By joint ferry and bus or minivan service it takes from 4 hours 30 minute to 6 hours to travel from Koh Samui to Khao Sok National Park depending upon which service you use.
Bus Timetable from Koh Samui to Khao Sok
- Click on the Koh Samui – Khao Sok link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Koh Samui - Khao Sok ฿ 6,930–8,690 8h
Departure from Koh Samui
Joint ferry and bus services from Koh Samui to Khao Sok National Park depart from Nathon Songerm Ferry Pier.
Arrival in Khao Sok
Joint ferry and bus services from Koh Samui to Khao Sok National Park terminate at the car parking area of the Khao Sok National Park Headquarters.
About Travel to Khao Sok
Khao Sok, near Surat Thani, is one of Thailand’s most popular national parks for foreign visitors. The park covers an area of 739 square kilometres, of which 165 square kilometres is covered by the man made Cheow Lan Lake. Khao Sok National Park is notable for its diverse plant, bird, fish and animal life. 48 species of mammal, 311 species of birds, and 30 species of bats have all been spotted living the park. This range of animal life includes wild elephants, tigers, leopards, birds and three species of monkey. The plant life is also extremely diverse, including the world’s largest, and probably smelliest, flower which is over a metre in diameter.
The park provides opportunities for trekking, boat tours, excellent fishing and overnight stays on floating bungalows within the park. The price per night for the floating bungalows ranges from 500 to 600 THB per night for the resorts operated by the park authorities and to over 1,000 THB per night for the more luxurious privately operated floating bungalow resorts on the lake.
Joint ferry and bus services from Koh Samui terminate at the Western Entrance to Khao Sok National Park, which is by the national park headquarters. There is a small town by the entrance with plenty of resorts which are more comfortable than those inside the park itself. Trekking and elevated walkways are accessible from the Western Entrance.
To take a trip on the lake, and access the floating bungalows, you need to go to the Eastern Entrance to Khao Sok National Park, which is the boat tour pier at Ratchaprapha Marina. You can hire boats at the pier for tours around the lake to drop you off at a floating bungalow resort. Hiring a while boat with driver for a few hours costs from 2,000 to 4,000 THB, although as the boat can fit in up to 6 people you are likely to be able to join a tour with other visitors if you are travelling as a couple or alone to reduce the cost.