Seatran Discovery

4.5
7790 customer reviews

About 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 Phangan - Koh Samui
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08:00, 10:30, 16:30
Koh Phi Phi - Koh Phangan
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09:00
Koh Phi Phi - Koh Samui
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09:00
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, 15:00
Koh Samui - Koh Phangan
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07:50, 08:00, 12:50, 13:00, 15:45, 16:20, 16:30
Koh Samui - Koh Tao
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07:50, 08:00, 12:50, 13:00, 15:45, 16:20, 16:30
Koh Samui - Nakhon Si Thammarat
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09:00, 11:30
Koh Tao - Koh Phangan
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06:30, 09:00, 15:00
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 - Surat Thani Airport
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06:30, 09:00
Krabi - Koh Samui
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08:00, 08:30, 10:30, 11:00
Krabi - Koh Tao
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08:00, 08:30, 10:30, 11:00
Nakhon Si Thammarat - Koh Phangan
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07:30, 08:30, 12:00
Nakhon Si Thammarat - Koh Samui
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07:30, 08:30, 12:00
Phuket - Koh Phangan
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09:00
Phuket - Koh Samui
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Surat Thani Airport - Koh Phangan
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08:30, 09:20, 10:45, 11:20
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 Phangan
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08:00, 11:00, 14:30
Surat Thani Train Station - Koh Samui
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Seatran Discovery Company Reviews

