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we are driving from bangkok to Phuket, planning to start early in morning around 6am, which highway route we should follow for nice scenic route?

how long is it gonna take to reach phuket?

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Take highway #4.

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It depends on how fast you travel but you should make Chumphon for a late lunch if you hurry, and Phuket by sunset. Then is the time to take in the scenery.

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Head for Hua Hin/Cha Am then enter the dual carriageway system and keep going to Chumpom - stay left at Chumpom if you want the faster route, if so head for Surat Thani then cut across to Phuket - if not go right at Chumpom and head across country to the West coast and then South to Phuket. The Surat Thani route is the easier drive (I think).

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Once you get going down highway #4 from Ratchaburi or Hua-hin if you come from the gulf, then it's really smooth sailing all the way to Chumphon, so roll down the windows and let the wind blow back your hair, as Springsteen might suggest, for you can smell that fragrance of eucalypt trees all the way through that peninsular just as if you were in Australia.

It's a wonderful drive, so please make the most of it, and it's rather a unique long-distance olfactory sensation in Thailand.

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Once you get going down highway #4 from Ratchaburi or Hua-hin if you come from the gulf, then it's really smooth sailing all the way to Chumphon, so roll down the windows and let the wind blow back your hair, as Springsteen might suggest, for you can smell that fragrance of eucalypt trees all the way through that peninsular just as if you were in Australia.

It's a wonderful drive, so please make the most of it, and it's rather a unique long-distance olfactory sensation in Thailand.

I drive Hua Hin-Phuket frequently. Dont have the same impression as you, its a highway, smokey trucks and pickups, no nice fragrances, rather fast, 6 hours to do 700km. beautiful scenery starts in Phang Na and continues in Phuket.

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I drive Hua Hin-Phuket frequently. Dont have the same impression as you, its a highway, smokey trucks and pickups, no nice fragrances, rather fast, 6 hours to do 700km. beautiful scenery starts in Phang Na and continues in Phuket.

I've only ever done it on a motorbike, so I suppose that my nose had a much more real experience than it deserved, according to the laws.

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which would be best way to choose between Ranong and Surat Thani if i would like to avoid in city traffic

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which would be best way to choose between Ranong and Surat Thani if i would like to avoid in city traffic

The road to Phuket bypasses Suart so you never really get into the town, the road cross country from that point on has some excellent scenery but is not a fast road. The Ranong road on the other hand was in very poor shape, the last time I drove it about a year ago, nice lush vegatation and some good views but slow going, I'd go Surat. Looking at the map you might get the idea that the West coast road generates some nice coastal views but this is not the case, so don't be mislead into taking a slower road for some non-existent views!

Also, Bangkok to Cha Am is about two and a half hours, depending on traffic - Cha Am Phuket is dooable in seven or eight hours but there again, I'm not a slow driver!

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I drive Hua Hin-Phuket frequently. Dont have the same impression as you, its a highway, smokey trucks and pickups, no nice fragrances, rather fast, 6 hours to do 700km. beautiful scenery starts in Phang Na and continues in Phuket.

Have to agree, especially if you're unlucky enough to encounter lots of maniac bus/truck drivers - also agree about the scenery, makes driving that route worthwhile.

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Definately go Ranong way. It is about 40 Kms longer but if you want nice scenery, don't mind twisty roads and don't want a boring drive there is no comparison. I have done the trip over 30 times and only been Surat Thani way about 2 or 3 times. I do travel by motorcycle and the Ranong stretch is one of the best motorcycle roads in Southern Thailand. Also sone nice lookout points with spectactular views of Burma.

I just travelled this road 2 days ago and only 1 small section being repaired.again

Stop over night in Ranong and visit the hot springs and the Ranong Canyon. Also some nice waterfalls along the way.You will not be disapointed. :)

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Definately go Ranong way. It is about 40 Kms longer but if you want nice scenery, don't mind twisty roads and don't want a boring drive there is no comparison. I have done the trip over 30 times and only been Surat Thani way about 2 or 3 times. I do travel by motorcycle and the Ranong stretch is one of the best motorcycle roads in Southern Thailand. Also sone nice lookout points with spectactular views of Burma.

I just travelled this road 2 days ago and only 1 small section being repaired.again

Stop over night in Ranong and visit the hot springs and the Ranong Canyon. Also some nice waterfalls along the way.You will not be disapointed. :)

riding a bike I would go Ranong. Lots of curves, nice views.

Only gone there twice with car (Fortuner), and would not like to do it again. Much better road Phunpin (Surat) to Phuket, new highway half the way.

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Obviously the OP wants to go from Bkk to Phuket in just one day, which is a very long drive. Going via Surat (yes, you don't go into the city) is much quicker than via Ranong, both Chumporn-Ranong and Ranong-Takua Pa are mostly winding uphill/downhill 2 lane roads, and especially on the leg Chumporn-Ranong you might get stuck a long time behind a large slowly moving vehicle.

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I agree that it is a very long drive.

I don't see a reason to do it unless you take two days and enjoy the ride.

We always stop at the beach in Chaam and then again about an hour north of Chumpon there is a very nice remote beach with picnic tables, swings and no one around usually.

This is our style of travel and I think I would dislike attempting it in one day.

It would be sort of like crossing the US and only using the Interstate highways.

You can go fast but see practically nothing.

Not for me.

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I agree that it is a very long drive.

I don't see a reason to do it unless you take two days and enjoy the ride.

We always stop at the beach in Chaam and then again about an hour north of Chumpon there is a very nice remote beach with picnic tables, swings and no one around usually.

This is our style of travel and I think I would dislike attempting it in one day.

It would be sort of like crossing the US and only using the Interstate highways.

You can go fast but see practically nothing.

Not for me.

cruising 140 kmh its done in 8 hours if needed, but the insane traffic needs 100% attention making it a long drive

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