How to get to Koh Samui from Koh Tao

What about

Crystal clear waters and idyllic beaches, lush tropical greenery and modern ‘island style’ shopping molls, fancy jewellery shops and colourful local markets – you name it – Samui has it all. No wonder that the third-largest island in Thailand, Samui has become popular amongst both luxurious holiday makers and backpackers on a budget who can each find the experience, accommodation, activities and entertainment that they come for. Whether its candle-lit dinners on post-card beaches, wild and adventurous partying through the night, treks through forests and jungles or days spent oiled up on the beach, Koh Samui is the right choice to get it.

Samui makes a great contrast to Koh Tao with its quiet village life and almost no night scene. Though there are diving and snorkelling tours offered on Samui, you’d better make all the underwater explorations on Koh Tao, and dedicate your time on Samui to partying, shopping or sunbathing.

Getting to Koh Samui from Koh Tao

There are three ferry companies which link Koh Tao to Koh Samui via Koh Phangan. They are Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran, Seatran Discovery and Songserm.

Lomprayah takes about 1¾ hr to bring passengers from Koh Tao to Samui, leaving from Mae Haad on Koh Tao and arriving to Maenam on Samui. Tickets cost from THB600 to THB750, depending on the departure time. There are boats at 9.30am and 3pm.

Seatran Discovery offers similar service but is a bit slower and cheaper: transit time is 2½ hrs, the ticket cost is THB 580. On Samui boats moor to Bangrak Seatran Pier. There are three departures a day at 6.30am, 9am and 3pm.

Songserm has only one express boat a day at 10am which arrives to Samui via Koh Phangan at 1.30pm. It costs THB 450 and the hotel pick-ups are included in the price.

Tip: As your sea travel between Koh Tao and Koh Samui will last from two to three hours, have all the necessary medications at hand if you are prone to seasickness. When the sea is choppy, opt for Seatran instead of Lomprayah, as the catamaran actually rides the swell, while Seatran cuts through it, which help avoid endless ups and downs.

Getting around

Koh Samui is large and you will need a way to get around easily, since doing it on foot is very limiting and uncomfortably hot, but there are many far better options available depending on how you like to get around.

Taxis (songthaews) are a great way to travel long distances on the island, or if you want to go out partying and know you shouldn't drive yourself around. While they are convenient and can get you everywhere from anywhere, this is probably the most expensive option, as you can expect to pay between 50 and 100 THB a person which adds up quickly.

Motorcycles are a fantastic way to get around. Motorcycles (and bicycles, too) can be rented from almost every resort on the island. Rentals are cheap, petrol is cheap, and they give you the freedom to go just about anywhere you want to go as you explore the island’s natural wonders. A word of caution though, you will undoubtedly see many tourists about with bandages and scrapes on their arms and legs, almost all of the time these are caused by accidents on scooters. You should be able to find a scooter for less than 200 THB a day. Most of the rental shops insist that you leave your passport behind. While this is a bit unnerving, it is also standard practice throughout Thailand, so be very careful with your scooter if you want to avoid any trouble.

Where to stay

Hat Chaweng is packed with all kinds of accommodation to suit any budget. It is the epicentre of the action, and the northern part of the beach can be quite noisy. Hat Lamai is another popular choice attracting holiday-makers both with its long stretch of white sand and a good choice of restaurants, bars and shops along the main road. In between the two beaches hides a little gem of Crystal Bay with – as the name suggests – crystal clear waters embraced with imposing boulders of a small bay. Hat Bang Rak (or Big Buddha Beach) leis relatively close to the airport (you may hear some noise), but the white sand of its western part compensate for it. Bo Phut is of particular interest not because of the beach but thanks to its trendy boutique hotels peppering Fishermen’s Village where strong Chinese influence can be felt even today. Families often opt for Mae Nam with its gentle sea. The West Coast is not a good choice if you come for the sea, but the sunsets are exceptional there.
Tip: Do not spend all your time on Samui on one and the same beach; try at least a couple of them and you will be rewarded with the diversity which this island has to offer.

Activities

Besides usual diving, snorkelling, kayaking, jungle-trekking and waterfalls find a couple of hours to visit the only rum distillery in Thailand, Magic Alambic. They produce Caribbean rum with a variety of natural flavours (obviously, they have coconut rum, too). They offer tasting sessions and sell rum, too (600-700 THB per 700ml bottle). Located in Baan Bang Kao. Travellers with the little ones in tow will love Paradise Park, which is a considerably large petting zoo, which is also one of the best viewpoints on the island.

