Bangkok to Khao Sok by train, bus, van

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From Hua Lamphong to Khao Sok by train+van joint ticket

Bangkok - Suratthani - Khao Sok (SRT #83+Phantip van)
17:05
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:25
Suratthani
11h 20m
Refund
Change stations. Walk - 3 minute, 100 m (Next departure after 2 hours 35 minutes)
07:00
Suratthani Trainstation
09:00
Khao Sok van station
2h
Instant Refund
Total duration
15h 55m

From Hua Lamphong to Khao Sok by bus

19:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
10:00
Khao Sok National Park
15h
Instant
19:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
11:00
Khao Sok
16h
Instant Refund

From Khao San Songserm to Khao Sok by bus

18:00
Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
10:00
Khao Sok National Park
16h
Instant

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.

Passenger reviews out of total 39,597 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Apr 24, 2018
train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
If your looking for 5 star travel not for you...... the rating is 5 star due to the ease in booking, picking up tickets and the customer service at the counters......the train journey for us was an experience and worked very well given our timings and the need to be at Khao Sok early the next day morning!
Apr 24, 2018
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★★☆☆
The itinerary was never communicated, so when we had to get out of the bus at 5 a.m. to transfer to another minibus it came as a surprise. Other than that everything went smoothly and we got to our destination early
Apr 23, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Clean quiet slept well
Apr 23, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Absolutely loved travelling on the overnight train, we had the first class carriage and it was very comfortable. Highly recommend doing this instead of losing a day on travelling! We chose the longer route to Koh Tao via Suratthani instead of Chumphon as it allows us to get a decent night's rest.
Apr 18, 2018
bus Intercity, Songserm
★★☆☆☆
Overnight bus was ok, though it was a little stuffy and ac didn’t work too well. But at 6:30 a van dropped me off in a random tourist bus stop in Surat Thani. I was given no info. The man there said I’d have to pay an extra 150 Baht for a van at 7:30 overwise I’d have to wait for the bus at 9:30. It was already super hot and the little tourist bus station didn’t have doors so I paid the money. A random truck came to pick me up an hour after the van was supposed to come, at 8:30, took me literally around the block and dropped me off. Like I could see where I was sitting before, so that was strange. Waited there for 10-15 more minutes before the actual van took off for Khao Sok. The ticket also said I’d get dropped off at my hostel but I was dropped off where the road to my hostel started by the highway, about 1 km. Not too bad, but again I had my bags and it was suuuper hot out. Not the best traveling experience but at least I got there.
Apr 17, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
I think our 1st class sleeper carriage was one of the oldest - it was very tired and fairly worn. The bed linen was clean and fine, but both our neighbours in the next compartment and we had small cockroaches visiting us in the night! Staff were friendly and 'encouraged' us strongly to buy dinner and breakfast. We had brought our own things for dinner but did order breakfast, which was a perfectly adequate tray with coffee or tea. It was a good trip but the oldest carriages really need to be seriously overhauled and much better cleaned/maintained.
Apr 17, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
DIRTY sleeper room & VERY DIRTY Toilet
Apr 13, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
SUPER VACATION WOW!!!!!!!!!!111!
Apr 12, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
clean beds, even made up. meals on board were moderate and not hot. at the beginning of the trip the air conditioning did not seem to work, very difficult to get to sleep in combination with the lights stay on. We arrived 40 minutes late.
Apr 12, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
12go rocks !!
Apr 11, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Booked this months in advanced and 12Go did all the organising. Easy collection from the office in Bangkok and the tickets turned out to be cheaper than quoted so got 200 thb back!
Apr 11, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
Dirty / Insectes ++++
Apr 8, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Clean bedding, lower berth was really big but upper berth quite a bit smaller. Slept ok but lights were kept on all night. Offered tea the night before and received it in the morning but was way over priced- 120 baht for two teas! Arrived 15 min late.
Apr 8, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Cannot fault the service from 12go easy booking and easy pick up. The service charge is a lot but you're paying for the convenience. However the journey itself was a nightmare, the carriage broke down and we had to get off at 2am and all that they had for us to get on was a 3rd class bench car. We arrived 2 hours late. Not the pleasant journey we had hoped for but we were given a refund.
Apr 7, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Tout s est bien passé très bien. l équipe est sympa et prête à aider. le voyage était bien aussi ( pour la Thaïlande). on recommande!
Apr 6, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
The only thing that is not so good is, the airco is too cold... On the train i mean, the service is excellent.
Apr 6, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
Misleading when booking online, trip appeared to include ferry and bus ticket from Surat Thani to koh Tao, but on arrival this was not the case and we had to pay an additional amount. Travel time was also misleading .
Apr 6, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Sleeping on the bottom bunk was great, but the top bunk was very unstable and noisy! The train arrived over an hour behind schedule. Bring food for breakfast as the breakfast onboard is very underwhelming! But we arrived safe and sound!
Apr 5, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Comfortable train, 12go very helpful
Apr 4, 2018
train #39 Class II AC, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
The train arrived in time and we didn’t lost time, but it was very loud and the air conditioner was too effective, the train was to cold the hole night. The seatace was too small to sleep and the stuardesses woke us up at 05:30 with bright light. If we have to decide again we would take the sleeping train. But we would go by train again because it is a nice experience.
Apr 3, 2018
train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Fairly relaxed. No issues. Little bit noisy but to be expected. Lights on all night, although curtains help, upper berth bit bright. Eye mask advised for better sleep.
Apr 1, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
