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Phuket to Koh Tao

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Phuket to Koh Tao

We'll be in Thailand in Feb 09 and I'm trying to find out what the best options are for getting to Koh Tao from Phuket. Is there a train? How safe are the buses? Thanks for your replies n advance

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1. Re: Phuket to Koh Tao

There is no train in Phuket. From Phuket to Chumporn, I would say this's the safe route because most of the buses go to Bangkok from Phuket also use the same route before further to Bangkok and all provinces in this route are peaceful.

Some info in this following link might help you. tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293920-i5037-k202…



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2. Re: Phuket to Koh Tao

How long does it take to drive to Chumporn (via bus or taxi) from Phuket? And then how much time to KoTao via ferry? Just trying to see if overall trip takes too long, might be worth flying then.

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3. Re: Phuket to Koh Tao

Tis a long trip and the route can be a little risky regarding baggage theft on some of the buses at Surat Thani. Make sure you use a vip bus and you should be good.

There is a night ferry, departing Surat Thani about 11pm which may suit. You sleep on the upper deck, cargo carried on lower decks. Tickets are purchased on board.

If you fly you will have to go from Phuket to Ko Samuii and then ferry to Koh Phangan - Koh Tao.

Pics and stories of our trips to the above places here www.thebobmarsh.com

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4. Re: Phuket to Koh Tao

You would take about 7 hours to Chumporn from Phuket via bus and about 2 hours to Koh Tao via ferry. If do the route via Samui, it's worth to see some parts of samui and Pha-ngan during the trip too. Besides flying direct from Phuket to Samui, there are direct buses from Phuket to Samui via Bus ferry too and it would take the time as long as the route from Phuket to Chumporn via bus. :)

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5. Re: Phuket to Koh Tao

You may try one of the following options.

Go to Surat Thani by bus (try a VIP bus, there are a lot of thieves): the trip is 4 - 6 hours. From Surat Thani go by boat to Ko Samui or Ko Phangan (2 hours and half for Samui, one more hour for Koh Phangan). From Koh Phangan you arrive to Ko Tao in 40 min. Spend some time in Ko Phangan. It' s a very beautiful island.

Or you may fly to Ko Samui and then go on by boat.

I've have heard that there is a new airport in Chumpon but I don't know if it's working. From Chumpon there are a lot of boats to Ko Tao.

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