Will be landing in Phuket airport at 7:00am in the morning of 17 July. It will be my first time overseas so I am a bit worried about getting around or being ripped off.
Basically I was hoping someone could give me a step by step buide on how to get from Phuket airport to samui by the end of the day (basically I want to get there then crash and aclimatise from Austrlia's negative temperatures for a a few days).
Assume I know nothing (which I don't) in responce.
budget airline (even through Bangkok if nothing else) would be more convenient after your long flight - otherwise it's a bus from the governmental terminal to Surat Thani and express boat or night ferry. Would take you a day.
Hi Marcus, listen to other for specific details as I've not done the exact route you're planning. But if this is your first trip out of Australia, you'll get a bit of culture shock when you arrive in Thailand. The thing to remember is that the Thais are a very friendly people so don't be worried by the crowds that might be waiting to take your bag, show you a hotel or a taxi. Take a deep breath, ignore people who pester you and do what you've got to do.
You've planned quite a trip for the first day. I would either book it all in advance, or give yourself two or three days to do it, reducing the stress levels!
I just tried the same trip (although to Koh Tao, which is further north) and it was a complete nightmare. Phuket is low season right now, so generally there is only 1 bus a day to Surat Thani and then you have to take the night ferry. Oh, and did I mention that when you take normal buses in Thailand they over-sell all the tickets so you could end up standing in the aisles for the entire trip? On our trip, there were about 10 extra people... really nice in the heat. And you won't be able to get a "tourist" bus in the low season.
Your best bet, if you have the cash, is to try to get a flight booked when you arrive in Phuket - just go to one of the ticket counters and see what they have. Shouldn't be more than about $100 I think. Flying to BKK and then down again to Samui will be more expensive, even on a budget airline. Plus, the airport in Phuket is quite far away from anything so it would be best for you if you can get something on your same day and just wait at the airport.
If you do end up staying in Phuket overnight, ask at the airport info counter for a place close to the airport - avoids 2 ways of 600 baht taxi drives. Places like Kata and Karon Beach are quite far relatively from the airport.
Bangkok Airways have 3 direct flights a day for under 100 oz dollars.
Bangkok Airways has one flight for sure every day and two or three other days such as weekends. The one daily flight is PG252 Departing Phuket at 9:20 AM arriving in Saumi at 11:10, price is 2,195 Thai baht. Songserm travel has joint bus - ferry transfers much cheaper from Phuket to Samui and available through all travel agents in Thailand.
Samui is a nice island. I went there last year. Have a good time Marcus.