Seatran Discovery

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About Seatran Discovery

Company Information

Known by its current name since 2004, Seatran Discovery was actually started in 2002 and is one of the most popular ferry services in Thailand. In 2004, the Seatran Discovery yacht was launched offering a more luxurious option for those wanting to travel out to the world-famous Thai islands. It has a 100-person capacity and even includes outdoor showers!

Routes serviced by Seatran Discovery

The rest of the fleet has a maximum capacity of 300 people with routes serving 18 destinations across Thailand from 13 departure points including Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket, Suratthani airport (and town) and Nakhon Si Thammarat airport with prices starting from THB300. Most routes have several services a day so there's usually a good choice of departure times.

From Donsak

From Donsak there are 2 ferries a day to each of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, departing at 11am and 2.30pm daily, with journey times of 1 ½ hours, 2 ½ hours and 4 hours respectively. Tickets are priced at THB350 for trips to Koh Samui and THB450 and THB700 for Koh Phangan and Koh Tao respectively.

From Koh Samui

For those who have enjoyed the beaches of Koh Samui and want to head elsewhere there's plenty of options including Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi and Phuket.

Two of the most popular routes from Koh Samui are the services to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, which take 30 minutes and 2 hours respectively. The departure times for both destinations are the same with 3 services daily departing at 8am, 1pm and 4.30pm, priced at THB300 to Koh Phangan and THB600 to Koh Tao.

As mentioned, there are also longer trips available from Koh Samui, too. There are two departures each day to Koh Lanta, leaving at 9am and 11.30am, taking 8 ½ hours. Priced at THB900, this trip includes a ferry to Donsak, a 3 ½ hour bus to Krabi and transfer to Koh Lanta.

There are also daily departures at 9am to Koh Phi Phi and Phuket costing THB900 and THB1,050 respectively, which include a combination of several buses and ferries.

From Phuket

From Phuket, Seatran Discovery offer packages to take you to a range of destinations including Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, priced at THB1,150 and THB1,350 respectively. There is one departure per day at 8.30am with a journey time of 8 ½ hours to Koh Phangan and 10 hours to Koh Tao. As with all of Seatran Discovery’s packages, the price includes all ferry and bus transfers and is usually a cheaper alternative to flying.

Transfers

For those flying into airports such as Krabi, Suratthani and Nakhon Si Thammarat, it's of course possible to arrange transfers to islands including Koh Samui (4 ½ hours), Koh Phangan (5 ½ hours) and Koh Tao (7 hours).

There's two services per day (8am and 11am) from Krabi to each of these islands costing THB650, THB750 and THB900 respectively.

There's slightly more choice from Suratthani and Nakhon Si Thammarat airports with three services a day to each of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, priced at THB600, THB700 and THB900 respectively.

From Bangkok

Finally, Seatran Discovery offer a daily service from Bangkok to Koh Samui (16 ½ hours), Koh Phangan (17 ½ hours) and Koh Tao (19 hours), with one departure per day at 8pm. Affordably priced at THB900, THB1,000 and THB1,200 respectively, this includes a 14 ½ hour VIP bus to Donsak and a ferry to the islands.

Pros

One of the main advantages travelling with Seatran Discovery is the sheer scale of options that they offer. This is why it is one of the most popular companies across Thailand. The packages taking you from destinations such as Bangkok or Phuket to islands including Koh Samui save travellers a lot of hassle and planning. In many instances these packages are also cheaper than arranging the travel independently.

As the company was founded more recently than many of its competitors, the ferries on its services are often newer than most. Therefore, you can usually expect a higher level of comfort than offered by other transport providers.

Another advantage is that these ferries are often less busy than those on other services, especially departing from Donsak to Koh Samui or Koh Phangan, this is mainly due to the fact that it is slightly more expensive than some of the other options covering this route, although you can usually expect better quality boats and customer service here.

Seatran Discovery high-speed ferries are always a better choice than Lomprayah high-speed catamarans when the seas are rough as they cut the wave rather than ride it.

Cons

Like the majority of transport across Thailand, journey times can be unpredictable with late arrivals. However, the same can be said for their competitors!

Another disadvantage is that many of the ferries in Seatran Discovery’s fleet are only passenger ferries. Therefore, you will have to bring your luggage onto the ferry yourself, this can cause problems if you have brought a lot with you! This is especially an issue on services departing from Donsak and those on this route with a lot of luggage might want to consider a car ferry as if you're travelling by bus you can keep your biggest bags on the bus whilst keeping your valuables close by.

