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Ko Tao

Getting there and away

Air

A branch of the Lomprayah high speed catamaran company, Solar Air offers the Bangkok to/from Chumphon route on small 12-seater planes with transfer by mini-bus to the pier and ferry to the island included in the 2,700 baht one-way fare. In Bangkok the flights depart from the old Don Muang Airport. For more information, see www.solarair.co.th.

    Boat

    Ferry times are listed below. Please note these times are subject to change and also subject to weather conditions. In bad weather it is not unusual for crossings to be disrupted. The night ferries and Songserm crossing are usually first to be affected.

    Chumphon to Ko Tao
    Ko Jaroen Car Ferry: departs 23:00 – arrives 05:00 (except Sundays), costs 300B.
    Lompraya Catamaran: departs 07:00 – arrives 08:45; departs 13:00 – arrives 14:30, costs 550B.
    Seatran Ferry: departs 07:00 – arrives 09:30, costs 650B.
    Songserm Express Boat: departs 07:00 – arrives 10:00, costs 450B.
    Talay Sub Night Boat: departs 23:00 – arrives 05:00, costs 350B.

    Ko Tao to Chumphon
    Ko Jaroen Car Ferry: departs 23:00 – arrives 05:00 (except Sundays), costs 300B.
    Lompraya Catamaran: departs 10:15 – arrives 11:45; departs 14:45 – arrives 16:30, costs 550B.
    Seatran Ferry: departs 16:00 – arrives 17:30, costs 650B.
    Songserm Express Boat: departs 14:30 – arrives 17:30, costs 450B.
    Talay Sub Night Boat: departs 22:00 – arrives 03:00, costs 350B.

    Surat Thani to Ko Tao
    Night Boat: departs 23:00 – arrives 08:00, costs 500B.
    Songserm Express Boat: departs 08:00 – arrives 14:30, costs 550B.

    Ko Tao to Surat Thani
    Night Boat: departs 20:30 – arrives 05:30, costs 500B.
    Songserm Express Boat: departs 10:00 – arrives 16:30, costs 550B.

    Ko Pha Ngan to Ko Tao
    Lompraya Catamaran: departs 08:30 – arrives 09:45; departs 12:30 – arrives 13:50, costs 300B.
    Seatran Ferry: departs 08:30 – arrives 10:00; departs 14:00 – arrives 15:30, costs 450B.
    Songserm Express Boat: departs 12:00 – arrives 13:45, costs 250B.

    Ko Tao to Ko Pha Ngan
    Lompraya Catamaran: departs 09:30 – arrives 10:45; departs 15:00 – arrives 16:10, costs 300B.
    Seatran Ferry: departs 09:30 – arrives 11:00; departs 15:00 – arrives 16:30, costs 450B.
    Songserm Express Boat: departs 10:00 – arrives 11:30, costs 250B.

    Ko Samui to Ko Tao
    Lompraya Catamaran: departs 8:00 – arrives 9:40; departs 12:00 – arrives 13:50, costs 550B.
    Seatran Ferry: departs 8:00 – arrives 10:00; departs 13:30 – arrives 15:30, costs 650B.
    Songserm Express Boat: departs 11:00 – arrives 13:45, costs 300B.

    Ko Tao to Ko Samui
    Lompraya Catamaran: departs 9:30 – arrives 11:20; departs 15:00 – arrives 16:45, costs 550B.
    Seatran Ferry: departs 9:30 – arrives 11:30; departs 15:00 – arrives 17:00, costs 650B.
    Songserm Express Boat: departs 10:00 – arrives 12:45, costs 300B.

    Lompraya
    http://www.lomprayah.com/
    Ko Tao: (077) 456 176
    Samui: (077) 427 765-6
    Chumpon: (077) 558 212-3
    Bangkok: (02) 6292 570-1

    Songserm Express Boat
    Ko Tao: (077) 456 274
    Samui: (077) 420 157
    Chumpon: (077) 506 205
    Bangkok: (02) 280 7897

    Seatran Ferry
    http://www.seatrandiscovery.com
    Ko Tao: (077) 456 907-8
    Samui: (077) 246 086-8
    Phangan: (077) 238 679
    Bangkok: (02) 240 2582-9

    Ko Jaroen Car & Cargo Ferry
    Ko Tao: (081) 979 0276
    Chumpon: (077) 580 030

    Talay Sub Night Boat
    Ko Tao: (081) 894 5488; (081) 086 1793

      Getting Around

      Mae Haad is Ko Tao's major port town, so all travellers will come through here when arriving to the island. All locations in Mae Haad and most in Sairee are easily accessed by foot, although songthaews are available. A short ride to Sairee should cost 50B during the day but climbs as high as 200B/person at night. Other destinations are priced depending upon distance and road conditions, and most aren't too outrageous. An army of boat taxis also awaits visitors at the pier, and they have a well-organised and fair price structure posted around town that will deliver you just about anywhere on the island.

