Koh Samui is a beautiful island and is one of the top destinations in Thailand. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, this beautiful island boasts pristine beaches, lush forests, amazing views, and more to make your time here enjoyable. That said, the island’s infrastructure is also well-developed, contributing to its popularity.
If you want to travel to Koh Samui for your upcoming vacation, here are three ways you can do so from Bangkok:
1. Take the train
Taking a train and then riding a ferry to Koh Samui is one of the cheaper alternatives to reach your destination.
When traveling from Bangkok, you can choose which trains you want to hop into. If you want the most comfortable ride, we recommend that you opt for overnight trains that offer beds for you to sleep on. If you do want to use a train, you’ll need to go to Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok. The 12-hour ride will take you to Surat Thani, where you’ll need to hop off and head to the pier for a ferry that’ll take you another three hours. As you can see, the total travel time will be around 15 hours in total, meaning that you’ll be spending the entire day on the move.
If you have activities planned for the day, we highly recommend that you book an overnight train. That way, you’ll sleep through most of the travel time, and wake up when arriving in Surat Thani, ready for the ferry ride.
2. Ride the bus
An alternative to the train is to travel by bus. Rather than stopping you at the station, the bus will drop you directly at the Donsak Pier, which is where you’ll find the ferries that’ll bring you to Koh Samui. In terms of travel time, it’ll take just about as long as a train ride.
While you can opt for public buses to reach here, we recommend that you use a VIP bus with comfortable seats and air-conditioning. After all, your vacation starts when you travel, so why settle for less from the beginning? Just remember to buy a ticket that includes the bus ride and the ferry ride, so you don’t have to worry about buying a ferry ticket when you arrive. Plus, you will get to save a little bit of money when you do so.
3. Book a direct flight to Koh Samui
The easiest, quickest, yet most expensive way to get to Koh Samui is by plane. The island has a private airport (a testament to the island’s infrastructure) that is owned by Bangkok Airways, and they offer flight to and from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Samui Airport. Because these airlines lean towards the higher end of the spectrum, even the economy seats are going to be comfortable. As for the time, it’ll take you approximately one hour to reach your Koh Samui.
If you still want to travel by plane but are on a budget, you will have to travel by ferry for the last leg of your journey. Instead of flying to Samui Airport, you can fly to Surat Thani Airport instead. There, you can hitch a ride to Donsak Pier, where you can hop onto a ferry to Koh Samui. The ferry trip itself will take you approximately three hours, so keep that in mind just in case you have planned activities for that day.
If you are planning to travel to Koh Samui from Bangkok, you now know that you have three travel options, as mentioned above.
After all that traveling is done, you’ll want to land on a soft bed inside a boutique resort to culminate your holiday experience. Fortunately, we’re here for you! Located right next to the beach, you can enjoy the peaceful aura of the sun, sands, and sea. Do you want to enjoy a relaxing massage after a tiring trip, or enjoy local delicacies for your hungry stomach? Manathai Koh Samui offers both and even more!