I understand there is a local bus from Khao Sok back to Phuket, then a ferry to Ko Yao Noi.

There also appears to be minibus running from Khao Sok to Krabit, and then a ferry.

Looking at map, it appears the more direct route would be southwards towards Thap Put, and then a ferry from there (somehow).

Does anyone know the quickest way to achieve this using either local public transport or minibus? (i.e. without resorting to car hire, charter boat, helicopter, etc).

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According to Wikitravel, the bus to Phuket runs every hour, while the one to Krabi is only once a day (11am departure). So on that front at least, there's a good chance the Phuket route is the way to go. It's a 4 hour bus ride approximately, while the ride to Krabi takes 3.

For the ferry, you have again the two options:

Phuket (Bang Rong Pier): 09:30; 11:00; 12:30; 14:30; 16:00 and 17:00

Phuket (Chianwanich Pier (near Ratsada Pier) - Only to Ko Yao Yai): Every day: 8:30, 17:00 (speed boat) | Sundays-Thursdays: 10:30, 14:00 | Fridays: 10:00 | Saturdays: 6:00, 10:30, 14:00

Krabi (Tha Len): 11:00 and 13:00

So again, the ferries are more frequent from Phuket than from Krabi (the same applies from the island back).

My recommendation in terms of flexibility, ease, and frequency - I wouldn't hesitate to take the Phuket route, unless you have a specific reason to see Krabi.


Avoiding both Phuket and Krabi, there is a third option:

According to my Lonely Planet Thai Island Beaches, there is a ferry at 1pm from a place called 'Tha Dan' in 'Phang-Nga' to 'Ko Yao Noi'.

I can't find 'Tha Dan' on Google Maps, but according to the map in the book you go south on Highway 40 from 'Phang-Nga' and turn left onto Rte 4144 towards the sea before you hit 'Takua Thung'. 'Ah Phang Nga' National Park is right there too.

From 'Phang-Nga' to 'Tha Dan' is 8.5 km and you can take a 'Sŏrng·tăa·ou' or motorcycle taxi.

But this still leaves us with the problem to get from 'Khao Sok' to 'Phang-Nga'. On Google Maps there is a Route 415 from 'Phanom' near 'Khao Sok' to 'Thap Put' and on to 'Phang-Nga'. The book doesn't mention any transportation, but the bus to Krabi may use that road.

So even though there seems to be a third more direct ferry from 'Tha Dan', to get there seems more complicated and may take longer than going via Phuket or Krabi.

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