Arrival in detail
By plane from Bangkok to Khao Lak:
Thai Airways flies approximately hourly from Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok to Phuket in the east of the city.
The ticket for the one-way trip only costs around 1200 THB if you book early, but can also cost a multiple of it if you book late.
The Thai Airways subsidiary Bangkok Airways flies from the same airport about every 2 hours at similar, usually somewhat cheaper prices.
Air Asia flies cheaper (from 900 baht) almost every hour from the old, now renovated Airport Don Muang in the north of Bangkok, whereby only 15 kg free baggage is included (surcharge 160 baht / kg). The very popular Nok Air also flies to Don Muang Airport from Bangkok's north several times a day to Phuket.
The return flight generally costs about double the one-way flight.
By bus to Khao Lak:
On the H4 road, which is developed as a highway to Chumphon, it is 787 km from Bangkok to Khao Lak. The night bus takes about 11 hours because several breaks (food partly included) are taken.
Travel from Southern Bus Station at 6:50 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. on a comfortable air-conditioned night bus from Phuket Central Tour. If you want to be sure, buy the ticket in the morning and then take a look at Bangkok.
We do not recommend the cheaper buses without air conditioning.
The ticket costs 580 baht and is issued to Takua Pa. As the bus continues towards Phuket, you stay seated until Khao Lak. Around 7 a.m., you either get off at 7-eleven at the turn-off to Bang Niang Beach (= KM 62.1) or at the Nang Thong Supermarket (= KM 59.6) at the turn-off to Nang Thong Beach.
Pickup taxis take you to the resort for 100-300 baht.
The "expensive" alternative: The particularly comfortable VIP bus "999" to Phuket has only 24 seats, three per row. It leaves at 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and takes about 11 hours to Khao Lak. The fixed price of 1045 baht applies to Phuket and Khao Lak.
The last VIP bus at 6:30 p.m. is recommended as it arrives at dawn.
By train to Khao Lak:
From Bangkok Central Station, you first have to take a night train to Surat Thani (Phunpin station). There you continue with the Phuket bus No. 465 to Khao Lak , tickets are only available during the day to the right (south) of the train station at a table in front of the Sintawee Coffee Shop (only labeled in Thai) for 180 baht (air-conditioned 240 baht).
The entire current timetable in English and the prices can be found
on the website:
A super service: Via the website
you can order your train tickets and have them brought to your hotel in Bangkok within 60 days of departure (service fee 200 baht per ticket). For postage costs via DHL, you can also have the tickets sent to your home country. Yes, it works just fine!