GETTING TO KOH TAO, THAILAND FOR YOUR PADI DIVEMASTER / IDC INTERNSHIP
The quickest way to get to Koh Tao for your diving internship is to fly directly to Koh Samui with Bangkok Airways then transfer to the Lomprayah high speed catamaran. Nok Air and Air Asia also fly to Suratthani with connecting Lomprayah catamaran service. Chumporn port is also serviced by flights from Solar Air, Nok Air and Air Asia and Lomprayah catamarans. Air Asia to Chumporn is the most economical and convenient flight. It leaves Don Muang Airport in Bangkok at 7.30am and can connect with the afternoon lomprayah catamaran from Chumporn to Koh Tao. If you are landing in Suvarnabhumi airport you may find it more convenient to fly Bangkok Air to Koh Samui which has several flight thought the day. You can check ferry connections on www.lomprayah.com
Traveling via Phuket, it is best to take the bus to Suratthani. From Bangkok the Lomprayah buses leave twice daily, 6am and 9pm, to Chumporn where they connect with the catamaran. You can book directly on www.lomprayah.com
VISAS FOR THAILAND...
Many countries are granted a 30 day tourist visa on arrival free of charge. If staying longer, it is best to apply at your local Thai consulate for a tourist visa. The tourist visa allows 60 days on entry and can be extended an additional 30 days in country. For longer stays, multiple entry visas are granted. As part of you Koh Tao diving internship package, we will send you a letter of invitation and proof of accommodation to help with your visa application.