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1. Posted by sole (Respected Member 208 posts) 7y

Will arrive in BKK on Thursday, flying from there to Surat Thani. Will I need to book in advance or can I wait, thinking that should there be delays I haven't lost my money on a connecting flight I can't make?

Does anyone know how to get from Surat Thani to Khao Sok, think I read somewhere that there's a govt bus which passes Khao Sok?

And then my last question, from Khao Sok to Samui, what is the quickest way? As far as I can see there are quite a few ferry/boat connections from Surat Thani and Don Sak.

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 7y

Quoting sole

Does anyone know how to get from Surat Thani to Khao Sok, think I read somewhere that there's a govt bus which passes Khao Sok?

And then my last question, from Khao Sok to Samui, what is the quickest way? As far as I can see there are quite a few ferry/boat connections from Surat Thani and Don Sak.

Hello Sole:)

To get to Koh Sok, from Surat Thani
Take the Takua Pa-Surat Thani bus.
It is 100KM, from Surat Thani. The cost is around 150 Bahts.
There are nine buses, from Takua Pa to Surat Thani daily. But I dont know how many go from Surat Thani to Takua Pa daily. Maybe somebody else here knows.

Khao Sok to Samui
Get the Takua Pa-Surat Thani bus, back to Surat Thani bus station.
I think there will be travel agents there, waiting for arriving busses, so they can sell u tickets to Samui. These tickets usually include transport to the pier.

Mel

3. Posted by sole (Respected Member 208 posts) 7y

Mel, you're a gem :)

Just got a mail from Riverside Cottages where we're staying and they told me to take the local Phuket bus, no 465.

Had a feeling about the trip to Samui, that there would be travel agents at the bus station, but wanted to be certain, so we waste as little time as possible sorting out transport.

Mel, are you taking the bus/train from Bangkok or are you flying as well?

4. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 454 posts) 7y

Nice trip - I did it last month - Chonburi - Prachuap - Surathani - Samui - Kao Sok - Taklua - Ranong - etc.

This time of year can be quite wet - remember Kao Sok is a RAINforest.

I don't know what your budget is, but have you considered hiring a 4wd pick-up or similar?
I did the trip in my vehicle and was glad to have 4wd on several occasions e.g. driving over the top of Samui and getting in and out of the resort in Kao Sok in the rain. There is some spectacular scenery on the way and beyond Kao sok and the ability to make the odd diversion is well worth it.

If you do decide to hire...bring an international driving licence and use a reputable company Budget have a place on Samui and there should be a good place in Surathani too. Ferry fare with vehicle to Samui is about 550 to 750 baht e/w from Don Sak.
Don Sak is about an hour down the coast from Suratthani but saves some time on the crossing....not even sure if the Suratthani one still runs - anyone used it recently?

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 7y

Quoting sole

Mel, are you taking the bus/train from Bangkok or are you flying as well?

I am going to take the bus. Probably a night bus, becasue it takes 10 hours, to get to Surat Thani, from Bangkok.

Yeah, travel agents will probably be there to meet every bus arriving. I arrived, by train, to Surat Thani, last time, at 4AM. There were 2 travel agents at the train station, at that time, ready to sell me a ticket to Koh Samui. I was not sure, if I wanted to buy tickets from just anybody, at that hour. One of them introduced me to his other customers, who had just arrived. He then opened the travel ageny, which had a cafe and internet access. I was able to have a coffee and breakfast and use the internet at 4AM, while I made up my mind, whether this travel agent was reputable or not.
I think, the bus station will also have a number of agents like that, waiting for busses. If there were 2 agents at 4AM, at the train station, there will certainly be a few, at the bus station, at more civilized hours.

[ Edit: Edited on May 21, 2007, at 4:32 AM by Mel. ]

6. Posted by sole (Respected Member 208 posts) 7y

Damn, will have to cancel Khao Sok and probably go directly to Koh Samui. The guy I'm travelling with had some infection problems a couple of years ago and was in hospital in Brisbane and afterwards Bangkok for almost 2 weeks. His doctor back home has advised him against doing a rain forest trip.

Doctors never found out what had caused this very bad infection, his hand was blue and very swollen and they think they found a small bite on his hand, probably from a spider. So better safe than sorry, so will go myself some other time.

But thanks anyhow for all your help.

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 7y

It is a pity u cant go, this time.
But Koh Sok is not going anywhere....;)

8. Posted by sole (Respected Member 208 posts) 7y

Hopefully not

So, Mel, you'll have to give full report about your trip, so I'll know what I missed!!

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 7y

I will, Sole.
Remind me.