How to get from CHIANG MAI to KOH TAO?

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How you can get from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao? You can travel by plane, train, bus, taxi + ferry or speedboat.

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    • Travel distance from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao (via Bangkok, Chumphon) is about 1240 km by land. The best and fast option how you can get to Koh Tao from Chiang Mai is to travel by plane + ferry via Bangkok and Chumphon. Chumphon has an airport and there are ferries and boats to Koh Tao. There are flights from Chiang Mai to Chumphon with stopover in Bangkok. Travel by plane+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao takes totally about 9-14 hours and it costs about $100-140/pp. Ferries or speedboats from Chumphon arrive to Mae Haad Pier in Koh Tao.
    • Another popular way of transport to Koh Tao from Chiang Mai is to travel by train + ferry, also via Bangkok and Chumphon. Travel time by train+ferry is about 24-30 hours and it costs about $30-150/pp. Train and ferry to Koh Tao is the cheapest option of transport, but it is not so fast. The same way of transport to Koh Tao is also tourist bus + ferry or private car + ferry via Bangkok and Chumphon. You can also travel by plane to Koh Samui and from Koh Samui to Koh Tao you can travel by boat or ferry. Book your tickets and flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao easily online.
    • Book tickets + flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao (via Bangkok) online

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From Chiang Mai to Koh Tao you can get by plane, train, bus + ferry.

    • Koh Tao is one of the smallest inhabited islands in all of Thailand. The literal translation of Koh Tao means Turtle Island. It is not for nothing that this place is nicknamed the „diver’s paradise“ – it is the island with the largest number of dive centers in the world and at the same time the place where the most diving licenses in the world are granted. For non-divers, the island offers similar beach activities as anywhere else in Thailand. Due to its small size, the island has only one beach that runs around the perimeter of the island. It is divided in several places by rocks into smaller sections.
    • The most interesting are probably the following two: Sairee Beach lines the largest island town of Mae Haad and is probably the most famous and most accessible beach on the island. There are plenty of bars, pubs and restaurants on the beach, so it lives here until late in the evening. Haad Thien beach or Rocky Bay are among the most beautiful on the island. The beach is tucked away in a small bay and surrounded by rocks that cover it from numerous waves. When visiting this island, you can not miss the small island of Nangyuan. The beach on this island has the shape of a star with three peaks and connects Nangyuan together with two other small islands. From Koh Tao you can travel by ferry + minivan via Surat Thani to Khao Sok National Park, travel distance via this town is about 280 km.

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How do I get from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao?


1. TRAIN + FERRY from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao


A) Train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

    • there are trains of State Railway of Thailand from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
    • there are also comfortable sleeper trains, seats are the cheapest option
    • you can buy drinks and snacks and there is a toilet in the train
    • transfer by train to Bangkok from Chiang Mai costs about $8-60/pp (1st, 2nd, 3rd class trains)
    • transfer by train to Bangkok from Chiang Mai akes about 11-14.5 hours

B) Train from Bangkok to Chumphon

    • from Bangkok to Chumphon you can travel by train of State Railway of Thailand
    • transfer by train to Chumphon from Bangkok costs about $8-40/pp
    • transfer by train to Chumphon from Bangkok takes about 8.5-10.5 hours
    • trains depart from Hua Lamphong Railway Station and arrive to Chumphon Station
    • the best option is to book your sleeper berth

C) Ferry / Speedboat from Chumphon to Koh Tao

    • from Chumphon to Koh Tao you can get by ferry, speedboat or catamaran
    • transfer by ferry/boat to Koh Tao from Chumphon costs about $15-30/pp
    • travel by ferry/boat from Chumphon to Koh Tao takes about 2-3 hours
    • boats and ferries by KP Tripadvisor, Songserm, Lomprayah
    • you can also travel by bus+ferry from Chumphon Railway Station or Chumphon Airport
    • read this article: Chumphon to Koh Tao – Ferry Schedule
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From Chiang Mai to Koh Tao you can travel by train+ferry via Chumphon (photo: Train in Thailand, 12go.asia).


2. FLIGHT + FERRY from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao (via Chumphon)


A) Flight from Chiang Mai to Chumphon (via Bankgok)

    • there are some flights from Chiang Mai to Chumphon with stopover in Bangkok
    • travel by plane from Chiang Mai to Chumphon takes about 5-8 hours
    • airlines to Chumphon Airport: Nok Air + various airlines from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
    • travel by plane from Chiang Mai to Chumphon with stopover in Bangkok costs about $80-100/pp

B) Ferry or Speedboat to Koh Tao from Chumphon

    • from Chumphon to Koh Tao you can travel by ferry, speedboat or catamaran
    • transport by ferry/boat to Koh Tao from Chumphon costs about $15-30/pp
    • transport by ferry/boat from Chumphon to Koh Tao takes about 2-3 hours
    • boats and ferries operated by KP Tripadvisor, Songserm, Lomprayah
    • you can also travel by bus+ferry from Chumphon Railway Station or Chumphon Airport
    • read this article: Chumphon to Koh Tao – Ferry Schedule
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From Chiang Mai to Koh Tao you can also travel by plane + bus/ferry via Chumphon Airport.


