Getting there & away
There are hourly buses from Hat Yai to the pier at Pak Bara (80B, 2½ hours) between 7am and 4pm. Coming from Satun, you can take an ordinary bus towards Trang and get off at La-Ngu (40B, 30 minutes), continuing by sǎwngthǎew to Pak Bara (25B, 15 minutes). You can also charter a taxi to Pak Bara from Satun for 350B.
There are boats directly to Ao Pante Malacca on Ko Tarutao at 10.30am and 3pm (250B, 1½ hours); in the reverse direction, boats leave at 9am and 11.30am. The 10.30am boat also continues on to Ko Lipe. For Ko Bulon Leh and Ko Lipe, boats depart at 1.30pm, arriving in Ko Bulon Leh one hour later (350B) and at Ko Lipe at 3.30pm (450B to 550B). These boats return from Ko Lipe at around 9am. A different, big-boat service runs to Ko Bulon Leh at around 2pm if there are enough takers (250B). None of these services run in the low season when the national park is officially closed.