3 Ways to Travel to Khao Lak from Phuket – Our Guide

Khao Lak is a series of villages that’s popular with tourists from different parts of the world because of its pristine beaches, amazing local attractions, and vibrant nightlife. This paradise is approximately 165 kilometers away from Phuket, and the travel usually takes two hours. If you are planning to visit the district, you typically have three modes of transportation to choose from: by bus, a shared minivan, or taxi.

As you plan for your travel, here are the best options you have to get to your destination from Phuket, considering essential factors, such as your budget and preferences.

1. Bus

These public buses traveling from Phuket to Khao Lak, commonly called the “red bus,” are your cheapest mode of transportation. They usually only cost around USD 4.4, and they get you to your destination in Khao Lak between 2-4 hours.

If you’re taking the bus, you have to make your way from the airport to the main road, which is approximately 5 kilometers away. Make sure to board the buses that pass through Khao Lak: those buses that travel to Takuapa, Ranong, or Surat Thani.

One important point you have to remember about these buses is that their tickets can’t be booked in advance. If you love to travel independently and are always excited about sporadic traveling, then this should not be a problem for you! Most of these buses have AC, and you’ll also be able to enjoy the scenery on the ride.

2. Minivan

If you are traveling with a small group or you just want to enjoy a little more comfort, boarding a minivan is a cheaper option compared to taxis. However, take note that these minivans also pick up passengers from other hotels, so they may take some time before they begin the journey. After everyone is on board, the trip usually takes more than two hours. Nevertheless, at USD 23, you’ll already be guaranteed a comfortable ride to your destination at Khao Lak.

3. Taxi

If you aren’t particularly looking for cheaper options, going to Khao Lak by taxi is your best bet. In fact, they are more flexible than the two previous options. They can even pick you up from where you are and drive you straight to where you want to go in Khao Lak.

Additionally, if you love to get your plans sorted out in advance, traveling by taxi will suit you very well because you can pre-book these private taxis. Furthermore, you can book different vehicles with different capacities based on your needs. You can even request stops along the way to bask in the scenery.

For around USD 50, traveling by taxi means you’re going through the quickest route, and you’re reaching your destination in around 2 hours.


Having your vacation at Phuket is wondering in itself, but if you want to explore Khao Lak, you can choose from the options given above. They go through different routes, have different rates, and provide you with different experiences along the way. If you want to experience how it feels like to take in the scenery and even engage with the locals during the ride, then you might find traveling by bus enjoyable. On the other hand, if you’re following a strict schedule and prefer a more private ride, booking a taxi will be your best option.

After your day trip exploring Khao Lak’s interesting villages and attractions, you can find an inspiring place to relax and spend the night at Devasom Khao Lak. We’re a luxury beachfront resort in Khao Lak with stunning villas and a magnificent beach view that will surely be the highlight of your vacation. Get in touch with us today to book your stay!



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