Figuring out how to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao can be pretty overwhelming with the wealth of options available! But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered here with our personal guide on how to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao!
The best way to get from Bangkok to Koh tao is to use a combination of a bus and ferry through a company called Lomprayah. With this company you can book a bus and ferry combo ticket which will transfer you from Bangkok to Koh Tao, and the best thing about this is you can book your journey online, in advance of arrival for peace of mind! We recommend you use 12go.asia to book your tickets, and if you want to check your specific dates and times, complete the box below and get your journey booked in advance! Or read on for our experience…
Bangkok To Koh Tao
If you’re arriving into Bangkok airport, then you’ll need to get yourself to the Lomprayah offices in Bangkok city centre. The easiest option is to take an official taxi which takes about an hour to get to the city centre. The taxi rank is just outside the terminal, and you give your address to a person who then informs the taxi driver. They give you a receipt of your destination, so keep a hold of this to ensure you are taken to the right place! We found the easiest way to do this was to get a map of our destination on our iPhone, save the screen image to our photos and simply open and show the taxi rank – no need for any translations! (For those with an iPhone, simultaneously press the home button and power/lock button to take a snapshot of your screen.)
If you’ve already booked your overnight bus and ferry combo option with Lomprayah bus company, get dropped off at the office and collect your tickets. The office is also located close to Khao San road, a place full of bars and restaurants, so you can grab something to eat and a 3 for 2 beer deal as well. Helps with catching the zzzzzzz on the night bus!
The Facilities From Bangkok To Koh Tao
The bus we had was fairly modern, pretty spacious and didn’t have the usually fearsome ‘bus with toilet odour’. The seats were spacious and reclined by quite a bit, and we were also given blankets. Be prepared to wrap up warm on the bus, as the air con will be freezing, and bring some headphones or ear plugs as there might be a movie or music videos blaring out from a TV. The great news is once you’re on the bus, you’re on your way from Bangkok to Koh Tao!
We arrived into Chumphon pier at about 0500 and had a two hour wait until our catamaran left, so we made ourselves comfortable on the deck chairs on the beach. We checked in again at the ticket office at Chumphon pier with the tickets given to us in Bangkok, and boarded the catamaran for our 1.5 hour journey to Koh Tao. In terms of total journey duration from Bangkok to Koh Tao, we landed in Bangkok at 1530 on Tuesday and arrived into Koh Tao at 0830 on Wednesday morning resulting in a 17 hour trip all in. We’d highly recommend the Lomprayah bus and ferry option as it was painless and smooth. Once you’ve arrive on the island, either meet your hotel pickup or grab a taxi to your hotel.
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Book Your Train/Bus/Ferry Tickets Online!
We always recommend that you book your journey in advance, so you have peace of mind that your seats are booked! We recommend using 12go.asia as they offer train, bus and ferry ticket booking online in advance! Check out your journey options and prices here and get your seat reserved!
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