Koh Samui, Thailand

Getting In


By Boat

From Surat Thani railway station and Surat Thani Airport, there are combined bus and ferry services to Koh Samui for 200-300 baht. Some entail a 60-minute bus ride to Donsak Pier followed by a 90-minute ferry crossing. Others a 30-minute bus ride but the ferry takes extra time. Tickets are sold by numerous agents at the railway station and airport and the cost should be less than 300 baht.

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To Nathon Pier
There are 2 ferry companies 
departing from Donsak Pier and terminating at Koh Samui's Nathon Pier every 30-60 minutes.

  • The ferry by Songserm Travel is what you more often get if booked via the travel agencies. It's a rather small ferry with two decks, often very crowded so you can't get the seat on the lower deck if you come late. The upper deck, while air-conditioned, costs extra, so you may end up sitting around the pile of backpacks on the back of the boat under the sun if you do not want to pay extra. The people aboard the ferry are mostly, if not all, foreigners.
  • The ferry by Seatran is much bigger and has several decks. The ferry is less packed because of its size (can still get packed at peak times during the high season) and is equipped with numerous TVs (Thai channels). It has a big cafeteria and the passengers are mostly Thai, as well as some expats and tourists. 

Seatran ferry by jetalone

To Lipa Noi Pier
Raja Ferry Port operates ferry services between Donsak Pier and Lipa Noi Pier on the western side of Koh Samui (several kilometres south of Nathon). It includes an air conditioned deck and comfortable seats. This ferry also transport cars, so can be used should you decide to come with your own transport. Songthaew transfer from the pier to either Chaweng or Lamai will cost around 100 baht per person. Taxis will be more expensive, with initial asking prices of up to 500 baht.

Vendors at the pier by jetalone

From Bangkok
Lomprayah offers a combined bus-high speed catamaran ferry service from Bangkok to Koh Samui. The journey takes about 11 hours (5.5 of them by boat) and costs around 1,250 baht (1,000 baht in the opposite direction). The bus pauses in Hua Hin and then stops at Chumphon, where it connects with the ferry and calls at the islands of Ko Nang Yuan, Ko Tao and Ko Pha Ngan on its way to Koh Samui. Lomprayah is a good (if not exactly cheap) option to get to the islands from Bangkok.
Guide to
Koh Samui
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