Travel Information for Khao Lak
Getting to / from Khao Lak
Khao Lak is not only an easy place to get to, it is also an easy place to travel around. Since Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 the infrastructure of the region has been completely re-vamped. Khao Lak is conveniently located near Phuket International Airport as well as Krabi International Airport.
The Thai train service does not go near either Phuket or Khao Lak (the nearest train station is Suratthani). However, there are several good bus connections from Khao Lak to numerous destinations in Thailand. The bus is a cheap and fairly comfortable way to travel in Thailand. The only downside to bus travel in Thailand is that the journeys tend to be long, and some travel overnight.
Although Khao Lak has Thap Lamu Pier, there are no boat connections to elsewhere on the Andaman Coast. Boats from Khao Lak pier are exclusively for local travel or for tours of the Similan and Surin Islands.
Here are a list of distances from Khao Lak Center: Chong Fah Waterfall 8km, Bang Sak Beach 13km,Takua Pa 30km, Khao Sok National Park 73km, Thap Lamu Pier 14km, Phuket Town 100km, Phuket Airport 70km, Lamru Waterfall 54km, Hin Lad Waterfall 58km, Phang Nga Town 64km, Krabi 132km, Surat Thani 187km, Ranong 198km.
Suratthani is the gateway for those traveling overland to the islands in the Gulf of Thailand (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao). If you are planning on doing the Full Moon Party check out www.haadrinhotelreviews.info for information about where to sytay for the party.
Ranong is the border with Myanmar for those wanting to do a cross-border visa run. For more information about Suratthani and hotels visit www.suratthaniairporthotels.com
Getting around Khao Lak
The beaches of Khao Lak are easily accessed via Highway 4 / Route 4. It is easy to catch buses up and down this road. For smaller trips there are songthaews and motorcycle taxis available. For those who like to be independent it is also possible to rent scooters, motorbikes and cars.
The word 'taxi' in this area often refers to a mini-van or car that takes guests between Phuket International Airport and hotels in the Khao Lak area. Most hotels will organize this type of 'taxi' for you. Alternatively, it is possible to take buses to get between the two locations (see below in the Phuket airport section). Hotels will organize 'taxis' to take residents to 'town' and back. This is an expensive option. Typically taxis will cost 300 Thai for a 10 minute journey. If you feel confident on a scooter it is a much more economical choice.
Since the 1990s South East Asian countries have eased their border and visa restrictions for travel in the wider area. It is now possible to travel extensively through Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar by train. You can book tickets in the search engine below.
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