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 (43mi) north of Phuket, and is easily accessible with daily connecting flights within the region.

The most convenient route to Khao Lak is by air to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), followed by a connecting flights to Phuket Airport (HKT).

From Phuket, it's a one-hour drive to Khao Lak. Typically, resorts provide guest pick-up from Phuket Airport by prior arrangement.

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

Khao Lak is located 70km (43mi) north of Phuket, while Phuket is located 867km (538mi) southwest of Bangkok.


Flight time to Phuket

Within Thailand: Thai Airways, Thai Smile and Bangkok Airways offer daily flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Phuket Airport (HKT).

Nok Air, Thai AirAsia and Thai Lion Mentari also offer daily flights from Don Muang Airport (DMK) to Phuket Airport (HKT).

Bangkok to Phuket is 1 hr 20 min, direct flight


Flight times to Bangkok

The following are the most convenient international flights to Bangkok, Thailand.

From the United States: British Airways, Thai Airways International, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Philippine Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Bangkok.

Atlanta to Bangkok is 20 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Bangkok is 19 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Bangkok is 19 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Bangkok is 21 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Bangkok is 19 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Bangkok is 19 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Bangkok is 18 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Thai Airways International, Korean Air and Cathay Pacific offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Bangkok.

Toronto to Bangkok is 19 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Bangkok is 19 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Bangkok is 17 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Thai Airways International, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Emirates offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Bangkok.

Adelaide to Bangkok is 10 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Bangkok is 9 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Sydney to Bangkok is 9 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Bangkok is 9 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Perth to Bangkok is 7 hrs, direct flight


From New Zealand: Thai Airways International offers the most convenient scheduled flights to Bangkok.

Auckland to Bangkok is 12 hrs 15 min, direct flight


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International and Jetstar offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Bangkok.

Singapore to Bangkok is 2 hrs 20 min, direct flight


From the United Kingdom: British Airways and Thai Airways International offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Bangkok.

London to Bangkok is 11 hrs 15 min, direct flight


From France: Air France and Thai Airways International offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Bangkok.

Paris to Bangkok is 11 hrs 15 min, direct flight

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Phuket International Airport (HKT) is 32km (20mi) northwest of Phuket Town. Generally, resorts can meet guests if prearranged.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) (also known unofficially as Bangkok Airport) is located at Samat Prakan, around 30km (19mi) east of Bangkok and 60km (37mi) 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: 31 May, 2019


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