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From Na Thon Koh Samui to Phuket by ferry+bus joint ticket

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Na Thon Koh Samui
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Phuket Bus Terminal 2
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From Na Thon Koh Samui to Phuket by ferry+taxi joint ticket

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Na Thon Koh Samui
18:30
Patong Kata Karon any hotel, Phuket
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From Koh Samui any hotel to Phuket by taxi+ferry+bus joint ticket

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Koh Samui any hotel
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Phuket Bus Terminal 2
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From Koh Samui any hotel to Phuket by taxi+ferry joint ticket

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Koh Samui any hotel
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Patong Kata Karon any hotel, Phuket
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How to get from Koh Samui to Phuket

Clear waters and idyllic beaches of Samui, complimented with lush tropical greenery, enchant. Colourful local markets, fancy jewellery shops and rocking night venues make you wish to stay forever. Take a breath: yes, Thai islands have much more to offer. Change the coast and explore the treasures, wonders and surprises which the largest of the Thai islands is rich in. Go West – well, southwest, – go to Phuket!

Love it or hate it: the Pearl of the Andaman is too developed, too commercialized, too trendy and, well, sometimes – too expensive. Yet its sandy beaches, fashionable spas, outstanding diving sites and high-class dining venues continue to lure hordes of tourists from literally every corner of the world. There are endless opportunities for going on an adventure – from snorkelling or surfing to yachting and kayaking, and if you wish to taste the real cosmopolitan flavour of the island, spend a bit of time exploring streets of Phuket Town clogged with coffee shops and art galleries, hip affordable guesthouses and stately Sino-Portuguese mansions. Be ready to pay more for food, lodging and transport than in any other Thai resort city or island, relax and just enjoy your experience.

Getting to Phuket from Samui

Both Phuket and Koh Samui are an exceptionally popular destination for travellers, and as such, travelling from the islands of the Gulf to the Andaman Coast and vice versa is straightforward and affordable.

Be ready, though, that being the largest island in Thailand, Phuket sometimes does not feel as an island at all – especially when you come after some island-hopping over the Gulf. Even getting to Phuket from the mainland does not require any sea travel. The 700m Saphan Thepkasattri linked the northernmost tip of Phuket to Phang Nga Province on the mainland in 2011. It runs parallel to a smaller Saphan Sarasin which was built in 1967 to replace the ferry connection with the island and now serves as a pedestrian beach.

From Samui to Phuket via ferry + bus

Travelling from Samui to Phuket is easy and relatively quick, taking into consideration the distance which you have to cover. But depending on the way you travel, your journey can take anywhere from 7 hrs to literally the whole day. To ensure a seamless and confortable trip, it is a good idea to opt for a joint ferry + bus ticket offered by Lomprayah or Phantip 1970.

The most expensive and the fastest way to get from Koh Samui to Phuket is by a joint ferry + bus ticket offered by Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran at THB 700. There are two daily departures from Nathon Pier on Koh Samui at 8am and 12.45pm. Each ferry takes about 1½ hour to arrive to Donsak pier near Suratthani, where passengers transfer to the bus heading to Phuket. The whole journey normally takes from seven to 7½ hours. In Phuket buses arrive to Lomprayah’s office in Phuket Town. Note that with the departure at 12.45pm you will reach Phuket at around 9pm. So it is advisable to book your stay beforehand to avoid cruising the streets late at night as many places close reception desk at that time. Chances to find some sort of accommodation are high even during the busiest periods but you may not get what you want.

The cheapest package travel from Samui to Phuket is operated by Phantip 1970. The company is the main budget operator between Phuket and Samui and offers quite a comfortable journey at a reasonable price (THB 450 per person). To get from Samui to the mainland, Phantip 1970 uses Seatran Discovery ferries and picks up passengers from an hour and a half to two hours prior to the departure of the ferry at 7.30am for the 9am ferry and at 9.30am for the 11.30am ferry. The trip to Donsak lasts about 1½ hour, and the rest of your journey is done by bus. Phantip 1970 provides standard AC buses with a toilet onboard. Buses make at least one pit stop for a meal at a gas station with a number of forecourt shops. Normally the buses are ok, though some unexpected unpleasant surprises (e.g. an older back-up bus instead of the usual one) do sometimes happen. The company declares that transit time from Samui to Phuket is 7½ hours, but there have been reports of delays up to two hours, so be ready to arrive later than expected. The pro is that you sometimes can negotiate with the driver and get off the bus right at your destination without going to the bus terminal, which actually saves you some time and money.

From Koh Samui to Phuket by separate ferry and bus trips

You can also get from Koh Samui to Suratthani (from THB 250 to THB 450) all by yourself and then take a bus from Suratthani to Phuket. The trip lasts about 4½ hrs and costs THB 250-280 per person with Phantip 1970. Pricewise it does not make much sense, but can be considered an option if you are going to make a stopover in Suratthani itself before heading down to Phuket. There are also governmental buses plying the same route. Though cheaper, they are considerably slower as they pick up passengers during the route or even sometimes detour to Krabi on their way to Phuket.

