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

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2,082 / 70,720
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3 362
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99.8% of 70,720 travelers were presumably happy with Seatran Discovery as they left good or no review

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

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)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

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.

Oct 19, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Information for check in next bus or were to look out for was missing. Where depended on directions given by locals. And they offert help without asking. It felt like normal business for them to give directions. For the rest the journey was smooth and without any delay.
Oct 19, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
It was an average trip. The boat from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan was terrifying as it was very small and the water was choppy and it was raining. Didn't feel very safe. The bus departed later and we had to stop on the highway to change bus which meant that we arrived in Phuket later than planned. Thankfully I had enough time to catch my flight but under different circumstances maybe I wouldn't have been so lucky. The bus driver drove like someone out of Mad Max. It was crazy considering he's driving a big old bus with a bunch of people. Anyway, I give it 3 stars because I got to where I was going.
Oct 18, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
Everything was good until we noticed we had to change vans. There is no mention that you need to take two vans after the ferry plus we had to wait 1hr for the second van to depart and arrived 1hr later than expected. I do not mind any of this if you tell me before hand. However, we arrived safe at our destination.
Oct 15, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Boarding and info could be better; comfy enough seats for shorter journeys. Took the Koh Phangan-Samui airport trip and everything was right on time
Oct 11, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Trip was great, we made it on time and safely.
Oct 10, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
All good, but AC was really cold!
Oct 10, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Excellent
Oct 8, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
All worked well. Nice ferry and straight forward trip on minibus after. Pee stop and 711 after 1 hour or so.
Oct 5, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
First boat not as nice, second boat very comfortable
Oct 5, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
All on time Good quality compare to price
Oct 3, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Intermediate transfer with additional boat on Koh Tao - how can we avoid it next time?
Oct 1, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Reliable and great valie
Oct 1, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
No trolleys for big suitcases. A long walking distance from bus to pier. Bus will pick off you far from pier but after that the bus will move directly to pier to pick up arriving ferry's passengers. Really stupid logistics and tough way with big baggage in the pier.
Sep 28, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Boat was on time and arrived almost on time in Donsak pier. Bus transfer was smooth and about one hour long, which is normal. I am satisfied with Seatran discovery offer and will surely use it again later.
Sep 27, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
the boat was late and people were blocking the way with suitcases when we got off
Sep 27, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Long wait on open air near Mae haad - for 2 ships transfer.
Sep 26, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Straight forward, painless, Would book again.
Sep 26, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Do not use seatran. You can use it if you like to be delayed more than 2 hours and wating 1 hour under boiling sunlight =)
Sep 26, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Good trip just a bit crowded so didn't get a seat but was expecting that.
Sep 26, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
We had a 2 hour delay, rest was good
Sep 25, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
2 hrs wait for the boat. Asked staff at the boat terminal about hotel transfers and was informed it can be booked at their office at the destination. However this was not the case.
Sep 24, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Pick-up from Samui airport, transportation to Bangrak pier and boot trip to Thongsala, all was very smooth and well organized. Booked ticket in advance, very convenient.
Sep 24, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Good trip and good organisation. The ferry has a little delay but we all arrive to the airport at the hour expected.
Sep 23, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
The transport van never showed up at Samui airport and I was forced to pay 400 Bart for another taxi and almost missed the ferry..
Sep 23, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Top
Sep 22, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
the staff arriving at the airport, I showed my reservation online, and they sent me to take a taxi and I was going to take a ferry on my own when I was paying. until I consulted a guy at the meeting point and told me to go back to the counter and there the people treated me in a better way. In the ferry station, the personal very friendly and the trip well, but I don’t like go with my baggage with step.
Sep 22, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Well organised. On time
Sep 22, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
It was a smooth journey. Thank you
Sep 21, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Good passage; luggage handling/delivery in KOH SAMUI can be better.
Sep 20, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Absolutely on time, helpful staff, very nice trip!
Sep 20, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Great travel. Beautiful place to travel in
Sep 19, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
The boat arrived in other pier and we had to pay for a taxi
Sep 18, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
We booked a ride from Koh Tao to Koh Samui Bangrak Seatran Pier. The ferry drove to Mae Nam Pier without notice. Also the local staff had no information. As a result, we had to get our taxi from the other pier to the new, which took 30 minutes longer.
Sep 18, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
12go was easy to book with and the journey went exactly as planned
Sep 18, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Apparently 'surathani seatran' means 'surathani city' and not 'surathani airport'. Instead of anybody helping us, tourists, we had to buy new tickets. Costa: 1000 Baht. Nobody helped us. They just wanted money, money, money. What poor customer treatment! ????
Sep 17, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Transportation from the airport was smooth and easy and the ferry was great.
Sep 16, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
professional staff. not the best weather, but happy with the service
Sep 15, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Everything on time! :-)
Sep 12, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
El barco estaba averiado. Estuvimos 1 hora y media dentro del barco parados en el puerto sin saber nada, hasta que llegó otro barco en el que nos pudimos ir. Pueden ocurrir estás cosas, pero deberían informar a los pasajeros de qué es lo que ocurre y cuánto se tardará aproximadamente en solucionar. The boat was broken. We spent an hour and a half inside the ship, standing in the port without knowing anything, until another ship arrived on which we could leave. These things can happen, but they should inform the passengers of what is happening and how long it will take approximately to resolve.
Sep 10, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
We had a good trip for the 15.00 boat to Koh Samui. The boat was 10 minutes late and we had to change boats after 15 min to get on the large boat, a bit inconvenient so one star less. The boat was clean and very stable, smooth ride. We arrived at 17.15.

Seatran Discovery Stations

Thong Sala Koh Phangan Mae Haad Koh Tao Bangrak Seatran Pier Koh Tao Seatran Discovery 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 Town Seatran Nakhon Si Thammarat Ao Nang Seatran Khao Sok Suratthani Train Station Koh Samui any hotel Phuket Bus Terminal 2