Travel from Koh Tao to Khao Sok National Park

There are five direct services a day from Koh Tao to the Khao Sok National Park. The journey takes between 7 hours 30 minutes and 14 hours 00 minutes depending on which departure you take. The early morning departure with the Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company is the fastest, taking just 6 hours 30 minutes to travel from Koh Tao to Khao Sok National Park.

Travel times to Khao Sok

These departure and arrival times are from the point when the ferry departs from Koh Tao to the time you arrive by road to Khao Sok National Park.

PhanganKhao SokCostCompany
06:0013:301,150 THBLomprayah
06:3015:001,150 THBSeatran Discovery
09:3017:301,050 THBLomprayah
10:0019:30900 THBSongserm
23:0013:001,190 THBFame Tour

  • All services depart from Koh Tao’s main ferry port in Mae Haad.
  • All services terminate near to the entrance to the National Park within walking distance of hotels and restaurants located just outside the park boundaries.

Buy Tickets to Khao Sok

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We recommend booking in advance during high season and around the time of the Full Moon Party. This service travels via Koh Phangan where the famous monthly Full Moon Party takes place.

Travel Direct to Khao Sok 

Both the Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery services follow pretty much the same route from Koh Tao to Khao Sok National Park. The journey has two stages:

  • Stage 1: The first part of the journey is sea crossing to ferry port in Donsak, near Surat Thani, via the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. The sea crossing from Koh Tao to Donsak takes 2 hours 45 minutes on the 06.00 departure with the Lomprayah and 4 hours on the 09.30 Lomprayah departure. The sea-crossing from Koh Tao to Donsak also takes 4 hours with the Seatran Discovery service.
  • Stage 2: For the next part of the journey passengers are met at the ferry pier in Donsak by a minivan or bus for a journey by road of just over 190 km which takes around 2 hours 30 minutes.

Independent Travel

If you want to save money, or you simply want to travel independently rather with a direct point to point service, then this is the cheapest way to complete the journey:

  1. Joint ferry and bus service, or the night boat, from Koh Tao to Surat Thani town.
  2. Minivan from Surat Thani town to Khao Sok National Park. Click on the link in red more information about travel by minivan from Surat Thani to Khao Sok.

Bear in mind, however, that travelling independently takes longer and you definitely need to start your journey early in the morning to reach Khao Sok on the same day as leaving from Koh Tao, as the last minivan to Khao Sok departs from Surat Thani city at 16.30.

Koh Tao Ferry Pier

  • All travel services from Koh Tao to Khao Sok National Park depart from Mae Haad Pier.

Google Map of Mae Haad Pier

Arrival in Khao Sok

The Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery services from Koh Tao to Khao Sok National Park stop in different locations:

  • Lomprayah bus is stop the closest to the entrance to the National Park (350 metres).
  • The Seatran Discovery bus stop is on Highway 401 a bit further away from the entrance to the National Park (1.9 km).

Lomprayah Bus Stop

  • The bus terminates near to the Num Ngern Coffee & Restaurant.

Google Map of the Lomprayah Khao Sok bus stop

Seatran Discovery Bus Stop

  • The Seatran Discovery service terminates near the junction between the main road the minor road leading to the entrance to the Khao Sok National Park.

Google Map of the Seatran Discovery Khao Sok bus stop

About Khao Sok

Khao Sok National Park covers an area of around 793 sq km of tropical rain forest. Within the National Park there is a large made made lake with a wide river flowing into it making the interior of the park accessible by boat to visitors, who can either choose to take day trips into the park or stay at lake or riverside bungalows overnight.

Cheow Larn Lake in Khao Sok National Park
Cheow Larn Lake in Khao Sok National Park

Inside the park there are a number of activities which are popular with both foreign and Thai tourist:

  • Canoeing on the lake
  • Jungle trekking
  • Fishing
  • Spotting animals such as clouded leopards, tigers, the Malaysian sun bear, and an wide variety of native birds such as kingfishers, crested serpent eagles and the ashy drongo.
  • Exploring the amazing trees and plant life, including the world’s largest flower, the rafflesia.

For the full Khao Sok ‘jungle experience’ stay one or two nights at a bungalow on the lake without electric, internet, or a phone signal and enjoy the peace and quiet of the lakeside setting. Food, beer and (rumour has it) ‘other things’ are freely available at these isolated jungle retreats. If a comfortable bed is more your style then it is easier enough to take boat ride to the lake in a single day and return back to a decent hotel or bungalow resort in the late afternoon.

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