Note: The government obliges all the interprovincial operators to pick up passengers on their way on Saturday and Sunday. If you are travelling during the weekend, be ready for a longer trip.

Island hopping from Phuket

Though Phuket may lack that typical island atmosphere, it still provides a good chance to taste some of the other ‘real’ islands. Just choose your destination and start your island hopping.

From Phuket to Koh Phi-Phi

During the peak season there are between 5 and 6 ferries a day linking Phuket to the pristine island of Phi-Phi. Though it gets more and more developed nowadays, the scenery fortunately remains just breath-taking.

From Phuket to Koh Lanta, the Trang islands and Koh Lipe

Ferries going from Phuket to Koh Lanta, the Trang islands and Koh Lipe connect through Koh Phi-Phi. Get ready to jump from one boat to another which is sometimes a bit of a nervous experience.

**Tip: If you are prone to seasickness, get the necessary medicine at hand.

Getting around in Phuket

Phuket taxis are notorious for their hefty rates. The public transport is limited and has a form of huge trucks. They cruise between Phuket Town and the beaches which is terribly inconvenient as in most cases you need to connect through Phuket Town to go from one beach to another, and the journey eventually takes you hours.

Motorbikes and scooters are a good way to get around. The majority of the rental shops will require your passport which they keep until you bring the rented vehicle back. Cases when the rental shops would insist on reimbursing ‘damage’ to their scooters are not unheard of; so check carefully what you rent and make photos of any scratches you find before you commit. The daily rate for a scooter is about THB 2000 and THB 300. There are also bigger bikes available for rent.

Renting a car is a good option which gives you both freedom and safety. A car can usually be hired for around 1200 THB per day, but in low season rates sometimes fall below THB 800. Cheap car rental companies can be found in Thanon Rasada. As a rule, local companies offer better rates, but you can sometimes find online promotions when booking with global operators.

Which beach on Phuket

They say that Phuket is too developed, too commercial, too touristy? Well, yes; but it still offers a stunning variety of beaches to every taste. Here are some ideas on which beach to check first depending on your requirements and expectations.

The busiest, the seediest, and one of the most beautiful bays, Patong ushered in the package tourism era on the island. Find here all the best and the worst things of a popular seaside resort town – lady bars and cheapest Thai food included.

Glamorous and chilled out Karon beach is undeniably more beautiful – and so is the vacationing crowd. There are both modest local cafes and more exquisite seafood restaurants, relatively cheap rooms and chic resorts.

Kamala beach is the only beach on the island with a walking path lined with souvenir shops, tour agencies and restaurants. Very relaxed and tranquil, it draws in a varied crowd of families, couples and long-stayers.

For a long time the rich, royal and famous have been choosing Surin beach and for a good reason. There is a green park separating the beach from the resort hotels, thanks to which Surin beach is especially picturesque.

The southern Hat Nai Han, southwest Hat Kata, western Hat Kamala and Hat Bang Tao are suitable for a family vacation with kids. The waters are shallow, and there are plenty of beach restaurants nearby and beach activities on offer.

Passenger reviews out of total 551 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

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.

