Getting to Khao Lak area
from Bangkok and Phuket
Directions to Khao Lak
Getting to Khao Lak by Car or Taxi:
Getting to Khao Lak from Bangkok: Khao Lak is about 750kms and approximately an eleven- to twelve-hour drive using Highway 4. Getting out of Bangkok without getting lost is the only difficult part. Once you are out of town the drive is fairly straightforward. The roads are quite good and signage is in Thai and English. It would be difficult to get lost. The drive can be done in one day.
Driving at night is not recommended due to poor highway lighting and unlit vehicles – as well as people and animals on the road. If you do drive at night, keep your speed down. If you leave Bangkok by 6am, you should be able to read Khao Lak before dark. There are plenty of petrol stations along the way and they often have shops and convenience stores attached to them as well as reasonable toilet facilities.
Getting to Khao Lak from Phuket International Airport
The drive is about 55 minutes using Highway 402 and connecting with Highway 4 just off the island. Keep left all the way and you can’t get lost. Good roads and signage is in Thai and English.
Getting to Khao Lak by Bus:
From Bangkok: VIP and first class overnight buses head to Phuket – but you can get off in Khao Lak – if they take the route through Ranong – DO ask.
From Phuket Town: Buses leave heading to Takuapa – you can easily get off in Khao Lak.
Getting to Khao Lak by Air
There is no direct flight to Khao Lak. Phuket International Airport is the closest and most convenient airport.
Car rental agencies are situated right across the street from the airport, or a limousine, or taxi service can be arranged at a pre-negotiated price (typically in the range of B1500-1800, negotiate your price before getting in the car). Metered taxis are available at the airport – but may cost about the same amount.
Getting to Khao Lak
Wikipedia page for Phuket Airport