as i already told, the best way is a taxi directly from airport.
Using bus to Phuket town then bus to KhaoLak, of course, will be cheaper. But look at the map: Phuket-town is to the South from airport, but KhaoLak is to the North. You'd waste too much time. IMO.
I answered this question SOMEWHERE but I'm blowed if I can find it.
Okay, Khao Lak is way south (maybe the best part of an hour) of the jumping off point for the Surins, which is (on the highway) Khuraburi. There are transport ticket sellers near the bus stops for the boat + transport to the pier. The pier is at Ngan Yong about 8km from Khuraburi.
This Phuket airport limo outfit has a price to what they call Kuraburi Beach which I will guess is the pier for 2200 - I know the airport taxis are cheaper over short distances, not sure about longer.
The bus will be way cheaper but as explained, a hassle. Some people get transport the 4km out to the main road from the airport and flag down passing buses to their destinations - but knowing which bus could be a trick. They have destinations in western script, but I've noticed quite a few only have it on the back. I'm not sure if buses terminate at Khuraburi but a Ranong bus will drop you off.
If you want to stay at Khoa Lak, the taxi/limo fare as pointed out above is lower. Bus wise a Takua Pa, Ranong and SOME Surathani buses will do the trick.
thank you very much for your replies.
Tezza-do you have any experience with the arranging the transport and accommodation at the national park? how many days in advance do we need to do this or can we just show up and tell them, we want to go tomorrow for 3 days?
Nah, didn't do it that way. I came from Surathani on a bus, caught a lift down to the bungalows on one of the pickups that wait at the bus-stop, and stayed at their bungalow. No booking.
I then went from my Sok bungalow to Krabi on the travellers' minibus. Arranged it through the bungalow. Quite a few years back - can't remember price (inexpensive) but it left sometime around 0900-1000 and got in about 1200-1300, maybe a bit later.
There is no need to get a bus all the way to Phuket town. The airport bus will drop you off in Thalang where you can then catch the bus that leaves Phuket and goes to Takuapa (passing through Khao Lak on route). This bus leaves Phuket every hour from 6am to 6pm.
#11 guava_girl has been a member since 21/10/2010. Posts: 252
Dunno where my brain was when writing #9.
I realise this is an old thread but for people wanting to book the Surins:
I walked down to Tom and Ams trip booking office in the main street of Kuraburi directly opposite the short access road to the bus stop. They (and Barracuda Diving who can also book Surins) have a desk at the bus station but it was unmannned on a Sunday.
Tom and Am booked me transport to and from the pier. Because I wanted a tent which can't be booked ahead, I did this at the National Park office at the pier - where boat transport is also arranged. Interestingly in late high season 2010/11 only the speedboats were running.
I think trip booking places in Kuraburi, Khao Lak and Takua Pa can book bungalows ahead. Many accommodation places in these areas can do the same. You can also book bungalows on the National Park website but this is tricky from overseas because NP wants a cash deposit paid into specified Thai bank branches or at NP branch offices soon after booking. I think there is a commercial website can do this for overseas people for an extra fee.