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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Koh Lanta - Koh Tao
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07:45
Koh Phangan - Koh Samui
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08:00, 10:30, 16:30
Koh Phi Phi - Koh Tao
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09:00
Koh Samui - Ao Nang
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09:00, 11:30
Koh Samui - Koh Phangan
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08:00, 13:00, 16:30
Koh Samui - Koh Tao
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08:00, 13:00, 16:30
Koh Tao - Koh Lanta
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06:30, 09:00
Koh Tao - Koh Phi Phi
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06:30
Koh Tao - Koh Samui
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06:30, 09:00, 15:00
Koh Tao - Krabi
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06:30, 09:00
Koh Tao - Nakhon Si Thammarat
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06:30, 09:00
Koh Tao - Phuket
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06:30
Koh Tao - Surat Thani
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06:30, 09:00
Krabi - Koh Tao
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08:00, 08:30, 11:00
Nakhon Si Thammarat - Koh Phangan
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07:30, 08:30, 12:00
Nakhon Si Thammarat - Koh Tao
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07:30, 08:30, 12:00
Phuket - Koh Tao
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09:00
Surat Thani - Koh Samui
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08:00, 08:30, 09:20, 09:30, 10:45, 11:00, 11:20, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30
Surat Thani - Koh Tao
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08:00, 09:20, 09:30, 10:45, 11:00, 11:20, 12:30, 14:30

