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Koh Tao at a glance

High season

Jan - March
Place you can't miss
Sai Ri Beach
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Koh Tao translates to “turtle Island” for a reason: The mountains are shaped like a turtle, or as some say, simply because there are turtles on the island. If you’re looking for a relatively cheap place to dive, Koh Tao is the place for you. The diving sites are magnificent - you'll have more than 80 diving schools to choose from. If diving isn’t your thing, you can try snorkeling (and even swim with sharks if you’re up for an adventure!). If eating amazing food is what you're seeking, then you’re in the right place. You’ll find yourself making the tough decision on where to eat due to the immense amount of delicious options. The best decision you’ll make is when you choose to go island hopping, you’ll have the time of your life. You can grab a VIP bus in Bangkok and then catch a ferry to Koh Tao. This island connects to other islands like Koh Samui, Phuket, Koh Phangan, to name a few.
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About the journey from Bangkok to Koh Tao

The 415 kilometer (257 mile) journey from Bangkok to Koh Tao gives you the opportunity to compare Thailand’s vibrant energy of the capital city with a tropical island paradise. 

Koh Tao is one of the many islands in the Chumphon Archipelago dotted a few miles off the thin stretch of Thailand in the Gulf of Thailand. The journey from Bangkok to Koh Tao is usually done by bus and ferry to reach the islands as there is no bridge or airport on Koh Tao connecting it to the mainland. 

The journey from Bangkok to Koh Tao is simple to book and easy to take. Travel to the islands from Bangkok is a very popular journey, so Thai travel operators offer trips that are as swift and relaxed as possible. 

Traveling from Bangkok to Koh Tao consists of a two-step journey. The first part of the journey requires bus travel from Bangkok down to Thung Makham Noi Pier or Chumphon Pier in the southern part of the country. 

You then take a high-speed catamaran ferry to Koh Tao. Once you arrive at Mae Haad Pier, you are handily in the main part of the island, which has plenty of restaurants and accommodation options.

On approach to Koh Tao, you may see where it gets its name of ‘turtle island’ as the shape of the island is vaguely that of a turtle. You may even have a good chance of spotting some real turtles in the water surrounding the island if you give one of the very popular snorkeling activities a go.

 

What to see when traveling from Bangkok to Koh Tao

The journey from Bangkok to Koh Tao follows the coastline south and passes many towns and jungle regions on the way. Depending on which operator you travel with you may be traveling overnight. With not much to see out the window at night, take advantage of the comfortable reclining chairs to get some shut-eye.

Once on the ferry to Koh Tao, look out for the islands and archipelagos that dot the ocean. You may be taking this part of the journey during sunrise which will present you with some fantastic scenery of the dark islands against the rising sun. From Koh Tao, other islands in the Archipelago are a short boat ride away, including Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, and the Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park.

Once you arrive at the pier in Koh Tao, you are very close to the popular beach resorts of Sairee Beach and Thipwimarn. There you can sunbathe on the pristine sandy beaches, drink straight from a fresh coconut at the beach bars or enjoy the fresh and delicious cuisine from the beachfront restaurants. If you have not booked accommodation before arriving on the island there is no need to worry. Many guesthouses and hostels will offer you deals as soon as you get off the boat and you are able to negotiate a bit on price.

 

 

What is the fastest way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Tao?

The bus and catamaran ferry service by Lomprayah offers the fastest journey from Bangkok to Koh Tao, lasting around 9 hours and 45 minutes and starting at around $55.

 

 

What is the cheapest way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Tao?

The cheapest way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Tao is with the high-speed bus and ferry service operated by Songserm with prices starting at $32.

 

 

What is the most popular way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Tao?

The high-speed bus and ferry service operated by Songserm is the most popular way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Tao. The full journey lasts around 14 to 15 hours including the wait times before you can board the ferry. 



How to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao

Taking a bus and ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao

The bus and ferry ride from Bangkok to Koh Tao is a convenient way to travel as it can be booked all as one journey and offers free cancellations. 

Most bus and ferry routes include air conditioning, toilet facilities, and reclining seats to make the journey comfortable. The bus is the longest section of the journey, especially as it will stop along the way to pick up more travelers or for rest stops. Once you arrive at the pier where you will board the ferry to Koh Tao, there is a few hours wait time, but there are toilets, food and seating facilities available.

The boat journey to Koh Tao takes approximately 2 to 3 hours. Once on the ferry you can enjoy the view of the ocean from your seat, but make sure to head up to the top deck for the stunning views and a chat with other friendly travelers about island hopping activities and recommendations. The pier in Koh Tao is very close to the main beach on the island. The most popular ways to travel around Koh Tao once you arrive are by the communal taxi service or renting bikes and scooters.

 

Bus pickups in Bangkok 

  • Lomprayah Bangkok, 154 Rambuttru Road
  • Songserm, 172 Khaosan Road

Bus drop-offs/ferry pickups to Koh Tao

  • Thung Makham Noi Pier
  • Chumphon

Ferry drop-off in Koh Tao

  • Mae Haad Pier
  • Songserm Pier

 

Which operators can I book with for a ride from Bangkok to Koh Tao?

  • Lomprayah
  • Songserm

 

How many departures are there from Bangkok to Koh Tao each day?

There are approximately 2 departures each day from Bangkok to Koh Tao.

 

 

When is the best time of year to visit Bangkok?

The best time of year to visit Bangkok is between December and February when the temperature is comfortable, the weather is dry, and the skies are clear.

 

 

What is the best time of year to visit Koh Tao?

The best time of year to visit Koh Tao is around the same time as Bangkok in December and February. Not only is the weather at its most pleasant, but bars and clubs are also at their busiest.