You are done exploring the City of Angels; you have seen it all and now you want to depart to a tropical destination, where you can enjoy some beach time, swim in turquoise or emerald waters and have a blast.
Koh Samui is the answer, and today you are going to discover how to get there from Bangkok.
We are going to cover every single detail, worry not. This guide comes to you thanks to Boutique Yachting, and we are more than happy to have you in the island. We are confident that you will love it!
Flying to the Tropical Paradise:
By far, the best way to go from Bangkok to Samui is by taking a flight. Worry not, because if you book early enough, it will not be expensive at all. You will get an excellent deal, and the amount of time you will save will be totally worth it. In addition, it is a lot more comfortable than traveling by bus or ferry.
If you want to browse the best offers available right now, then you should use Skyscanner. We recommend you to book with Bangkok Airlines, because they have 19 flights per day going to Bangkok, and if you book in advance, it will cost you less than $300 USD (2-way ticket).
The flight barely takes one hour, so it is a no brainer. You will not have to waste any time and you will travel comfortably. You will arrive to this beautiful island very fast, so you can continue your adventure.
Again, it is very important to book in advance, especially if you plan to visit Koh Samui during the high season, because the prices can increase a lot. If you want to find a good deal, then book with plenty of time ahead.
Even though the prices are not very high, in some cases, it will be still too much for some travelers. If that is your case, worry not, because you have other more affordable ways to arrive to this tropical paradise.
Koh Samui by Train – The Second Best Option:
If you want to save money and a flight is out of question, then the second best way to go from Bangkok to Koh Samui is by train.
Surprisingly not, Thailand has one of the most advanced meter-gauge rail systems in the world, something that can turn the country into an authentic Asean transportation hub. It is very efficient, and therefore, an excellent way for discovering the country.
All you need to do is to take a train ride from Bangkok to Surat Thani. Worry not, because the trains are air-conditioned and pretty comfortable, and in our opinion (and according to many other travelers), it is much better than traveling by bus.
All you need is an overnight ride to Surat Thani, from where you can take a ferry to Koh Samui. A 1st class ticket with A/C sleeper will cost you between $50 to $55 USD if you buy online, but if you buy at the station, then you can get it for $41 to $48 USD.
If you want to save money big time, and are okay with the idea of sacrificing some comfort, then you can get a 2nd class ticket with fan sleeper for barely $23 USD online or $16 USD at the station.
One you are in Surat Thani you will have to take a ferry, something you can from the train station. In many cases, it will barely cost you $9 to $10 USD, a really good deal.
As you can see, you will save money big time. Sure, it will take more time, but if you want to keep your trip as cheap as possible, then it will be worth it.
A plane ticket to Samui will cost you between $250 to $300 USD, whereas taking a train + ferry will cost you between $25 USD (2nd class) to $64 USD (1st class). A lot of money you can put to better use.
However, traveling by train and ferry is a great chance for discovering more about Thailand. If you want to explore more and get more in touch with everything this fabulous country has to offer you, then you should consider this option.
Let’s Travel by Bus:
Now, if you want to keep it as cheap as possible, then a combo of bus + ferry is all you need. It won’t be as fancy as taking a flight or a train ride, but if you want to save money, then this is for you.
You need to buy a combo ticket to make things easier. The typical price for a bus ride from Bangkok to Surat Thani and a ferry to Koh Samui will usually cost you between $23 to $43 USD. You need to compare prices in order to find a good deal, and as always, we recommend you to do this in advance.
The bus ride will usually take you 12 hours and the ferry from Surat Thani to Koh Samui approximately 6 hours. You are going to travel for 18 hours, so take that into account. Also, consider that in many cases you will take an overnight ferry, which even though will provide you a place to sleep, it will not be very comfortable.
Even though it is cheap, we still recommend you to travel by train if you cannot afford a plane ticket. It will take less time and it will be a lot more comfortable, however, it is up to you.
That’s all. Now you know how to get to Koh Samui through different ways, and it is up to you to choose which one to use based on your budget and preference.
If you have any question or doubt, feel free to comment it below. We will be more than happy to help you, so you can arrive safely to Koh Samui and have a blast in this amazing island!