Bangkok to Khao Sok

Bangkok to Khao Sok

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Bangkok to Khao Sok Schedule

Bangkok to Khao Sok Schedule
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Glassflower Comfort Any time฿ 8,663
Montanatip Express 19:00 - 10:30฿ 1,022

How to get from Bangkok to Khao Sok National Park

One of the most spectacular national parks in Thailand, Khao Sok National Park in Suratthani province is often skipped by travellers hurrying up from the capital to star island destinations of the Gulf – Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao – or of the Andaman – Phuket, Koh Phi Phi or Koh Lanta. If you have a couple of days to while away, call to Khao Sok National Park and you will be rewarded with stunning scenery, lush jungles, impressive limestone cliffs, spectacular waterfalls and lakes.

Suratthani is the most convenient base for travelling to Khao Sok National Park with buses departing from Suratthani bus station throughout the day, but if you do not want to make a layover in Suratthani, there are direct buses from Bangkok, which cover the distance of 750 km between Bangkok and Khao Sok in about 16 hours. After a day or two spent in the national park, you will be able to hop onto a bus heading to your next destination – be it Suratthani, Krabi or Phuket.

From Bangkok to Khao Sok by direct bus

There are direct buses from Bangkok to Khao Sok National Park. All of them are normally night buses leaving Bangkok between 6pm and 8pm and bringing you to the park before noon the next morning, right by the time guesthouses and resorts start to check-in new guests. Buses take about 16 hours to get to the park and make several stops en route at large gas stations with convenience stores, food courts and toilets. There are toilets on board, too, soft reclining seats and some snack and water along with blankets are provided on the bus, making the long trip not as bad as it sounds. So why not have a look at virgin rain forests teeming with wild life before putting your toes into blessed sands of the beach?

Direct bus tickets from Bangkok to Khao Sok cost anywhere between THB850 and THB1100, but be careful choosing your bus operator. Not all of the services operating from Khao San Road enjoy good reputation, so if you are going to start from there, double-check the company you are travelling with. Among the most common problems with Khao San buses is on board theft – keep your valuables close to you, not in your luggage, no matter where you are going to put it (in the luggage compartment or right by your seat).

One of the reliable operators to recommend is Paradive Travel. Find their buses at Hua Lamphong train station.

From Bangkok to Khao Sok via Suratthani

If a long haul bus trip is not what you are dreaming of, then a more convenient or faster way to get to Khao Sok is via Suratthani. Night trains with first and second class sleepers (THB1500/THB1000) are a great way to travel around Thailand. Take a train from Bangkok to Suratthani and sleep comfortably all night through. All trains take under 12 hours to get to Suratthani. Your best bet is train #85 leaving Bangkok at 7.30pm and arriving to Suratthani train station at 7.10am the next morning. If this one is full, also worth considering are trains #83, #173 and #167.

Tip: Second class fan sleepers cost slightly less than AC sleepers but are generally ok, especially for travelling during ‘cold’ months. Expect to pay THB800 for a berth.

You can fly to Suratthani from both Don Mueang (Thai AirAsia & Thai Lion Air) and Suvarnabhumi (Thai Smile) airports in Bangkok. Thai Smile is usually a more expensive choice, but with low-cost airlines based in Don Mueang you can buy tickets for THB700-THB1000 one way. This price may or may not include checked luggage – it depends on the airline, so inquire in advance. There are over a dozen flights from Bangkok to Suratthani a day to choose from.

Khao Sok is located mere 120 km west of Suratthani. Vans need about two hours to bring you there from the town (THB250-THB300). If you arrive by train or by plane, there is no need to go to the town first as transfer to Khao Sok from Suratthani train station and Suratthani airport is also available.

Note that vans to Khao Sok from Suratthani train station meet night trains arriving before 9am. If you reach Suratthani after that hour, you may need to go to the town to catch a van to Khao Sok or take a taxi (it is advisable to book it in advance). Last vans from Suratthani airport depart around 4.30pm to reach the park before the darkness falls.

Private transfer from Suratthani to Khao Sok by a 9 pax van will cost around THB3200. Consider this option if you travel as a group of friends/a family.

Why go to Khao Sok

Khao Sok National Park is definitely one of the wonders of Suratthani province. Khao Sok is arguably the wettest region of the country with annual rainfall reaching 3500 mm. The driest months are from December to April, but even during this period rains are not unheard of. Expect hot and humid weather during ‘high’ season and daily rains the rest of the year.

Thanks to its unique geographic location and relative remoteness the park boasts incredible biodiversity, which easily surpasses the one of the famous Amazon rain forests. Khao Sok shelters over 5% of the world’s wildlife species and an abundance of plants, i.e. a beautiful Rafflesia.

Where to stay in Khao Sok

Basically there are three main areas to choose from. The majority of travellers stay in Khlong Sok village by the park entrance. The choice of accommodation is wide there and if you are after budget-friendly digs, this is the area to be explored in the first place.

