How to Travel from Bangkok to Koh Samui: A Short Guide to Your Journey”
Koh Samui is a tropical paradise located in the Gulf of Thailand, known for its stunning beaches, lush jungles, and lively nightlife. If you’re in Bangkok and want to experience this island for yourself, here’s a guide on how to go to Koh Samui from Bangkok.
The longest but arguably the best option: Take the bus and ferry: what most people find to be the best (and cheapest) option is to take a bus from Bangkok to Surat Thani, which is the main city on the mainland closest to Koh Samui. From Surat Thani you will be taken to Don Sak pier where you can get the ferry to Koh Samui. This journey can take around 12-12 and a half hours in total, including the bus and ferry ride but is definitely the best way to go if you haven’t seen the real Thailand.
The ferry ride from Surat Thani to Koh Samui takes approximately 1.5-2 hours. There are two main companies that operate ferries between the mainland and Koh Samui which are “Raja Ferry” and “Sea Tran Ferry”, both with frequent daily departures. Your always best off booking your ferry tickets in advance to ensure a smooth and convenient journey.
You get to see so much of the country and it’s stunning landscapes, not to mention the countless Temples and huge Buddha statues you will pass by along the way. It takes longer than flying obviously but it is much cheaper and definitely worth it to see the country – plus you can always stop off in one of the many towns on the way.
Rent a car: Renting a car in Bangkok and driving to Surat Thani is also a great option if you want to explore more of Thailand along the way.
The faster option is to fly: The quickest way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Samui is by plane. Direct flights from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Samui Airport take approximately 1 hour. Airlines such as Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, and AirAsia offer cheap flights to Koh Samui multiple times a day. If your afraid of flying at least you always have option one and two.
In conclusion, traveling from Bangkok to Koh Samui can be slow but amazing or fast if your more of a “click your fingers and arrive there” type of person. Either way, hopefully you’ll be on your way to the beautiful tropical paradise in no time!
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