How to get to Koh Tao
How to get to Koh Tao
Directly on the island of Koh Tao can only be reached by water ferry or boat, but you must get close to the island to catch a ferry or boat. Cities for transfer to a ferry are of Chumphon and Surat Thaniand the Islands of Samui and Phangan. To get from Bangkok or Hua hin to Koh Tao, you can use the service of the company Lombia (Lomprayah, see below).
Step 1. To get to Chumphon, Surat Thani or Samui
If you reach by road+ferry from Bangkok, Hua hin and other towns to the North of Ko Tao, it makes sense to get through the city Chumpon (Chumpon also Chumporn). If you are going to get from the South (Phuket, Krabi, Malaysia, Singapore), it makes sense to go through the town of Surat Thani (Surat Thani).
On the plane
In Koh Tao the airport there. The nearest airports are located in Koh Samui in Surat Thani (Surat Thani) and Chumphon (Chumpon).
The cheapest way to get is to use the flights to the airport in Surat Thani or Chumphon from Bangkok, because there operate flights budget airlines Air Asia, Solar Air, Nok Air, and Thai Airways. Air Asia, Nok Air fly from Bangkok airport don Muang (Don Muang), Thai Airways international flies from Bangkok airport Suvarnabhumi.
Airlines Nok Air and Solar Air on their websites offer great options of flights+transfer by ferry directly to the island from 2100 baht (currency of Thailand)than we would recommend use in the first place, especially if you are doing this route for the first time.
Air travel in Koh Samui is set high monopoly prices, and as a result this route from Bangkok to Koh Tao would be the most expensive but the fastest way to get.
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By train you can get close to the island, reaching the cities of Chumphon or Surat Thani, from where, in turn, the island is accessible by ferry/boat.
If you're moving from the North (from Bangkok), it is better to go in Chumphon, if from the South (Phuket, Krabi town, Malaysia, Singapore), it is better to go to Surat Thani.
Daily from Bangkok to Chumphon is sent at least 12 trains daily (schedule and cost can be found here http://www.railway.co.th), train 8 hours in the way. It makes sense to go with a night train (depart from Bangkok at 19:30 and 22:50), to arrive Chumphon early in the morning. Tickets cost from 80 to 400 baht depending on class.
It should be noted that the trains from Bangkok leave from two stations: the main station from Hua lamphong and Thonburi station.
Which is very convenient, upon arrival at railway station in Chumphon, you'll be able to buy tickets for the ferry to Ko Tao, including a free Shuttle to the pier.
From the southern bus terminal in Bangkok throughout the day, there are buses to Chumphon. Journey time about 7 hours, cost from 150 to 300 baht depending on class of bus.
There are also many tourist buses from different tourist destinations of Thailand.
Step 2. Take a ferry/boat to Koh Tao
Ferry and speed boats connect Koh Tao with the following cities and Islands: Surat Thani, Chumpon, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan. On Koh Tao they all arrive at the pier in Mae Haad (the pier of Mae Haad on the map).
From Chumphon to Koh Tao
From Chumphon ferry and boat companies Lompraya, Seatran, Songserm,
Ferries from Chumphon depart from the different marinas. You can reach them by taxi, bus, and some ferry services include a free Shuttle to the pier hotel in Chumphon or the train station of Chumphon, if you buy tickets there:
- Tha Yang Pier. This pier is located 7 kilometers from town (pier Tha Yang on the map). You can reach it from the city by tuk-tuk for 50 baht. There are night ferry and car ferry to Ko Charoen Car Ferry (accepts foot passengers), both late and arrive on Koh Tao in the morning. Hence, at 7:30 Ekawin Speed Ferry for 700 baht.
- Tung Makham. It is used by Lompraya, is 28 kilometers from the city (pier Mae Haad on the map). The lamprey offers a Shuttle service to the pier from town for 100 baht.
- Mattapon Pier. Located 14 kilometers from the city (pier Mattapon on the map). From here ferries Songserm.
Here is a sample schedule and cost of ferry from Chumphon to Koh Tao, but things can change. In any case, most of the ferries goes in the morning.
