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.
To get to Koh Tao, easiest is to book a flight into Bangkok’s main international airport (Suvarnabhumi).
Bangkok is still ~600Km north of Koh Tao, but the transfer down to the island is easy.
If we do have other people scheduled to start an internship around a similar date, if you are keen we can put you in touch to investigate the possibility of travelling down from Bangkok together.
Here’s a rundown of the best options to travel from Bangkok to Koh Tao:
If cash isn’t too much of an issue, fastest and most comfortable is to take a domestic flight from Bangkok down to Koh Samui, then grab a ferry across to Koh Tao.
Bangkok Airways (http://www.bangkokair.com) operate flights from the international airport direct to Samui.
For the ferry across from Samui, the best option is the Lomprayah Catamaran, who can also provide a transfer from the airport to pier on Koh Samui. You can see timetable information and book tickets via http://www.lomprayah.com
One thing you must be aware of; the Lomprayah catamaran departs from Samui three times daily to Koh Tao, at ~08:00, 12:30 and 16:45. So you’ll want to coordinate your flight to fit with one of those ferry crossings.
If you arrive on Samui too late to make the last ferry, you can spend the night there then come across the following day.
A company called Lomprayah offer a timely and convenient joint coach and catamaran service from Bangkok to Koh Tao, departing twice daily. The service is reasonably comfortable and very cheap, with tickets costing less than 1200 baht.
Here’s how to do it:
You can see timetable information and book tickets online via http://www.lomprayah.com
The coach departs twice daily from near Khao San Road. (There’s a map on the Lomprayah website).
So from the airport, head outside and grab a meter taxi to the famous Khao San Road (Bangkok’s central hub for travelers). The taxi shouldn’t cost more than a few hundred baht. Best is if they run the meter for you.
The bus departs twice daily, very early in the morning, then again early each evening. The journey involves taking an air conditioned coach from Bangkok to Chumphon (a mainland port), where you transfer to a high speed catamaran ferry which brings you direct to Koh Tao. Staff from Simple Life will be waiting at the pier to welcome you to the island.
There service isn’t too bad – there are western movies on the coach and ferry to keep you entertained, and the price is very reasonable.
There are also a number of lower cost airlines operating in Thailand that can be used to travel to Koh Tao.
These include Nok Air [http://www.nokair.com] and Air Asia [http://www.airasia.com]. Flights go to the mainland ports of Chumphon or Suratthani, from where you can catch a ferry to Koh Tao.
Briefly, Nok Air fly to Chumphon from where you can catch the Lomprayah Catamaran.
Air Asia fly to Suratthani, and offer a joint ticket on their website combines the Seatran Ferry to take you you all the way to Koh Tao.
These flight + ferry combos are much cheaper than going via Samui.
However, both Nok Air and Air Asia don’t fly from the international airport. Instead they use Bangkok’s northern Don Muang Airport.
So if you plan to spend a night in Bangkok to break up your journey , this could be a good option. But if you want to come straight down options 1 or 2 above would be more viable.
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