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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2,251 / 78,665
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99.8% of 78,665 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.

Dec 14, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Overall the ferry did the job of getting us from Koh Samui to Koh Tao. It’s definitely not the newest of boats and in these waters can make you feel a bit nervous but we did get there OK.
Dec 13, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Very organized, and everything on time. We were on Surat thani airport 10 minutes before schedule.
Dec 12, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Quick and correct service. Good customer support if there is a problem with the booking
Dec 10, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Instruction are given clearly on the ticket received by email, no problems with the booking
Dec 8, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
It was very smooth, all the transfers were well arranged and communicated when asked
Dec 6, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Easy to pick up tickets from seatran office in Koh Tao, journey was very straightforward and well guided between transports. Only negative was the hour and a half delay but that is pretty good in Asia.
Dec 5, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Bus trip was nice and on time, the driver was safe driving. But no bathroom on the bus. The ferry from Don Sak was loud and dirty, bathroom is small and has no sink to wash hands.
Dec 5, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Excellent service
Dec 4, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
We were on the way in time. The crew helped with the baggage.
Dec 3, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Super everything OK
Dec 1, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Everything was fine and timing was perfect!
Nov 28, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Es war in Ordnung alles etwas in die Jahre gekommen. Aber sehr nettes Personal.
Nov 28, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
The boat and bus journey were good, exactly as expected and on time. Good service. However, once we arrived in phuket, a lady from another travel company got on the bus promising minivans to patong beach or airport for 200 baht. Rather than going to phuket town then all the way back north to the airport, I accepted and several of us got off the bus. We went into the office where lots of very slick, professional salespeople scammed us. I was now told 400 baht for minivan to airport, others had the same problem going to patong beach. I walked out, the bus had gone an had to wait 45 minutes on the side of a busy, dusty, hot road before a taxi stopped and took me to the airport for 150 baht. Don't make the same mistake I made, be aware of these disgusting greedy creeps.
Nov 28, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Was a great way trip. Was able to leave my bag at the pier to go explore Bug Buddha.
Nov 27, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Everything on time, clear information and helpful staff
Nov 26, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Everything perfect
Nov 25, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Quick, easy, lots of space and great price.
Nov 25, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Bus driver drove like he was playing GTA or something. He should have considered the safety of all the people inside the coach. He picked us up on time but stopped less than 5 minutes away to pick up the second group. We were standing still for almost an hour because they were selling tickets for the taxi...within an hour he had to stop again for gasoline. We arrived 1.5 hour later than planned. My advice FLY to your destinations in Thailand. We have taken nighttrains full with cockroaches(read hundreds!!!) and (taxi)busses who drove like mad men. 12GO Asia doesn't refund anything because you already used the service. If we should have known all this before of course we whould have never used the service in the first place!!!
Nov 22, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
It was alright, if you want to improve. Just give ticket numbers to collect the luggage to people. It will not make any difference but travelers will feel they have their luggage under control. Not everyone is used to a mess that, actually, works
Nov 19, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
very efficient
Nov 18, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
really easy to find pier, organized embarking and discharge
Nov 17, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Fast & comfortable! :)
Nov 17, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Good
Nov 16, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Fast, save and convenient as all the trips we had with seatran before. Highly recommended
Nov 15, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Perfect service
Nov 14, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Everything went smoothly!
Nov 13, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Great trip all went smoothly apart from 20 minute delay as some passengers were late but guess they got held up somewhere. Staff at bus depot, driver, port and onboard were excellent as is 12go.asia with bookings.
Nov 13, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
The trip was fine but it was the lack of information on the details l like to now what's happening it was a bit confusing after getting of the train and going to phantip offices to get transportation to the ferry as nothing was explained I was told to go hear then there get on this bus ect. The at the ferry terminal I asked questions and never get and proper answers to my questions it would of been nice to know that the last stop for the ferry was Koh Tao and not when we got to the first stop when I found out . Over all it was a great trip no problems just the lack of information 4 ???? ???? ???? ????
Nov 13, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Great staff and safe ride!
Nov 13, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Seamless trip.
Nov 11, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Not clear when the bus was coming, staff helped when we asked them for help. Clean and fast ferry. Nice that de minivan went to our hotel
Nov 10, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Got to destination an hour late and bus at some point smell foul like feces. Please tell passengers where we are at every stop so someone doesn’t accidentally get off at wrong stop.
Nov 8, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Ik zou om 11 uur opgehaald worden met een bus vanaf Surat Thani treinstation. Kantoor was dicht en ik werd vervolgens met een local bus naar het hoofdkantoor gestuurd. Gelukkig was mn hosteleigenaar zo lief om mij te helpen en mij daarheen te brengen. Daar zeker een uur moeten wachten op een touringcar naar de pier. Ferry gemist en moest dus een ferry later nemen, waardoor ik drie uur later dan gepland eindelijk op Koh Tao zal aankomen.
Nov 8, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
The boat trip was very good, left at 9.00 and took 3 hours to the Donsak pier via Phangan and Samui. Then we had to wait for approximately 1.5 hours for a minivan (so not a big bus as pictured on the website!). No problem to stop for a toiletbreak. Arrival in Krabi at 17.30 and there was no bus to Koh Lanta but the driver worked something out, thumbs up! Arrival in Lanta at 20.30 at the hotel paying the driver 50 baht p.p. Conclusion: be prepared for a long journey!
Nov 6, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Excellent services!
Nov 6, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Everything absolutely on time, easy connections. Only shuttle from airport to pier was quite small
Nov 3, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Quick and inexpensive way to get to airport
Nov 2, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Viel besser als erwartet. Die Schlafmöglichkeit (ausgeklappte Sitze mit Matratze, Kissen, Decke und Vorhängen) war super und sehr angenehm. Sehr nettes Personal! Für Backpacker sehr zu empfehlen! Die lange Fahrt kam einem durch den Schlaf sehr kurz vor! Preis war super! Sehr zufrieden!
Nov 1, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Pros: safe, good value for money. Cons: the boat was riding the waves, sometimes going up very fast and slamming back down against the sea. Aircon was blasting and it wasa freezing inside, absurd.
Oct 31, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
excellent

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 Piers Floating Pier East Railay Ton Sai Pier Koh Phi Phi Hat Yai Surat Thani Airport Surat Thani Train station Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport Donsak Seatran Samui Airport Khao Sok Surat Thani Town Seatran Nakhon Si Thammarat Ao Nang Seatran Khao Sok Surat Thani Train Station Koh Samui any hotel Phuket Bus Terminal 2