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Phang-nga Province

Getting there & away

A ‘big boat’ (return 1200B, 2½ hours one-way) leaves the Khuraburi pier at 9am daily, returning at 1pm. Tour operators use speedboats (return 1600B, one hour one way) and will transfer independent travellers on their daily runs.

Several tour operators, all located near the pier, run day/overnight tours (around 2600/3500B) to the park; agencies in Khao Lak and Phuket can make bookings for these and for dive trips. In Khuraburi town, try the affable Tom & Am Tour (08 6272 0588; www.surinislandtour.com) for on-spec bookings. Tour operators include transfers from Khao Lak in their prices.

Buses run three times daily between Phuket and Khuraburi (160B, 3½ hours) and between Khuraburi and Ranong (60B, 1½ hours).

There’s no public transport to the park, but independent travellers can book a speedboat transfer (return 1700B, one-way 1½ hours) with a day-tour operator. They will collect you from Phuket or Khao Lak but if you book through national parks (who use the same tour-operators’ boats anyway) be aware that you’ll have to find your own way to their office, and then wait for a transfer to the pier.

Agencies in Khao Lak and Phuket book day/overnight tours (from around 2500/3500B) and dive trips (three-day live-aboards from around 11, 000B).

Public buses run regularly between Phuket and Khao Lak (60B, 1½ hours), and Khao Lak and Ranong (100B, three hours).