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 Company Reviews

4.0
1,528 / 52,917
5 632
4 489
3 265
2 84
1 58
99.7% of 52,917 travelers were presumably happy with Seatran Discovery as they left good or no review

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Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
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Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Jun 18, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
No AC on the bottom deck, very hot
Jun 17, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Everything ok! The service is absolutely amazing!
Jun 17, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
This trip was very easy and quite comfortable
Jun 17, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Had to transfer from small ship to larger ship in the middle of choppy waters.
Jun 17, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
Crew - worked super hard Transfer from airport to dock - seamless Ferry ride - HORRIBLE. Not because they didn’t try but because the water was so incredibly rough for such a small boat. I thought we might capsize at moments, and we had the joy of listening to people vomit the entire way. Fly directly to Koh Samui... it’s worth the extra money.
Jun 16, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★☆☆☆☆
The trip has been a complete nightmare. The weather was horrible and windy and the boat trip should had been canceled.
Jun 15, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Excelente servicio. Todo fue como lo describían en la página web. Los felicito y no dudaré en recomendarlos y tomar sus servicios otra vez.
Jun 13, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
The boat arrived and departed on time, but I wouldn't say that anything else was above and beyond expectations. The interior doesn't have very much air conditioning, but there's a lot of upper deck space! Just......normal?
Jun 12, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Very efficient well organised, helpful staff. Reasonable prices
Jun 11, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Everything as expected and we even arrived 15 min earlier. Great service.
Jun 9, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
All good. The boat was a few minutes late though it arrived on time. The staff were good, very helpful. Thanks for a great trip!
Jun 4, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★☆☆☆☆
The ferry was good however the bus trip is a TOTAL RIPOFF. It took 13 hours to complete the trip. The SCAM starts with first putting you on a small hiace bus for the first hour then a local old bus that stops every mile or so picking up local people and dropping them up the road. When you get near Phuket you are told that this is as far as the bus goes and you must pay another 500 bart to get to the hotel and you must share with 6 or7 also paying . THIS IS STAND OVER TACTICS. A TOTAL RIP OFF. 12go need to look at this because it is your name that is being ruined
Jun 3, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
It was a bit chaotic, no safety info was provided and the ferry was late, it also produced a huge cloud of black smoke which isn’t great for the environment
Jun 1, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
I dont know what was wrong with the AC inside the ferry! It was hot anyways the trip was great
Jun 1, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Departed and arrived on time. No complaints
Jun 1, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Everything great and as expected! I was collected from the Samui airport in an air conditioned minibus and dropped at the pier nearby where I waited for maybe 30 minutes for the boat. I was then directed to my boat, helped with my luggage, and dropped at Thong Sala Pier, about 15 minutes earlier than my expected arrival time. The boat was clean, comfortable, and air conditioned, and I saw that there were snacks on sale. All good! Recommended.
May 31, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
we were waiting for the bus to Phuket for 1 hour
May 28, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Comfortable, on time, plenty of space and good amenities
May 27, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Good service. Got me from a to b.
May 24, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Very well organised. Everything ran smoothly
May 22, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Awesome high speed ferry. Tourist were very low in number. So it was feeling kind of special yacht booked only for you. Me and my wife loved it a lot. Bus was also neat and clean
May 22, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
It arrived quite late... 15.40, not 15.00. Not enough air conditioning inside. Stairs to the boat, nobody helped me with luggage
May 20, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Very timely and organized service! Not once did I feel lost trying to find where I was supposed to go.
May 20, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Smell on lower deck was awful
May 20, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
Staff were extremely rude and unhelpful at the pier in Koh Phi Phi. As a result we just barely made the boat leaving. After arriving at the pier it was very unorganized. You are swarmed by a bunch of people yelling at you (none of them wearing any company clothing so we had no idea where to go) only upside was that the bus was clean and comfortable.
May 19, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
We thought there would be provision to take suitcases on to the boat without having to carry down the stairs. Backpackers sitting in all the window seats with their bags occupying seats next to them and sneering when I asked her to remove it
May 18, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
All gopd
May 17, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★☆☆☆☆
Seatram, the company responsible for bus transfers, transferred us to a wrong city. Seatram acknowledged their mistake but it didn't change our experience with the trip
May 17, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Pretty comfortable and timely service! Thank you ^^
May 16, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Boat arrived 45 minutes later in phi phi than the time on my ticket. Very hard chairs... Apart from that, for the price it is good
May 16, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
everything went smoothly
May 16, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Confortable and fast boat
May 14, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Good boat. Left on time.
May 13, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
It's good for the price you pay. Don't expect the bus to be all new and stylish, it's old and without AC (or the AC was just miserable). The ferry ride was ok, plenty of space to nap and there seems to be no luggage limit.
May 11, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
First way PhiPhi to Krabi was 30 minutes late, print your ticket more times, when your way has more than one transit. No worries driver and van were waiting on us outside of Krabi Pier. Travelling with van was more fast and comfortable than we expected, we had one food/toilet brake during ride. Then we moved to ferry in Donsak pier, ship was around 5% full(almost empty). I was really affraid of this complicated connection,but no problems. Recommending!
May 11, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
trip went smoothly ticket counters are noticeable to identify
May 10, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Comfortable and really nice staff. But it arrived 2 hours late in Krabi.
May 10, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
Seatran company could Not find tickets on receipt from 12goasia. Almost missed boat
May 9, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Unfortunately we couldn't find the right bus and we had to buy a new bus ticket from Surat Thani to Kao Sok. Although we got an email from 12go Asia, how to get to the bus, it wasn't possible for us to find the right bus. Perhaps you place signs at the station, so that tourists can find the right places, too.
May 8, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Everything was perfect and on time. I ordered an option bus + ferry + taxi to any hotel on the island. Now I'am enjoying a holiday at Koh Samui :)

Seatran Discovery Stations

Thong Sala (Koh Phangan) Mae Haad (Koh Tao) Bangrak Seatran Pier Donsak Krabi Seatran Koh Lanta Saladan Pier Donsak Seatran Baan Kantiang Koh Lanta Saladan Pier Donsak Pier Floating Pier East Railay Ton Sai Pier (Koh Phi Phi) Hat Yai Suratthani Airport Suratthani Train station Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport Samui Airport Khao Sok Suratthani Seatran Nakhon Si Thammarat Ao Nang Seatran Khao Sok Suratthani Train Station Koh Samui (any hotel) Phuket Bus Terminal (2)