Keep in mind

Seatran Discovery has one of the best websites that you'll find from a Thai travel provider, it is very easy to navigate and has clear options allowing you to plan your trip easily. Online booking is simple but if your departure time is within 12 hours then you'll need to contact them directly to ensure you can travel at your chosen time.

They also offer a far wider range of travel options than many of their competitors, allowing you to travel from as far as Bangkok easily and for a very competitive price. Another handy offer is the hotel transfer when you reach Koh Samui, if you book this through Seatran Discovery you can be dropped from the ferry port to any hotel on the island for just THB150, a very good price especially if you're arriving on the last ferry of the day as you won't have to haggle with taxi drivers.

Travellers Reviews

Reviews of Seatran Discovery tend to highlight the variety of options that they offer and the ease of which it is possible to travel long distances. Many also like the fact that the ferries are often less busy than those on other routes, so it is more likely you'll be able to get a good seat.

Those with complaints usually criticize the fact that you will have to carry your bags aboard even if you are part of a package as there are only passenger ferries available. This is particularly problematic if you're a solo traveler as you will have to keep a eye on your belongings.

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Seatran Discovery Stations

Thong Sala Koh PhanganTon Sai Pier Koh Phi PhiKlong Jilad PierBangrak Seatran PierKoh Samui TransferKrabi AirportSamui Airport