Firm (pierce) The frequency Departure (arrival) The value of the baht Ekawin Speed Ferry (leaves from Tha Yang Pier) Daily 07:30 (10:00) 700 Lomprayah (pier Tung Makham) Daily 07:00 (9:00), 13:00 (14:45) 600 Songserm Express Boat (from the pier Mattapon Pier) Daily 07:30 (10:15) 500 Rung Napha tour Daily 12:00 (06:00) Ko Charoen Car Ferry (leaves from Tha Yang Pier) Monday, Tuesday, Friday 23:00 (05:00) 300 Night ferry (leaves from Tha Yang Pier) Daily 24:00 (05:00) 350 Talay Sap Ferry (leaves from Tha Yang Pier) Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 23:00 (05:00) 300
From Surat Thani
From Surat Thani sent two boats to Ko Tao:
- Morning boat Songserm. Departs at 8:00, arrives 14:30. The price of 700 baht. Sending in Surat Thani pier don Sak/Raja (Don Sak/Raja Ferry) (pier don Sak on the map).
- Night ferry. Departs at 23:00, arrives at 07:00. The price is 500 baht. Sending from the pier of Ban don (Ban Don) in the city (the pier at Ban don on the map).
The Lompraya Catamaran (Chumphon, Samui, Phangan, Hua Hin, Bangkok)
The website http://www.lomprayah.com
One of the most popular and fastest way to get to the island are fast catamaran of Lomprayah. Prices are high, but that's the price for speed and convenience, although, to be honest. the trip by high-speed catamaran in waves, the pleasure is not pleasant, especially for those who suffer from sea sickness.
To go with Lomprayah to Koh Tao from hat Yai (hat Yai), Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. In addition, they offer a comprehensive transfer that includes the transfer by bus from Bangkok and Hua hin. Tickets can be purchased at the company's offices or via the Internet on the website of the company. The site has a schedule. Purchase tickets through the website available at least 3 days before the trip. Tickets are not returnable in case of refusal to return only 30% of the cost.
The ticketing offices are available in Bangkok (near Khao San road), Hua hin, Chumphon, Samui, Phangan and Koh Tao. The location of the offices is on the website of the company.
Schedule and cost Lompraya (as of Feb 2013, the actual can be found on the company website):
Route Departure (arrival) The cost Samui – Koh Tao 8:00 (09:45), 12:30 (14:15) 600 baht Phangan – Koh Tao 8:30 (9:45), 13:00 (14:15) 450 baht Chumpon – Koh Tao 07:00 (08:45), 13:00 (14:45) 600 baht Hua hin (bus+catamaran) – Koh Tao 23:30 (08:45), 08:30 (14:45) 1050 baht Bangkok (bus+catamaran) – Koh Tao 21:00 (08:45), 06:00 (14:45) 1050 baht Ko Tao - Samui 09:30 (11:20), 15:00 (16:40) 600 baht Koh Tao - Koh Phangan 09:30 (10:45), 15:00 (16:10) 450 baht Ko Tao - Chumphon 10:15 (11:45), 14:45 (16:30) 600 baht Ko Tao - Hua hin (bus+catamaran) 10:15 (17:00), 14:45 (21:30) 1000 baht Ko Tao - Bangkok (bus+catamaran) 10:15 (20:30), 14:45 (00:30) 1000 baht
Transport on Koh Tao, than to move on
Public transport on Koh Tao is missing, but a lot of taxis (Songthaew). They run on standard routes and are inexpensive, but you can hire them as taxis to get to the right place.
The most convenient option to move around the island is by rented transport (see also separate information about renting a vehicle in Thailand). Rent a motorbike for 150-300 baht per day. The rental also includes off-road vehicles and ATVs, but they should be careful, if you do not have the skills to manage them. A good way to Tao is only one, the rest are mostly bumpy and winding, and you can easily lose control of the vehicle. Rent the jeep will have to pay 1000 baht, hire a Quad bike will cost 500 baht.
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If it is not possible to rent a motorbike, then you can easily rent a mountain bike. The island is small, and it is quite possible to get around by bike.
There is also a water taxi that runs between all the beaches. The boat trip will cost more than a trip on a hired taxi, but from the boat you will be able to enjoy the view of the island.