Koh Tao (Koh Tao) – not a big island in the Gulf of Siam of the South China Sea, in the province of Suratthani. Nearby is a very small island – Koh Nangyan.
You can reach Koh Tao only by ferry or boat. To do this, you first need to go either to Suratthani (Suratthani) or to Chumphon (Koh Samui).
You can get to Koh Tao only by ferry or boat – this is the boat Lomprayah Boat Seatran Discovery
How to get to Surat Thani, Samui and Chumphon
Option One – on the plane
Planes fly to Koh Samui and Surat Thani, before the company Solar Air had flown to Chumphon, but now there are no such flights on their website.
On Samui from Bangkok you can fly two airlines – Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways (fly from the new airport of Bangkok – Suvarnabhumi, which is convenient if you flew an international flight from Russia or Ukraine), you can find and buy tickets here:
And then from Samui to Koh Tao to get on the ferry company Lampray (Lomprayah) or Sitran Discovery (Seatran Discovery), tickets for which you can buy or on their sites or at the airport upon arrival or at any tourist office in Samui. This is the fastest, but at the same time the most expensive way, because tickets for the Bangkok – Samui plane are not at all cheap (from $ 100).
You can fly to Suratthani Airport with an AirAsia campaign from Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur, or by NokAir from Bangkok. Tickets are not expensive at all, and if you buy in advance, you can generally fly to Surat Thani for 20-30 dollars per person. These airlines fly from the old airport of Bangkok – Don Mueang – keep this in mind when selecting tickets and connections. There at the airport, and on board the aircraft, offer a comprehensive ticket to Koh Tao (bus-ferry).
The second option – by train
By train, you can either go to Suratthani or Chumphon, and then get to Koh Tao by ferry. If you are coming from the north of the country – from Bangkok, the first stop will be in Chumphon, you better get out here. If you travel from the south of the country or from Malaysia, the train will arrive in Surat Thani. At the station offer comprehensive bus-ferry tickets.
From Bangkok it is most convenient to travel by night train, which leaves at 19:30 and at 22:50 (trains 85 and 167). The cost of a train ticket is about 20-25 dollars.
The third option is by bus.
By bus you can come to Suratthani from Krabi and Puhket (4 hours). Many travel agencies sell package tickets (bus + ferry) to Koh Tao. Which is very convenient.
Buses to Chumphon run from Bangkok’s new South Station (Sai Dai Mai), which takes about 7 hours.
You can buy a comprehensive ticket from the company Lampray (Lomprayah) – departure of buses from Bangkok at 21:00 and at 8:45 arrival at Koh Tao and at 6:00, arrival at 14:45. The cost of the ticket is 1050 baht ($ 35). Buses leave from Rambuttri Street (where we stayed in Bangkok), next to Koa San Road. The bus makes a stop in Hau Hin at 23:30 and arrives at about 5 in the morning on the ferry in Chumphon, where you can have breakfast, drink coffee and meet the dawn.
So, you got to Surat Thani, Chumphon or Samui in one of the selected ways (plane, train, bus), then on Koh Tao we get on the ferry or boat.
From Chumphon to Koh Tao, there are boats Lomprayah, Songserm Express and night ferry. Navigation between Koh Tao, Pagnan and Samui is carried out by Seatran Discovery.