Seatran Discovery Company Reviews

A
Did the job. The ferry was basic but was on time.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Dec 5, 2022
E U
You can go to the counter and give the voucher, then u get the ticket and they will tell you where to go. Everything is easy and well organised.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Nov 29, 2022
P G
Everything fine. Fast and nice
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Nov 29, 2022
P D
We booked a combined transfer from the appartment to the pier and the ferry to Koh Phangan. Everything went smoothly and on time.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Nov 9, 2022
A A
The boat was on time but it was raining and there were many leaks in the boat
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Oct 31, 2022
Y T
The site was easy to navigate and post payment, we just needed to print out the details and it was hassle free throughout the trip. Would highly recommend this for anyone who doesn't speak the local language to avoid confusion.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Oct 25, 2022
S H
Easy to find and helpful staff upon arrival.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Oct 16, 2022
R V
Usually it was great . The only problem it was the insurrance that i payd . I still don t know wenn and how I have done it during my booking.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Oct 13, 2022
L S
It was easy to order a ticket on line and the staff at the pier was very nice and friendly
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Sep 16, 2022
A Y
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Great service ! I'm a solo traveler, super easy online booking, friendly staff, and on arrival at the port for pick up the drivers were already ready and waiting for passengers, so I didn't feel lost or had to look for my transport.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Sep 16, 2022
M W
Alles ganz einfach, Ticket mit dem Voucher am Schalter abholen und ab geht die Fahrt ohne viel Tamtam
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Sep 14, 2022
K
All staff are nice and friendly. Services are excellent, I’ll highly recommend yours to my friends
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Sep 4, 2022
M F
Everything flowed smoothly.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Sep 4, 2022
J M
Cumple horario y el ferry es formidable y rapido
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Aug 31, 2022
P T
Everything was well organised. I was never in any doubt as to where I needed to be. Staff were friendly and helpful.
Ferry Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Jan 2, 2021
S J
On time. Great service
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Dec 21, 2020
B V
Vietjet Air refused to allow correction of passenger name (from the usual abbreviated version of my first name 'Ben' to the full name as in passport 'Benedict'), even 3 days in advance of the return leg of the flight, though I had admitted the error and provided ample proof of identity, and contacted the airline customer support by phone and email to arrange correction. I was forced to pay for an extra ticket at the airport for both legs. This was unnecessary, not required by Thai authorities, and humiliating for me.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Dec 20, 2020
G M
It was all very easy and the van diver met me at the pier on arrival in koh Phangan
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Dec 16, 2020
M A
Comfortable and left on time so I was able to make my flight with lots of time.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Dec 8, 2020
M A
We waited for more people to join the bus and ended up leaving the airport early for the pier, which was great.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Dec 6, 2020
T Y
The transfer from the airport to the pier was smooth, however, both prior to arriving and once we arrived at the pier nobody informed us that the scheduled ferry trip to Ko Phi Phi was cancelled. We then eventually found out after waiting for 2hours that we needed to wait another 1.5 (total of 3.5hours) until we could take the next ferry that would depart at 3o’clock instead of initially booked 13.30.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Oct 21, 2020
S D
Very good customer service on the phone
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Sep 3, 2020
C H
Was very easy and straight forward no
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 26, 2020
C F
Have used 12Go many times to book transport and I always find it so useful - easy to find the most suitable option. The trip itself went really smoothly - easy to collect my ticket at the pier, board the ferry and then find my transport to the hotel.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 26, 2020
M P
There are two piers or seatran and I get to the wrong one. Despite that I did not charged and traveled with the next one, but you should have highlighted that so will not get confused!
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 24, 2020
A M
Speed boat was late and we lost our plane!
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 24, 2020
E P
Everything according to schedule
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 24, 2020
D F
Timetable was ok. Toilets in the boat weren't very clean and no soap at all for hands cleaning.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 23, 2020
M C
General ok, the bus was on time , but the bus was too small vs q-ties of the people. Some of them have to wait for another one.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 22, 2020
M G
Excellent crew, clean and efficient travel. Very easy and comfortable.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 21, 2020
C R
There is no sea tram place to check in. You have no idea which van is for you.
Van Van, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 18, 2020
T S
On first the ferry it was extremly cold on the bottom deck, on the top it was extremly hot..
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 18, 2020
D R
Little Delay but very crowded on Board, so some couldnt get a seat. But ist only Took 30 Minutes, so we Came along.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 17, 2020
L A
I don't like that boat stopped in Koh Phanang even though on the entrance and in the schedule it states Koh Tao. This gets confusing when it stops in Koh Phanang and they don't announce that on board.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 17, 2020
M S
Wszystko odbyło się sprawnie. Dodatkiem było przepłynięcie łodzią do Pier East Railay
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 16, 2020
B B
Things were mostly on time - 1.5 hours from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan (we were stopped for maybe 15 mins) then another 1.5 from there to Koh Samui. The boat isn't that big so it was a rough ride - bunches of people getting sick so I recommend taking a motion sickness pill if you think you need it. A little confusion and disorganization when transferring to the taxis, but overall it was fine and it was nice to not be surprised with the cost of a taxi
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 15, 2020
M S
Po wylądowaniu 15 min przed czasem w Surat Thani i przejechaniu busem do Donsak Saetran, musieliśmy czekać 2,5 h !!! na prom do Koh Samui (Bangrak Seatran Pier)
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 12, 2020
S A
Overall all good, transports on time, no problems ????
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 11, 2020
I M
The boat was delayed 20 minutes. No direction signs on pier (there were several gates and it was hard to know where is the one you need). After the boarding everything was ok, the bus right after the boat, arrived at the airport on time. Thank you!
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 10, 2020
P S
all staff from Seatran were in the checkpoints to guide us through all the changing transportation points. Also on time! Thanks so much
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 9, 2020
M J
Von wegen Speedboot, ein lahmer Kutter der innen nach Abgasen roch und nach der über Stunden
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 9, 2020
C A
All was good, bus and boat on time! Good value
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 8, 2020
O S
Very little info as we were moving along, bus stopped only for 10mns, that had to be enough to use WC and grab something to eat.The Ferry to Phi Phi was old and painfully slow, the engine sounded as if it would break down at any moment. We arrived half hour later at 5pm. The positive of the experience is that all transport is sorted out for you.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 8, 2020
A S
Excellent transport, well organised and on time. What more can you ask for!!
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 8, 2020
L H
Fast check-in, all good.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 6, 2020
O S
The guidance received on arrival at airport needs to be improved. I was put together with the group for Koh Tao and sent in the direction of various vans. I followed the group and after 1hr drive, found myself at the wrong Pier with a not so friendly driver who took me back to the right Pier and asked me to pay him an extra 200 bath.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 5, 2020
A P
Everything was perfect
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 4, 2020
D P
Flight was bumpy, and seats very narrow, flight was really packed @air asia . Otherwise really smooth experince with 12 go asia, everything is always on the dot on time, very helpful and friendly. Seatran was great with cozy bus and high speed ferry, ferry was a little over packed from ko samui to ko Taathoa not everybody had seats,
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 3, 2020
L P
Efficient. Delivered as promised.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 1, 2020
R C
Everything was on time. Taxi on Koh Samui was clean and efficient.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 1, 2020
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