Koh Samui to Koh Tao @ ferry, van Jun 3, 2017

7 trips (THB 550 — 750)

From Bangrak Seatran Pier to Koh Tao by ferry

13:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
15:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
2h
Instant Refund
฿ 600
× 2 = ฿ 1,200
24 seats available
16:30
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
18:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
2h
Instant Refund
฿ 600
× 2 = ฿ 1,200
31 seats available

From Na Thon (Koh Samui) to Koh Tao by ferry

11:15
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
14:15
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
3h
Instant Refund
฿ 600
× 2 = ฿ 1,200
30 seats available
11:30
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
14:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
2h 30m
Instant
฿ 550
× 2 = ฿ 1,100
15 seats available
17:00
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
18:45
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
1h 45m
Instant Refund
฿ 700
× 2 = ฿ 1,400
30 seats available

From Samui Airport to Koh Tao by van+ferry joint ticket

12:30
Samui Airport, Koh Samui
15:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
3h
Instant Refund
฿ 750
× 2 = ฿ 1,500
10 seats available

From Maenam (Samui) to Koh Tao by ferry

12:30
Maenam (Samui), Koh Samui
14:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
1h 30m
Instant Refund
฿ 650
× 2 = ฿ 1,300
50 seats available

How to get to Koh Tao from Koh Samui

What about

You may find Koh Tao too rustic and too simple after experiencing glamour of Koh Samui’s nightlife venues, expensive spas and fancy boutique hotels, but there is one thing in which no other Thai island can beat Koh Tao. Learn to dive, dive and dive again – that is what you are supposed to do on Koh Tao and that is actually what the majority of the folk you are about to meet on the island really do. A little hidden gem of the lower part of the Gulf, Koh Tao is attracting underwater world lovers with an abundance of easily reachable diving sites (over 30) and very affordable prices on diving lessons (there are more that 50 diving schools on the island), sea safaris and diving trips. Be ready to hear a lot of diving stories of personal success and failure every evening in every tiny bar, restaurant or guesthouse. Yet for those who are ready to go beyond the stereotypes there are hiking trails, bouldering, sea kayaking, fire-shows, and even jam sessions – all of them on the background of picturesque views and a laid-back island atmosphere. Priceless.

Getting to Koh Tao from Koh Samui

To get to Koh Tao from Samui you have a choice of three ferry companies, namely Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran, Seatran Discovery and Songserm.

Lomprayah takes about 1¾ hr to bring passengers from Koh Samui’s Maenam pier to Koh Tao’s Mae Haad pier. There are two departures a day at 8am and 12.30pm with tickets sold at THB 650.

Seatran Discovery offers similar service but is a bit slower and cheaper: two hours and THB 624. Note that Seatran uses its own pier on Samui, Bangrak Seatran pier. There are three departures a day at 10am, 1pm and 4.30pm.

There is also Songserm boat which is the cheapest one (THB 450). It departs from Samui at 11am and arrives to Koh Tao (also via Koh Phangan) at 2.30.

Tip: As your sea travel between Koh Samui and Koh Tao will last from two to three hours, have all the necessary medications at hand if you are prone to seasickness. When the sea is choppy, opt for Seatran instead of Lomprayah, as the catamaran actually rides the swell, while Seatran cuts through it, which help avoid endless ups and downs.

Getting around

There is no car rental on a relatively small 21 sq. km island. If you consider renting a scooter or a motorcycle, be warned that the roads on the island are dangerous and get their toll of injuries regularly. Renting a vehicle though gives you freedom to explore the island as the ‘official’ taxi fares are sometimes extortionate (especially for going to the eastern coast). For ‘taxi’ you normally have two options: motorbikes or songthaews, which are pick up trucks. There is longtail boat service between certain beaches, which is a good option with reasonable prices.

Where to stay

The western side of the island is much more developed, and the ferries from the mainland and the islands arrive to Mae Haad which is on the western side. Haad Sairee, where the most of the action takes place, is also there. If you are looking for some serenity and tranquillity, consider Chalok Ban Kao. The eastern side is a slow life paradise and a great place to unwind, but you will have to negotiate those treacherous island roads (or greedy taxi drivers) to get to any of the western-side night spots. The busiest seasons on Koh Tao are summer (from July to August) and Christmas & New Year, so book your accommodation beforehand. The cheapest beds sell out quickly. You may fail to find a budget option without prior reservation immediately after Full Moon Parties on the ajacent Ko Phangan, too.

Tip: If you are going to Koh Tao to dive, check with your diving school or operator whether they provide free accommodation (they normally do).

Health issues

There are small clinics in every ‘town’ on the island where they can handle your motorbike scratches and minor health problems. For more serious cases you will have to get transported to the mainland or Samui. Note that dengue fever is a problem, especially in highly packed tourist areas where the virus is transmitted very quickly. Take all the necessary preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites. Well, at least bring a lot of repellent!
...And always remember that you will have to drop out you pre-booked scuba diving course if you happen to scrap your knee in a motorbike accident!

