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Fly Bangkok to Koh Samui - How much & worth it?

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1. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 8y

Could someome please advise a rough cost to fly from Bangkok to Samui? And is it worth paying the extra over the 400Baht bus? I appreciate the travel time but is it worth it?

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Hello Paul:)

Personally I dont think Koh Samui is worth it. It is past its best. When I was there last year there was construction work going on everywhere. They were practically tearing up the whole island to build concrete hotels. It is no hippy paradise anymore.

Or do u mean is flying worth it. That depends on how well u can sleep on buses. If u take a night bus and sleep most of the way it is OK. And I loved the views from the boat on the way to the island.

Mel

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Paul,
BKK Air is going to charge you appox. $140 for a oneway flight. No, I don't think it is worth paying over a $100 more to avoid an overnight bus trip. Your best plan is to check out of your room, store your bags, and spend the day seeing the sights of BKK. Then get yourself over to Sai Tai Mai(Southern Bus Station) and book the bus to Surat Thani. They have combination bus-boat packages to Samui. It is more like 650 baht 1st class and 950bt for VIP, not 400bt. DO NOT take the tourist buses that leave from Khao San Road. They are cheaper and more convenient, but many visitors have lost their valuables to theft. Theft from the bins underneath and also from your day bag under your seat. You will get a better and safer ride going with the government bus sytem rather than the private tourist buses.

Send me a PM if you have specific questions.

4. Posted by boon1 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Hi Paul,

Im thingking off doing the same although I fly into Bangkok, Im panning on spending a coupel of days there to see the sights etc and then fly to Puhket and get a boat to Samui from there.

Can anyone advise wether this would be worth it or is the train the best bet...Ive heard some crazy stories regarding the bus and over night train - apparently it takes a very long time as well, I dont know I havent doen it yet Im jstu going by what I've heard...

Can any one advise?!

Thanks in advance

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Dan,
The problems that you have heard about are on the tourist buses from KSR. Stay off them. Ride the gov't bus that the Thais use. If you prefer the train, the sleeper class ticket is a bit more than the VIP bus. At least you have several options. Good Luck.

6. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 8y

Then again, I've done several buses from KSR to Krabi/Pha Ngan & back and haven't heard of anyone on my buses whose valuables went missing. DO make sure you lock your backpack before storing it, keep everything very close to you (ie bag strap round your leg or use bag as pilllow) etc. But, Samui? Na, you may as well go to Spain. There's not much culture in Samui, lots of European tourists on package deals, not much else. Beaches & bars aren't even that great. And, as Mel says, it's a bit of a building site. Pha Ngan has some nice, quiet beaches and if you're up for it, there's the infamous full moon party there too! Ko Tao is also great, especially if you dive.

7. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

I would take the overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thani. The ticket costs about 500 Baht for a second class ticket in a fan carriage (plus an extra 50 Baht if you want a bottom bunk) and you get to sleep in a bed rather than a seat like on the bus. Also, I've never had anything stolen when I've taken the train, but I met some Norwegian girls who had a canny bit of cash stolen when they were travelling by coach.

The journey to Koh Samui by train involves a few stages but it's pretty straight forward. Once at Surat Thani you'll be met by loads of touts selling tickets for either the Songserm ferry (from Surat Thani) or for the ferry that goes from Don Sak. Both cost about the same (I think it's about 300 Baht) but personally I prefer the Don Sak option as this ferry has loads more room and the seats are a lot more comfortable. Each ticket includes a coach transfer from Surat Thani train station to the ferry port. The coach journey to the Songserm ferry takes about half an hour and the coach journey to Don Sak ferry takes about an hour and a half, but the ferry journey is quicker from Don Sak so the overall journey time is about the same.