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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1,884 / 64,301
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99.7% of 64,301 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.

Aug 21, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Boat ride was pretty good, nothing bad to say about the boat trip itself! However the transporter to the airport was a bit weird, hard to understand. Don't know if it's the same company but that's why 4/5
Aug 20, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Nickel
Aug 20, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Good ferry nice service Only no beer on board
Aug 19, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
The trip was terrible, the ac was super strong and the “driving skills “ were not good at all.
Aug 19, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Correct
Aug 19, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Ferry ride was good. The confusing part was where we needed to go. But along the way, we got some directions. Everything went smooth.
Aug 18, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Oropel threw our bagages without any respect
Aug 17, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Ferry was delayed apart from that all good
Aug 17, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Much better than my last trip with this company. This time they didn't make me feel like I'm an animal going to the slaughter house. Only half an hour late.
Aug 16, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
A lot of waiting time and not given any information As to where to go, length of trip, and so on... treated like mere goods...
Aug 16, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Everything worked just fine. All our tickets were ready and the staff really helpful
Aug 16, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Train had no delay. Was a bit bumpy and noisy. But slept wel, usedr ear plugs. And travelled in aircon sleeping wagon. Breakbeats available was ok
Aug 14, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Very good at everything :)! Very punctual and organization with the delivery of the bags!
Aug 14, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
We were roasted by the heat inside the ferry. Unbearable
Aug 14, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
Boat on time. Seat not very comfortable but enough for 2 hours.
Aug 13, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Last 30min was very bumpy
Aug 12, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
2 hours delay, we had to go out to wait in the rain even the ship wasn't ready yet. We were soaked until we could go onboard. Nobody gave us any information on why the ship was late.
Aug 12, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Efficient trasfer but the van was old, loud and slow
Aug 12, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
It was super chaotic (the bus drive) and unclear where we had to get off the bus. In the end we arrived (don’t ask me how). At the pier they were super friendly and clear. Just the bus driver / people were super unclear.
Aug 12, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
All fine
Aug 12, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
it was extremely crowded the day we went - which was difficult with young kids
Aug 11, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Fast and easy way.
Aug 11, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Good Service!
Aug 11, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
A little confusing after stepping off the train, but everyone was so friendly and helpful that I was able to catch the bus and boat in a timely manner!
Aug 11, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Boat delayed 1h30
Aug 10, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Super Transfer
Aug 10, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Good travel VIP and Quick Thanks
Aug 10, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Good orginazed only there was also a trip to ao nang beach after this trip with a taxi. On 12go asia not to find. Directly at seatran network it was there
Aug 9, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
Not a comfortable boat. You definitely should change the system of getting the luggage off. It takes an age how people try to get their stuff. At Koh Tao you should get everything of and throw it on the dock!
Aug 9, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
On time, good ac, smooth fast ride, great food stop before boarding the bus to Krabi. We travelled to Koh Phangan with a different company that was overcrowded, late, no ac working so we sweltered. Well worth the extra money for the better quality boat and service.
Aug 9, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
No comments just perfecty arranged ????????????????????????????
Aug 8, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Quick and comfortable
Aug 8, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
The boat from 13 was not going we go on the boat from 17 the sea was very bumby. And it was to hot.
Aug 7, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
the weather was terrible. I was really scared and some people even cry.
Aug 7, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Good organisation..but very heavy waves in the boat. A lot of people became sick.
Aug 6, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Excellent
Aug 5, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Airco by windowseats down can be better.
Aug 5, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Nothing to complain about - a little bit short on info, but everything left when it was meant to (within 10 or so mins). All quite straightforward. (I would say to the other person who left feedback that its not entirely reasonable to turn up to get on the bus when its due to be leaving!!)
Aug 5, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
in time as the boat as the transfert to the airport. thanks!
Aug 3, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
I was very disappointed, upset and pissed off when the bus driver dropped me off (near airport) then drove away with my bag still stowed away underneath bus. I yelled at him to stop but he didn't listen, ignored what I was saying and quickly ran onto bus and drove away. - I then jumped into a taxi to chase after bus but couldn't locate it (400 Baht) - I had to cancel my two flights from Phuket and Singapore airports in order to waste time to find out where my bag was and try get it back (3100 Baht) - Once I found out my bag was on it's way back to Surat Thani I had to organise myself to pick it up from the Highway Police bus stop (700 Baht). - Also needed to call my employer back in Australia and inform them I would be returning 1 day late (1 day of my wage = $200 AUD) For wasting my time, money and putting me through all this bullshit frustration SeaTrain Discovery doesn't even deserve 1 star and I will certainly not be using this company again! I would appreciate a 12go staff member to contact me to discuss this further. My email is: trav_sprinter@hotmail.com

Seatran Discovery Stations

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