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Getting Here

Thai-style Accommodation on Koh Samui -

Koh Samui is easily accessed by air, land and sea. The majority of international travellers arrive by air, via Bangkok, Phuket or Singapore.

Bangkok and Thai Airways have a number of daily flights to the island, making this the most convenient way to get here. Daily ferries operating from several piers along the mainland coastal area of Surat Thani also carry many passengers to the island.

Directions to Nid's Bungalows

At The Avenue Hotel, turn into Soi Poolsawad and proceed until you come to Chaweng Lake. Turn right at the lake and proceed along the shore for 150m to Nid's Bungalows.

If you get lost please call the following numbers so that we may direct the bus or taxi driver:
+66 8627 78413 or +66 9358 00611

Where to find Nid's Bungalows >>

Travel By Air

Bangkok Airways operates more than 40 flights a day on its Bangkok-Samui, Samui-Phuket, Samui-Pattaya (U-Tapao), Samui-Krabi and Samui-Singapore routes.

Flying time between Bangkok and Samui is about one hour, while the flights on the Samui-Phuket and Samui-Pattaya routes take less than 45 minutes.

Whatever you do, don't forget your baggage at the international terminal in Bangkok! Your baggage may not be automatically redirected to your Samui flight, so you should check the status of your luggage with the airlines upon arrival to confirm it has been checked through to Koh Samui.


Thai Airways Schedules To And From Koh Samui >>
Bangkok Airways Schedules To And From Koh Samui >>

Flight options if travelling from Kuala Lumpur:
Berjaya-Air Schedules, Subang-Koh Samui >>
Firefly Schedules, Subang-Koh Samui >>


Travel By Ferry

Two ferry companies operate from three piers along the Surat Thani coast on the main land and from two piers on Koh Samui.

Raja Ferry Co.
Raja Ferry Co. vehicle and passenger ferries run from Donsak pier to Lipanoi pier on Koh Samui. The crossing takes one and a half hours and costs about 100 Baht.

Raja Ferry Co. Timetable and Information >>

Seatran Ferry Co.
Seatran Ferry Co. vehicle and passenger ferries run from Donsak pier to Nathon pier on Koh Samui. The crossing takes one and a half hours and costs about 110 Baht.

Seatran also operate a number of passenger ferries from Bangkok to Koh Samui. For more details, click on the link below.

Seatran Ferry Sailing Schedules >>

High Speed Catamaran Service

Lomprayah High Speed Ferries operate a unique fleet of high-speed catamaran ferries servicing routes from Koh Samui to Koh Phang, Koh-Tao, Chumporn and from Chumporn back to Bangkok by express air-conditioned bus.
This is the only fast ferry operation in Thailand, giving you a journey that is all about speed, style and service. The company has three ferries called the "Pralarn" , "Namuang" and "Maenam". Other than the Thai Navy, they are the fastest means of sea travel in the Gulf of Thailand.

Lomprayah High Speed Catamarans >>

Travel By Train

Second class sleeper trains leave Surat Thani at 17:50 and 19:04 and arrive in Bangkok at 05:35 and 05:50 the following morning. One can connect with either of these trains by taking the passenger ferries which leave Nathon and Lipanoi Piers and connect with the bus services to Surat Thani station (total cost, including train, approx 620 Baht).

Tthe Phantip bus leaves from Nathon pier at 13:30, takes the car ferry and then travels directly to the Surat Thani station (total cost, including train, is around 550 Baht).

Advance bookings are recommended. The approximate prices above are for a bottom bunk on the train.

Click on this link for current information on train services >>

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Travel By Road

It is possible to hire a car and drive to Samui, finishing of course with a ferry ride. Departing from either Bangkok or Phuket, the roads are multi-laned and very good. From Bangkok it is double-lane highway all the way to Surat Thani and, similarly, for most of the leg to the ferries. The trip from Bangkok to Surat Thani usually takes around 8-10 hours.

Along the way there are plenty of gasoline stations and places to buy food and take a break. Be aware though, from Surat Thani it is still another hour's travelling time to the ferry terminals. You can also expect to often find long queues at the ferry terminals, so plan ahead. But don't worry, should you miss the last ferry for the day, cheap and clean accommodation is available at the ferry terminals on both the mainland and the island.

From Phuket the roads are good but they are single lane. The trip takes about 5 hours, passing through some beautiful scenery. From Hat Yai, there is a double lane highway up to Surat Thani and the journey takes about 6 hours.

Travel By Bus

The Bus Companies
To travel by coach, you have the choice of several companies, and it is a most economical means of travel. Generally coaches go onboard the ferry and take you directly to Nathon from where you will be able to get one of the numerous local taxis or baht buses for the various towns and beaches around the island or, alternatively, hire your own vehicle.

From Bangkok
If you are in Bangkok, any travel agency will be able to offer you a ticket to Samui, from as cheap as 250 to 300 baht (on Khao San Road) to approx. 600 baht for a VIP air-conditioned bus accommodating around 24 passengers.

The Route
All the coaches stop several times along the route to allow you to have a meal and a short break. Most travel overnight, leaving Bangkok between 5.30pm and 8 pm with the journey lasting around 10-12 hours. VIP buses have toilet and washroom facitities onboard.
Surat Thani and the ferry port at Donsak is located about 650 kilometres south of Bangkok.

There are also coaches to Koh Samui from Surat Thani, Phuket, Hat Yai and Krabi - Refer to the timetables below.

Timetables and Fares
Below are the timetables of the various companies with daily services to and from Koh Samui......
PHANTIP CO. LTD - Tel. +66 774 21121

Suratthani - Samui

Samui - Suratthani

Departure - Arrival

Departure - Arrival

06:30 - 10:00

07:30 - 11:00

08:30 - 12:00

09:30 - 13:00

12:30 - 16:00

11:30 - 15:00

14:30 - 18:00

13:30 - 17:00

15:30 - 19:00

14:30 - 18:00

16:30 - 20:00

16:30 - 19:30

Fare: (single) 100 baht (Ferry inclusive)

Hat Yai - Samui

Samui - Hat Yai

Departure - Arrival

Departure - Arrival

08:00 - 16:00

07:30 - 15:30

Fare: (single) 270 baht (Ferry inclusive)

Phuket - Samui

Samui - Phuket

Departure - Arrival

Departure - Arrival

10:00 - 19:00

07:30 - 15:00

Fare: (single) 330 baht (Ferry inclusive)

Krabi - Samui

Samui - Krabi

Departure - Arrival

Departure - Arrival

10:00 - 19:00

07:30 - 14:00

Fare: (single) 290 baht (Ferry inclusive)

SOPON TOUR - Tel. +66 774 20175

Bangkok - Koh Samui

Koh Samui - Bangkok

Departure - Arrival

Departure - Arrival

19:30 - 09:00

14:30 - 04:30

20:00 - 09:00


Fare: (single) 390 baht (Ferry not included, add 55 baht)
VIP (24 seats coach) : 458 baht (Ferry not included, add 55 baht)

TRANSPORTATION CO. LTD - Tel. +66 774 20765

Bangkok - Koh Samui

Koh Samui - Bangkok

Departure - Arrival

Departure - Arrival

19:20 - 08:30

13:30 - 03:00

19:30 - 08:30

15:15 - 04:30 (VIP)

20:00 - 08:30

17:05 - 06:00

Fare: (single) 308 baht (Ferry not included, add 55 baht)
VIP (24 seats coach) : 605 baht (Ferry not included, add 55 baht)




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