Hi, I have been reading the great posts on this forum. We are planning a trip for Feb. 2014 and have lots of questions! We are going on the MV Oktavia 5 day liveaboard trip--we are snorkel fanatics. The boat docks south of Khao Lak at 1730. We don't want to unpack for a one-nighter in Khao Lak before we go to Khao Sok if we can help it. However, the time we were given to get to the entrance of the NP by taxi was 2 to 2 1/2 hours. That would put it pretty late for eating dinner if restaurants up there are even open that late? What do you advise? Suck it up and stay in Khao Lak or go up to the park that evening?
Secondly, are the rafflesia flowers blooming in mid-Feb and is the trek to see them difficult?
Next, we don't really want the full tour (with stops for markets and coffee) to get to the lake, just go there and get a guide for animal spotting, stay overnight and have a guide for a night tour. Is this possible?
Lastly, we will need to get transport from the Lake houses to the Phuket airport. Is this possible to arrange and how long would it take (taxi or private driver)?
Thanks so much--the TA community is so great, I am sure there is a wealth of info out there to help us.
Sally in Seattle