Whether you’re going for the diving, the adventure, or for the laid-back vibe; you are in perfectly good hands. Koh Tao (or “Turtle Island”) is another magical island in the lower part of the Gulf, to the north of Koh Samui and a part of the Chumphon Archipelago.
Diving and snorkeling are two of the most popular activities on the island. Crystal-blue waters and an abundance of exotic fish will leave a lasting memory, as well as swimming with black-finned sharks. The island has over thirty diving sites easily reachable across the island, plus a broad range of available diving schools.
Apart from the great diving experiences; there are also plenty of hiking trails and bouldering opportunities, as well as many shows and events that will indulge you in the relaxed style of the islands, in no time.
From Bangkok to Koh Tao
When planning a trip from Bangkok to Koh Tao; you will most probably get confused while deciding, as there are many options available, and many routes to choose from. However, one thing you need to know is that there are no direct trips between Koh Tao and Bangkok. So, you will need to prepare yourself that it’s going to be a diverse, long, yet very exciting trip!
So, let’s get the planning going!
From Bangkok to Koh Tao by plane
Definitely the fastest yet the most expensive transportation option. There are three different choices available to fly between Koh Tao-Bangkok, based on your budget, your flexibility, and your preferred stopover.
- » The first and the easiest option is to take a flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui. Both Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways provide trips to this route from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Samui. From there, take a ferry straight to Koh Tao. Just save up extra cash, as this option comes with the highest prices.
- » The following option is to book a flight to Chumphon Airport from Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport. (Only Nok Air provides this trip) Once you arrive in Chumphon, you can easily take a bus to the pier where you will hop on a ferry to Koh Tao.
- » The last available choice is to fly to Surat Thani from either Suvarnabhumi Airport, or Don Muang. Next, take a ferry from there to Koh Tao. Just note that this one is the longest, due to the longer ferry trip and the late flight arrival times.
If you are traveling from Suvarnabhumi, Thai Airways is the available airline there. Otherwise, Nok Air, Thai AirAsia, and Thai Lion Air operate from Don Muang.
From Bangkok to Koh Tao by train and ferry
It is no surprise that trains take a long time! As the train trip may take up to 13 hours. Otherwise, this may be the most comfortable and longest choice of all three. And you have two options:
- » The first one is the train from Chumphon to Koh Tao. You get to choose from either 1st, 2nd class seats, or the sleeper train. You can get your ticket from the Hua Lamphong train station.
* Don’t forget to ask about the combination ticket that comes with the overnight train, which includes both a transfer to the pier and the ferry to Koh Tao.*
- » Another option is taking the train from Surat Thani. They usually have a better variety in their schedules, just bear in mind that this option requires one more ferry trip from Koh Samui to Koh Tao, thus it takes a longer time.
To Koh Tao from Bangkok with bus and ferry
If you are traveling on a budget, the bus and ferry might be the most convenient choice, as it is of course much cheaper than a flight, and 4 hours or more, less than a train! Moreover, it is very easy to book a combined bus+ferry ticket. And who is the best at that?
You got that right! In Ferrysamui, we operate the most user-friendly system that allows you to make ferry tickets’ bookings with a few simple steps, and from a flexible timetable which makes it easier to find a trip that fits your schedule.
Not just that! With our online system, you will also be able to book shuttle transfers from your preferred pickup location. Just pick the most suitable trip, enter your personal details, choose your transfer (optional), make the payment, and confirm your booking!
In addition, Ferrysamui provides e-tickets to all their customers, so travelers do not need to go through the hassle of keeping track of a printed ticket. Most important of all, we offer a single contact point, so travelers will know exactly who to call if questions or problems arise. If there are changes to your itinerary, such as weather delays on the ferry leg of the trip, we will promptly notify you. Those who arrange their own trips, on the other hand, will not hear about the delay until they arrive at the pier. The company responds quickly to any requests for an itinerary change or cancellation. With Ferrysamui, travelers get to relax, as we do all the stressful work!
