Simple Life runs two resorts on Koh Tao, both situated along Sairee Beach.
Offers a wide range, from dorm rooms to beachfront villas at the south end of Sairee Beach.
Most visitors enter Thailand by flying in to Bangkok.
Travel from Bangkok to Koh Tao is straightforward, and there are a number of convenient options.
Koh Tao is a small island with no airport. So you’ll need to use flight, train or bus to get to Southern Thailand then can use one of several ferries for the crossing to Koh Tao.
Whichever way you travel here, let us know when you’ll be reaching the island and we’ll send our taxi to meet you at the pier (free of charge).
Here are a few suggestions on how to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao:
This is by far the quickest (and most expensive) option.
Flights to Koh Samui are available through http://www.bangkokairways.com. There are more than 20 flights per day to the island and the price is about 3000 – 4000 baht one way.
From the airport to the ferry pier is only 15-20 minutes by taxi. The two main operators are Lomprayah Catamaran (http://www.lomprayah.com) and Seatran Discovery (http://www.seatrandiscovery.com). Both companies offer a reliable, high speed ferry crossing from Samui stopping at Koh Phangan on the way.
One important note: The last ferry departing from Samui to Koh Tao is at 16:45 (with Lomprayah). So if you want to make it to Koh Tao that same day, you’ll need to make sure you land in Samui mid-afternoon at latest. Else you’ll need to spend one night on Samui, then come across to Koh Tao the following morning.
It’s best to give yourself plenty time between flight arrival and ferry departure time in case of any delays, (i.e. flight, getting out of airport, congestion etc).
You can take an overnight train from Bangkok’s Hualamphong train station, straight through to Chumphon.
The trains are inexpensive and reasonably comfortable, with a decent bed (so long as you book either first or second class). And the connection in Chumphon to the ferry is straightforward as the ferry operator have a booth on Chumphon train station’s platform where you can check in for a transfer to the pier.
The train service is relatively good by Thai state run service standards. Beds are clean and the attendants normally provide an early morning wake up call as you’re approaching Chumphon.
Best is to book a train departing from Bangkok around 19:30 pm. This reaches Chumphon early enough that you can catch the first Lomprayah catamaran for Koh Tao, which departs at 07:00 am. It’s receommded to book your ferry ticket in advance via http://www.lomprayah.com
This route is very popular, taking about the same time as the train but with easier connections and a little cheaper. The joint coach and ferry ticket is offered by the Lomprayah company and can be booked online via http://www.lomprayah.com.
At the time of writing the price is about 1,200 baht for combined direct ticket. The bus will stop along the way so you can stretch your legs and get a bite to eat, and is comfortable with onboard bathroom, air conditioning and western movies to keep you entertained.
The bus leaves the Khao San Road area of Bangkok twice a day; very early morning, then again mid-evening. The morning departure gets you all the way to Koh Tao that same day, whilst the evening departure travels overnight so you reach Koh Tao the following morning.
Whilst it’s recommended to book your tickets online well in advance, you can also book at any of the many tour/travel agents at Khao San Road.
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