Chumphon is situated almost 500 kms. south of Bangkok and nearly 200 kms. north of Surat Thani with the southbound road splitting into two, one following the south Gulf coast and the other branching over to the Andaman coast. Chumphon’s port at Pak Nam is a convenient place to take a boat to Ko Tao, which is in Surat Thani but it is more convenient to depart from here. Yet visitors should not be too hasty to leave Chumphon’s pretty coastline, as there are fine beaches and coral-ringed offshore islands both north and south of town.