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Is there any way to get a ticket on a sold out ferry?

Posted by catherinef on 2/1/2011 at 11:48

Is there such a thing as a ferry ticket scalper?

I need to get on a boat from Samui to Koh Tao tomorrow (Jan 3), and just discovered that all the boats are full.

Can anyone suggest anything? Anyone willing to sell one ticket? Any ideas?

Ack!

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 2/1/2011 at 12:43

They don't sell out do they? I thought they just add more and more people until there's no more money to be made. I got the boat from Samui to Tao and that was packed to the rafters. There were literally people falling from the roof.

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Posted by catherinef on 2/1/2011 at 12:48

That it what i thought too. Apparently they do! When I went to get a ticket, they said it was sold out. Did this happen for you, and you hopped on anyway?

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Posted by busylizzy on 2/1/2011 at 13:18

Have you tried all the companies that operate (or both of them...)?

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 2/1/2011 at 14:39

@Cath - I booked a ticket with about 10 mins to spare through an agency 5 mins from the pier. The boat didn't leave until after 1.15pm (scheduled for 12.30pm) and it was absolutely crammed - when you do get a ticket and it looks like it's filling up, pay the 30thb extra to sit in the A/C VIP room. It's worth it just to not be trod on.

I used Songserm. I thought about advising you to just get on stow away, but they were pretty good about checking for stickers and tickets at the gang plank. It'd be hard to sneak on - at least on the Songserm one.

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Posted by catherinef on 2/1/2011 at 15:29

Thanks you two. Absolutely everything is booked up. No one is selling tickets at the piers. I tried every route imaginable.

For anyone else in this situation, I did successfully find a way just now -- I booked myself one way on a snorkel trip. Not the cheapest of all the options for sure, but it will get me there.

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 2/1/2011 at 15:37

Snorkel trip. That's a good idea. Either that or you could just swim... and err, get all your belongings wet. They did it in The Beach, but I don't think Leo was packing a laptop.

I'm surprised it's still all booked up now. I got squeezed out of Phangnan on NYE due to a lack of accom, and it's been rough getting transport out of Chumphon. Tomorrow is the last Thai holiday as I understand it, so that's probably a big factor.

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Posted by catherinef on 2/1/2011 at 17:38

Ha! Swimming would have been my next option.

This busy ness was a surprise to me too. I thought ahead by booking a place to sleep bc of the Thai holiday, but ferries never occurred to me. Sigh.

Good luck to you, Carrot!

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 2/1/2011 at 19:48

This little orange carrot's gonna be on the 6am train outta Chumphon tomorrow. Shame really, I just found a cafe I like.

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 3/1/2011 at 21:02

Ooh mai pen rai. I found another one I like here in Prachuap :)

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