There are four 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 southern 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.
Travel times from Koh Samui to Khao Sok National Park
These departure and arrival times are from the point when the service departs Koh Samui to the time you arrive by road to Khao Sok National Park.
|Koh Samui||Khao Sok||Cost||Company|
|09:00||15:00||700 THB||Seatran Discovery|
- These services depart from different places in Koh Samui, check below for the starting point for each service.
- All services also arrive at slightly different places which are marked on the maps below.
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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 depart from Na Thon Ferry Pier:
- Lomprayah services from Koh Samui terminate near to the Num Ngern Restaurant on the edge of Khao Sok National Park:
Songserm to Khao Sok
The Songserm Company operates a large wooden boat with indoor seating and fairly low quality bus services from Koh Samui to Khao Sok National Park. The Songserm is the slowest way to travel from Koh Samui to Khao Sok National Park. They are, however, the cheapest company to travel with and the Songserm tends to be most popular with budget conscious younger travellers backpacking around South East Asia, rather than visitors on shorter trips to Thailand.
- Songserm services to Khao Sok National Park depart from Nathon Ferry Pier:
- Songserm services from Koh Samui terminate at the entrance to Khao Sok National Park:
Phantip Travel to Khao Sok
Passengers on the Phantip Travel service from Koh Samui to Khao Sok National Part start their journey from Koh Samui Bus Station 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 Koh Samui Bus Station:
- Phantip Travel services from Koh Samui terminate at Khao Sok van station:
Seatran Discovery to Khao Sok
The Seatran Discovery Company company operates a single daily service from a pier in Bangrak to Khao Sok National Park. This service may be the most convenient one to take for people staying in Bophut or Chaweng as the ferry pier is much closer than the pier used other services which all depart from the other side of the island in or near to the main town of Nathon. The Seatran Discovery Company has high quality ferries which it uses on this route. From the ferry port on the mainland passengers are transported by minivan to Khao Sok National Park.
- Seatran Discovery services to Khao Sok National Park depart from Bangrak Seatran ferry pier:
- Seatran Discovery services from Koh Samui terminate at the visitor centre at the edge of Khao Sok National Park:
About Khao Sok
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. 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.
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 you will 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 as this plant emits a strong smell like rotting flesh.