Because of the cheaper overall price, the convenience, and the ability to contact a customer service agent with questions, changes, or concerns, Ferrysamui makes the best option for planning a perfect trip.
Check our updated ferry schedule now to book your ferry and enjoy a 15% instant discount!
Now, let’s take a look at our available trips
From Bangkok to Koh Tao
We provide three daily trips from Bangkok to Koh Tao from either Rambuttri Road or Khaosan Road to Mae Haad Pier.
- » The first boat departs from Rambuttri Road at 06:00 am and arrives at Mae Haad Pier at 14:45 pm (Travel time: 8:45) hours.
- » The following one departs from Khaosan Road at 18:00 pm, and reaches Mae Haad Pier by 09:45 am (Travel time: 15:45) hours.
- » The last ferry leaves Rambuttri Road at 21:00 pm, and reaches Mae Haad Pier by 08:45 am (Travel time: 11:45) hours.
From Koh Tao to Bangkok (The route back)
We also provide daily boat trips from Koh Tao to Bangkok from Mae Haad Pier to Rambuttri Road or Khaosan Road.
- » The morning ferry departs from Mae Haad Pier at 10:15 am and reaches Rambuttri Road at 20:30 pm (Travel time: 10:15) hours.
- » The second one departs at 14:30 pm from Rambuttri Road, and arrives by 05:30 am at Khaosan Road. (Travel time: 15:00) hours.
- » The last boat leaves Mae Haad Pier at 14:45 pm, and arrives at Rambuttri Road at 00:30 (Travel time: 09:45) hours.
With ferrysamui.com, you can also book a shuttle bus or a private taxi transfer to take you from the comfort of your hotel to the pier, with one simple step during the booking process.
Take a look at our daily updated ferry schedule between Bangkok and Koh Tao, and select the trip that perfectly fit your plans!
Don’t know what to do in Koh Tao? This is our top 7 activities’ list!
Get Padi/SSI certified
If you always wanted to get a professional certificate that gets you to dive anywhere in the world; you’re in the right place. Koh Tao has some of the best diving spots in Thailand and many trusted diving schools that will get the job done.
Visit Freedom Beach
A very small bay, with a lot to offer! With its soft sand, sparkling waters, and an amazing sunrise, this beach has been attracting a lot of visitors over the past years. Don’t be surprised if it was too crowded though.
This may be the highlight of your Koh Tao trip! John-Suwan is a striking viewpoint only 200 meters wide and 500 meters long. To get there you will need to climb for just 15 minutes from Freedom Beach.
Koh Nang Yuan viewpoint
A 10-minute boat trip from Sairee beach is the way to the famous Koh Nang Yuan. The boat will take you to three little offshore islands connected together by a sandbar. From there you can start the climbing up to the gorgeous viewpoint.
Watch the sunset at Mango Bay
Mango Bay makes the ideal spot to relax, have fun and watch a beautiful sunset. You can also go for a 40- 50 minutes hike to the viewpoint and witness even a more spectacular scenery.
Koh Tao has a variety of delicious seafood restaurants, along with other international cuisines that can be found in Mae Haad and Sairee beach, from Italian to French, Chinese noodles, grills, and traditional Indian plates.
Rent a motorbike
Renting a motorbike to get around and discover what the island has to offer, is one of the most enjoyable experiences ever. And perhaps you will get to discover your own favorite place!
We didn’t forget about Bangkok either! Here are the most interesting things to do there:
Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the largest weekend markets in the whole world that covers an area of 27 Acres. The vibrant market is divided into 27 sections which contains more than 15,000 different booths selling a huge variety of goods and products. Chatuchak Weekend Market is becoming a very popular touristic spot with foreigners presenting 30% of 200,000 visitors coming in each day of the market.
