Getting to Koh Samui
Bangkok Airways flies from Bangkok and other domestic and international destinations directly to Ko Samui multiple times each day. The flight takes about one hour from Bangkok. For more information, call its Bangkok office, (66) 2 134 3960 http://bangkokair.com/eng/offices/index.
There are also several other airlines that fly directly into Koh Samui Airport. Some of these are Thai Air, Malaysia Air, Firefly Air, and Silk Air.
Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses leave Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal for Surat Thani several times daily. The trip takes about 11 hours. For further information, call 0 2435 1199, 0 2435 1200 (air-con), 0 2434 5557 (non-air-con).
From Bangkok, take Highway 4 (Buddha Monthon Road) through Phetchaburi and Chumphon Provinces and then drive on to Highways 41 and 401 to Surat Thani Province. From Surat Thani, visitors can take their cars to Ko Samui on a vehicle ferry from Donsak Pier. This ferry trip takes 1.30 hours.
Several trains leave Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station for Surat Thani daily. The trip takes about 12 hours. Train / bus / ferry combination tickets are also available. For more information, call Hualamphong Railway Station, 0 2223 7010.
From Surat Thani to Koh Samui
An express ferry boat of Songserm Travel departs from Tha Thong Pier in Surat Thani at 8.00 a.m. and arrives at Na Thon Pier in Samui at 10.30 a.m. every day. For the return trip, the boat leaves Na Thon Pier at 2.00 p.m. and reaches Tha Thong at 4.30 p.m.
Express boats of Seatran Express operate three times a day between Ban Don and Ko Samui. Departure times are 7.00 a.m., 12.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. The trip takes two hours.
Ferry Boats of Seatran or Raja Ferry
Seatran Ferry, which can accommodate 60 cars and 400 passengers, operates several trips per day between Don Sak (Surat Thani) and Ko Samui, from 5.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. The trip takes about 1.30 hours. Raja ferry has about the same schedule. Sometime there is also a night ferry, so please check up to date schedules for exact times.
Getting around Koh Samui
Samui is an explorer’s dream to discover something new. Offering a wealth of diversity of landscape, vistas, flora and fauna, and yet small enough to seek adventure in its many out-of-the-way places, Samui can be seen by taking songthaews (red open back jitney) which operate around the island. The fare starts at 50 baht, depending on the distance of the destination.
Taxi say “Taxi meter” but they do not turn on the meter. Prices are dictated by the driver. More expensive at night. If the driver will not give you a fair price wait for the next one, or take the songthaews (red open back jitney). Songtthaews are cheaper than taxis but will stop for other passengers along the way.
By a Rented Jeep or Rental Car
Rented Jeep, 4WD, or standard Rental Cars are available from many family-owned agencies and some well known large companies.. Some of these vehicles come with insurance, some not. Always ask for details first. The minimum price start from 900 baht.
A more flexible way to get around the island, a rented motorcycle costs approximately 200 baht per day. Beware, as some roads other than the main roads on Koh Samui are quite rough.
So be very careful on a motorbike. Many fatal accidents occur every year.
Getting to nearby Islands from Koh Samui
From the Na Thon Pier (Koh Samui) to the Thong Sala Pier (Koh Pha-ngan):
Songserm Travel Co. operates ferry boats and express boats between Na Thon Pier on Ko Samui and Thong Sala Pier on Koh Pha-ngan, four times a day. The trip takes about 45 minutes for express boats, and one hour for ordinary ferry boats. Also Lomprayah ferry operates at least twice daily. www.lomprayah.com
Bo Phut (Koh Samui) to Hat Rin (Koh Pha-ngan):
There is a ferry boat leaving Bo Phut for Had Rin (Koh Pha-ngan) twice daily at 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. The return trips departs Had Rin (Koh Pha-ngan) at 10.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.
Ang Thong Islands:
Visitors can hire a boat from Koh Samui to Ang Thong. The charge depends on the boat size and number of passengers. The trip takes 1.30 hours. It is also possible to join a full-day excursion organized by tour operators in Koh Samui.
Boat services for Koh Tao are available at Na Thon Pier of Koh Samui. also the Lomprayah ferry operates boat at least twice a day. www.lomprayah.com