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Koh Tao Travel

Getting to Koh Tao is a two part process. The nice thing is that the trip is pleasant and the scenery fascinating. Best of all, the extra step means there are fewer visitors on Koh Tao at any given time.
By Air (To Koh Samui or Surathani Province and then continue by boat to Koh Tao)
        - Bangkok to Koh Samui : Bangkok Airways* provides over 10 flights/day
.       - Thai Airways International (02 628-2000) offers daily flight to Suratthani. More information at
        - Singapore to Koh Samui : Bangkok Airways provides a daily flight

By Air (To Chumporn Province and continue by boat to Koh Tao)
        - Air Andaman flies four times a week to Chumphon. More information at

* Bangkok Air Tel: (Bangkok) +662 229 3434; 229 3456 (Bangkok Don Muang Airport) +662 535 2497-8; 535 3757 Internet:

By Train
        - From Bangkok to Chumporn (For travellers not in a hurry, the train is the most pleasant way to travel to Chumporn.)
        - Express #85 - (Bangkok - Chumporn) leaves Bangkok 19:15 daily and arrives in Chumporn between 3:30 and 5:00. 2nd class air conditioned and fan-cooled sleeping carriages and air-conditioned and fan-cooled ordinary carriages available. Ask the conductor to wake you up for Chumporn Station.
- Diesel - (Bangkok - Chumporn) leaves Bangkok at 22:30 and arrives 06:00. 2nd class air conditioned ordinary carriages only.

By Coach
- From Southern Bus Terminal - Air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned coaches leave the Southern Bus Terminal for Chumporn from about 09:30 to 22:00 daily. (We highly recommend air-conditioned coaches - non-air conditioned buses can be cramped and uncomfortable, particularly for taller people). The journey normally takes about seven hours. Fares range from 136-317 baht
        - From Kaosarn Road - daily bus & mini bus depart at 20:00-21.00 and arrives in Chumporn at approximately 04:00.

Part II - To Koh Tao
From Koh Samui or Surathani Province to Koh Tao

        - Songserm Travel provide a daily boat service which leaves from Na Thorn Pier at 10:30. You can catch a minibus from Koh Samui Airport to Na Thorn Pier. (If you catch the first Bangkok-Koh Samui flight, you should be able to catch this boat)
        - Lompraya Catamaran high speed boat provide a daily boat service which leaves from Wat Pra Lan pier at 08:00 and 12.30

        - FROM THA THONG PIER, SURAT THANI, Songserm Express Boat, Surat Thani-Koh Tao, 8:00 - 14:30, 455 baht/trip. Koh Tao-Surat Thani, 10:30 - 16:30
        - NIGHT BOAT FROM BAN DON PIER, SURAT THANI, Surat Thani-Koh Tao, 23:00 - 6.00, 400 baht/trip. Koh Tao-Surat Thani, 21:00 - 5:00.

From Chumporn to Koh Tao
        - Songserm Travel provides a daily boat which leaves Ta Yang Pier at 7:0. They also provide regular buses from Chumporn Train Station to their office (about 1 km) and at 06:30, a bus from their office to the pier in time to catch the 07:00 boat. The journey takes 3 hours.
        - Lomlak high speed boat provides daily service from Tung Ma Kam Noi Pier at 7:00 and 15:00. They also provide a bus service from Kao San Road to Chumporn leaving daily at 21:00, telephone 02- 280-0887, 02-280-1035 . Boat agents are available at Chumporn railway station. The journey takes 2 hours.
        - Ekawin high speed boat provides a daily boat which leaves Ta Yang Pier at 7:00. The jour ney takes 3 hours.

* All boat fares are generally 400 Baht per person. However, fares can be adjusted from season to season or according to the operators' promotion campaign.

Time Table :

Ko Tao-Chumphon
Songserm Express Boat
Dep. 15:00h - Arr.17:30h
Speed Boats
Dep. 10:30h - Arr.12:00h
Speed Ferries
Dep. 11:00h - Arr.13:30h
Slow Boat
Dep. 10:00h - Arr.15:00h
Night Boat
Dep. 20:30h - Arr. 05:00h
Chumphon-Ko Tao

Songserm Express Boat
Dep. 07:30h - Arr.10:15h

Speed Boats
Dep. 07:30h - Arr. 09:30h
Speed Ferries
Dep. 07:30h - Arr.10:00h
Slow Boat
Dep. 24:00h - Arr. 05:00h
Night Boat
Dep. 20:30h - Arr.05:00h
Ko Tao-Samui
Songserm Express Boat
Dep. 10:00h - Arr.13:15h
Dep. 14:30h - Arr.17:15h
Speed Boats
Dep. 09:30h - Arr.11:00h
Dep. 15:00h - Arr.16:30h
Slow Boat
Dep. 09:30h - Arr.13:30h
Lomprayah Catamaran
Dep. 10:30h - Arr.12:00h
Dep. 15:00h - Arr.16:30h
Samui-Ko Tao
Songserm Express Boat
Dep. 09:00h - Arr.11:30h
Dep. 11:00h - Arr.14:30h
Speed Boats
Dep. 08:30h - Arr.10:00h
Dep. 12:00h - Arr.13:30h
Slow Boat
Dep. 09:00h - Arr.14:00h
Lomprayah Catamaran
Dep. 08:30h - Arr.10:00h
Dep. 13:00h - Arr.14:30h
Ko Tao-Phangan
Songserm Express Boat
Dep. 10:30h - Arr.12:00h
Dep. 14:30h - Arr.16:00h
Speed Boats
Dep. 09:30h - Arr.10:30h
Dep. 15:00h - Arr.16:00h
Slow Boat
Dep. 09:30h - Arr.12:30h
Raja Ferry
Dep. 09:00h - Arr.11:30h
Lomprayah Catamaran
Dep. 10:30h - Arr.11:30h
Phangan-Ko Tao
Songserm Express Boat
Dep. 10:00h - Arr.11:30h
Dep. 12:30h - Arr.14:00h
Speed Boats
Dep. 09:30h - Arr.10:30h
Dep. 12:30h - Arr.13:30h
Slow Boat
Dep. 10:30h - Arr.14:00h
Raja Ferry
Dep. 13:00h - Arr.15:30h
Lomprayah Catamaran
Dep. 13:30h - Arr.14:30h
Ko Tao-Suratthani
Songserm Express Boat
Dep. 10:30h - Arr.16:30h
Night Boat
Dep. 20:30h - Arr.05:30h
Raja Ferry
Dep. 08:00h - Arr.12:30h
Suratthani-Ko Tao
Songserm Express Boat
Dep. 08:00h - Arr.14:30h
Night Boat
Dep. 23:00h - Arr. 08:00h
Raja Ferry
Dep. 14:00h - Arr.18:30h


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