3. BUS + FERRY from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao


A) Bus from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

    • from Chiang Mai to Bangkok you can get by tourist bus or minivan
    • transfer by tourist bus to Bangkok from Chiang Mai takes about 11-14 hours
    • various bus companies to Bangkok: Songserm, Thai Sriram, Bangkok Bus Line, Transport Co…
    • travel by bus or minivan from Chiang Mai to Bangkok costs about $14-33/pp

B) Bus from Bangkok to Chumphon

    • from Bangkok to Chumphon you can get by tourist bus or minivan
    • transfer by tourist bus to Chumphon from Bangkok takes about 7 hours
    • bus companies to Chumphon: Suwanaatee (bus departs from Southern Terminal in Bangkok)
    • travel by bus from Bangkok to Chumphon costs about $12-15/pp

C) Transfer by ferry/boat from Chumphon to Koh Tao

    • ferry, speedboat or catamaran – available options of transfer to Koh Tao
    • ferry and boat tickets to Koh Tao from Chumphon cost about $15-30/pp
    • to reach Koh Tao from Chumphon takes about 2-3 hours
    • ferry and boat companies Koh Tao: KP Tripadvisor, Songserm, Lomprayah
    • read this article: Chumphon to Koh Tao – Ferry Timetable
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Travel by bus + ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao via Chumphon is another way of transport.


4. TAXI/CAR + FERRY from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao


A) Private car from Chiang Mai to Chumphon (via Bangkok)

    • from Chiang Mai to Chumphon you can also travel by private car/taxi with stopover in Bangkok
    • travel by car/taxi to Chumphon from Chiang Mai takes about 16-20 hours with stopover in Bangkok
    • taxi companies to Bangkok + Chumphon: Jed Yord, Glassflower, Bangkok Taxi 24, Thailand Limo by Datum…
    • travel by car/taxi to Chumphon from Chiang Mai costs about $490-750/pp

B) Transport by ferry from Chumphon to Koh Tao

    • Koh Tao is accessible by ferry, boat or catamaran from Chumphon
    • transfer to Koh Tao from Chumphon costs about $15-30/pp
    • travel time by boat to Koh Tao is about 2-3 hours
    • read and check this article: Chumphon to Koh Tao – Ferry Times
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Private car + Ferry via Chumphon is another option how to reach Koh Tao from Chiang Mai (photo: Glassflower taxi, 12go.asia).


icon-info-circle FAQ + TIPS – Travel from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao:

How to book tickets + flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao?

    • Book tickets/flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao (via Bangkok) on 12go.asia or Baolau.
    • You can also change + book another route, e.g. Chumphon > Koh Tao, Koh Samui > Koh Tao…

What is the travel time from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao?

    • Travel by train+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao (via Bangkok, Chumphon) takes about 24-30 hours.
    • Travel by plane+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao (via Bangkok, Chumphon) takes about 9-14 hours.
    • Travel by bus+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao (via Bangkok, Chumphon) takes about 23-26 hours.
    • Travel by car+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao (via Bangkok, Chumphon) takes about 20-26 hours.

What is the travel distance from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao?

How much does it cost to get from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao?

    • Travel by train+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao (via Bangkok, Chumphon) costs about $30-150/pp.
    • Travel by plane+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao (via Bangkok, Chumphon) costs about $100-140/pp.
    • Travel by bus+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao (via Bangkok, Chumphon) costs about $40-90/pp.
    • Travel by car+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao (via Bangkok, Chumphon) costs about $500-800.

Is there a flight to Koh Tao from Chiang Mai?

    • Koh Tao has no airport, so there are no flights from Chiang Mai. There are flights to Chumphon Airport with stopover in Bangkok or teoretically you can travel by plane+ferry via Koh Samui.

What is the best and fastest way of transport from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao?

    • The fastest and comfortable option of transfer to Koh Tao from Chiang Mai is to travel by plane+ferry via Chumphon. There are flights between Chiang Mai – Bangkok – Chumphon and ferries from Chumphon to Koh Tao.

What is the cheapest option of transport to Koh Tao from Chiang Mai?

    • The most cheapest way of transfer to Koh Tao from Chiang Mai is to travel by train+ferry via Chumphon. The most cheapest option of getting to Koh Tao should cost about $30.

Is there a direct train from Chiang Mai to Chumphon?

    • No, there is no direct train to Chumphon from Chiang Mai. You can travel by train of State Railway of Thailand with stopover in Bangkok – Hua Lamphong Railway Station.

Where you can go by ferry or boat from Koh Tao?

    • From Koh Tao you can travel by boat or ferry to Koh Phangan or Koh Samui, the closest island. You can also travel by boat to Surat Thani. Surat Thani is the biggest transport hub in southern Thailand.

How you can travel from Chumphon to Bangkok?

    • From Chumphon to Bangkok you can travel by train, tourist bus, private car or plane. The best and fast way is to take a direct flight, the most cheapest otpion is to travel by train of State Railway of Thailand.
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Koh Tao is a small and isolated island, but it is a popular tourist site and offers very nice beaches and bays.

icon-arrow-circle-right Book your tickets or flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao + Schedule:

(You can change your departure or arrival place, eg. Chiang Mai to Surat Thani, Bangkok to Koh Tao…)


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