We used the Lomprayah to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao. We booked our bus/catamaran through a small local travel store just off Koh San Road. She told us the bus picks us up just down the street at 6:00am in front of the Burger King, which was down the street. Of course we arrived by 5:30am because we did not want to miss it. At 6:10 there was no bus and we called the number the lady had gave us but of course no answer. A man came by and said to follow him to the bus which was a 5 minute walk away. So don't be surprised to be picked up on foot and taken to the bus, as a lot of the roads are too narrow. Once we got our stickers for the bus/catamaran we got onto the bus. The 6 hour ride was relatively smooth down to Chumphon and they did provide water and a snack. There is a bathroom on the bus.
It was nice to have an organized system because there was no waiting around at the port, we got straight onto the catamaran. It was another smooth ride to Koh Tao.
We checked a few travel agencies and were quoted anywhere between 1400-900 Baht for the trip, and it was easy to book the night before.
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