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How to Get to Koh Tao from
Phuket

By Rocío García

27th November 2019

Phuket

Phuket, nestled in southern Thailand, stands as the country’s largest island, embraced by the Andaman Sea to the west of the Malay Peninsula. Renowned for its bustling tourism, Phuket welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, boasting luxurious resorts alongside quieter, more secluded retreats.

By plane

Traveling from Phuket to Koh Tao via Koh Samui offers convenience, albeit at a slightly higher cost compared to other domestic routes. However, the advantage lies in the short ferry journey from Koh Samui to Koh Tao, streamlining the overall travel experience.
Alternatively, travelers can opt for a journey from Phuket to Chumphon, followed by a ferry ride to Koh Tao. However, the scarcity of direct flights to Chumphon necessitates layovers, significantly extending the travel duration.

By Bus

Embarking on a bus journey from Phuket to Koh Tao is feasible, with Surat Thani serving as the intermediate destination. Travelers board a bus in Phuket bound for Surat Thani, followed by a ferry ride to Koh Tao.
The total travel time spans approximately eight hours, with ticket prices ranging between 750 to 800 baht, approximately 23 euros at current exchange rates.

In essence, while direct ferry services from Phuket to Koh Tao are unavailable, travelers have several transit choices, each offering a unique blend of convenience, scenic vistas, and cultural immersion. Whether you opt for the aerial route via Koh Samui or the overland journey through Surat Thani, the allure of Koh Tao’s pristine beaches and vibrant marine life awaits, promising an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Thailand’s island paradise.

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