"Thailand beaches Koh Tao" was last updated on Nov 15, 2013
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Which beaches in Thailand are the best?
Aside from Ko Phi Phi and Koh Phangan, Koh Tao has probably some of the best beaches in Thailand! I just loved Koh Tao.
I will tell you why:
From Bangkok: This is one of the ways of getting to the Thailand beaches of Koh Tao -
A) Take the bus from Ekamai bus terminal in Bangkok
We used Chokeanan Tour and paid 540 B for the VIP bus to Chumphon. I promise you, for a long-distance ride, this bus was absolutely amazing and worth every baht. The seats were huge and we had loads of leg room. You could move the seat all the way down and it actually felt like a bed.
If it's too pricey for you, you pay 347 B for an ordinary seat with Chokeanan. The bus ride taks 6,5 to 7 hours, and it left at 09.30 pm.
To get to Ekamai, you can take a taxi (160 B from Khao san road) and it takes 15-20 minutes.
B) When you arrive in Chumphon, you take the boat to Koh Tao. There are several ferry companies going to Koh Tao: The most popular one is Lomprayah. Then you have Songserm, Seatran, the Talay sub night boat and Ko Jaroen car ferry.
I'm going to focus on Lomprayah and Songserm in this article because these are the ones I've tried.
Lomprayah from Chumphon leaves at 07.00 am (550 B) and 13.00 (550 B) and takes 1,5 hour.
Songserm from Chumphon leaves at 07.00 am (450 B) and the ferry ride takes approximately 3 hours.
PS! The Lomprayah Catamaran is VERY popular. We didn't buy any boat ticket from Lomprayah in Bangkok, and just thought that we could buy it when we arrived in Chumphon.
But guess again, the Catamaran was full, and we had to travel with Songserm. Songserm was alright, but not comfortable at all (boy, those seats were hard). So if you want to travel with Lomprayah, please buy a ticket in Bangkok especially in the high season. The Lomprayah office is near Khao San road, in Tanao Road.
Most travelers going to Koh Tao take the train to Chumphon.
If you buy a ticket from Lomprayah in Bangkok and decide to take the train, there's a free bus transfer from the train station to the piers. Lomprayah and Songserm don't share the same pier. They have their own pier at two different locations outside Chumphon. Songserm's pier is called Pak Nam, while the Lomprayah pier is originally called Thung Mahkam Yai.
Songthaew is the most common transportation method on Koh Tao (and other islands in Thailand). For instance; from Ban Kao Beach to Mae Haad it cost 100 B.
After that comes bicycles and motorbikes. Hiring a bike in Koh Tao cost 150-200 B per day.
It's also possible to walk but it's of course slower, and it can be tough in the scorching sun. We walked once from Ban Kao beach to Mae Haad, and it took us about 45 minutes each way.
From Koh Tao to Chumphon/Hua Hin/Bangkok: 10.15 am and 14.45 pm
This stretch between Koh Tao and Bangkok requires ferry and bus/train service.
How does the transfer work with Lomprayah? I've already covered this in my Koh Pha Ngan page.
From Koh Tao to Koh Phangan (350 B and takes 1 hour) and Koh Samui (550 B and takes 2 hours): 09.30 am and 15.00 pm.
Where to buy a ferry ticket from Lomprayah: Almost every guesthouse and travel agency in Koh Tao sells ferry tickets for Lomprayah. You can also visit Lomprayah's office at their pier in Mae Had Bay.
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