Koh Samui Travel and Transportation
Flights to Koh Samui are easily accessible from many popular destinations in Thailand, some of which include the following:
A flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui is just 80 minutes, but literally a world away from the action-packed streets of the capital city.
Bangkok Airways offer many direct flights daily to Koh Samui from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Singapore.
From Phuket, Bangkok Airways offers 2 direct flights to Koh Samui.
These are short, comfortable, inexpensive flights.
Book Bangkok Airways.
Thai Airways provides direct daily flights to Koh Samui.
Book Thai Airways.
Whichever carrier you fly with, when you arrive at the Koh Samui airport, our staff will greet you and transport you to your waiting villa.
Air Asia also operates scheduled daily flight services to and from Bangkok from Surat Thani airport (the closest city to Koh Samui on the mainland).
When you arrive in Surat Thani from Bangkok, transport is provided where you will take a two hour bus ride to the Don Sak ferry port. From Don Sak another two leisurely hours by ferry boat will land you on Koh Samui.
If you wish to return to Bangkok from Koh Samui with an Air Asia flight leaving from Surat Thani to Bangkok you can easily book a bus that will transport you via the ferry to Don Sak (on the mainland) and then onward to Surat Thani Airport where you can connect to your Surat Thani- Bangkok flight.
Book Air Asia.
If you prefer a more economical way to travel, we recommend a VIP bus from Bangkok’s well-known tourist area Khao San Road or from the Southern Bus Terminal at Boromrat Chonnani Road. The VIP buses are more comfortable and have less seats than a regular airconditioned bus. You can buy a ticket in almost every travel agency in Bangkok. The ferry ticket is normally included in the price.
Another comfortable way to travel is the night train from Bangkok’s Hualamphong railway station to Surat Thani. The sleeping cars have rather comfortable beds. To travel by railway is a little more expensive than by bus, but you will probably get a better sleep. Upper beds are less expensive than the lower ones. The lower beds are also a little wider. A private “first class” train compartment for two people is also available. Then you are able to lock the door for privacy. There is also a small water sink in this compartment. The ideal choice for couples!
When you arrive in Surat Thani, you will then be able to take a one hour bus ride to the ferry dock and from there another hour by ferry boat to Koh Samui’s port of Nathon.
The fastest ferries departures from the two main piers in Donsak on the main land. There are three operators:
Lomprayah – Catamarans. 45 minutes to Samui.
Seatran – Car ferry. About 1.5 hours to Samui.
Raja Ferry – Car ferry. About 1.5 hours to Samui.
A ferry ticket is about 160-350 baht for passengers (Lomprayah is more expensive than the car ferries) and 500 baht for cars. The ferries are passing the Angthong Marine Park and you will see many of the small surrounding islands from the ferry, if you don’t fall asleep.
You might also take the Lomprayah catamaran which departures from Chumphon. They also offer buses from Khao San Road (Banglamphu) in Bangkok.
On the smaller ferries (such as the ones operated by Songserm), you may be approached by Thai guys trying to convince you that “their” resort on Samui is the one to choose. It can be a blank or a prize in that “lottery.” Don’t be too concerned if you haven’t made a forward booking for a room. You can easily book a Koh Samui room or bungalow once you arrive on Koh Samui. There are many places to choose from. Happy Travels!