For scenic and upscale resorts as well as a high degree of isolation, head to Khao Sok Valley. Note though, that you can reach it only with your own wheels.

Cheow Lan Lake rafthouses cannot be beaten in terms of setting and atmosphere. Staying in a rafthouse will give you that distinctive feel of being close to nature and of isolation, which is considered by many the most precious experience of visiting the park. Note that many package tour trippers stay around Cheow Lan Lake, too. So if you are against organized activities, just opt for simple huts, not AC bungalows.

Things to do in Khao Sok

There are plenty of activities on offer in Khao Sok including jungle trekking, elephant encounters, canoeing, cruising Cheow Larn Lake or bird watching. Well, even sitting on your guesthouse terrace and taking in amazing views is already greatly rewarding! The park offers package multiday tours, but you can as well come all by yourself and tailor-make your vacation in Khao Sok right on the spot.

Onward travel from Khao Sok

80 km and 1½ hour southwest of Khao Sok lies another worth visiting national park, Khao Lak. There is bus service linking Khao Sok to Khao Lak National park and proceeding to Phuket afterwards. Travel times are two and four hours respectively.

If you decide to reach beautiful beaches and world-class shopping and dining of Phuket from Khao Sok directly, without calling to Khao Lak first, then you will cover the 150 km to Phuket in about three hours.

Going south from Khao Sok you can get to Phang Nga (80 km, 1½ hour), the most underrated destination in Thailand with breath-taking karst scenery, emerald waters and close-to-nature eco experience.

Krabi, 150 km and 2½ hours away, makes for an excellent starting point for exploring the amazing islands of the Andaman, from the cult former backpackers’ hideaway Koh Phi Phi to the secret luxurious paradise of Koh Nhai.

Transportation from Bangkok to Khao Sok

Bangkok to Khao Sok Destination Reviews

I booked I ticket from Bangkok to Khao Sok under the impression that everything is paid for. When I arrive in Suratthani I had to pay and additional 250Baht to go to Khao Sok. When I got to Khao Sok I had to pay again a extra 50Baht so that the driver could drop me at my hostel after I was told when I checked in that everything is included. On the rest stop from Bangkok to Suratthani, the bathrooms was very dirty and it felt as if we had to buy something form the shop. At Suratthani, when we are all going on different busses, no one tells anybody what is happening or when we are going. When we dropped people of in Chumphon, the one person almost did not get of as everyone was asleep and we hardly hear the driver say Koh Tao. I think the organization of this could be better. I know we are all tourist in a country that we don't speak the language, but that can be fixed with better organization and cleared instructions.
Bus Express, Montanatip (Montanatip), Sep 22, 2022
Became sick the day before and didnt get any refund
Bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Aug 25, 2022
The Bus from Bangkok to Surat Thani was amazing. Very big seats, much space for the legs, on time. Just the AC was way tooo cold and the waiting time between the two busses was quite long. But everything was very well organized!
Bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Aug 2, 2022
really uncomfortable seats
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Feb 21, 2020
Bus was really comfortable. We have got pillow and blanket, water and donut. All could be nice but air conditioner destroyed all road. It was too much cold in the bus, it didnt let us sleep. Second thing is that we had to have direct bus to Khao Sok but they left us on a bus station in Surat Thani and we had to wait for another bus - nobody told us about it before.
Bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Feb 20, 2020
The bus was really comfy. We went for the VIP 24. You got a drink and snack, which was nothing special but helpful when you're super hungry at 4am. The bus driver drove safely and you were able to get some sleep. One thing to note- the majority of the time you have to change buses at Surat Thani. We went to Khao Sok, but people who were going to Ko Samui and Kho Phangan also had to change. We had to wait a couple of hours for the next bus, which wasn't that great at 5am in the morning. Other than that, the journey itself was great.
Bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Feb 1, 2020
Pro Trip was on time. Stewardess was good about keeping track of everyone and their stops Con: food was not worth the extra money Stewardess was not very friendly FYI for travelers The words VIP and FirstClass do not mean anything different in accommodations on the bus
Bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Nov 27, 2019
To be honest the company did their part, we're transported to our destination. But they should think about total quality of service provided. I mean the smell from the toilet (one be of the strongest for the last few years), dirty blankets, broken seats. But, again - you pay for transport from A to B and you get it.
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Nov 20, 2019
Leaving time was half hour later than booked which didn’t bother us but would have been helpful to know as we waited around. I was not made aware that the bus would stop at 5:30am for us to collect a connecting bus two hours later. The lady on the bus was very abrupt and rude. However the bus and journey were fantastic with free food & WiFi! Which were totally unexpected.
Bus Express, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Sep 16, 2019
Very good
Bus VIP, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Aug 5, 2019
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