So you are in Chumphon already, what to do next?
On arrival to Chumphon a great place to get your bearings and refresh yourself after a long journey is Farang Bar, situated perfectly 5 minutes walk from the train station on Thatapao Road. Farang Bar is the most established travellers 'hang out' in the town where you can buy all your tickets for onward travel especially to Koh Tao. They have free wi-fi, rooms for 200thb per night with shared hot shower and toilets, not to mention great food and ice cold beers! they will happily take care of all your travelling needs...
Phone ahead for a free pick up on + 66 (0) 775 01 003 and check out their website Farang Bar.
Chumphon has a train station and offices for Lomprayah and Songserm who can all arrange pick-ups and transit to Koh Tao. For those who didn’t buy their boat ticket yet, this can be done in the train station as well.
Both companies have ferries leaving at 7.00 am (arrival 9.15 – 10.00 am), Lomprayah has an afternoon ferry leaving at 13.00 pm and arriving around 15.00 pm. Your ferry trip from here to Koh Tao will only take 2 hours (3 with Songserm).
For anyone who misses the day boats, there is a night boat which departs at 23.00pm arriving at Koh Tao at 6am. Tickets can be bought from the numerous cheap guesthouses where you can also check your emails, get food and a shower.
More comfortable hotels in Chumphon are also an option, you can also buy your boat tickets here and the ferry company will even come and pick you up in the lobby of your hotel ! Room occupation is never a problem in this sleepy provincial town, so no need to pre book your hotel.