To Samui by Ship or Sea Ferry & Train, Bus or Plane
By air, bus, train to Surat Thani and by sea ferry to Koh Samui
From Surat Thani by sea ferry to Koh Samui
You can travel first by plane, bus, car or train to Surat Thani and from there by ferry to Koh Samui. This involves a wonderful sea journey crossing the Angthong Marine National Park. And you will travel like most of the Thai do. And it is a real bargain for a great experience.
There are three possibilties to travel from Bangkok to Surat Thani:
(a) Going by plane: You can take the budget line Air Asia several times a day from Bangkok to Surat Thani. Ticket prices start at about 400 Baht one way. There is also Thai Airways flying to Surat Thani. Here tickets are probably more expensive.
(b) Going by bus: This takes about 12 hours from Bangkok to Surat Thani. Busses leave from Bangkok to Surat Thani daily in the morning and in the evening from Southern Route Bus Terminal on Borom Ratchachonnani Road and take about 11 hours. Rates are cheap. And there are also busses going with the car ferry rides to Samui. There are VIP, Super-VIP, first class Super VIP as well as 1st and 2nd class busses non air conditioned to choose from. Bus ticket prices vary according to comfort standards.
(c) Going by train takes about 10 hours from Bangkok to Surat Thani. It is 635 km. Have a look at the railway map at the web site of State Railways of Thailand, the cheap fare prices and the time table. There are also night trains available offering sleeping wagons. Such a train ride to Surat Thani to get to Samui is a real experience! You see the countryside of Thailand and you travel together with normal Thai people.
Have a seat in the dining car, drink or eat something there at fair prices and just watch! You start from Hua Lam Pong Station in Bangkok. For more information contact the customer service at State Railway of Thailand: +66 (0)2 222 0175, +66 (0)2 621-8701 or +66 (0)2 2220 4567 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for the route:
- Combined ticket. Wether you go by air, bus or train to Surat Thani and from there to Samui - look out for a combined ticket from Bangkok to Samui including all transport means to your final destination on the Island. Ask a travel agent in Bangkok.
- Watch your money and passport. Tired traveling tourists not watching their belongings attract thieves to tourist trails all over the world. So watch your purse, passport, camera etc. and keep it close to your body especially when sleeping in a bus or train or the airport.
- Make at least one trip by sea ferry to Surat Thani. To travel by ferry through the Samui archipelago is a special experience. The same is true for a Thai train ride. Of course this is not something everyone wants to do after a 10 hours flight to Thailand without sleep. In this case just consider it as a later option. When you leave Samui again to Bangkok or elsewhere you will feel more relaxed. If you want to experience more the real Thailand, leave the Samui tourist place: Travel together with the Thais by ferry, train or bus. There are still enough other travellers around these routes so you do not get lost.