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koh taoarrow Getting to Koh Tao
Subject to weather conditions, there are daily express boats between Thong Sala and Ko Tao, 47 km north, at 2.30 p.m. The trip takes 2 1/2 hours and costs Baht 150 one way. Rossarin Tour operates speed boats between Thong Sala and Ka Tao a couple of times a day for Baht 350 per person; the crossing only takes about an hour.

● Train/Bus/Boat Combinations
At Bangkok's Hualamphong station you can purchase train tickets that include a bus from the Surat Thani train station (Phun Phin) to the Ban Don pier and then a ferry to ko Pha-Ngan. These generally cost around 30 to 50 Baht more than baying each ticket separately yourself.

● By Plane
From Suratthani :
Thai Airways International, Air Asia and Nok Air has daily direct flights from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) to Surat Thani. The flight time is approximately 70 minutes.

From Koh Samui :
Fare is the most expensive but obviously the fastest, ideal for the persons who have only a little time. The direct flights from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) to Samui are by Bangkok Airways.
 
arrow Ferry Schedules
FERRY / BOAT KOH TAO - KOH SAMUI KOH SAMUI - KOH TAO
DEPARTURE ARRIVAL DEPARTURE ARRIVAL
Lomprayah 09:30 AM 11:20 AM 08:00 AM 09:45 AM
15:00 PM 16:40 PM 12:30 PM 14:15 PM
Phangan Cruises 09:30 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 AM 14:00 PM
Seatran Discovery Ferry 09:30 AM 11:30 AM 08:00 AM 10:00 AM
15:00 PM 17:00 PM 13:30 PM 15:30 PM
Songserm Express Boat 10:00 AM 13:15 PM 09:00 AM 11:30 AM
14:30 PM 17:15 PM 11:00 AM 14:30 PM
Cargo Boat (not daily) 09:30 AM 14:30 PM 09:30 AM 14:30 PM
 
FERRY / BOAT KOH TAO - KOH PHANGAN KOH PHANGAN - KOH TAO
DEPARTURE ARRIVAL DEPARTURE ARRIVAL
Lomprayah 09:30 AM 10:45 AM 08:30 AM 09:45 AM
15:00 PM 16:10 PM 13:00 PM 14:15 PM
Phangan Cruises 09:30 AM 11:00 AM 12:30 AM 14:00 PM
Seatran Discovery Ferry 09:30 AM 11:30 AM 08:30 AM 10:00 AM
15:00 PM 16:30 PM 14:00 PM 15:30 PM
Songserm Express Boat 10:30 AM 12:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:30 AM
14:30 PM 16:00 PM 12:30 PM 14:00 PM
Cargo Boat (not daily) 09:30 AM 12:30 PM 11:30 AM 14:30 PM
 
FERRY / BOAT KOH TAO - CHUMPHON CHUMPHON - KOH TAO
DEPARTURE ARRIVAL DEPARTURE ARRIVAL
Lomprayah 10:15 AM 11:45 AM 07:00 AM 08:45 AM
14:45 PM 16:30 PM 13:00 PM 14:45 PM
Songserm Express Boat 15:00 PM 17:30 PM 07:30 AM 10:15 AM
Ko Jaroen Car Ferry (daily except sun) 23:00 PM 05:00 AM 23:00 PM 05:00 AM
Seatran Discovery Ferry 10:00 AM 12:00 AM 07:00 AM 09:00 AM
16:00 PM 18:00 PM 13:00 PM 15:00 PM
Talay Sub Night Boat 23:00 PM 05:00 AM 23:00 PM 05:00 AM
Night Boat 20:00 PM 03:00 AM 24:00 PM 06:00 AM
 
FERRY KOH TAO - SURATTHANI SURATTHANI - KOH TAO
DEPARTURE ARRIVAL DEPARTURE ARRIVAL
Songserm Express Boat 10:30 AM 16:30 PM 08:00 AM 14:30 AM
Night Boat 20:30 PM 05:30 AM 23:00 PM 08:00 AM
Update: 27.01.10
 
