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Advice re self-drive to Khao Sok

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Advice re self-drive to Khao Sok

I have asked another version of this previously, but we have done research and made reservations, and so I hope that my questions will be clearer than before. We will be on the MV Oktavia which will arrive at Taplamu Pier at 17:30 on 26 Feb 2014. We will need various transports and I am wondering if using "The Boss" or others would be better or would renting a car be better?

Here is the itinerary:

1. Leave Pier and go to Khao Sok NP, staying at Hotel Khao Sok (2 nights)

2. Go to Ratchaprapa Dam on 27 Feb and hire a boat (should we do this privately or rely on the hotel or tour company???)

3. On 28 Feb.: Drive to hotel/resort near airport (hopefully via one or more of the temples along the way)

4. Go to Ao Por Pier for Hong by Starlight tour (don't know if they do pickup from our hotel area--Perennial Resort Mai Khao area)

Would getting a taxi/driver even be possible for these legs of our trip? We enjoy self-driving, but don't know if it is possible in a country that uses a different language/alphabet than we know. All advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Sally in Seattle

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1. Re: Advice re self-drive to Khao Sok

hi, a self drive to the places you mentioned is easy,the road signs are also in english,there is a nice back road to khao sok,that cuts out takua pa. on the way back from the dam you take a left which will take you to a place called ta put,on that road, there is a lovely temple on a mountain offering great views.that will take you to the main road krabi..phuket driving through phang nga. go for the self drive.

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2. Re: Advice re self-drive to Khao Sok

I agree with Andy that self- drive to and from Khao Sok is both easy and very pleasurable. The only reservations I would have are first you would have to hire a car from a company that allows one way rental I.e. pick up and drop off . Budget does this as does I think Hertz. The rates are correspondingly higher and local outfits may allow it but at a premium. You should also ensure your rental includes Full Insurance with either no or low excess (deductible) in case of claim as you will be leaving the vehicle in fairly remote and unsupervised places e.g. Neat the pier at Cheow Lan. Also make sure you obtain an International Driving Permit before leaving home in order to drive legally in Thailand. Please read the FAQs on the right about Licence Requirements.

It is very easy to hire a long tail boat trip directly at the office at the pier at Cheow Lan where you will be presented with a "menu" of options from which you choose your tour to suit where you want to visit, how long you want to take and how much you want to pay.

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3. Re: Advice re self-drive to Khao Sok

Thank you for the advice re the self-drive. Also the info on the temple! Arandora, thanks for your input, also. I was thinking to get a Budget car because of the delivery and one-way options. It is a little scary because the first experience driving will be through town and in the dark. We have driven in other countries, just not in Asia (well, Asian Turkey, if that counts.)

Sally

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4. Re: Advice re self-drive to Khao Sok

If you leave Tab Lamu about 5.30 the most of your journey will be in daylight. Sunset is about 6.30 in February and the only towns you will drive through are Bang La On, about 15 minutes from the pier, Bang Niang, 5 minutes further on, and you will be on a 4 lane highway, then Takua Pa 20 minutes further on where the highway by then wil be 6 lanes. From there to Khao Sok is highway through countryside. A very straightforward drive - just keep on the left! ;-)

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5. Re: Advice re self-drive to Khao Sok

That is great information. I didn't know that KL has such huge highways! You have relieved my mind a great deal. It is exciting how this trip is coming together. Interesting also how full up the hotels and resorts are already (in KL, anyway).

Sally

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6. Re: Advice re self-drive to Khao Sok

The highway through Khao Lak is the main one running from the Malaysian border to Bangkok so you should be wary of fast moving heavy vehicles and express buses during your journey. It is mainly two lanes except for the wider parts I have mentioned between Khao Lak and Khao Sok. You can buy good road maps of southern Thailand at most 711 mini markets.

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