There are various transport options for getting to Samui. The most obvious and easiest is by plane, but flying can be an expensive option for some, basically the options are limited with carriers and routes. Flights arrive from Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur only.
Below is a list of options.
The cheapest option for travelling to Samui is by bus. It is also the least comfortable and longest route to the island. There are standard and VIP bus options, all are air-conditioned except the local buses. We’d recommend the VIP option, limited to 24 passengers. It’s a 12 hour journey to Nathon town on Samui and you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible, for a few extra Baht it’s worth it.
Always purchase your ticket inclusive of your ferry journey. Most tickets include your ferry ticket, but do check as you don’t want to be left at the dock in Surat Thani with Samui literally on the horizon. You can book your tickets at any travel agent in Bangkok, but your best bet is to go to the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok and book direct.
The buses generally leave Bangkok in the early evening, arriving the next morning in Koh Samui. If you’re going to Bangkok, the buses depart in the afternoon from Nathon.
- One-way on the standard bus: 600-700 Baht (approx)
- One-way on the VIP bus: 700-1000 Baht (approx)
Don’t forget to carry a warm jumper with you, the air-conditioning on the bus is ice cold!
There are two companies we’d recommend for this trip;
- 999 "The Transport Co": BBK +66 2 435 1200, Samui +66 77 231 833
- Sombat Tour: BBK +66 2 936 3256
- Second-class seat - 800 Baht
- Second-class sleeper - 1000 Baht
- First-class sleeper - 1550 Baht
- One-way price: 150 Baht (approx)
Bangrak Beach Vegetation
Magnificent sunsets in Samui
Lad Koh Viewpoint
Baan Tai Beach
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