Swimming at Khao Lak Swimming with turtles – image courtesy of Khao Lak Bhandari Resort & Spa

How to get to Khao Lak

Khao Lak is located on the Andaman coast of Thailand around 70km north of Phuket, and is easily accessible with daily connecting flights within the region.

Getting to Khao Lak

The most convenient route is by air to Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok International Airport), with daily connecting flights on Thai Airways to Phuket. From there, it's a one-hour drive to Khao Lak. Resorts typically provide guest pick-up from Phuket Airport.

Thai Airways, Thai Air Asia and Bangkok Airways offer daily flights from Bangkok International Airport to Phuket. Nok Air and Orient Thai offer daily flights from Don Muang Airport.

Alternatively, numerous air-conditioned (and inexpensive) buses depart Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal every night for Phuket Town.

Khao Lak is located 70km north of Phuket International Airport, while Phuket is located 867km southwest of Bangkok.

From Australia: Most convenient flights include: Virgin Australia Airlines with direct flights to Phuket from Perth, Melbourne and Sydney; Strategic Air with direct flights from Brisbane and Melbourne; and Jetstar with a direct flight to Phuket from Sydney. Both Thai Airways and Qantas offer daily connecting flights via Bangkok.

From New Zealand: The most convenient flights are via Kuala Lumpur on Malaysian Airlines or via Singapore on Singapore Airlines.

From the UK: Several airlines offer connecting flights to Phuket via Bangkok from London and other major UK airports, but the most convenient is Thai Airways with twice daily flights from London Heathrow.

British Airways, Qantas and Thai fly non-stop between London and Bangkok.

From the USA: Numerous airlines offer connecting flights to Phuket via Bangkok from New York, but the most convenient flight is Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong connecting with Thai Airways to Bangkok and Phuket, with twice daily flights from New York Kennedy.

From Los Angeles, the most convenient is the daily Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong connecting with either Dragon Air or Thai Airways to Bangkok and Phuket.

Flight time to Phuket

Bangkok to Phuket is 1 hr 20 min, direct flight

Brisbane to Phuket is 9 hrs, direct flight
Sydney to Phuket is 9 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Phuket is 9 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Perth to Phuket is 6 hrs 15 min, direct flight

Auckland to Phuket is 14 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
London to Phuket is 14 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Phuket is 23 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Phuket is 19 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Phuket International Airport is 32km northwest of Phuket Town. Generally, resorts can meet guests if prearranged.

Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok International Airport) has replaced the former Don Muang Airport for most domestic and all international flights. The airport is located at Samat Prakan, around 30km east of Bangkok and 60km east of Pattaya.

Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.

Getting around

On foot; most resorts can arrange taxis and hire cars to explore the region. Taxis can be rented by the day. Thais drive on the left-hand side of the road.

Khao Lak Island Map


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Latest update: How to get to Khao Lak: 18 November, 2018


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