Koh Tao to Koh Samui @ ferry Jul 29, 2017

6 trips (THB 550 — 700)

From Mae Haad (Koh Tao) to Koh Samui by ferry

06:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
08:00
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
2h
Instant Refund
฿ 700
× 2 = ฿ 1,400
30 seats available
06:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
09:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
2h 30m
Instant Refund
฿ 630
× 2 = ฿ 1,260
26 seats available
09:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
11:30
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
2h 30m
Instant Refund
฿ 600
× 2 = ฿ 1,200
31 seats available
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
11:20
Maenam (Samui), Koh Samui
1h 50m
Instant Refund
฿ 600
× 2 = ฿ 1,200
46 seats available
10:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
13:15
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
3h 15m
Instant
฿ 550
× 2 = ฿ 1,100
15 seats available
15:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
16:40
Maenam (Samui), Koh Samui
1h 40m
Instant Refund
฿ 600
× 2 = ฿ 1,200
50 seats available

Adventures @ Koh Samui


Koh Tao & Koh Nangyuan One Day Snorkeling
฿ 2,500
10h 10m
Lomprayah
Koh Tao & Koh Nangyuan One Day Snorkeling 06:30


Passenger reviews out of total 2,314 passengers traveled with us on this route

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★★★★☆ Jul 21, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Arrived 30 mins later than scheduled, journey was slower but less choppy. Staffs helped with luggage whenever possible. However avoid the window seats if you can as it gets a bit too warm and stuffy since the ventilation isn't the best.
★★★☆☆ Jun 6, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Due to the bad weather the boat were swinging a lot.
★★★★★ Jun 2, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★☆☆ May 7, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★★ May 3, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Very good, lots of staff to help
★★★★★ Apr 28, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
NO ISSUE, FOR 200 BATH MORE VIP ROOM VERY CONFORTABLE , HIGH AIR CONDITION, KEEP A JACKET WITH YOU ! VERY GOOD TRIP
★★★☆☆ Mar 9, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Great boat but air conditioning not working in the upper level (not sure if that is normal but on our way in, there was air conditioning). Plus it took more than 3 hours!! Overall though would do it all over again!!!
★★★★★ Feb 12, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Staff are the best!
★★★★★ Feb 12, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★★ Feb 2, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★☆☆☆ Jan 18, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Very high seas so the trip was rough. Only two bathrooms on the ferry and they were occupied the entire trip by two people being sick. I spent the entire time at the back outside throwing up, which is my issue, but the exhaust fumes made it a lot worse. On the safety side, most of the life jackets were in a locked cabinet and there was no safety talk what so ever.
★★★☆☆ Jan 7, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★☆☆☆ Dec 31, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Boat was delayed for more than 1 hour plus the AC was not working properly for almost 1.5 hours..not a good experience at all.
★★★★★ Dec 23, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Smooth transfer! Arrived safe and on time. Booked every thing on line.
★★★★★ Nov 1, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★☆ Oct 22, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★☆ Sep 6, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★★ Aug 28, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★☆☆☆ Aug 27, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Salio con mas de media hora de retraso y cuando desembarcamos en ko samui, tardamos mucho tiempo en salir. El personal es poco agradable y colaborador
★★★☆☆ Aug 19, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★★ Aug 7, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ Aug 4, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Booking with 12go.asia is perfect. Ferry took off in time, rather rough see but Seatran not too bumpy. Unfortunately not enough seats for all the passengers. People had to sit outside, or even had to stand. Nice crew, helpfull with heavy luggage.
★★★★★ Aug 2, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Bootreis ging goed. Alleen veel wind.
★★★☆☆ Jul 30, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
It was a delay in arriving to ko samui. Fortunately I arrive on time to my flight. Apart of this the ferry is excellent
★★★★☆ Jul 28, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★☆ Jul 16, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★☆ Jun 15, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
It was a quick and pleasant transfer
★★★★☆ Apr 22, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Efficient service. The transfers sold onboard are a bargain at 150B and good service from all staff.
★★★★★ Apr 10, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★★ Mar 17, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Very organised, easy way to travel. Aircon and cafe available for those that want on lower deck, lovely views and sunning for those who want to sit up top. 10/10
★★★★★ Mar 17, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
service as per expectations, good and on-time
★★★★★ Feb 18, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Jak zwykle opóźnienie - 1 godz. Reszta ok
★★★☆☆ Feb 11, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Llegamos temprano al puerto y allí nos enteramos que nos cambiaban de ferry y que salía media hora más tarde. No nos dieron mucha información más. Y llegamos a otro piero en samui ya que la compañía era distinta. De todas formas es viaje fue muy bueno y rápido y la compañía estuvo muy organizada con el tema equipaje que siempre genera caos en los ferries
★★★☆☆ Feb 4, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Ferry was delayed for half hour. When we arrived in Samui, the staffs don't know how to handle the luggages. Passengers were waiting for so long to get there luggages and massive... Wish they can improve luggages services.
★★★★☆ Jan 3, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Lento desembarco en koh samui, bajaron a la gente y parte del equipaje aún estaba arriba de ferry, eso retraso todo.
★★★★★ Nov 16, 2015 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Nice and fast trip.
★★★★★ Nov 16, 2015 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★★ Oct 4, 2015 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Excellent. Worth the money to have the car and driver there and no hassle either way

News @ Koh Samui

03 July 2017

Municipal and marine workers on Koh Samui have put up safety nets around Lamai Beach. A spokesperson for the Marine and Coastal Resources Department said the nets were designed to stop Portuguese man o’ war and jellyfish drifting in the seas and washing up on the beach.

15 June 2017

Tourists on Pattaya Beach Road were confronted by the rather unusual sight of emerald green sea on Tuesday. Marine experts say the transformation from the water’s usual blue colour was caused by a wave of plankton.

09 June 2017

The Phuket Lifeguard Service has issued a warning saying several Portuguese men of war have been spotted in the sea this week. The club’s president says several of the stinging jellyfish-like species have washed onto the island’s beaches since the start of the monsoon season.