There are several companies which provide direct travel services from Koh Samui to Khao Sok National Park. The cost and quality of the service varies from company to company, although they all follow roughly the same route which is a ferry to Surat Thani and then a bus or minivan to the Western entrance to Khao Sok National Park, where there are plenty of guesthouses where you can stay in relative comfort. Accommodation within the national park itself is a lot more basic.
Bus Times from Koh Samui to Khao Sok National Park
There are currently 15 services a day from Koh Samui to Khao Sok National Park available to book online.
|Koh Samui||Khao Sok||Cost||Company|
|05:30||12:00||620 THB||Raja Ferry|
|06:00||12:00||620 THB||Raja Ferry|
|08:30||16:00||620 THB||Raja Ferry|
|09:00||16:00||620 THB||Raja Ferry|
|11:30||19:00||620 THB||Raja Ferry|
|12:00||19:00||620 THB||Raja Ferry|
|12:00||19:00||620 THB||Raja Ferry|
|12:30||20:30||620 THB||Raja Ferry|
|13:00||20:30||620 THB||Raja Ferry|
- These services depart from different places in Koh Samui, check below for the departure point for each service.
- Different services also terminate at different places which are marked on the maps below.
Buy Tickets from Koh Samui to Khao Sok
Use the Search Box to buy your tickets from Koh Samui to Khao Sok National Park.
Instant ticket confirmation and electronic booking vouchers are available for all services.
Phantip Travel to Khao Sok
Passengers on the Phantip Travel service from Koh Samui to Khao Sok National Part start their journey from the Phantip Travel office in Na Thon from where they travel a short distance by road to board the Raja Car Ferry to the mainland. Once at the mainland they transfer to a bus which travels to Surat Thani town centre, where passengers then board a minivan for the final part of the journey to Khao Sok National Park. Phantip Travel travel is a reliable company which has been in operation since 1970 and tends to be the service of choice for Thai travellers because of the balance between comfort and value for money.
- Phantip Travel services to Khao Sok National park depart from the Phantip Travel office in Nathon:
- Phantip Travel services from Koh Samui terminate at Khao Sok van station:
Lomprayah to Khao Sok
The Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company is the premier travel company operating in the Gulf of Thailand. They have a fleet of high speed catamaran ferries and they operate their own luxury bus and minivan services. The Lomprayah ferry and bus service tends to be the fastest and most reliable way to travel from Koh Samui to Khao Sok, and also one of the most expensive services. Families and people travelling with lots of bags should note that this is only company where the staff load and unload luggage from the ferry saving you the trouble of doing it yourself.
- Lomprayah services to Khao Sok depart from Maenam Ferry Pier:
- Lomprayah services from Koh Samui terminate near to the Num Ngern Restaurant on the edge of Khao Sok National Park:
About Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok was designated a national park in 1980, although the jungle within the park is considered to be one of the oldest tropical rain forests in the world dating back around 150 million years.
Geographical features of Khao Sok National Park
The park covers an area of slightly over 793 km and is easily accessible via boat along the Khao Sok River and onto the man-made Cheow Larn Lake in the centre of the park. If trekking is not your thing then you can enjoy the park on a tour in a small motorised boat.
Flora and Fauna in Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park is notable for its range of wildlife, plants and trees. This is a nature reserve with large mammals living in the wild including tigers, clouded leopards and small bears.
You may not be lucky enough to see a tiger but sometimes people hear them and see their tracks, particularly if you stay overnight at one of the lakeside bungalows within the park. What you are though guaranteed to see is an amazing range of bird life including kingfishers, eagles and the ashy drongo with its distinctive call, perched within the mist covered tree tops of the jungle.
Another highlight of a trip to the Khao Sok National is the rafflesia, which is the world’s largest flower growing to a width of 100 cm and weighing up to 10 kilometres. You are likely to smell the rafflesia before you see them as this plant emits a strong smell like rotting flesh.