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Krabi-Khao Lak-Khao Sok by public transport

Posted by McCaskell on 6/10/2007 at 10:40

I want to go from Krabi to the Similan Islands. Is it possible to get there in a day using public transport? I'm wondering if I'd be able to get a boat by just showing up at the Thap Lamu Pier.

I then want to go on to Khao Sok National Park. What route would I take?

Thanks for any help.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 6/10/2007 at 16:24 admin

Take regular bus from Krabi bound for Takua Pa -- that will get you up Thap Lamu way. Likewise for Khao Sok, bus heading east from Takua Pa will coast right by the park entrance.

Cheers

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Posted by McCaskell on 7/10/2007 at 01:14

Thanks, but I also need to know if there are boats that leave Thap Lamu pier for Ko Meang/Miang later in the day than the 8:00am ones I've read about.

Grateful for info.

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Posted by msaw on 3/11/2007 at 07:30

Hi, how long does the bus from Takua Pa take to get to Khao Sok, and do they come often?

Thanks.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 3/11/2007 at 10:45 admin

The bus takes around an hour or so from memory. Fairly regularly through the day.

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Posted by Seba on 1/10/2009 at 03:48

Hi,

I have some more questions about this:

1)I would be trying to get from Surat Thani airport to Khao Sok, then to Khao Lak (for trip to Similans), and then to Koh Phi Phi.
Assuming I'm landing at ST airport at 1pm, I manage to get a bus to Phuket (which is the one which stops at Khao Sok, or is it another one?)

2) What bus should I take from Khao Sok to Khao Lak and wat is the latest departure time?

3) what would be the best way to get from Khao Lak to Koh Phi Phi?

thanks in advance!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 1/10/2009 at 09:31 admin

Hi Seba,

1) Yup some, though not all buses from Surat Thani to Phuket pass by Khao Sok. So you need to either get one that does, or get a bus to Takua Pa/Khao Lak which will definitely go past the park entrance.

2) Can't help on the latest departure time as you'd just be getting on a bus from Surat Thani to Takua Pa/Khao Lak.

3) Depends if you are going there from Phuket or Krabi -- in both cases you will be able to get a bus from there to each centre and then boat onwards. Guesthouses and travel agents will also arrange minibus/boat combos which may work out more conveniently.

Hope that helps.

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Posted by tezza on 1/10/2009 at 11:10

MAC - for what it's worth, there are travellers' minibuses go direct from Krabi to Khoa Lak over good mountain roads which short-cut the > route taken by the public buses. From memory they hit the coastal road south of Lak, not too far from Thap Lamu.
I think there are two trips in high season, but no way would the first one get up there anywhere near 0800. Your best bet is to catch one the day before and book Similans tranport from your Lak bugnalow or one of the trip sellers in town. This will include transfers to the pier. Of course you could make your way there independently - it's about 15-20km. I think you will find all the boats leave pretty early.

SEBA - 3) Those same minibuses do the reverse trip. One I caught delivered a bunch of people to the out of town Krabi pier for either the Phi Phi or Lanta ferry.

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Posted by Seba on 1/10/2009 at 14:27

excellent! thanks a lot guys!

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Posted by czhannes on 2/4/2012 at 09:19

around 4 buses from takua pa to khao sok per day, last one leaving at 4.30 pm, takes about 50 minutes

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Posted by longbeach on 2/4/2012 at 19:52

more than 2 years between postings

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Posted by tezza on 3/4/2012 at 06:07

Update info always useful.

But um, there are way more than 4 buses per day between Takua Pa and Khao Sok. Maybe cz meant buses originating in Takua Pa. But there are also fairly frequent buses between Phuket and Surathani run this route as Somtam pointed out. I'd be looking at a bus per hour in daylight.

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