Getting To Koh Tao Via Koh Samui
The quickest way to Koh Tao is to fly Bangkok Airways which fly directly to Samui from Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and a number of other destinations.
Upon arrival at Koh Samui, one can arrange transfer to through the airport information desk. Samui can only be reached by boat as there is no airport on Koh Tao(Map). We recommend the 1.30-2.00 hours voyage by either the Lomprayah Catamaran or the Seatran Discovery which leave twice daily for Koh Tao (Map). There are other options available via other boats, but these are by far the fastest and best ways to reach Koh Tao Map. Regardless of which option you choose you should be aware that the last boat leaving Koh Samui for Koh Tao is 12 noon.
The last catamaran leaving Koh Tao is at 3pm daily, so any onward flight bookings/reservations should ideally be scheduled for after 6pm to allow for any unforeseen delays. Transfers from the piers to the airport are readily
Map of Koh Tao
available for minimal sums and in some cases included in the catamaran pricelist.
It's also possible to travel by night ferry from Chumporn (see Koh Tao Map)via “MV.Talaysub” leaving 23.00 hrs every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. This takes approx. 6 hrs., there are 40 comfortable bunk beds which can be booked in advance.
Whichever way you choose, you can book directly through the above links online or you can book all your transfers through Koh Tao Coral Grand Resort. t
Getting to Chumphon from Bangkok is very simple either by train or a comfortable VIP bus. Both options can easily be booked in Bangkok or online. Again Lomprayah Catamaran offers two Koh Tao trips to Koh Tao and Seatran Discovery offers one trip to Chumphon daily and the price includes the transfer to Koh Tao.
Travellers from Phuket & Krabi typically pass through Suratthani, which is a long and at times uncomfortable journey in a minibus. Boat options are very limited and the only direct boat is a little dubious even at the best of times. This night boat leaves Suratthani every night at 11 pm. We do not recommend coming to Koh Tao (Map) this route but recommend you fly from either Phuket or Krabi directly to Koh Samui.