Seatran Discovery Company Reviews

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92% of 4059 travelers were happy with this destination
PH
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Oct 18, 2019
All employees were polite and helpful. Check-in process was slow -no fault of employee but possibly due to a snag in the passenger’s reservation. That one passenger took 18 minutes! Rough ride due to weather, otherwise it was great. Would do it again.
AM
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Oct 17, 2019
No front deck seating. Gasoline smell all over deck Toilets very bad Right on time Smooth Transportation to airports
EE
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Oct 16, 2019
Quick transfer!
NR
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Oct 15, 2019
Toilet was disaster!!!
PY
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Oct 13, 2019
Ferry part was confortable Buses are old and not comfy In total was OK Arrived to Koh Phangan right on scheduled time Thanks
TL
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Oct 12, 2019
Very fast, clean. Went out on time. Nice staff Only thing- there were no AC on back. It was very hot.
TT
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Oct 12, 2019
Well air conditioned bus, driver got us there safely, lovely scenery along the way, bus was clean and well decorated. Friendly and helpful staff at airport too.
AJ
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Oct 12, 2019
A well planned and timed trip. Communication from the staff was efficient and fast. The washroom on the bus over a 5 hr bus journey was not available and should definitely be taken care of, In general a good experience.
KR
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Oct 9, 2019
Our journey was delayd (due the sea level) about an half hour, but we didn't get any information in advance. The staff feels guite bored.
EV
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Oct 3, 2019
The ferry was quick and clear, also very easy to get to the minivan after the ferry to Surat Thani airport. Good and cheap options!
FW
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Oct 1, 2019
Was not offered help with a heavy suitcase, had to struggle down the stairs to the ferry while the staff stood and watched.
KB
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Oct 1, 2019
Comfortable journey and highly organised. Each time we got off a boat / bus we were immediately directed as to where to go next. Really well organised. Last boat was a bit old so it wasn’t the nicest, rest of the transportation was modern.
I
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van Van VIP 9pax, Seatran Discovery, Sep 30, 2019
Very fine. We were on late side due to plain delay but it was not a problem at all. All transfers were easy and fast. It was a real fine trip.
KV
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 28, 2019
Clean and well maintained ferry. Ferry arrived on time and everything went well ..thank you seatran discovery
KB
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 27, 2019
Comfortable , affordable trip! We did have to change boat as we approached Koh Tao for the last 10 mins of the trip which didn’t make much sense but apart from that hassle free!
ED
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 21, 2019
Driver was very unprofessional and unsafe. He pulled over 3 times to get himself things from roadside stands, he was using his phone while driving, and not just calls, but texting.
JZ
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 20, 2019
Excellent trip. Quiet ferry, not very many people on board and so fast. Refreshments available on board, hot water, coffee and snacks and toilets. We left promptly just after 9am. I sat on the top deck and before I knew it we had arrived at the transfer port. Very helpful staff. I was a solo traveller with three suitcases and they were all so helpful, making sure I got on the right bus because I was a little unsure and helping me with my cases. Arrived at 10.30 in Donrak City. By 11.55 we had arrived in Surattani Town.The coach was clean and comfortable enough for me to nod off. When we arrived I was booked another vehicle to transport me to the airport (600 baht - £15.66) I had another flight and arrived at the airport an hour early. Very smooth service. Definitely recommend and will use again when in Thailand in the future. Thank-you Seatran, see you soon. JZ
BF
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 19, 2019
Everything ran smoothly and on time. No complaints at all
AB
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 19, 2019
Prima geregeld, alle aansluitingen liepen gesmeerd!
PL
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 17, 2019
Absolutely perfect. On time, safe, I’ve been there super early, so they offered a storage for my backpack to me... Great service, thank you
SO
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 16, 2019
Fast and efficient. Handy transfer to airport. At Koh Phangan they load all the luggage but don’t unload it at Samui so takes longer to get off as you have to look for your luggage. Would use again
TB
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 15, 2019
Dirty ferry. NO smiles from staff. But its only 30 min...
RT
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 13, 2019
Train delayed by 2 hours which meant we missed out ferry and had to wait nearly 3 hours for the next one. Took 24 hours from start to finish but other than that all okay! WiFi on train would have been nice
LS
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 9, 2019
Great value for money, considering what it would cost for a ferry + taxi + flight and it only took a little longer than if we had flown. 9am ferry left Koh Phi Phi pretty much on time, got to Krabi at about 11am where the guide for the bus was waiting with our names. 3hr bus trip to Donsak pier with a 10min stop about 1hr45min in. Then the ferry to Koh Samui left at 3pm and arrived at 4:30pm where an included hotel transfer was waiting for us. Both ferries and the bus were airconditioned with food and toilets on the ferries. Perfect budget option from Phi Phi to Samui!
AO
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 9, 2019
So many people puking on the boat. The ride was crazy rough even though it was a sunny, calm day.
RM
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 6, 2019
the driver in the 1st minibus drove like crazy we arrived past 6pm at Koh Phangan when its said 5pm
NM
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 1, 2019
We had to switch boats while at sea. Besides that all good
ES
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 30, 2019
All very helpful staff at ferry check in, on ferry and on the bus to the airport. Very smooth journey and we got to the airport at the time stated. Also loved the alternative terms and conditions on the email sent!
CK
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 30, 2019
Waiting times could be shorter or communicated clearer.
ES
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 30, 2019
Highly recommended! Very well organised transfer from ferry to accommodation.Would definitely use again
KB
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 28, 2019
Easy check in and on boarding would definitely use again and recommend
EB
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 26, 2019
Nevertheless the bad sea conditions the journey was fast and the staff willing to help distributing bags and indicating to Move to the bottom of the boat.
MC
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 26, 2019
Everything was fine, although it came half an hour late.
MA
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 25, 2019
Boat too small for that choppy Sea. I was awful. I want to check another company with Bigger Boats for the next time
MT
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 24, 2019
30 minute delay, without anyone telling or informing why. Reason being that we had te leave shore to let another boat first and then we had to pick up More people. We were on the boat at the start, so we were just laying to the water for half an hour.. the water was very wild so it would’ve been nice if they would have told us to wait and board the boat later so we wouldve have been stuck on the water getting pretty sick
EB
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 24, 2019
Journey was OK but the A/C was really awful, too cold!!!
MR
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 23, 2019
The bus ride took very long, but the driver was really friendly
RV
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 22, 2019
Ferry was on Time, staff was helpful with the luggage. Also found the taxi easily enough. Had to wait a bit for other passengers, but all in all the ride was very smooth.
TM
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 21, 2019
During boarding luggage was perfectly handled and stored by the crew of the boat. During Onboarding you had to get your baggage out yourself and it was quit stressful. Not very clear what to do.
PB
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 19, 2019
Trip was good and very quick. Just late by 40 mins. Would use this service again

Seatran Discovery Stations

Thong Sala Koh Phangan Mae Haad Koh Tao Bangrak Seatran Pier Koh Tao Seatran Discovery Donsak Krabi Seatran Saladan Pier Donsak Seatran Baan Kantiang Koh Lanta Saladan Pier Donsak Piers Floating Pier East Railay Ton Sai Pier Koh Phi Phi Hat Yai Surat Thani Airport Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport Donsak Seatran Samui Airport Khao Sok Surat Thani Town Seatran Ao Nang Seatran Khao Sok Koh Samui any hotel Surat Thani Train Station Phuket Bus Terminal 2 Krabi Airport Klong Jilard Pier Klong Jilad Pier