CONTACTS
Lomprayah High Speed Ferry:
Website: http://www.lomprayah.com/
Koh Tao: 077 456 176
Samui: 077 427 765-6
Chumphon: 077 558 212-3
Bangkok: 02 629 2570-1

Seatran Discovery Express Ferry:
Website: www.seatrandiscovery.com
Koh Tao: 077 456 907-8
Samui: 077 246 086-8
Chumphon: 077 521 052
Bangkok: 02 240 2582-9

Songserm Express Boat:
Koh Tao: 077 456 274
Samui: 077 420 157
Chumphon: 077 506 205
Bangkok: 02 2807 897


Ko Jaroen Car & Cargo Ferry:
Koh Tao: 081 797 0276
Chumphon: 077 580 030


Talay Sub Cargo & Night Boat:

Koh Tao: 077 456 431
Samui: 077 430 531
Chumphon: 077 553 176-7
Bangkok Airways:
Bangkok: 02 229 3456
Samui: 077 422 512-9


Note: all information is subject to change due to weather conditions or other circumstances without prior notice, please confirm all details carefully with the booking office
 

koh tao pierarrow Getting Around
Koh Tao has one major concrete road which connects the north end of Sairee with Chalok Baan Kao in the south, while passing the main village Mae Haad in the middle. There is an increasing amount of small concrete roads leading to the other beaches and bays. Everywhere else you will find more or less accessible dirt tracks, most of which will challenge even a skilled driver. Steep trails, sharp curves, sand and grit, potholes, washed out tracks and the occasional dropping coconut demand mindful driving and fast reactions.

Vehicles in Thailand drive usually on the left, but traffic rules are often freely interpreted, speed limits are not observed and suicidal dogs prefer sleeping on the roads, which are often narrow. You must always be prepared to make room for the occasional moving or still obstacle. Yet, it is not as bad as it seems, as long as you drive carefully and remember that an accident will hurt body and budget as well. Motorcycles can be rented from 150 Baht, Jeeps from 1000 Baht, the deposit of a passport is required. However there are many other options of getting around:

Pick-up and Motorbike Taxis
These can be found parked in busy areas, or can be stopped at the roadside. They run from early morning until 11 p.m. Please be aware that taxi prices are not fixed and fares tend to double after darkness. To avoid mis-understandings always discuss the cost before the ride.

koh tao transfer mapBasic taxi prices: from Mae Haad
- to Sairee Beach or Chalok Baan Kao: 1 pers. 30 Baht.
- to Tanote: 1-4 pers. 200 Baht / to Hin Wong: 1-2 pers. 100 Baht
- to Ao Leuk or Thian Og: 1-2 pers. 80 Baht
- from Sairee to Chalok Baan Kao: 60 Baht / to Ao Leuk: 1-2 pers. 120 Baht

Boat Taxis
The colourful, traditional Long Tail Boats take you conveniently and quickly to stunning remote beaches and secluded bays. You can find them at all the main beaches, they can be chartered for a short trip or a day tour. Prices are quite consistent and reasonable:

Trips from Mae Haad
- to Chalok Baan Kao: 150 Baht per person
- to Nang Yuan: 1-2 persons 100 Baht
- to Tanote Bay: 1-3 persons 300 Baht
- around the island: 1-4 persons 1000 Baht

Some advice that matters not only in Koh Tao:
Please keep in mind that you are a visitor and treat the locals and the environment with the necessary respect. Try to blend in rather than to stick out, your customs are not the standards here. For example: Thais are offended by nudity; decent clothing in religious sites is required; losing your temper means losing your face and gets you nowhere.

Imagine how many visitors have been here already and how many of them might have misbehaved, naturally this reflects on the future ones. So always being friendly, polite and calm, keep smiling even when it seems difficult, will help a lot and open many doors. If you have a complaint rather try to explain than to demand, your needs are not necessarily understood. When you feel wronged or cheated, consider if the cause is worth the hassle and maybe just follow the true Thai tradition of "Mai Pen Rai" meaning "Never mind" ...and always keep smiling.

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