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Warning how not to go to ko Tao

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Warning how not to go to ko Tao

We booked a trip on air Asia .....looked like we were going to leave at 7.00am and get to koh phanga around 8.00am...once booked shock n horror it included a flight to nakon thammarat a 2hr bus journey...followed by a 3 hour wait for a ferry to koh phanga then another 2hr wait for another ferry to koh Tao then another 1hr trip to koh Tao from when we left bangkok about 15 long hours be carefully what you book

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1. Re: Warning how not to go to ko Tao

Was it different from their published schedule for the journey ?

A flight+ferry option via Nakhon Si Thammarat is a very round-about way to get to Koh Tao

Nok Air offer a flight + ferry service from Bangkok to Koh Tao via Chumphon

http://nokair.com

But even that is a 0730 departure arriving 1500 ,. Lomprayah bus + ferry leaves Bangkok 0600 arrives about 1500

Edited: 16 September 2013, 11:09
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2. Re: Warning how not to go to ko Tao

Was pretty hidden when we booked...only had the 3 letter airport names....with the ferry trips pretty hidden until you actually pay....just shows you really need to look hard when booking a trip like that...and yes a very very very long way to get to koh Tao last night....just a warning to others not to go that way

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3. Re: Warning how not to go to ko Tao

If you are heading back to Bangkok Nokair also offer Koh Tao ferry to Chumphon and then road to Chumphon airport and flight to Bangkok but check the times

Lomprayah ferry + flight Koh Tao-Cumphon-Hua Hin-Bangkok departs 1015 Koh Tao arrives Bangkok 2030 fare THB 1,000

http://www.lomprayah.com/e/route.htm

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4. Re: Warning how not to go to ko Tao

Hi

I'm sorry to hear you had such a round about way to Koh Tao. I'm aware that doing the reverse journey (Koh Tao to Bangkok) the morning departure does the journey you have described, the afternoon departure goes via Chumphon. I can only guess that when ticket sales are low they combine the bus and boat journey's with people who are booking for Koh Phangan. If this has happened they really should have informed you prior. Have you contacted Nok Air?

I hope the rest of your trip is a smoother and more pleasant experience.

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5. Re: Warning how not to go to ko Tao

Thanks for that we are heading back on Friday...already paid for flights from nathon thammarat....but can't get the return ferry home on the air Asia rip off...as it leaves koh phangan at 5:00am....working on it though and will probably take the nok air option....lesson learnt though

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