There are five direct services a day from Koh Phangan to the Khao Sok National Park. The journey takes between 6 and 7.5 hours depending on which departure you take. The early morning departure with the Lomprayah Company is the fastest, taking just over 6 hours, the Songserm service is the slowest and the cheapest.
Travel times to Khao Sok
These departure and arrival times are from the point when the ferry departs to Koh Phangan to the time you arrive by road to Khao Sok National Park.
|08:00||15:00||800 THB||Seatran Discovery|
- All services depart from Koh Phangan’s main ferry port in Thong Sala.
- All services terminate roadside near to the entrance to the Khao Sok National Park where there is small cluster of value for money hotels, shops and restaurants.
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The first section of the journey is a sea crossing to the mainland ferry port of Donsak. From Donsak the second section of the journey is by minivan to Khao Sok National Park. The distance from the ferry port to Khao Sok National Park is 192 km which takes around 2 hours 31 minutes to drive.
Lomprayah to Khao Sok
About 30 minutes before you travel check in at the Lomprayah Office which is in Thong Sala a short distance from Thong Sala Ferry Pier. If you purchase a ticket online through this website then exchange your voucher for a ticket at the check in desk at the Lomprayah Office. After visiting the check in desk either walk to the ferry pier or wait to be taken to the ferry by car. An advantage of booking a joint boat and bus ticket from Koh Phangan to Khao Sok National Park is that there will be a minivan waiting for you at Donsak Pier on the mainland even if the ferry is delayed due to bad weather.
Alternatively, you can take a ferry to the mainland, a bus into Surat Thani town centre, and then take a minivan from there. Travelling independently is around 180 THB cheaper per person than taking a direct service, but the total journey time is normally 2 to 3 hours longer.
Thong Sala Ferry Pier
- Travel services to Khao Sok National Park depart from Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan.
Arrival in Khao Sok
The final destination of the minivan service is at a road side bus stop near the Num Ngern Coffee shop and restaurant. This is a convenient arrival point because it is walking distance from a cluster of resorts and restaurants on the edge of the Khao Sok National Park, the entrance to the National Park itself, the visitor’s centre and the Sok River, upon which you can catch a boat deep into the park itself.
Khao Sok Bus Stop
- Services from Koh Phangan terminate near to the entrance to the National Park.
About Khao Sok
Khao Sok is one of Thailand’s newest National Parks having been set aside by the Thai Government as a conservation area in 1980. The Park covers an area of dense pristine tropical jungle measuring approximately 793 sq km. The jungle is considered to be one of the oldest tropical rain forests in the world dating back more than 150 million years.
There is an abundance of wildlife in this park including the world’s largest flower, the rafflesia, clouded leopards, tigers, the Malaysian sun bear, and an amazing range of bird life such as kingfishers, crested serpent eagles and the ashy drongo, whose distinctive call adds something magical when combined with the early morning mist over the forest canopy. This abundance of wild flora and fauna has been encouraged by the creation of the giant made Cheow Larn Lake. The lake feeds into the Sok River, which is the principle transport route into the deep jungle. Unlike many other jungle areas in South East Asia, the Khao Sok National Park is accessible to day trippers and older tourists who can experience the jungle from the comfort of a river boat before returning to a good quality hotel or resort later in the same evening. The options of jungle trekking and staying in bungalows within the park itself are also available to the more adventurous traveller content to do without creature comforts (or electricity) or a few days.
Morning Mist Resort
For an inexpensive bungalow with mountain and river views try the Morning Mist Resort on the edge of the Khao Sok National Park. As well as great views and pleasant bungalows, this resort also has a swimming pool, a bar and restaurant. The Morning Mist Resort is great place to relax after a day in the jungle.