It takes approximately two hours to get from here to Khao Sok. The van or bus will likely make many stops, as locals get on and off at random points along the way. Additionally, the ride in these vans tends not to be very comfortable.
An attractive alternative
For travelers with a slightly larger budget, private transfers from Surat Thani airport to Khao Sok are an excellent choice. Likewise, travelers valuing comfort and speed will be pleased with their choice to hire a car. A private car cuts travel time in half, for example. Whereas public transport takes a minimum of 3 hours, a private transfer reaches Khao Sok in about an hour and a half. Additionally, ride quality is much better. This is the result of better-maintained cars, and drivers who are not rushing to meet a deadline.
Recently, this author experienced first-hand the difficulties involved in getting from Surat Thani airport to Khao Sok. It was a trip characterized by dishonesty and disregard for personal safety and comfort. The details of the trip could fill another post, but a run down will suffice for now:
-Total travel time: 4 hours, 20 minutes
-Total cost: 450B/person
-Number of stops between Surat Thani airport and Khao Sok: 15
-Number of phone calls answered by the van driver en-route: 5
In conclusion, it might be possible to get to from Surat Thani airport to Khao Sok quickly and cheaply, but the odds are stacked against it. Every step of the way you will meet people trying to deceive travelers for their own ends, with no concern for safety or wellbeing. For travelers set on public transport, come prepared for a fight, and a long day. For those looking for a safer, faster, and more comfortable drive, contact us! Private transfers from Surat Thani airport to Khao Sok Riverside Cottages start at 2,000B.