Passenger reviews out of total 2,667 passengers traveled with us on this route

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★★☆ May 14, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Easy check in, ferry had plenty of seats, smooth ride (although it was a calm day). Ran about 20mins late
★★★☆☆ Apr 16, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Very hot inside. We arrived 30 minutes later than expected shedule.
★★☆☆☆ Apr 8, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Its suposed to arrives to koh tao at 3pm but arrives 4pm
★★★☆☆ Apr 6, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
The ship was late and we missed our lunch
★★★★☆ Mar 23, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★☆ Mar 17, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Very nice but 40mn delay
★★★★★ Feb 23, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★☆ Feb 9, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Boat doesn't have A/C.
★★★★☆ Jan 26, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★☆ Jan 15, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Left a bit late and had to move luggage across 2 other boats to reach the one we traveled on but otherwise comfortable and easy trip.
★★★★☆ Jan 7, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
The Bangrak pier needs an upgrade.
★★★★☆ Jan 3, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★★ Dec 8, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★☆☆ Nov 27, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
30 minuts on delay...
★★★★★ Nov 22, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Everything ok!
★★★★☆ Nov 5, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Service of 12Asia es really good. The boat travel was OK, seats are comfortable, there is a space for luggage and I felt safe. On the things to get better, it went out in time but took a bit longer than expected.
★★★☆☆ Nov 3, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
It would make sense to load the baggage for one stop, e.g. Ko Tao in one section and other stops baggage in another. Instead my bag was under 7 layers of bags for many different stops and my property was damaged. Also, the yelling at customers. What's with that? We are paying your wages. I'm sure it is a boring job, but a smile goes a long way
★★★★★ Nov 2, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★★ Sep 23, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Auch dieser über 12Go. Asia gebuchte trip verlief wieder reibungslos und auch der Operator Seatran ist sehr gut organisiert und sortiert die vielen Passagiere erst mal mit Stickern nach Zielort somit wird auch gleich das Gepäck sortiert und bei Ankunft hat man dies recht zügig wieder bekommen. Ich bin mir nicht sicher ob alle Passagiere sich vorab ein Ticket gebucht hatten, jedenfalls würde ich das dringend empfehlen, denn das Schiff war voll - und das in der low season - und das ticket kostet vor Ort das Gleiche, wie wenn man vorbucht!!! Auch hier gilt wieder: Voucher vor Ort in Ticket umtauschen. Noch ein Tio zu Ko Tao, was unbedingt einen Trip wert ist, weil die Landschaft und v.a. die Unterwasserwelt einfach gigantisch ist: wenn ihr ein Hotel und Schiff vorgebucht habt, holt euch das in der Regel kostenlos am Pier ab. Die Taxi- u Tuktukfahrer umkreisen die Neuankömmlinge dort nämlich wie Haie und zocken einen dann vermutlich ziemlich ab. Ein toller Service der Hotels, der mir vorher auch nicht bewusst war. Ich kann also sowohl das Vorbuchen über 12Go. Asia als auch Ko Tao als Reiseziel sehr empfehlen, Stephanie
★★★★☆ Sep 6, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★☆ Aug 27, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★★ Aug 18, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Everything perfect!!
★★★★☆ Jul 25, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★☆ Jul 23, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★☆☆ Apr 25, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
You have to improve boarding methods.
12Go response:

We would like to inform you that, you can also see the boarding point and information you need to know on the confirmation.
Could you please to check from you email again too.

★★★★★ Apr 23, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Great price Good service
12Go response:

Thank you very much for booking your tickets with us.
We hope you will be back to use our service again in the near future.

Thank you, please enjoy your stay in Thailand.

★★★★★ Apr 12, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Great service, left on time and so easy to book. Would definitely use again.
★★★★☆ Feb 21, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
El barco estaba bien. La tripulación muy atenta. Pero nos cambiaron la hora de salida (de todos modos nos avisaron con mas de una semana de antelación).
★★★☆☆ Feb 21, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Crawded
★★★☆☆ Nov 30, 2015 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Sea very choppy which isn't their fault but boat very hot with no air circulation so can make you feel quite sick
12Go response:

Thanks for the review . We find out a technical problem on the air conditioning of this boat and now we fix it already. Sorry for inconvenience. Michele from Seatran Discovery

★★★★★ Oct 24, 2015 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Nice, easy.... perfect on time
★★★☆☆ Jul 24, 2015 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Kaos when we got to koh samui. Could NOT get our bags. Too Many People on the mole
★★★★★ May 21, 2015 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Nice, easy booking and trip

News @ Koh Tao

23 January 2017

In a bid to woo international visitors, Thailand has proposed the extension of a promotion giving free tourist visas. Under the current promotion effective from 1 December 2016 until 28 February 2017, single-entry tourist visas issued at Thai embassies and consulates worldwide are free of charge.

13 January 2017

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has released its latest updates for travel to the flood-hit southern region of the country. The bulletin noted that damaged train tracks in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province have been fixed and mainline train services are now operating again.

11 January 2017

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has released an update saying most flights and ferries to the flooded south of the country are operating to timetables. The normal schedules are in place despite the fact large swathes of the far south have been inundated by torrential rain.