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 Phi Phi - Krabi
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09:00, 10:30, 13:30, 15:30
Koh Samui - Koh Phangan
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07:50, 08:00, 12:50, 13:00, 16:20, 16:30
Koh Samui - Koh Tao
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07:50, 08:00, 12:50, 13:00, 16:20, 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 Airport
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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 Airport - Koh Samui
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08:30, 09:20, 10:45, 11:20
Surat Thani Airport - Koh Tao
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08:30, 09:20, 10:45, 11:20
Surat Thani Train Station - Koh Tao
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08:00, 11:00, 14:30

Seatran Discovery Company Reviews

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99.8% of 161,554 travelers were presumably happy with Seatran Discovery as they left good or no review
SB
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 20, 2020
I was very tired so I slept, and that very comfortably.
MH
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 20, 2020
Very convenient - great price - easy booking via 12go.asia
DR
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 20, 2020
Its way faster than the Raja Ferry
NB
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 19, 2020
Well organised, comfortable bus and boat ride and friendly operators. Would absolutely recommend and use again. Very easy.
RT
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 18, 2020
Really quick and efficient
DR
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 18, 2020
Very smooth trip! Although the departure time mas 30 min late se still made the arrivall time. Perfect!!
PC
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 18, 2020
The trip went smoothly, the ferry was comfortable, the staff was friendly. I have no complaints.
FV
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 17, 2020
Everything run smoothly and on time.
ST
2
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 16, 2020
final Ferry was late to arrive and lack of food/drink options. First ferry was great. End up having to get 2 busses not 1 which was not stated when buying...
MM
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 15, 2020
Apart from a slight delay all went perfect
JC
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 15, 2020
Train was good.sleeping berths were comfortable. The food and coffee was terrible. I would suggest you buy snacks before boarding.
OU
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 13, 2020
Seats are not comfortable, toilets were not clean ,
IA
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 13, 2020
A good trip. Missed a bit of information about change of boats and a sink to wash the hands after using the toilet.
CA
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 12, 2020
Boat is ok. A/C could be a bit colder. Can improve the luggage organization at on and off
JM
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 12, 2020
Excellent!
AM
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 11, 2020
I've paid my tickets (double price moreless!!) With 12GO to be sure that everything's safe, but I had to pay 330 THB extra for my 4 years old kid for the Seatran ferry to Koh Phangan. Who is responsible ??? It's not about the price but about the organisation....
HR
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 11, 2020
The ferry was old and run down
AG
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 9, 2020
Boat was dirty and smelly. Staff where extremely rude.
AP
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 9, 2020
Fast and comfort
SP
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 9, 2020
Confusion weather the boat going to Koh Toa was also going to Koh phangan

Seatran Discovery Stations

Thong Sala Koh Phangan Mae Haad Koh Tao Bangrak Seatran Pier Koh Tao Seatran Discovery Donsak Bus Station 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 Ferry 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 Surat Thani Train Station