Jan 25, 2019
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah
★★★★☆
Lomprayah needs to instill better customer service values, including: 1.) Learn to speak English clearly, and perhaps now Mandarin as well. 2.) Develop a better system for luggage storage and retrieval. The current system is cumbersome, confusing and often different from one boat ride to the next. The culture is created top-down. Clearly, the current owners and managers are too comfortable and/or lazy about making each passenger’s experience a good one. It is often chaotic and disorganized. Implement some systems, promote the good staff and fire the bad ones.
Jan 12, 2019
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
В общем неплохо, если бы нам не пришлось доказывать на бас терминал 2 на Пхукете, куда нас привезли, что у нас оплаченный трансфер до отеля. Решили достаточно быстро и отвезли приватно на минивене, но осадочек остался.
Dec 30, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
evryrhing ok just small one minus 1 hour too late
Dec 26, 2018
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah
★★★★☆
Il viaggio è i viziato con 1 ora e mezza di ritardo inspiegabilmente. Per il resto tutto è andato bene
Dec 25, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
It didn't follow the timings right from the beginning. First the ferry arrived late by 20mnts. Then we had to wait for the bus for an hour. Then the Bus took another 6 hours. Overall we were late by 2 hours. It was so tiring traveling with them.
Dec 25, 2018
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah
★★★★★
ok. the boat and the bus are very good.
Dec 16, 2018
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah
★★★★★
Everything perfect well organized, easy to understand, comfortable and clean
Dec 10, 2018
avia Economy, Bangkok Air
★★★★★
Comfortable flight, polite staff
Dec 8, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
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Dec 5, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Excellent service
Dec 4, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
Took and extra 1.5 hours but the bus had good air conditioning and Wi-Fi
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 20, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★☆☆☆
No proper communication was provided when I boarded the ferry from Koh Samui to boarding the bus. I was roaming here and there to find out the bus information. Finally I had to call and thanks to the person on the call guided me. Then again I need to wait for the bus and then again call came and asked me to reach at one point for the bus. I asked people and finally found out the bus. Thank you.
Oct 24, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★☆☆☆
I'm not really happy with the trip back to Phuket. The minivan arrived 30 minutes later to the pick-up point at Bangrak Pier Bungalow. And the coach was in bad shape, poor suspension and water rushed from the roof into the interior. The bus stopped about 12 times on the route to Phuket to accommodate various passengers and let them out somewhere again. Finally, the bus arrived almost 2 hours late at Terminal 2 in Phuket. I was absolutely dissatisfied with the trip from Samui to Phuket and will not recommend Phantip and book again. And by the way, I do not like it when I see an employee throwing a plastic bottle from the bus into the bush.
Oct 13, 2018
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah
★★★★★
Very clean, efficient and punctual. Great service
Oct 2, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Excellent, smooth journey.
Sep 30, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
Pick-up 50 minutes too late, drop off in Phuket at a travel agent with big confusion, not at the bus terminal. Rest was OK. Thanks
Sep 29, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
The Late arrival to the destination is disappointing, but the rest is ok.
Sep 26, 2018
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah
★★★★★
Great service. The last bus takes a lot of time but that is majorly because of speed limit I guess. They were very profession, boats are really nice.
Sep 23, 2018
avia Economy, Bangkok Air
★★★★★
Aéroport très joli vol rapide personnel très agréable
Aug 29, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★☆☆☆
the company almost forgot to pick up me at the hotel
Aug 29, 2018
avia Economy, Bangkok Air
★★★★★
Great service and experience
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
Aug 1, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★☆☆☆
The minivan was really late at pickup. We weren’t receiving any info along the way, so a lot of confusion. They tried to make me pay for hotel transfer again, even though I’d already paid. The last minivan to take us to drop off, drived like a crazy person, it’s amazing we got to our hotel in one piece.
Jul 31, 2018
avia Economy, Bangkok Air
★★★★☆
Nice AirPort . Nice Staff and Good and unexpected food on the plane. However, the plane was delayed one hour and galf
Jul 29, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Ferry and coach were a pleasure! The taxi that took us to the hostel was a nightmare, the driver was so bad. I was happy to get out of the taxi. It’s like he was on drugs
Jul 19, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★☆☆☆
Their service includes drop off at hotel in Phuket, ours was a little out of the way, so they emailed and we arranged an alternative to be dropped at the airports intersection. Bus driver stopped half an hour from the airport at the bus companies office, we informed them we were supposed to be taken to airport and they claimed they knew nothing about it, and that they were not affiliated with 12go Asia company. They said we had to pay 500 Baht to get to airport, yet we already paid a little extra for 12 Go’s service to take care of this for us. Very disappointed.
Jul 15, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Ferry was good. But bus transfer wasn't. We waited over an hour for the bus at the pier. Scheduling is not accurate. We were supposed to arrive at the bus terminal by 1600 but instead it was closer to 1715.
Jun 4, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
The ferry was good however the bus trip is a TOTAL RIPOFF. It took 13 hours to complete the trip. The SCAM starts with first putting you on a small hiace bus for the first hour then a local old bus that stops every mile or so picking up local people and dropping them up the road. When you get near Phuket you are told that this is as far as the bus goes and you must pay another 500 bart to get to the hotel and you must share with 6 or7 also paying . THIS IS STAND OVER TACTICS. A TOTAL RIP OFF. 12go need to look at this because it is your name that is being ruined
May 31, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
we were waiting for the bus to Phuket for 1 hour
Apr 25, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
ferry was fine, bus was a bit late arriving, but was comfortable, air conditioned and drivers were lovely. Would recommend
Apr 22, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
On booking it told us that we would arrive at Phuket bus terminal 2 at 1600! But we actually arrived at the terminated at 1740, meaning we missed our flight and are now paying more for accommodation and flights! Very disappointed with service ☹️
Apr 17, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Good, could use some improvement. Nothing bad i experience. The bus ride would be better if didn't stop too often. But good overall.
Apr 17, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
The ferry was confortable and good. The AC on The bus was terrible! We were so hot during The whole trip. The bus was scheduelled to arrive phuket 16:00 but arrived almost 18. No information about midway stops on The bus. No toilets onboard aswell. Without that The trip was good. The bus had wifi but we did not use it.
Apr 16, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
No water for drinks. And they stop just on Taxi Mafia stops. 2 People in the Bus asked me for Taxi service. They dropped me off on a taxi station and i had to leave the property after i wouldn’t take a taxi. MAFIA- USE GRAB TAXI!
Apr 11, 2018
avia Economy, Bangkok Air
★★★★☆
Very Nice airport, all open. Enough places to eat something or smoke even after check in. Left on time. Flight was nice. Had a very lovely snack and coffee or tea was provided as well.
Mar 16, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Best
Feb 26, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
Always late

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