To Koh Tao;
Bangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com)
have flights from BKK to the neighbouring
island of Koh Samui 12 times daily. The
flight takes just over an hour and then
from Koh Samui it's just a short boat ride
to Koh Tao.
note that in order to catch the boats the
same day you will need to depart from BKK
no later than 10.00am. This allows you to
catch the Lomprayah Catarmaran at 12.30pm
or the Seatran service at 1.30pm. Both these
companies offer a free transfer to the pier
from the airport.
and transfers to the pier can be organised
inside Samui Airport.
Joint bus + boat tickets are available from
travel shops all over Bangkok. Alternatively
you can check at www.lomprayah.com.
Coming from Bangkok, another option to get
to Koh Tao is by overnight sleeper train
and speed ferry. In Bangkok you need to
catch either the 6.20pm train to Surat Thani
(Train #167) or the 7.30pm train to Nakhon
Si Thammarat (Train #85). Both of these
will stop at the port city of Chumphon from
where you need to catch one of the boat
train station in Bangkok is called "Sa-tarnee
Hwalumpong" and any taxi will be able
to take you there. Tickets can be bought
at the station and it's advisable to arrive
a couple of hours before. There is a tourist
information desk at the station entrance
and the guys there speak excellent English.
They will be happy to help you organise
your tickets. This is a free service.
arrival in Chumphon at around 5.00 - 6.00am,
there are several operators who have offices
directly on the platform. From here you
can take a free transfer to the pier as
well as organise tickets. The ferry services
start at 7.00am and the crossing takes just
over two hours.
the 2.45pm train to Butterworth (Train #35)
will get to Chumphon around 10.30 - 11.00pm
which would give you the option of staying
one night in Chumphon and then catching
the boat the following day.