Getting there. Left Ko Samui using the tourist highway, which is well-organized and convenient in Thailand. Destination: Tarutao National Park on the Andaman Sea, southwest Thailand. We bought tickets to Trang and assumed we could get from there to Pak Bara Pier where we could catch a ferry to the park.
A mini-van picked us up at out hotel at 6 a.m. and drove us to the other side of Ko Samui where we transferred to a large bus. The bus drove to the ferry pier and into the ferry. We disembarked at Don Sak, took the same bus to Surat Thani, took a tuk-tuk to the bus station and traveled by air-conditioned mini-van, arriving at Trang at 2:30 p.m., right on time.
We walked a few steps to a travel agency, bought tickets to Ko Tarutao and went next door to book a newly refubished hotel room. Trang is a pleasant spot to spend a night. In the morning, we took a mini-van to the Paka Bara pier and boarded a speed boat. By noon we were inside our Island bungalow.
Whatever 100 baht we spent was well worth it for the agency to piece it together.