How to Get to Koh Tao, Thailand
Most people enter Thailand by flying into Bangkok. From Bangkok there are three main options for getting down to Koh Tao island.
From Bangkok to Koh Tao
The fastest but most expensive route: Fly to Samui.
You can pickup flights from Bangkok direct down to Koh Samui from around 4,000 baht if you book in advance. From Samui take one of the high speed ferries across to Koh Tao island (Lomprayah Catamaran or Seatran) - these cost about 550 baht per person and take about an hour and a half to 2 hours.
If you shop around you may even be able to get a connecting or direct flight from your country of origin to Samui, cutting out the Bangkok bit.
Some cheaper flight options available
You can now fly into Chumphon with Nok Air or to Surat Thani with Nok Air or Air Asia. These flights are much cheaper than flying into Koh Samui, however it does take longer to get to Koh Tao than flying into Koh Samui, especially if coming from Surat Thani.
The compromise : Train to Chumphon
Thailand has a great rail service. From the airport you can now get a train to the main Hua Lamphong train station in town. From there you can catch a very comfortable overnight train down to Chumphon. You can get a bed in an air conditioned cabin for less than 1000 baht, you will wake up early in the morning at Chumphon (around 4-4:30am!). From Chumphon train station you will get a transfer from the Lomprayah office next to the train station to the Tung Makham pier which is 50 baht where you will take the Lomprayah high speed ferry to Koh Tao island at 7am the same morning. This will take about an hour and 45 minutes and costs about 600 baht. If you are booking in this trip using the 12Go.asia website you need to ensure that you book in your train ticket as least a week in advance and you have to book in the train from Hua Lamphong to Chumphon and then the ferry from Tung Makham to Koh Tao separately. The transfer from the train station to the ferry pier can just be paid for when you arrive at the train station in Chumphon.
The budget route : Bus from Bangkok
Even this isn't too bad. From the airport get a meter taxi to Khao San Road (less than 400 baht). At Khao San Road you can book a combined bus and boat ticket direct to Koh Tao. This will be either an overnight or early morning bus ride to Chumphon, then boat the rest of the way and costs around 1,000 baht all in.
Look out - there are a few 'sharks' around the Khao San area, out for the naive tourist. Our advice is to just book in your ticket via 12Go.asia to save yourself the hassle as you can book it in online an get an instant confirmation of your booking. You don't want to end up getting crammed on a mini bus for the 6-7 hour trip to Chumphon.
From Chumphon, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui or Surat Thani to Koh Tao
If you are catching a ferry from any of these places to Koh Tao then again you can either buy a ferry ticket online through 12Go.asia or you can pick up a ticket usually from where ever it is that you are staying as most places resell tickets on behalf of the ferry companies the prices should be the same if you buy your tickets via an agent or directly from the ferry company.
From anywhere else in South East Asia to Koh Tao
If you are coming overland then again you can book in your travel via 12Go.asia, some flights are also soon to be available through 12Go.asia. Some trips from places like Koh Phi Phi or Chang Mai to Koh Tao are available, with some others you may have to split up the journey for example of you want to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Koh Tao you would need to book a ticker from Kuala Lumpur to Suratthani and then a ticket from Suratthani to Koh Tao.
Free pickup from the pier in Koh Tao (Except from the night ferries)
As part of your online reservation with Davy Jones Locker Diving, we include a taxi pickup service from the pier in Koh Tao.
Just let us know in advance which ferry you'll be arriving on [at what time], and we'll make sure there's someone waiting at the pier to meet you and bring you down to the resort. If it is more than 24 hours before you are due to arrive here then send us an email, if it's less than 24hrs before you are due to arrive then you are better to call us on +66 (0)77 456 604 between 9am - 5pm.
If you are making your own way here then you can find us in Sairee Village right opposite the Silver Sands Resort reception and New Heaven Bakery. To see where we are on Google Maps click on this link here View Larger Map.