      Many resorts on the island provide free or discounted pickup from Mae Haad, so be sure to inquire before hiring a taxi or boat. Prices are more or less set from 06:00 to 17:30 daily and tend to be much higher at other times. Always confirm the price with your driver before departure.

      Motorbikes can be rented from several shops for 150-250B/day as can ATVs for 1,000-1,500B/day (depending on size).

      Cost from Mae Haad to:

      Jan Som Bay
      Longtail boat is 100B/person one way but the minimum is 200B hire. Songthaews start at 200B for up to four people with extra people charged 50B.

      Sai Nual
      Longtail to Sai Nual costs 200B for one or two people and then 100B/person. Songthaews start at 500B for up to four people with extra people charged 100B

      Kul Jeua
      The best way to access Ao Kul Jeua is by longtail. The cost from Mae Haad is 400B for one or two people and then 200B/person. Songthaews start at 500B for up to foiur people with extra people charged 100B

      Chalok Ban Kao
      Longtails to Chalok Ban Kao cost about 400B for one or two people and 200B/person after that. Songthaews start at 200B for up to four people with extra people charged 50B

      Ao Taa Toh, Freedom Beach
      Longtail from Mae Haad to Taa Toh or Freedom Beach should cost around 400B for one or two people and 200B/person after the second. Songthaews start at 300B for up to four people with extra people charged 100B

      Ao Taa Chaa
      Longtail from Mae Haad to Ao Taa Chaa should cost 600B for one or two people and then 300B for each additional person. A return longtail will cost 1200B for four people. Songthaews start at 300B for up to four people with extra people being charged 100B

      Thian Ok
      Longtails typically cost 600B for the first two people and 300B for each additional passenger. A return longtail will cost 1200B for four people. Ao Thian Ok can be reached by road, but the condition of the road is poor. Expect to pay at least 400B for one or two people and 150B/person thereafter.

      Sai Daeng
      Longtail to Sai Daeng costs 600B for one or two people and 300B/person thereafter. A return longtail will cost 1200B for four people. A songthaew should cost 400B for one or two people and 150B/person after the second.

      Ao Leuk
      A longtail from Mae Haad costs 800B for one or two people and 400B apiece after that. A return longtail will cost 1200B for four people. More reasonable are the songthaews that charge 300B for the first two people and then 150B apiece. Be sure to arrange a return pick up time.

      Lang Khaay
      Expect to pay 800B for one or two people and 400B/person after the second by boat. A return longtail will cost 150 B for four people. Songthaews are a better deal, costing 300-400B for one or two people and 150-200B apiece thereafter.

      Tanote
      A songthaew to Tanote Bay from Mae Haad should cost around 500B for the first two passengers and then 150B each thereafter. Longtails from Mae Haad will cost 800B for one or two and then 400B/person. A return longtail will cost 1500B for four people.

      Laem Thian
      A longtail will cost you 1000B for one or two people and 500B each thereafter to access Laem Thian on the opposite end of the island. A return longtail will cost 1500B for four people.A songthaew typically costs 500-600B for one or two people and 150-200B each after two.

      Hin Wong
      A longtail to/from Mae Haad costs 800B for one or two people and then 400B/person. A return longtail will cost 1500B for four people. A songthaew to Hin Wong will cost at least 400B for the first two people and then 150B/person.

      Mango Bay
      The cost of a boat taxi is 600B for one or two people and 300B for each person thereafter. A return longtail will cost 1200B for four people. There is a long, poorly-maintained dirt road to Mango Bay as well. Both resorts here offer taxi service to guests, so give them a call. Otherwise, a songthaew costs at least 800B for the first two passengers and then 300B apiece.

      Nang Yuan
      Longtails typically cost 500B return for one person or 300B each for two or more people. Remember you'll have to pay 100B/person just to visit the island.

      Haad Sairee
      Sairee is easily accessible by foot from Mae Haad, although it's far enough that you may not want to haul your luggage. Taxi to/from Mae Haad should cost 150-200B for one or two people and 50B apiece after that. This price skyrockets after 18:00 and seems to increase throughout the night.


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