What ferries run from Chumphon to Koh Tao? Which pier and what is the cost?
There are three ferry options from Chumphon to Koh Tao:
Option 1: Lomprayah Catamaran
This is by far the best option. Lomprayah have modern, high speed catamarans which take about 2 hours to make the crossing from Chumphon to Koh Tao.
The ferries depart from their own pier, which is about 45 minutes south of Chumphon. (A transfer is provided from their office in Chumphon city center, nearby travel agents and the train station).
Lomprayah make two crossings to Koh Tao daily, with departures at 07:00am and again at 13:00pm.
This is by far the safest, most comfortable and reliable option with the fastest crossing time.
The cost of a ferry ticket is ~600 baht per person.
One thing to be aware of; Lomprayah impose a 20Kg per person luggage limit. Excess baggage is charged at 20 baht per kilo.
You can see timetable information and make bookings via: http://www.lomprayah.com/e/route.htm
Option 2: Songserm Ferry
This is an older, slower ferry which departs from Chumphon @ 07:00am.
Although their timetable info claims that the crossing takes two and a half hours, it is often significantly longer, especially if the sea is rough (when the crossing has the potential to be quite uncomfortable).
More info is available on: http://www.songserm-expressboat.com/en.php?name=timetable_en
Tickets are a little cheaper than Lomprayah, but for the couple of hundred extra baht I’d opt for the safer, faster ferry instead.
Option 3: Overnight Cargo Boat from Chumphon to Koh Tao
A number of cargo boats also make the trip from Chumphon to Koh Tao, departing from a pier on the river close to the city.
These range from Thai-style wooden boats to metal-hulled car ferries. These serve as supply boats from the mainland to Koh Tao, so are typically loaded with construction materials, food, cars, motorbikes and even livestock on some occasions.
The night boats usually depart between 22:00 – 24:00, traveling overnight to reach Koh Tao the following morning.
Primitive sleeping arrangements are provided on-board; you can expect a thin mat on a wooden floor, with many people sleeping in rows in a low-ceiling cabin above the cargo / engines.
Needless to say this option is best avoided. Better would be to spend a night in Chumphon then catch the Lomprayah catamaran the following morning.
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