Now, this is one that I didn’t look into too much. I don’t look into anything I do hardly enough so I guess that statement is pointless.
The travel agents in Ao Nang didn’t have Surat Thani listed on their transport lists and I couldn’t be bothered asking if there was a direct minibus or how much a taxi would be to get there because I assumed it would be expensive as Surat Thani Airport is about 2 hours from Ao Nang. But in hindsight I totally should of asked because this was 3 transfers and 6 and a half hours worth of travel and not really that much of a bargain.
Assuming it would be have really expensive and I found the cheapest route, let me get into it.
Side note three : Ao Nang to Surat Thani Airport for 410 baht.
The mission around 10:00am on the Sorng-taa-ou from Ao Nang Road headed for Krabi Bus Terminal. They run every 10-20 minutes. Be patient and wait, don’t give up and listen to bus drivers going in to opposite direction who tell you they’re going to Krabi. Yeah sure they are, but they won’t be getting there for a hell of a long time. I got impatient and made the mistake of getting on and then got off about a minute later only to see the Sorng-taa-ou I was waiting for go past. Annoying. Eye-roll. Cross the road. 60 baht and about half a hour and you’ll be in Krabi.
From Krabi Bus Terminal I bought a ticket to Surat Thani for 150 baht. Tell someone where you want to go and they’ll point you to the right counter. I think this bus runs every hour to two hours starting at 7:00am and ending at 4:00pm according to the timetable on the ticket I received. The time timetable says that there’s a bus at 11:00am and the next at 12:30pm yet I caught the 11:30am bus. Just get to Bus Terminal and wait for the next bus, timetables aren’t a strict thing in Thailand. Always be prepared to wait and it’s a bonus if you don’t have to.
This was the annoying part. There’s no direct bus from Krabi to Surat Thani. That’s fine. The Surat Thani bus is supposed to end at bus terminal and from there there’s a 110baht bus to the Airport, supposedly. My last stop was in the opposite direction of the Terminal, a good couple of kms away and just at a random spot on the side of the road. A man grabbed my suitcase, crossed the road with me and took me to a counter where they told me a taxi was 600baht and a minibus 200baht. By this stage, I was hot, had been travelling for 6 hours and was over it. Yeah alright just give me your 200baht minibus ticket, please. Still a good option as it rocked up about 5 minutes later and took me straight to the airport and I had arrived within half an hour.
My flight wasn’t this same day, I was meeting my guesthouse host at the airport who then drove me to my accommodation. I always try to get to a local accom the day before my flight so I have time to chill, I don’t like having to rush. I wouldn’t recommended this route though if you’re flying out the same day or if you find a direct route that isn’t much more expensive.
Overall this route was pretty easy and everyone was friendly and helpful along the way. I don’t think it’s possible to get lost in Thailand, there’s always someone who can point you in the right direction if you smile while you talk.