I'm staying in Phuket (Karon) for a week and fancy a couple of days at Khao Sok national park. My plan is to take the bus up from Phuket and then travel back again by bus to Kata for another week at a different hotel. As I'm checking out I'll need to take all of my luggage with me on the bus. I'll have a large suitcase and a second smaller suitcase. Can anyone advise whether the cases can be brought onto the bus, or is this not practical? If not, is there a secure place I could store the large suitcase at the bus terminal in Phuket?
Finally, how long would the bus journey take? I could take a taxi but it works out quite expensive both ways. Any other suggestions?