Getting to Koh Tao | A Complete Guide | Villa Sabai Jai

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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. 



  • 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, or

You may also choose to fly from Bangkok to Chumphon or Surat Thani from Don Muang airport with Air Asia, or Nok Air, 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, or make your booking with a travel agency.

From there we recommend you to catch the Lomprayah ferry,

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,

Chumphon to Koh Tao

We recommend you to use the Lomprayah ferry which has two daily ferries,

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.

We recommend you to use Lomprayah ferry, or Seatran ferry,, both offer two daily ferries.

Koh Samui to Koh Tao

We recommend either the Lomprayah or Seatran ferry. Both have 3 daily ferries. or


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