hi there, can anyone advice on how to go from samui to pattaya other than flight? I dont kwow why is the airfare so expensive in internal route of thailand. it costs like 2000+ to fly for 45mins. anyone know how to go there by land? kindly advice, including the price and how long it will take, would be very much appreciated. thanks.
The easiest way is to book your return from one of the travel agents on Koh Samui. They will have a boat-bus combination to BKK. The backpack crowd use this option as it is cheaper and stops at Khao San Road in BKK. These all go overnight, was about 300bt.
Second otion is boat-train to BKK. Again overnight. The train option is more expensive and has less flexiblity. Book your seat several days before leaving Samui if you want a/c or sleeper berth, appox. 1,000bt.
Fan, hard seat appox. 500bt.
Third option is to take the ferry to Surat Thani, get local transport to the bus station and take the gov't bus to BKK. This is your best option, IMHO. The gov't buses are in better shape and there is less theft on this bus. The tourist buses that got to Khao San Road from Surat Thani have had numerous complaints of theft, appox. 500bt.
thanks alot mike! that really helps me out! & my frens too