My wife and I will be traveling from Bangkok to Koh Tao in January and we're trying to figure out the best way to get to KT. Cost isn't really an issue, so we're looking for the quickest and easiest means of travel, which seems to be by flying from Bangkok to Koh Samui and then taking a ferry to KT.
Nathon: 1 daily departure: 11:15am - arrive 2:15pm
Maenam: 8am departure, arriving 9:45am and another departing 12:30pm, arriving 2:15pm.
Do these ferries leave on time? Do they ever leave early? How far are the Nathon and Maenam piers from Koh Samui airport, and how does one get from the airport to the piers? If the ferries leave at the above times, what time should our flight arrive in Koh Samui to make sure we make the ferry? Finally, can anyone recommend one ferry over the other?
We've also heard about the Nok Air flight + ferry combo, but it seems that's a little more convoluted. Would anyone recommend booking that instead of the usual Bangkok Air or Thai Airlines flights that go from Bangkok to Ko Samui?
Thanks very much!