I used boss last night and was actually in a larger van. Hopefully Sunday nights traffic (around 5pm) was an exception but it took us over 90 min from Phuket airport to kata beach. Do you know the driving time from kata to khao Lak (check in is 2pm Wednesday)? Also, khao Lak back to Phuket airport (flight is 9pm Saturday)?
There is no shared van-type (scheduled 'minibus') transport to/from Khao Lak.
The driving time from Kata Beach to Khao Lak will depend on two things: the traffic in Phuket and where your resort is located in Khao Lak. From HKT to the main township - Bang La On - you can figure on 1 hour. It will be lightly less (5-10 min.) if you are staying at Khao Lak South Beach (Merlin, Brizza, Emerald resorts etc.); and 90 min. if you are staying at northerly Bangsak Beach (Sendido Graceland, Hadson resorts etc.). In short, an hour to an hour-and-a-half from the airport depending on where you are going.
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