Bus, Car, Van

Car or Van

Ranong can be reached from Bangkok by taking are located on Highway No. 4 between the major towns of Takua Pa to the south and Ranong to the north.

Vans, complete with a driver, can be hired in most towns.

Cars can be rented in Phuket, including at the airport, and Ranong. For road maps, please visit Google Maps.

Public Bus

Arriving in the North Andaman area by bus is an affordable and convenient way to travel.

Make sure to inform the bus driver of your destination, and he should indicate when you need to get off. Buses coming from the south usually stop in the town of Takua Pa, which is 45 minutes from Kuraburi.

Common arrival and departure points include:

From Bangkok

Visitors coming from Bangkok typically take a night bus to either Kuraburi or Ranong. Buses depart from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal (sai tai mai in Thai). Please note that several companies operate these buses, and the company which you buy your ticket from will depend on your departure time. The journey to Ranong Bus Terminal takes eight hours, while Kuraburi is reached in about 10 hours.

Plan to leave for the terminal before 16.30, as the traffic usually gets much worse after this time. If you are traveling during Thai public holidays, it is advised that you arrive at the bus terminal as early as possible.

Southern Bus Terminal General Enquiries +66 (0) 2435 1199, +66 (0) 2435 1200

From Bangkok to Ranong

Lignite Tour Bus Company operates a 24-seater air-conditioned public bus leaves Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal at 20.00.
Telephone Enquiries: +66 (0) 2422 4400, +66 (0) 2984 6122
Telephone Bookings: +66 (0) 2422 4444, +66 (0) 2262 3456

Newmit Tour Bus Company operates an air-conditioned 32-38-seater bus that departs the Southern Bus Terminal twice daily at 08.10 and 20.00.
Telephone: +66 (0) 2894 6115, +66 (0) 7781 1140

Chocanan Tour Bus Company operates an air con 32-36-seater bus that departs the Southern Bus Terminal twice daily at 08.10 and 20.00.
Telephone: +66 (0) 2894 6300-2, +66 (0) 7751 1480

From Bangkok to Kuraburi

Buses depart daily from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal (sai tai mai in Thai) between 17:00 and 21:00. There are different classes of bus available, ranging from second class to VIP, which has more space. A ticket costs from around 600 Baht or higher, depending on the class.

Make sure the bus travels down the Andaman coast through Kuraburi. Make sure the destination is Kuraburi (NOT Krabi). Once on the bus, inform the driver or the conductor that you want to get off at Kuraburi. In the event that a direct bus to Kuraburi is not available, you can take a bus to Ranong, and then take another bus down to Kuraburi.

From within Southern Thailand

From Ranong, local buses head south to Kapoe, Kampuan, and Kuraburi several times a day. Consult the bus station for details.

From Phuket, you will need to get on a Phuket-Chumpon or Phuket-Bangkok bus that runs through Kuraburi, Kampuan, and Kapoe. These buses leave the bus station at 08:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:30, 17:30. Typically, buses stop for 15-20 minutes in Takua Pa, which is 40 minutes south of Kuraburi.

From Phang Nga, buses leave for Ranong at 08:30, 12:30, and 13:30.

From Krabi, buses leave for Ranong at 07:00, 11:00, and 12:00.

From Surathani, buses leave for Takua Pa hourly between 9:00 and 16:00. The trip is about three hours long. You will then need to catch a bus north from Takua Pa.

From Takua Pa, there are non air-conditioned bus smaller orange buses that run to Kuraburi for 50 Baht. Larger air-conditioned buses will stop anywhere in the area on their way to Ranong, Chumphon, or Bangkok.

From Khao Lak, take a local bus (two-three hours, 100 Baht) from one of the bus stops. Look for the Phuket-Chumpon or the Phuket-Bangkok bus that runs through Kuraburi. Alternatively, make your way to Takua Pa, and board a bus to Kuraburi, Ranong, Chumphon, or Bangkok.