Koh Samui in Surat Thani province is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand
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Koh Samui in Surat Thani province is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. The island has beautiful beaches, waterfalls, spectacular viewpoints, temples, as well as a lively fishermen’s village and several world class wellness spas. The island has its own airport and options of accommodation to suit all budgets. The best time to visit Koh Samui is in the dry season, from January to July.
The most convenient way to get to Samui is by plane. Bangkok Airways flies from Bangkok to Koh Samui several times daily. The flight takes just over an hour. Daily flights are also available between Phuket and Samui. For more information, visit http://www.bangkokair.com
For those who wish to drive, from Bangkok, take Highway 4 till you pass Phetchaburi and Chumphon Provinces then drive on to Highways 41 and 401 to Surat Thani Province. From Surat Thani, visitors can take their cars to Koh Samui on a vehicle ferry at Donsak Pier. The ferry takes 1.5 hours.
For cheaper means of transport, you can travel to Koh Samui by bus or train. Air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned buses leave Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal for Surat Thani several times daily. The trip takes about 11 hours. Several trains leave Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station for Surat Thani daily. The trip takes about 12 hours.
From Surat Thani to Koh Samui
An express ferry departs from Tha Thong Pier in Surat Thani every morning, with a return trip departing Na Thon Pier on Koh Samui every afternoon. It takes approximately 2.5 hours each way.
Another express boat operates three times a day between Ban Don Pier and Koh Samui. Departure times are 7am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. The trip takes two hours.
Seatran Ferry, which accommodates 60 cars and 400 passengers, operates several trips per day between Don Sak (Surat Thani) and Koh Samui, from 5am to 5pm The trip takes about 1.30 hours.
A slow night ferry leaves Ban Don Pier nightly at 11pm and reaches Na Thon Pier at Samui around 5am (6 hours). The return trip leaves Na Thon Pier at 9pm and arrives at Ban Don Pier at 4am (7 hours).
While in Koh Samui, you have options of taxis, rental car, rental motorcycle or scooter. Be sure to wear a helmet if you choose to ride a motorcycle of scooter.