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Bangkok to Ko Samui??

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1. Posted by tom_kirk (Budding Member 23 posts) 11y

Hey All....

Heading to Bangkok soon and i just wanted to know whats the best way to get to Ko Samui from Bangkok? is there a train/bus that i can get? and do you know how much it will cost?

also if anyones ever been to Ko Samui? what did you think of it?

Thanks a lot

Tom :)

2. Posted by cdntrvl (Full Member 50 posts) 11y

The easiest way is to fly, there are lots of flights daily from bkk. Other option is a train/bus/boat combo from bkk to surat thani. I stayed in north chawang beach. Chawaeng (I can't remember how to spell it) is the area most people head to. Its got good restaurants, good beach, and if nightlife is your thing then its the place to go outside of Patong in Phuket. I thought is was ok but as a diver I prefered kho tao.

3. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 11y

hey tom
we cheapest way is to take the bus. We did the journey a few weeks back but I can't remember how much it cost - not alot though.
We took the big vip bus from Khao San Rd at 6pm, made our way down to Surat Thani and then took the boat at about 3-4am.
We also stayed on Cheweng Beach and it's really lovely. Loads to do both day and night. But if your into diving then I would deffo recommend Koh Tao - it's beautiful.


4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

It looks like you can fly for about 2,000bt, train is also around 2,000bt for a overnight sleeper. The cheapest option is to take one of the tourist buses from KSR area. Overnight bus so you save one night's accom. If you choose bus/ferry on a tourist bus, please take care of your valuables. Many incidents of theft have been reported. The regular gov't bus leaves from the Southern BKK bus station. Costs more than the tourist bus, but is a better bus, better ride and less theft. Both arrive early enough for ferry connection.

Koh Samui is heavily visited, so expect crowds. The places I stayed at are now gone, so cannot help on where to stay. Check with your fellow travellers and get a feel for prices. Good Luck.

5. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

You can also get a VIP bus from Koh San Road to Chumporn, from there you take the high speed catamaran to Koh Samui. Costs about 850/900 baht.

6. Posted by bob345 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Quoting daveh

You can also get a VIP bus from Koh San Road to Chumporn, from there you take the high speed catamaran to Koh Samui. Costs about 850/900 baht.

I have read that there are some shady operators on KSR per Lonely Planet. How can you tell the good from the bad, and is it easy to book a high speed boat as opposed to a slow one?

7. Posted by rtw2005 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

We flew from Bangkok to Koh Samui - as stated you can get fares for around 2000 baht but overland travel is cheaper.

Koh Samui is a fun place - go to Koh Phangan too - the neigbouring party island.

I have a website with loads of pics from Thailand and around the world. If interested follow link to my site, then click on photos then Thailand.

If you stay in Chaweng in Koh Samui we found Al's Huts to be great value and good accommodation.

8. Posted by mahmud (Full Member 247 posts) 11y

I went from bangkon to Surathni by Train. It was nice journey. From Surathani took ferry to go Saumi. You can try this.

9. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 11y

I also did what mahmud did and got the overnight train to Surat Thani/bus/ferry combination. I went to Ko Pha Ngan but the ferry stopped off at Ko Samui before continuing on to Ko Pha Ngan. I think the train cost about 550 Baht (second class - the seats fold out into bunk beds) then the bus/ferry to Ko Samui was 150 Baht. It's all synchronised so that the train connects with the buses which then connect with the ferry (although I had to wait over an hour for the ferry).

I also did the same coming back. There were loads of shops in Hat Rin selling combination tickets for 800 Baht which was only 100 Baht commission and was a totally good deal, but you had to book up a few days in advance.

All in all it was a well organised trip and cheaper than a flight but probably not as convenient.

10. Posted by mahmud (Full Member 247 posts) 11y

My view is that, it is faster & easiest way to go by Air. But the actual travellers should avoid Air. Because in train, ferry, Bus journey you can watch the country much more than Air. I always try to avoid Air while go to only for travel.