12go.asia is perfect! To bad the train is no alcohol allowd. Thnx tot the good service!
Mar 31, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Pretty comfortable ride down. Was late by just 30 minutes. Get pretty cold overnight though so bring something warm. They give you one light blanket.
Mar 29, 2018
train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Great service, great train. Everything was made easy!
Mar 25, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Un po freddo per il resto buon viaggio
Mar 25, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Service very good. To cold in the night in the 1. class sleeper.
Mar 25, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Great, easy trip on a night train. Nothing to complain about, worth the value
Mar 22, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
1st Class sleeper cabin was a little compact but beds were comfortable. Hawkers on board will massively overcharge so don't be tempted! Food is expensive.
Mar 19, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Overall a nice and comfortable trip. Good value for money. Friendly and helpful crew. Train 85 is slightly newer and nicer than 14, lower perch has even more room, upper is the same size.
Mar 18, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Everything was well organised. The servise contact us immidiatly when we sent any questions. I give all best recomendatin for this!!!
Mar 14, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Train was good. Beds were very good. Toilets were too compact. You should provide service to pre-book your meal. As no veg food is available.
Mar 13, 2018
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★★☆☆
Seats were broken, no reserved seats, couldn’t sit with friends. Lack of communication but this is just the Thai way.
Mar 11, 2018
train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Train was ghetto AF and too cold
Mar 9, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Comfortable. Helpful and kind staff. Thank you :)
Mar 8, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Comfortable night trip but rather bumpy in my opinion. I kept waking up every time it felt like the train hit something :) I highly recommend it though as the beds are cozy and the service is very good.
Mar 8, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
All good, but sometimes the train is shaking too much.
Mar 7, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Everything was really well organized and the staff were very courteous and helpful. The food was good and the bed was comfortable. The train ran on time as well. I will certainly use this service again and will recommend it to others.
Mar 6, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
Bad and expensive food. Cockroaches in bed.
Mar 6, 2018
train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Great experience, super nice staff!!
Mar 6, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Very good!
Mar 5, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
More timely than German Rail. We departed exactly on time and arrived only 5 minutes late. Bring lots of warm clothes with as the 1st class sleepers are cooled down quite a bit, with cold air vents blowing especially on the upper bunk.
Mar 5, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
There were cockroaches on our seats and in the toilets
Mar 5, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Excellent service
Mar 1, 2018
train #171 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
More noise than usual, and smell very badly also . The trip from Chiang Mai to Bangkok was better.
Feb 26, 2018
train #169 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Excellent everything.
Feb 26, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Cabin clean and reasonably comfy. Bathroom very basic but also kept clean. Downside was paying 1300 Tbt for breakfast for 4 which was OK but very very expensive by Thai standards.
Feb 23, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Excellent and knowledge friendly pragmatic staff A good services at a good price Had several dealing with 12go and consider a company I can do business with Note I am a uk traver with no connections with 12go
Feb 21, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Wir sind zwar Weltenbummler, aber das erste Mal in Thailand. Um in den Süden zu kommen, haben wir den Zug (2nd class) gewählt. Der Zug war verlässlich und pünktlich. Richtig komfortabel ist er nicht, aber für 11 Std. Nachtfahrt absolut in Ordnung. Das Personal ist freundlich und zuvorkommend, nur hapert es mit jegl. Fremdsprachen. Die Toilette erfüllt den Zweck gerade noch so, wirklich europ. Standards sind es jedoch nicht. Dafür ist es preislich sehr attraktiv und man kann schon einigermaßen schlafen. Unter Männern easy, mit family schwierig. Bedingt empfehlenswert, wir würden es jedoch wieder machen. Evtl. 1st class wählen - keinesfalls 3rt class! Lg :)
Feb 20, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Train left on time and cabin clean. Our only issue is that on the top bunk, the arm rest causes great discomfort when the seat becomes a bed! Also the toilet becomes very smelly - but these are small things and the service is very efficient and good value.
Feb 19, 2018
train #31 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Great facility. Horrible on keeping schedule . we were 1 hour late. First class was very comfortable
Feb 15, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Better than the comments on the internet make it ! Good night sleep in the 2nd class. Well rested and ready for more! :)
Feb 13, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
It's ok, not super.
Feb 12, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Very clean except the bathroom, bed were made early quiet night friendly staff
Feb 10, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
everything fine!
Feb 9, 2018
train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Supportive staff
Feb 6, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
I was overall satisfied with the whole package I took from 12go. On improvement front, there should be provision to regulate the AC temperature in the cabin and bed lights should be fixed and in working condition.
Feb 5, 2018
train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
12go gets 5 stars. They had our tickets and had us set up for our Surat Thani transfer even though our train arrived late. They also gave us money back because our child qualified for a lower rate. Can't say enough about 12go, thank you! The only reason I gave this rating 4 stars was because we were on an older train which I don't believe had anything to do with 12go but just the car we got. Not the cleanest...bedding was clean but the train was showing it's age ;)
Feb 5, 2018
train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Noisy in the corridors, cold due to air conditioning, Beds were comfortable, Overall, we thought it was a good, and inexpensive way to travel.
Feb 5, 2018
train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Great service by 12go and train was great