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Posted by Purplehayes on 6/2/2017 at 04:02

Hi there!

I arrive in Bangkok on the 13th at 3:30pm and I will be starting my PADI course at 4:30pm the next day.
My question is: Where should I stay for the first night? The way I see it there are 3 options which I have listed below. I am curious as to whether it is worth going to Bangkok for the afternoon/evening? I will return to Bangkok so there will be other opportunities. Should I go straight to Samui and spend 1 night there? I won't be back except to alight. Or just spend the night near the airport?

I am not interested in partying or drinking. I am a female solo traveller looking for sightseeing, food and culture.

Please see my suggestion below. Please provide feedback. :)

Suvarnabhumi Airport 15:30 >
Hotel Close by airport >
Early flight to Samui >
Ferry to Ko Tao

Suvarnabhumi Airport 15:30 >
Hotel near City >
Early flight to Samui >
Ferry to Ko Tao

Suvarnabhumi Airport 15:30 >
Flight to Samui >
Hotel in Samui >
Early ferry to Ko Tao

Thanks in advance,

Dana.

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Posted by amnicoll on 7/2/2017 at 08:25

If there is a flight from the same airport at say around 18.30 I would go for that - better still would have been to book through on one ticket

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Posted by DLuek on 7/2/2017 at 21:22 TF writer

If you're set on flying to Samui then I'd try to do all of the flying on the same day if possible. Otherwise I'd probably stay near the airport... If you won't be able to get out of there until after 16:00 and then will have to fly early the next morning, staying in the city might be more hassle than it's worth.

Since it sounds like you haven't yet booked a flight to Samui, you could save a good amount of cash by flying from Bangkok to Chumphon and taking a ferry from there to Tao. That's a shorter ferry ride and much cheaper flight (with Nok Air). You would have to transfer from Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok but there's a free shuttle bus for that. In that case there's a good chance it would make more sense to stay that first night somewhere in Bangkok city. Chumphon to Tao ferry schedule can be found here: https://www.travelfish.org/transport/thailand/southern_thailand/chumphon/chumphon/all

Alternately you could fly Nok Air or AirAsia to Surat Thani and transfer to a Tao-bound ferry there -- that too would be considerably cheaper than flying to Samui unless Bangkok Airways is running some kind of super deal.

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