Seatran Discovery

Seatran Discovery
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99.6% of 28,392 travelers were presumably happy with Seatran Discovery as they left good or no review


Seatran Discovery High Speed Ferry outside
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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December 2017

Thomas, Dec 16, 2017 - Nice boat. 10 minutes late. It was a pleasant boatride.
Laila, Dec 15, 2017 - Everything went as planned. Staff very helpful.
Sirinthip, Dec 13, 2017 - Very professional company!
Gustavo, Dec 13, 2017 - There is no respect for any departure/arrival time.
Helga, Dec 13, 2017 - Please write more specifically about the meeting point times and boat departure. It was very confusing
Arik, Dec 11, 2017 - Very late
Nikhil, Dec 8, 2017 - Not a great journey I would say. Though the bus was ok, the guys usually delay quite a lot. I reached 2 hours late and ended up screwing my evening plans that day because of the delay. Also, the service quality is poor. They don't even provide water for such a long journey, not even when they delay.
Avalon, Dec 7, 2017 - The Ferry boat was very dated and arrived more than 1,5 hours late at our final destination Koh Tao, even though the weather was good and there was nothing that could've delayed our journey.
Dustin, Dec 7, 2017 - 45 mins late and extremely rough sea. My wife threw up along with other passengers.
Steffen, Dec 5, 2017 - Friendly staff, old and malodorous ferry and bus
Ahmet, Dec 4, 2017 - Van transfer was alright but ferry was terrible. 1:30 hours planned trip took 3 hours. We stopped at the middle of our way to samui for like ten minutes with alarms running and the waves were really crazy at that moment. No one explained anything. While we were docking, our ferry got connected to another one with an effort like 10 mins and both ferries went together afterwards. Funny but annoying 3 hours!

November 2017

Sivan, Nov 29, 2017 - Got a sticker to surathani city & not airport, had to get to the pier in surathani & pay 250 baht more for but to the airport, even that i payed that allready.
Anthony, Nov 29, 2017 - High speed boat was broken. Was put on a ferry to Koh Samui. Then hopped on a competitor boat to Koh Pha-ngan. Was told no boats would go to our destination to Koh Tao so we were stranded in Koh Pha-ngan, where we had to pay for accommodations on top of our missed nonrefundable night in Koh Tao. Understandably things like this happen. Just would’ve loved some clear communication from the company on what was going on as well as some sort of apology or at least a sign of remorse.
Kristine, Nov 28, 2017 - The ferry to Koh Tao was canceled. The staff neglected to tell us this when we left the ferry at Surat Thani. We had to book a last minute stay at a Hostel in Koh Samui.
Buu-phuc, Nov 26, 2017 - Well organized, helpful staff. Boat looked a bit less "new speedboad" than in the pictures but i guess that's standard procedure in marketing.
Christina, Nov 25, 2017 - Smooth operation. Just as it should be.
Megan, Nov 24, 2017 - We were not informed that we would have to take a van to another pier for the ferry. The driver also drove on the wrong side of the road during solid stripes, honking at people and driving very scary. Also the wait at don Sak for two hours was miserable, there’s nothing to do there. We thought we would be taking a bus to the train station but it was a packed van. Buses and vans are different, I got very carsick in the van. Had I known it was a van and not a bus I would have rented a car myself or booked a personal taxi. I was very carsick from his fast driving.
Jose, Nov 21, 2017 - skyscrapers with transfers, company changes. I paid more. I do not understand very well what happened. matcha who is it?
Greg, Nov 21, 2017 - The boat and bus were just fine, but the mini bus driver was an absolute maniac on the road. The trip was supposed to be 5 hours, but took 7.5, so plan a whole day.
Olivia, Nov 18, 2017 - Bus was late so we missed our boat, delayed 4 hours. No clear communication. We had to change boats at one of the stops with no clear instruction. Old boat.
Mariya, Nov 17, 2017 - We are very happy whit this trip, the kushet was very good
Stephanie, Nov 16, 2017 - Well organised but the driver on the overground transfer was a very bad driver. Kept accelerating and breaking non stop the entire way. Made for a very uncomfortable journey and made another lady very sick. He shouldn't be on the road if he doesn't know how to drive!
Obinna, Nov 15, 2017 - Funny staff, nice views, get to airport early.
Esteban, Nov 12, 2017 - Perfect timing !
Brian, Nov 12, 2017 - An avatage bus or van takes you to an older average ferry. Both did their job nothing impressive except reasonably priced
Jenna, Nov 10, 2017 - Our train was late but they waited for us at the station to take us over to the ferry. Very polite and helpful.
Jordan, Nov 8, 2017 - Ferry got my wife boat sick because of how much it went up and down.
Rachel, Nov 6, 2017 - well organized except at the end when the bus driver did not call out the name of our destination and was rude about telling us to get off the bus.
Robert, Nov 6, 2017 - bad weather
Marek, Nov 5, 2017 - Everything good ok bus litle to late 20min
Christian, Nov 2, 2017 - good bus!!! and good combination. always someone to guide us

October 2017

Carlos, Oct 30, 2017 - Pretty well organized.
Marek, Oct 29, 2017 - Evrything ok good good service good people
Lucia, Oct 27, 2017 - We booked our trip with Seatran. Staff completely unhelpful in Surat Thani Airport and really nice in Sura Thani Pier.
Rianne, Oct 27, 2017 - Okay ferry, drinks and snacks are sold. Toilet smells realllly bad. Nice sightseeing if you have to go to Koh Tao as you'll stop in Koh Phagnan and Koh Samui on the way there :D
Timothy, Oct 26, 2017 - Got us to Samui on time :-)
Luis, Oct 24, 2017 - The burned petrol smell is very inconvenient.
Anke, Oct 23, 2017 - Everything went smooth: collecting tickets at airport, transfer to ferry, swapping tickets at ferry. Ferry was 20 minutes delayed, but staff gave us correct information About that.
Cecilia, Oct 19, 2017 - It was good, i arrived on time to every place. I think the stuff is a little bit rude
Andoni, Oct 16, 2017 - All in time and very comfortable. Bus was old and dirty so I can't give 5 stars.

Seatran Discovery

Seatran Discovery High Speed Ferry Inside
Seatran Discovery High Speed Ferry Inside
High Speed Ferry Outside
Seatran Discovery High Speed Ferry Outside

Schedule Seatran Discovery


07:40;
10:30;
08:00, 10:30, 16:30;
09:00;
07:30, 08:00, 12:30, 13:00, 16:00, 16:30;
07:30, 08:00, 12:30, 13:00, 16:00, 16:30;
06:30;
06:30, 09:00;
06:30;
06:30, 09:00, 15:00;
3.7 Koh Tao - Krabi
06:30, 09:00;
06:30, 09:00;
06:30;
06:30, 09:00;
3.5 Krabi - Koh Tao
06:50, 08:00, 08:50, 11:00;
07:30, 08:30, 12:00;
09:00;
07:30, 08:30, 09:20, 09:30, 10:45, 11:20, 12:30, 14:30;
07:30, 08:30, 09:20, 09:30, 10:45, 11:20, 12:30, 14:30;

Stations Seatran Discovery

Thong Sala (Koh Phangan), Mae Haad (Koh Tao), Bangrak Seatran Pier, Donsak, Koh Lanta Saladan Pier, Krabi Seatran, Donsak Seatran, Baan Kantiang, Donsak Pier, Railay Seatran, 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)


Comparison Seatran Discovery