A beautiful view from within central Chumphon-mobile

How to get from
Koh Tao to Chumphon

Koh Tao to Chumphon Trip Overview

Distance84 km (52.5 miles)
Price range$17-$26
Ride Duration Range1h 30m-10h 30m
Earliest Departure14:00
Latest Departure14:00

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Taking a ferry from Koh Tao to Chumphon

Fastest ferry: 1h 30m

Cheapest ferry: $17

The fastest: 1h 30m

The cheapest: $17

Pros

Inexpensive

Free cancellations

Luggage allowance

Very short journey

Cons

No personal pick ups or drop offs

Photo ID necessary to show

High demand: quick to overbook

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A/C

WC

TV

Pros

Free cancellations

Short journey

Transfer schedules of bus and ferry are aligned

Purchasable weather cancellations insurance ($3)

Ample luggage allowance

Cons

Limited departure times per day

Possibly cramped cabin onboard ferry

No time advantages provided

High demand: quick to overbook

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The fastest: 9h

The cheapest: $20

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A beautiful view from within central Chumphon

About the ride from Koh Tao to Chumphon

It's really hard to tear yourself away from the beautiful island of Koh Tao. What with all of that lovely laidback lazing around and exploring underwater whilst snorkeling and diving; it's a wonder anyone ever leaves at all! But all good things come to an end, eventually, and when the time comes to wave a fond farewell you'll find a ferry waiting to whisk you from Koh Tao to Chumphon.

There are around five ferries arriving in Chumphon from Koh Tao every day. Classes vary from speed boats that can arrive in less than two hours to an overnight ferry - with sleeping dorms -  that takes just over six hours. Ferry tickets can be combined with minivan/bus travel so you can leave from a selection of locations on the island before finally arriving at either Chumphon train station or airport. Handy for heading off home or back to Bangkok and further Southeast Asian adventures. 

Although the town of Chumphon isn't often regarded as a 'must see' on the Thai traveler trail, it's got a few hidden gems that are worth a look if you've got time. Wat Thep Charoen and Suan Nai Dum fruit orchard, for instance, are actually pretty impressive, as are the precariously placed bungalows above Ko Ngam Noi rocks in Mu Ko Chumphon National Park. However, for many, getting out of Chumphon is first on their list of things to do no sooner than they've arrived. Bangkok is roughly six hours' drive north and booking a bus ride to coincide with your ferry's arrival from Koh Tao can make for a near seamless transition from south to central Thailand.

Taking the overnight ferry – buses depart from Koh Tao at 10pm – not only saves you money on accommodation but also serves as a rite of passage for travelers looking for an ocean adventure. Just don't expect luxury cruise ship standards. Ferries are air-conditioned and include onboard bathrooms, seating areas and dorm-style beds (if traveling overnight) but not much else in the way of facilities. The best advice is to buy yourself some snacks and drinks for the voyage and use the trip as an opportunity to catch up on some rest if you've been partying the night away at one of Koh Tao's numerous nocturnal beach bars.

 

What to see when traveling from Koh Tao to Chumphon

If you're taking the bus to the ferry terminal on Koh Tao you can expect to leave in the afternoon or evening. Overnight ferry rides are really about getting as much rest as possible although it is tempting to stay up half the night chatting and swapping stories with fellow travelers. Overnight ferries include dorm-style sleeping berths without any windows. On arrival in Chumphon you might well be lucky enough to catch the sunrise over the water. This can be quite a magical moment and well worth being bleary-eyed as you board a follow-on bus to Bangkok. 

If you're just catching the speed boat or high speed ferry from Koh Tao to Chumphon you'll only be on board for a couple of hours. Some boats have upper sun deck areas as well as air-conditioned cabins down below. Watching out of the window or from up on the top deck is a lovely way to pass the time when traveling from Koh Tao to Chumphon. However, waves can get a bit choppy if the weather's not in your favor – worth watching local news reports if you're on a flexible traveling schedule.

 

How to get from Koh Tao to Chumphon

Taking a bus and ferry 

The easiest and most affordable way to get to Chumphon from Koh Tao is to travel by bus or minivan followed by ferry. Bus pick ups are located across the island and save you the strain of walking down to the ferry terminal with your luggage before having to queue to get on board. All vehicles are air-conditioned and have a good standard of comfy seating. There really is no need to break a sweat when leaving Koh Tao. Ferries are rated as either high speed or speedboat and there's also an overnight ferry that leaves the island around 11pm.

Overnight ferries have dorm-style sleeping berths. All boats include air conditioning, onboard washrooms and comfortable seating areas. The earliest bus and ferry departure from Koh Tao is just after two in the afternoon and arrives in Chumphon about eight hours later. It's a good idea to have on-going travel options sorted before you arrive or, alternatively, book accommodation on the mainland before figuring out which way in Thailand to head next.

Taking a ferry 

You also have the option of taking just the ferry from Koh Tao to Chumphon. The earliest departure is 10am and the latest is 2pm. The ride lasts less than three hours and is a great way to get back to the mainland if you're in a hurry. There's not a great deal to do during the journey so try to nab a good seat and work on your tan or catch up on some rest if you've spent your last night on Koh Tao partying til the wee small hours. Basically, you'll be back on the mainland before you know it!

Companies Operating from Koh Tao to Chumphon

Average time

1h 30m - 1h 45m

Average price

$18

(1186)

Average time

8h - 10h 30m

Average price

$17

Popular stations and stops in Koh Tao and Chumphon

Departure stations in Koh Tao

Mae Haad Koh Tao

Koh Tao (Mae Haad Pier)

Mae Haad Koh Tao

Arrival stations in Chumphon

Chumphon Songserm

Chumphon Train Station

Chumphon Airport (CJM)

Thung Makham Noi Pier

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