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Getting there by air, car or ferries

Koh Samui is easily accessed by air, land and sea. The majority of international travellers arrive by air, via Bangkok, Phuket or Singapore. Bangkok Airways has a number of daily flights to the island, making this the most convenient way to get there. Daily ferries operating from several piers along the mainland coastal area of Surat Thani also carry many passengers to the island.

By Air:


Bangkok Airways

Bangkok Airways operates more than 40 flights a day on its Bangkok-Samui, Samui-Phuket, Samui-Pattaya (U-Tapao), Samui-Krabi and Samui-Singapore routes.

Flying time between Bangkok and Samui is about one hour, while the flights on the Samui-Phuket and Samui-Pattaya routes take less than 45 minutes.

Whatever you do, don't forget your baggage at the international terminal in Bangkok! Your baggage will not be automatically redirected to your Samui flight, so you'll have to pick it up, move to the domestic terminal and check-in your baggage again.

International Terminal 2


By Car:

Arriving by Ferry at Nathon Town

It is possible to hire a car and drive to Samui, finishing of course with a ferry ride. Departing from either Bangkok or Phuket, the drive is on nice roads. From Bangkok it is double lane highway all the way to Surat Thani, usually taking 8-10 hours. From Phuket the roads are good but they are single lane. The trip takes about 5 hours, passing through some beautiful scenery. From Hat Yai, there is a double lane highway up to Surat Thani and the journey takes about 6 hours.

Along the way there are enough gasoline stations for you to fill up at and take a break. Be aware though, from Surat Thani it is still another hour's travelling time to the ferry terminals. You can also expect to sometimes find long queues at the ferry terminals, so plan ahead.


By Ferry:

Ferry Pier - Koh Samui, Thailand

Two ferry companies operate from three piers along the Surat Thani coast on the main land and from two piers on Koh Samui.

Ratcha Ferry Co.
Their vehicle and passenger ferries run from Don Sak pier to Thong Yang pier on Koh Samui, departing daily at 8 am, 10 am,12 noon, 2 pm and 5 pm. The crossing takes one and a half hours and costs about 25 Baht. From Samui's Thong Yang pier, there are seven daily departures at 7 am, 8 am ,10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm.

Express Passenger Ferry
An express passenger ferry service is offered by Songserm Travel, departing from Tha Thong pier three times a day, at 7.30 am, 11.30 am, and 2 pm. Songserm Travel also operates a slow night boat from Ban Don pier in Surat Thani to Koh Samui. It departs at 11 pm and arrives at Nathon pier around 5 am.


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