Here are some maps to show you our dive shop location in Khao Lak. We can arrange a taxi to pick you up from Phuket Airport and bring you direct to our dive shop in Khao Lak – making your holiday stress-free!
Where is Khao Lak?
Our dive shop is located in Khao Lak, a small town about 1 hour’s drive up the coast from Phuket Airport. It’s a very chilled out little town with several bars and restaurants, a good range of Khao Lak hotels for all budgets, and a nice beach.
Khao Lak Map
This shows the location of our dive shop and local hotels in central Khao Lak
You can also see our larger, more comprehensive map of Khao Lak that also shows Bang Niang Beach to the north and southern Khao Lak towards Phuket. This map has the location of almost all of Khao Lak’s hotels marked on it.
Thailand map showing location of Khao Lak
The easiest way to get to Khao Lak is to fly into Phuket Airport from Bangkok and then get a taxi to Khao Lak. Alternatively you can get the overnight bus from Bangkok to Khao Lak.
Map Of Khao Lak, Phuket and the Similan Islands
Khao Lak is the nearest point on the Thai mainland to the Similan Islands – boats leave from Tap Lamu pier to go to the Similans.
I want to make my own way to Khao Lak. How do I get to your dive shop?
Please take a look at the map of Khao Lak.
If you get a taxi from Phuket or Krabi, ask the driver to take you to the Beach Road, and look out for the big Nang Thong supermarket on the corner to make the turning.
Khao Lak has only got two main roads – the main road parallel to the coast and the beach road which unsurprisingly goes down to the beach.
If you arrive on the bus from Bangkok or Surat Thani, you will get off the bus opposite the Nang Thong Supermarket. (Look for the big red square at the top of the map).
Next to the Nang Thong Supermarket is the Beach Road. The dive shop is 200 metres down the road. If you arrive at the beach… you’ve gone too far! Look for the big sign saying “Similan Diving Safaris” and the rasta manta logo
If you get lost, please call our emergency 24 hour number 089 5900588.
What bus do I need to catch from Bangkok / Surat Thani / Phuket?
Any travel agent on Khao San Road on Bangkok can book you a seat on the overnight bus from Bangkok to Phuket, which stops in Khao Lak. Travel time is around 10 hours.
Similarly, any travel agent in Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao can book a bus ticket for you from Surat Thani to Khao Lak.
We suggest you book at least a day in advance and ensure that you will arrive in Khao Lak by 4pm on the day of your departure.
How much does a taxi cost?
A taxi costs 1300 Thai Baht from Phuket Airport to our shop in Khao Lak. It is 1800 Thai Baht from a Phuket hotel to our shop in Khao Lak.
Can I get a domestic flight from Bangkok to Phuket?
What if I am delayed or miss my flight and/or my pickup time?
Call us on 089 5900588 (cellphone) to let us know the situation and we will try to work it out for you.
How long does the liveaboard last?
MV Dolphin Queen liveaboard is 4 days and 4 nights. MV Similan Explorer is 5 days and 5 nights. The liveaboards departs at 5 in the evening and travels through the night to the Similan Islands. Diving begins first thing in the morning, with four dives on the first three days and then 2 dives on the fourth day. You can read more about a typical liveaboard day on our Similans Liveaboards page.
What time do we get back?
We finish our last dive around 12pm and then arrive back at the boat pier in Khao Lak around 4.30pm. You will arrive back at our dive shop around 5pm. Please note we cannot guarantee our return arrival time due to weather conditions.
Where should I stay before or after the liveaboard?
Most of our guests prefer to stay in Khao Lak on the night they come back from the liveaboard and then transfer to Phuket Airport the following day. We can also arrange a taxi to transfer you into Phuket the evening you come back from the liveaboard – it’s up to you.
We recommend you have accommodation booked in advance for the night you come back from the liveaboard.
The nearest hotels to our dive shop (i.e. within walking distance) are:
- Happy Lagoon Guesthouse
- Khaolak Orchid Beach Resort
- Suwan Palm
- Khao Lak Golden Place
- Khao Lak Grand City Hotel
- Centara Seaview Resort Khao Lak
- Baan Khaolak Resort
- Khaolak Palm Beach Resort
When can I fly after the liveaboard?
The current recommendation for flying after diving is 18 hours after your last dive. We finish diving on the liveaboard by around 1pm on the last day. This means you can fly from 6am the next morning. It’s recommend you leave as much time as ossible before flying after diving – 18 hours is the minimum guideline.
How do I get to Phuket Airport from Khao Lak?
We can order a taxi for you to take you from the dive shop to Phuket Airport. It is a one hour drive from Phuket Airport to Khao Lak and costs 1300 baht. Alternatively you can ask your resort to book a taxi for you.
What else is around Khao Lak?
There is the amazing Khao Sok national park very near by to Khao Lak, where you can go elephant trekking and jungle walking – and even stay overnight in the jungle if you wish. We can help you arrange this when you get here to Khao Lak.
Here’s another Khao Lak map: