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Getting to Koh Tao

The small paradise island Koh Tao is situated in the Gulf of Thailand north of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

 Koh Tao has no airport. Whether you choose to come by flight, bus or train you will always need to take the ferry as the last leg of your journey. We have listed some options below. 


 

Passage to Koh Tao

  • From Bangkok
  • From Chumphon
  • From Surat Thani
  • From Koh Samui

Bangkok to Koh Tao

There are many options for getting from Bangkok to Koh Tao. They are all quite comfortable and easy, so your decision will depend mostly on your budget and how much time you have.

By Air

There is no airport on Koh Tao, but there are a couple of options with air travel from Bangkok. The fastest but most expensive is to Koh Samui. Bangkok Airways has 10 flights a day from Suvarnabhumi airport on this route, with a journey time of just 1 hour. We would recommend only booking flights leaving Bangkok earlier than 1pm if you wish to arrive on Koh Tao the same day, as ferry services cease at 5pm. Your ferry tickets may be easily booked online, www.lomprayah.com or www.seatrandiscovery.com

You may also choose to fly from Bangkok to Chumphon or Surat Thani from Don Muang airport with Air Asia, www.airasia.com or Nok Air, www.nokair.com. You can buy your ticket all the way to Koh Tao incl transportation from the airport to the pier.

Bangkok Air also have direct flights to Koh Samui from Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket and Krabi.

By Train

Train travel in Thailand is very comfortable and quite modern. The Thai transit authority has recently purchased a new Special Express air conditioned sleeper train that will suit all traveller’s standards and guarantee a peaceful night’s sleep. You can purchase online at www.12go.asia, www.thailandtrains.com or make your booking with a travel agency.

From there we recommend you to catch the Lomprayah ferry, www.lomprayah.com

By Bus

The cheapest travel option from Bangkok to Koh Tao is via Chumphon. The buses are modern, air conditioned and comfortable, but do not include sleeper beds. Can be booked online, www.lomprayah.com.

Chumphon to Koh Tao

There are no direct flights from Chumphon to Koh Samui (Koh Tao’s closest airport). There are a few ferry companies operating from Chumphon, but for daytime travel we recommend Lomprayah.

Lomprayah have two daily ferries, one leaving at 7:00am and arriving at 8:45am, the other leaving at 1:30pm and arriving at 3:15pm. Tickets cost 600 Thai Baht and may be purchased at the train station or from numerous agents around Chumphon town. These will rarely if ever need to be booked in advance. On the Lomprayah ferry there is the option of the VIP room for just 100 Thai Baht extra if you would prefer a more quiet and comfortable journey. Just go to the second deck and enter the VIP room, a staff member will come by to collect your payment.

If you arrive in Chumphon too late for the Lomprayah ferry, there is also the option of the Night Ferry. These are primarily used for bringing supplies and vehicles over to the Island, but now boast comfortable, air conditioned dormitory style bedding. These leave around 11:00pm and arrive around 7:00am and cost between 400-600 Thai Baht. Be warned however, one of these boats is significantly less comfortable than the others, known colloquially amongst Koh Taoians as the ‘slave ship’. It is unfortunately the luck of the draw which boat you receive passage on!

www.lomprayah.com

    Surat Thani to Koh Tao

    For passage to Koh Tao from southern Thailand, Surat Thani is your best option to start your journey into the Thai Gulf.

    There are no direct flights from Surat Thani to Koh Samui (Koh Tao’s closest airport). There are a few ferry companies operating from Surat Thani, but for daytime travel we recommend Lomprayah.

    Lomprayah have two daily ferries, one leaving at 9:00am and arriving at 2:15am, the other leaving at 3:30pm and arriving at 7:15pm. Tickets cost 800 to 900 Thai Baht and may be purchased at the train station, airport or numerous agents around Surat Thani town. You may also purchase tickets including coach travel to the Lompryah Pier, which lies about an hour from Surat Thani proper. These will rarely if ever need to be booked in advance. On the Lomprayah ferry there is the option of the VIP room for just 100 Thai Baht extra if you would prefer a more quiet and comfortable journey. Just go to the second deck and enter the VIP room, a staff member will come by to collect your payment.

    If you arrive in Surat Thani too late for the Lomprayah ferry, there is also the option of the Night Ferry. These are primarily used for bringing supplies and vehicles over to the Island, but now boast comfortable, air conditioned dormitory style bedding. These leave around 11:00pm and arrive around 8:00am and cost between 400 to 600 Thai Baht. Be warned however, one of these boats is significantly less comfortable than the others, known colloquially amongst Koh Taoians as the ‘slave ship’. It is unfortunately the luck of the draw which boat you receive passage on!

    www.lomprayah.com or www.seatrandiscovery.com

    Koh Samui to Koh Tao

    There are a few options for ferry travel between Koh Samui and Koh Tao, but we recommend either the Lompryah or Seatran ferry.

    Lomprayah have two daily ferries, one leaving at 8:00am and arriving at 9:30am, the other leaving at 12:30pm and arriving at 2:15pm, with an hour stop over on Koh Phangan. Tickets cost 600 Thai Baht and may be purchased at the airport, the pier or at numerous agents around Koh Samui. These will rarely if ever need to be booked in advance.

    On the Lomprayah ferry there is the option of the VIP room for just 100 Thai Baht extra if you would prefer a more quiet and comfortable journey. Just go to the second deck and enter the VIP room, a staff member will come by to collect your payment.

    Seatran operates 3 daily ferries, leaving at 8am, 1:00pm and 6:30pm. Each journey takes two hours and costs 600 Thai Baht. You may also organize transport from Koh Samui Airport to the pier for a reasonable price.

    www.lomprayah.com or www.seatrandiscovery.com

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