The Floating Market probably one of the top things that visitors look forward to when visiting Thailand. Well, they should! The market makes an interesting and very different cultural experience that you can only actualize there. Where traditional Thai sellers row their way presenting their delicious goods on the wooden and colorful rowboats. Damnoen Saduak is the most famous floating market in Thailand.
Siam Park City Siam Park City is an amusement and water activities’ park located in Khan Na Yao District. The park is filled with many super fun activities to do, whether with your friends, children, or for just blowing off some steam to keep the fun going through out your trip.
Khaosan Road a short dynamic street in the middle of Bangkok in Banglamphu district where you can find a variety of shops, restaurants, pubs, cafes, and street food and a vibe full of energy! Especially during the night when the special road comes to life!
Visit the Grand Palace one of Bangkok’s top highlights is the grand palace. Where the kings and queens of Siam sit on their thrones for almost 150 years. The palace includes a complex set of buildings and contains valuable cherished artifacts.
Wat Pho the temple with the oldest collection of Buddha images in all Thailand. With some of the most fascinating architecture you can ever come across, that is uniquely decorated of colorful sparkling stones and crafted paintings.
Wat Pra Kaew or the Emerald Buddha, is another marvelous yet small temple located within the grounds of the grand palace, and contains the shining Buddha statue which the king dresses in a new gold outfit three times a year to usher in the new season: hot, rainy or cold.
Wat Arun standing out with its brilliant architecture that combines both simplicity and intricate details; Wat Arun is a mystical Buddhist temple lies in Yai district of Bangkok, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River.
Koh Tao island hopping guide
Just like most of Thailand’s islands; Koh Tao is surrounded by a group of other magical spots that you should definitely give a visit!
Koh Phangan is widely known as the ultimate partying destination! As it’s famous for the ravishing full moon parties, half-moon parties, and jungle parties that are held regularly on the islands’ beautiful beaches. Koh Phangan is also the home to some of the most stunning beaches that attracts backpackers all over the world. From its crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, to the uplifting vibe.
The biggest of the three neighbors, and probably one of the best islands in all Thailand, where you can enjoy different moods and lift your senses, from the beach party scenes, to the laid-back vibe, the tasty food, and the spectacular viewpoints and waterfalls.
In Ferrysamui, we understand that a bad ferry trip can ruin the islands’ chilling mood and result in an unpleasant experience. That’s why we are always keen to provide you with the best quality of ferries to ensure reaching your destination feeling happy and comfortable, through dealing with the leading fast ferry operators.
Most common questions
How safe are the ferries?
All of the ferry boats that we connect you to are regulated and approved by the Thai Navy. Each boat is seaworthy and most are relatively new and comfortable. However, you should be responsible for your own safety. As with any passenger vessel, it's wise to locate the exits and life vests when you arrive on board. We'd recommend that you are fully insured also for your piece of mind.
What are the baggage allowances?
Your ferry e-ticket includes ferry transport, baggage fees and handling.The Free Baggage Allowance for one person is 20 kgs. All of your personal baggage should be allowed on board at no additional charge. The local staff reserve the right to check your bags as a security measure. If you have unusual cargo for personal or business use, please contact us if you are unsure.
When will I receive my ticket confirmation?
Once you have completed the online booking process, your booking will remain in "Pending" status until processed. We will then send you your confirmed booking e-ticket via Email. The whole process will not take long at all. Once received, you will need to print your e-ticket out and present to the ferry staff at the relevant booking counter on the day. If you do not receive the confirmation within 24 hours, please contact us immediately.
Is it safe to enter my credit card details?
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A question popped up? Take a look at our FAQs page, it is most probably there!
- » Make sure to print your e-ticket in advance for a smoother boarding process.
- » It is most recommended to book your ticket in advance during the high season. As most boats are fully booked during this time.
- » Ferry trips are not recommended for pregnant women, infants, people with heart or back problems, or other physical impediments.
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Have an amusing trip!
Please note that this information is subject to change. If you have any doubts or concerns; contact our customer service team via the email, phone, or live chat.
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