Getting to Koh Tao is easy and Thailand is well setup for tourists.
First, you’ll want to book a flight into Bangkok.
Then from Bangkok there are several good options for getting to Koh Tao. Here are the one’s we recommend:
Fastest, most direct route (but most expensive).
An airline called Bangkok Airways operate flights from Bangkok’s main international airport, direct to Samui.
So potentially when you reach Bangkok airport, you can transfer straight to Samui.
When you reach Samui, it’s only a short two hour ferry ride across to Koh Tao.
For the Bangkok > Samui flight see http://www.bangkokair.com.
And for the ferry the best option is the Lomprayah catamaran. See http://www.lomprayah.com
Good middle option.
Lower cost flights are available from Bangkok to Chumphon with Nok Air. And the airline have partnered with a ferry company to offer a joint ticket all the way to Koh Tao.
You can book the combined ticket using http://www.nokair.com
Though Nok Air fly from Bangkok’s northern Don Muang Aiport, rather than the main international airport (Suvarnabhumi). With Bangkok traffic, it can take a couple of hours to drive from one airport to the other.
Another possibility is to break up your journey with one night in Bangkok, prior to flying down to Chumphon the following morning.
Convenient budget option.
The ferry company operate their own joint bus + ferry service all the way from Bangkok to Koh Tao.
Buses depart twice daily from Bangkok, driving about 7 hours south to Chumphon where you board a high speed catamaran to cross to Koh Tao.
You can book tickets using http://www.lomprayah.com
Once you’ve organised your travel, let us know when you’ll be reaching Koh Tao and we’ll send our taxi to meet you at the pier.
Whitney V, Canada
that is where I saw my very first whale shark! By far, the best day of my underwater life, possibly my entire life :)
Sarah O-L, London, UK
Amazing… I truly miss being on Koh Tao. I have printed my favorite pictures and blue tacked them up.
Lisa & Ash, ZW & UK
made more friends in that short time on the island and had more fun than we have in 3 years in the UK rat race.