Songserm is a ferry operator that prides itself on its position specializing in transport throughout the Gulf of Thailand, with services to a wide range of world-famous beaches and resorts across several stunning islands.
Routes served by Songserm
Bangkok– Koh Samui, Koh Phangan & Koh Tao
From Bangkok visitors can travel to most of the Thai islands that are the major tourist destinations you will have heard so much about.
Songserm connects Bangkok and Koh Samui with two services each day at 18.00 and 20.00 (scheduled to arrive on Koh Samui around 17 hours later at 11.20 and 13.15 respectively). There is one return journey per day, departing Koh Samui at 13.30. The duration of the journey to Bangkok is slightly shorter and is scheduled to arrive in the capital 15 or 16 hours later at around 05.00. Tickets are priced at THB850 from Bangkok and THB800 from Koh Samui.
These journeys are combination bus+ferry trips. You are being bussed to the port of Donsak in Suratthani province first and then you have to hop onto Songserm’s ferry. It is the contrary order in opposite direction.
You can visit Koh Phangan and Koh Tao from Bangkok with Songserm. These destinations are served with the same two departures each day at 18.00 and 20.00. Basically all travellers heading onto any of these three Gulf islands share the same bus and ferry.
The trip takes around 16 hours from Bangkok to Koh Phangan and a minimum of 14 hours to Koh Tao. Tickets to both destinations are priced from THB950. There is also one departure each day from Koh Tao to Bangkok at 14.30 each day, scheduled to arrive in the capital at around 05.00.
Between Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao
Songserm is a good option for those visitors looking to travel between islands. For example, there is one service each day between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, departing at 12.30 and 10.00 respectively, with the short 90 minute trip priced at THB400.
From Koh Phangan, it is possible to visit Koh Samui directly with one departure at 12.30 each day. There are two services from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan each day, scheduled at 11.30 and 17.30. The journey takes just 45 minutes and tickets cost THB250 in either direction.
There is one service each morning in either direction between Koh Samui and Koh Tao, departing Koh Samui at 11.30 and leaving Koh Tao at 10.00, with tickets for the two to three hour trip priced at THB550.
Bangkok–Koh Phi Phi
Anyone in the capital and looking to visit Koh Phi Phi, can travel with Songserm on the daily service at 18.00 (tickets are priced at THB1,050), scheduled to arrive on the island for 10.30 the following morning, around 17 hours later. It is also a combination bus+ferry trip.
From Koh Phi Phi
From Koh Phi Phi, it is possible to visit other islands in the region such as Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Departures are scheduled for 10.30 each day to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan and 15.30 to Koh Tao. The trip is around seven or eight hours to both Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, whilst services to Koh Tao last around 14 hours. Tickets are priced at THB750, THB800 and THB1,000 to each destination respectively.
Songserm operates services from Krabi, from where you can visit all the above islands as well as Bangkok. There is one service each day in either direction between Bangkok and Krabi, scheduled to depart at 18.00 from the capital and at 17.30 from Krabi and operated completely by bus. The trip lasts approximately 12 hours with tickets from Bangkok priced at THB1,000 and fares from Krabi available for THB850.
There are two departures each day from Krabi to both Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi, with tickets priced at THB600 and THB500. The journey duration is around five and three hours to each destination respectively. From both these islands there are also two return services each day heading back to Krabi.
From Krabi there is one departure each day to both Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, with services at 12.30 and 07.00 to each destination respectively. Tickets are priced at THB800 to Koh Phangan (six hours) and THB850 to Koh Tao (seven hours). From Koh Phangan you can visit Krabi on the daily service at 12.30, which is scheduled to arrive at 19.00.
Songserm offers the cheapest deals for combination bus+ferry deals from Suratthani town, Suratthani train station and Suratthani airport to the islands of the Gulf.
There is one service at 07.00 each day from Suratthani to Koh Samui, with tickets for the four hour trip available for THB400. When departing Koh Samui for Suratthani, passengers have the option of terminating at the city’s train station or airport. The ferry leaves Koh Samui at 13.30 each day, with tickets priced at THB350 and THB550 to Suratthani train station and airport respectively. There is also one departure from Suratthani to both Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, leaving at 07.00 each day, costing THB450 and THB750 respectively.
Songserm is one of the best options for visitors looking to travel between several of the stunning islands in this region, with a huge range of routes available.
Also useful for visitors is the option of overnight trips on several of the routes, especially those to and from Bangkok, which provides some flexibility when planning a trip.
The combination tickets from Bangkok to the islands are a good hassle-free option as the price includes both the bus and ferry tickets. This is far easier than travelling from Bangkok to the coast and then having to purchase a separate ticket for a ferry to your destination.
Songserm offers some of the cheapest combination tickets from Bangkok to the islands.
The biggest issue is the duration of some of these trips. As there are only a limited number of ferry services available, you can sometimes have a wait of several hours between getting off the bus and boarding the ferry. This is less than ideal if the trip is already 10 or 12 hours long anyway!
Keep in mind
Durations of services can vary so it is worth checking the duration of your chosen service before you book your ticket to avoid a longer trip than necessary.
Passengers are pleased with the wide range of routes on offer when travelling with Songserm, with the operator being an ideal choice for island hopping. It is easy to visit islands such as Koh Samui from cities such as Bangkok, Krabi and Suratthani so it is even possible to reach Koh Samui from outside of Thailand by travelling with Songserm from the airport.