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1. Posted by Uppo_88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hey All,

currently in Patong and looking to leave to for Koh Tao in the morning.

Would it be best to get a bus in to Phuket Town then get a ferry and pay for my ferry on arrival or do I need to pre book my ticket?

how much should it come to from Patong to Koh Tao?

Any hello would be appreciate! :)

thanks

Uppo!

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 273 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I wasn't aware that ferries went from Phuket to Koh Tao.
Don't you need to get a coach or something from the west coast to the east coast?

3. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 273 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your message but I don't understand why you messaged me instead of posting here.
I haven't been to Koh Tao, so this is my observation rather than from any experience.
Hopefully someone else has that experience and can help you.

As Phuket is on the west coast (Indian Ocean side) whereas Koh Tao is in the Gulf of Thailand (Pacific Ocean side), I can't see how a ferry would travel between the two without taking days sailing down around Singapore and back up the east side coast.
Ask at the nearest hostel and you may find people that have travelled that route or will be travelling that route.

My guess would be a coach/bus/minibus to Chumphon and the short ferry ride across to Koh Tao.
The travel shops in Phuket will give you all the options, but check 2 or 3 of them for the best price.

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 6424 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I checked Rome2rio and there is a ferry from Patong to Koh Tao with this operator (adjust that page to see the timetable and a price)

No idea on whether you should book in advance but if you have an accommodation booking at the other end I can’t see why you wouldn’t book in advance.

5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 273 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Peter

I checked Rome2rio and there is a ferry from Patong to Koh Tao.

They use coach/train to get to the east coast and then a ferry from the east coast to the islands; https://www.lomprayah.com/page/route

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 6424 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Ah so they do. That makes a lot more sense :)

7. Posted by nyk_flashpacker (Budding Member 21 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi Uppo

Not sure if you have ferry direct from Patong/Phuket area......
In my opinion 2 ways you can do the trip depending on the costs/ time/ flight options

Option 1
bus from Phuket to Chumphon and then ferry to Koh Tao at Tayang pier (not sure about ferry frequencies, check online)

common one
option 2
Fly from Phuket to Samui and then take ferry to Koh Tao

The ferry distance from Chumphon or Samui to Koh Tao is almost similar, however the frequency of ferry departures I believe is higher at Samui , not sure about Chumphon.

There is usually no need to book advance tickets unless you are making the trip on national holidays or some days around December could be busy....

Cheers
nyk

8. Posted by In Diver (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

There is a third option as well and that is to bus/train to Surat Thani and then take a ferry from Surat Thani. No need to pre-book, just arrive at the ferry terminal and you can purchase a ticket there.

Lomprayah is by far the fastest, but more expensive, service.

Make sure to go diving in Koh Tao. There are many operators there.

9. Posted by nyk_flashpacker (Budding Member 21 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting In Diver

There is a third option as well and that is to bus/train to Surat Thani and then take a ferry from Surat Thani. No need to pre-book, just arrive at the ferry terminal and you can purchase a ticket there.

Lomprayah is by far the fastest, but more expensive, service.

Make sure to go diving in Koh Tao. There are many operators there.

Oh yes good one, Surat Thani could be another option...

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