We are trying to maximise our time on Koh Tao at the end of our trip by waking up there on Sat 16th April and arriving in Bangkok at a reasonable time in the evening. (Last time we did the Lomprayah ferry/bus combo in the afternoon & evening arriving Bangkok in the early hours and it felt like a waste of a day & night).
We are planning to leave Koh Tao on the 10:15 Lomprayah ferry arriving Chumphon at 11:45. I see there is the no. 40 train stopping at Chumporn at 12:46 which arrives in Bangkok at 19:45. This would be ideal. My concern is how long it takes to get from the Pier to the train station - is 1 hour enough? Happy to get a taxi if necessary.
I appreciate the ferry may be delayed so need a back up plan - my second question is are there frequent buses running between Chumphon and Bangkok incase we miss the train? I can't seem to find any bus timetables for the route in that direction.
Any help much appreciated, thanks.