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Bangkok to Ko Samui - Fly or By Land??

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1. Posted by andyccfc (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

how much is it to fly one way to Ko Samui from Bangkok? ive heard going by land is a bit of a pain as you have to get trains aswell as a ferry which takes ages, so flying, as long as its not to much would be best. gonna be goin around end of oct ish?

2. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

A return flight is about 5000baht. there are offers available. Bangkok air have a monopoly as they own the airport so don't bother looking elsewhere unless you want to land on the mainland at Surathani and still have to catch a ferry (hour and a half).
If you fly out of Samui there is an airport "fee" of about 400 baht.The flight takes about an hour. yuo can also fly from U'tapao Airport near's a little cheaper

3. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 10y

You definitely, definitely have to fly, I did it about a month ago and it was so easy and quick it's not funny, if you book a week or two before your flight you should be able to get a ticket for 2000 THB each way. Just go to

4. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

The flights to Surathani cost a lot less; about half that. Bkk Air was told to offer discounts on some of their flights...they are usually very early or on a quiet day.
Get ready for a wonderfully exicting landing at Samui airport....the runway is quite short and the prop planes come in quickly as they havwe a high stall speed...this means some very hrd braking is required on touch down! Don't worry though, it's all a normal part of the flight.

the airpot BTW is quite beautiful.

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

The decisions to fly/bus are usually decided on a cost/time ratio. Is my time worth more than the money? If your budget allow, then I would fly, just for the convience and photo ops from the air. However, there is a case to be made for overland. All the buses & trains are overnight to Surat Thani, then link up with the ferry over to Koh Samui. You can do this for around 500bt, plus you save 1 night accommodation. Spend your last day in BKK sightseeing, get your gear together in the late afternoon, eat and get on the bus for Samui. They stop for a meal and bathroom breaks. Arrive in the am and ferry ride over to Samui. Not that bad of a trip, esp. if you got some sleep on the bus.

My only caveat is to have your valuables locked and watched. There have been thefts on the overnight tourist buses heading for Samui. However you get there, I am sure you will love the island. Good Luck to you.

6. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

I have been told by many people that the overnight sleeper train journey to Surathani is really good, especially if you go st class and get a cabin to yourself.
Then transfer to the ferries.

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Of course, if you went by land you could stop off at a few other places on the way and see a bit more of the country as well as it being cheaper....

8. Posted by tom_kirk (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

You've gotta go on the night train i did it last year from bangkok to Surat Thani its really cheap and easy and you also get a comfy bed to sleep in, but the best part of the journey is that theres a disco cart on the train thats open into the early hours with a bar, it was definately the best journey i've ever taken and to top it off the barmaid (if i can call her that!) was a crazy transvestite called "stanley" oh good times lol :)

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

According to the latest southeast asia on a shoestring book, it costs 2400B to 3800B one way and 400B airport tax.