14:00, 15:40, 17:30, and 19:15, and takes about 14 hours.

Chumphon: Departs hourly from 9:00 to 21:45 costs 190B and takes 4.5 hours.
Khao Lak: Departs hourly from 7:00 to 18:00, costs 85B and takes 1.5 hours (served by Phuket bus).
Krabi: Departs at 9:30, 12:15 and 14:00, costs 160B and takes 3.5 hours..
Phang Nga: Departs hourly from 7:00 to 18:00 costs 100B and takes 2 hours.
Phuket: Departs hourly from 7:00 to 18:00, costs 160B and takes 3 hours.
Ranong: Departs hourly from 9:00 to 21:45, costs 100B and takes 3 hours.
Takua Pa: Departs hourly from 7:00 to 18:00, costs 65B and takes 1 hour.

Note: to get to Surat Thani it's necessary to transfer to another bus in Takua Pa. The Takua Pa to Surat Thani bus also serves Khao Sok National Park.

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Boat

To Ko Surin
The pier to Ko Surin is located about 7 km north of Khuraburi. It's possible to hire a car to the pier at Boon Piya Resort for 300B, but most book an inclusive car and boat ticket through Tom and Am Tour. There are only a few tour companies that go to Ko Surin. Sabina Tours is by far the largest and most widely used unless diving is involved, and although they have an office at the pier where tickets may be purchased directly, if you book tickets at Tom and Am Tour in Khuraburi they provide transportation to the pier at no extra charge.

Tom and Am Tour T: (086) 272 0588 or tom_am01@hotmail.com.
Sabina Tours T: (076) 472 216, (081) 737 5801, sabinatour@hotmail.com, or http://www.sabinatour.com.

To Ko Ra
At time of writing there was only one place to stay on Ko Ra — Ko Ra Ecolodge — so if heading there it's best to email them ahead so they can pick you up at a separate pier just past the Ko Surin Pier. The cost of a longtail transfer is typically 250B, which doesn't include transport to the pier. Ko Ra Ecolodge may be reached at (089) 867 5288 or info@thaiecolodge.com.

If looking to day trip to Ko Ra, a private longtail may be chartered at the pier just past the Surin pier (at the end of the road) for 1,000B round trip. If no longtail drivers are there you can try giving a local longtail driver by the name of … a call at (089) 972 1747. He can also take passengers to Ko Phra Thong.

To Ko Phra Thong
It's possible to show up at the same pier for Ko Ra and charter a private longtail for 1,000B one-way or 1,500 return. There is also a local boat that departs from the Bang Det pier (aka Mangrove Pier) closer to Khuraburi, but it departs at inconsistent times and some days not at all. Another option is a locally run banana boat from the same pier. If heading to Ko Phra Thong most decide on their resort of choice before hand (usually Mr. Chuoi Bar and Hut or Phra Thong Seaview Resort) and let Tom and Am Tour or Boon Piya Resort call them in advance to ask what's the best and cheapest option on that particular day. When we asked the managers of these resorts directly there didn't seem to be any price difference than if going through Tom and Am or Boon Piya. If heading to Golden Buddha Resort, they have their own boats and will provide pick-up if arranged in advance.

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Getting Around

Khuraburi is not a large town by any means, and most travellers don't stray far from the area near the bus station. Motorbikes may be rented at Tom and Am Tour across the street from the bus station for 200B per day. There are no taxis or motorcycle taxis and very few public songthaews, so the only other option is to charter a private taxi (or songthaew style pick up truck) with driver, which can be arranged at Tom and Am Tour or Boon Piya Resort, with prices dependent on length of time and distance.

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