UI
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 29, 2020
Sehr professionell und freundliches Personal
DB
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 27, 2020
Wir wurden schon nach der Gepäckabholung erwartet und gut und sicher zum Pier gebracht. Voucher gegen Fährticket eingetauscht und gut abgeliefert. Alles problemlos.
A
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 26, 2020
Отличная организация поездки и трансфера, все по расписанию, никаких накладок
CH
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 26, 2020
Was very easy and straight forward no
CF
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 26, 2020
Have used 12Go many times to book transport and I always find it so useful - easy to find the most suitable option. The trip itself went really smoothly - easy to collect my ticket at the pier, board the ferry and then find my transport to the hotel.
SL
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 25, 2020
Todo ha sido perfecto y facil para viajar de una isla hermosa a otra también muy bonita.
MB
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 25, 2020
Nous avions sois disant payé pour un bus VIP et un ferry rapide... Nous avons été dans un bus totalement classique, un bus publique qui coutait sur place beaucoup beaucoup moins cher que ce que nous avons acheté... On a la désagréable sensation de tout simplement s'être bien fait avoir ! Conseil : aller à la gare routière et prenez votre billet la bas !
MP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 24, 2020
There are two piers or seatran and I get to the wrong one. Despite that I did not charged and traveled with the next one, but you should have highlighted that so will not get confused!
AM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 24, 2020
Speed boat was late and we lost our plane!
EP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 24, 2020
Everything according to schedule
DF
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 23, 2020
Timetable was ok. Toilets in the boat weren't very clean and no soap at all for hands cleaning.
LC
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 23, 2020
Bateau vétuste, bruyant, clim très moyenne. , insrallation moyenne. Personnel assez sympa.
IA
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 23, 2020
Поездка с ко Пхи-Пхи в аэропорт Краби. Хорошая организация, таксист в аэропорт встречал на пирсе с табличкой, довез быстро, помог с багажем. Спасибо за трансфер!
GH
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 23, 2020
Die Anholung vom Airport zum Pier klappte hervorragend, die Überfahrt mit der Färhe nach Koh Tao ebenfalls Das einzuge Manko sind die Toiletten an Bord, da muß etwas passieren, aber hier sind die anderen Fähunternehmen auch nicht besser. ansonsten hat alles wunderbar geklappt und aehr pünktlich! Kann ich nur weiterempfehlen!
GH
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 23, 2020
die Organistion und der Check in wie auch check aus inclusive Gepäcl sehr gut, trotz der vielen Passagiere, das einzige sind die Zustände der Toiletten an Bord, aber hier sind die anderen Fährenunternehmen teils noch schlechter aufgestellt
PK
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 22, 2020
Es hat alles perfekt funktioniert
MC
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 22, 2020
General ok, the bus was on time , but the bus was too small vs q-ties of the people. Some of them have to wait for another one.
JG
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 22, 2020
Alles hat prima funktioniert: pünktlich, sauber und schnell. Sehr gerne wieder!
MG
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 21, 2020
Excellent crew, clean and efficient travel. Very easy and comfortable.
NB
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 19, 2020
Bateau un peu vétuste
CP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 19, 2020
Prise en charge très bien organisée depuis l'aéroport
GB
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 18, 2020
Наш самолёт прилетел раньше, и на пирс на такси мы приехали тоже значительно раньше, чем расчитывали. В это время шла посадка на катер, отправляющийся в 13:00. Нам без проблем поменяли билеты и мы были на Панган уже в 13:35. Все прошло отлично.
CR
van van, Seatran Discovery, Mar 18, 2020
There is no sea tram place to check in. You have no idea which van is for you.
TS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 18, 2020
On first the ferry it was extremly cold on the bottom deck, on the top it was extremly hot..
DR
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 17, 2020
Little Delay but very crowded on Board, so some couldnt get a seat. But ist only Took 30 Minutes, so we Came along.
LA
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 17, 2020
I don't like that boat stopped in Koh Phanang even though on the entrance and in the schedule it states Koh Tao. This gets confusing when it stops in Koh Phanang and they don't announce that on board.
MS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 16, 2020
Wszystko odbyło się sprawnie. Dodatkiem było przepłynięcie łodzią do Pier East Railay
FC
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 16, 2020
Perfect
BB
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 15, 2020
Things were mostly on time - 1.5 hours from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan (we were stopped for maybe 15 mins) then another 1.5 from there to Koh Samui. The boat isn't that big so it was a rough ride - bunches of people getting sick so I recommend taking a motion sickness pill if you think you need it. A little confusion and disorganization when transferring to the taxis, but overall it was fine and it was nice to not be surprised with the cost of a taxi
NM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 15, 2020
Wir starteten pünktlich. Da ich etwas seekrank bin war es für mich besser oben zu sitzen.. Dennoch sollte man 30 min mehr einplanen.
UI
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 12, 2020
Abholung am Airport, Transfer zum Pier hat alles wunderbar geklappt. Nur der Fahrer des Busses war etwas mürrisch. Fähre in Ordnung und sogar die Toiletten waren sauber und funktionierten einwandfrei.
SA
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 12, 2020
Die Fähre hatte über 30min Verspätung, so dass wir fast den Flug verpasst haben.
MK
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 12, 2020
Pünktliche Abfahrt und Ankunft. Gute Abwicklung. Schiff schon etwas älter und enge Sitzplätze.
GS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 12, 2020
Ferry 30 minutes to late! No signs where to go and where to wait! No information! Seats in very bad shape, sharp edges everywhere! No help with luggage on arrival! Staff on board seemed more like officers in the army, than sevice staff! Work on your service, please!
LK
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 12, 2020
Klimaanlage war ausnahmsweise auf Heizung gestellt, es war unglaublich warm im Sitzbereich, alle haben geschwitzt. Ehr langsames Boot, aber ruhige und pünktliche Überfahrt mit kurzem Zwischenhalt auf Ko Phangan.
MS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 12, 2020
Po wylądowaniu 15 min przed czasem w Surat Thani i przejechaniu busem do Donsak Saetran, musieliśmy czekać 2,5 h !!! na prom do Koh Samui (Bangrak Seatran Pier)
TG
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 11, 2020
Ging alles reibungslos, in der Fähre hat es bisschen nach pisse gerochen.
SA
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 11, 2020
Overall all good, transports on time, no problems ????
LB
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 11, 2020
Der Transfer war einfandfrei.Allerdings haben wir erst mit einer halben Stunde Verspätung abgelegt.Was uns etwas Kopfschmerzen bereitet hat, da wir einen Anschlussflug hatten.Aber wer die Thai‘s kennt weiß das das durch aus mal sein kann;)Hat letztlich doch alles geklappt.
HT
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 11, 2020
On time, well organised. Although it was a long trip the company did well.
AL
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 10, 2020
Perfect. Fast. Comfortable
YC
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 10, 2020
Not in time, no information,...
IM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 10, 2020
The boat was delayed 20 minutes. No direction signs on pier (there were several gates and it was hard to know where is the one you need). After the boarding everything was ok, the bus right after the boat, arrived at the airport on time. Thank you!
PS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 9, 2020
all staff from Seatran were in the checkpoints to guide us through all the changing transportation points. Also on time! Thanks so much
MJ
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 9, 2020
Von wegen Speedboot, ein lahmer Kutter der innen nach Abgasen roch und nach der über Stunden
JM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 9, 2020
Very nice trip
CA
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 8, 2020
All was good, bus and boat on time! Good value
OS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 8, 2020
Very little info as we were moving along, bus stopped only for 10mns, that had to be enough to use WC and grab something to eat.The Ferry to Phi Phi was old and painfully slow, the engine sounded as if it would break down at any moment. We arrived half hour later at 5pm. The positive of the experience is that all transport is sorted out for you.
LP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 8, 2020
Es hat alles problemlos geklappt.
JD
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 8, 2020
Le ferry était parfait mais le retour en taxi était horrible le conducteur était bête et désagréable et il conduisait très mal manqué vomir
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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 Railay Seatran Floating Pier East Railay Ton Sai Pier Koh Phi Phi Hat Yai Krabi Bus Terminal Rassada Pier Noppharat Pier Surat Thani Airport Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport Donsak Seatran Ferry Khao San Samui Airport Khao Sok Surat Thani Town Seatran Nakhon Si Thammarat Ao Nang Seatran Khao Sok Koh Samui any hotel Surat Thani Train Station Phuket Bus Terminal 2 Donsak Piers Krabi Airport Klong Jilard Pier Klong Jilad Pier Surat Thani Train Station Koh Phangan any hotel NaKhon Si Thammarat Airport Krabi Town Seatran Donsak Seatran