With its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, Koh Samet is a true paradise island. It is also the most convenient Thai island as it is the closest one to Bangkok. This post will discuss how to get from Bangkok to Koh Samet.
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You can travel from Bangkok to Koh Samet by taxi, bus or minibus, which will take you to the pier, and then by ferry or speedboat to the island.
As Koh Samet is only 220 kilometres (137 miles) away from Bangkok there is no need to fly and won’t get you there any quicker.
If you’re travelling to Koh Samet from Pattaya then check out my guide on how to get to Koh Samet from Pattaya.
Travel time: 5 – 6 hours.
Cost: Cheapest option will cost around 250 baht ($7.87). Note: if you opt for more expensive travel options (discussed below), this can be a lot more.
How To Get From Bangkok To Koh Samet:
- From Bangkok you need to get to the Nuan Thip Pier in Ban Phe (just outside of Rayong).
There are a few different ways to travel here, depending on how much you want to spend:
- This is the most comfortable option but will be the most expensive.
- It can be handy if you’re travelling with a large group (and potentially splitting the cost) or if you have a lot of luggage and don’t mind paying the price.
- It is also very convenient as the taxi can pick you up right from your hotel.
- The journey lasts 3 – 4 hours.
- You can catch buses from the Eastern Bus Terminal located 2 minutes from Ekamai BTS Station.
- The buses depart every 90 minutes until from 7am till 5pm.
- The ticket costs 155 baht ($4.88).
- The journey will take around 4 hours.
- The minivans also depart from Eastern Bus Terminal.
- They depart hourly from the terminal and cost 200 baht ($6.30) to 300 baht ($9.44) from 7am till 6pm.
- The journey will last around 4 hours.
- You can also get minivans from Khao San Road and Morchit Bus Terminal in Bangkok.
The drive takes between 3 – 4 hours depending on traffic.
Once you reach the Nuan Thip Pier in Ban Phe, you need to get over to the island. Please note there are a few other ferry points but Nuan Thip Pier is the most popular. There are 2 options:
- The ferry lasts 45 minutes. The ride can be quite rough in stormy or windy conditions. These don’t operate at night so if you’ll be arriving late then the speedboat will be your only option.
- Ferries always drop you off at Na Dan Pier on Koh Samet. The ferries depart once an hour from 7am till 6pm.
- The ticket costs 70 baht ($2.20). You may find that the ferries sometimes wait for a minimum number of people to get on (usually during low season). You can purchase the ticket either at the ticket counter or as you board the boat.
- This will get you there a lot faster (about half the time) however it costs more than the ferry. These operate 24 hours a day so it doesn’t matter what time you arrive however be aware that if you arrive at night they will cost significantly more.
- One advantage of the speedboats over the public ferries is that they can take you to anywhere of the island whereas the ferries only go to Na Dan Pier.
- The speedboats can cost between 200 baht ($6.30) to 500 baht ($15.74) if you share with others. A private speedboat could cost a lot more with quotes often being well over 1000 baht ($31.48).
The public ferries arrive at the main pier Na Dan Pier – you’ll know you’re there when you see a topless ogress rising out from the water!
This pier is at the north of the island. A single road runs from the north to the south of the island. Most hotels will be within walking distance from the pier (it’s around 10 minutes to the centre).
There are also taxis hanging around the pier so if your hotel is a bit further, they will take you there for between 50 baht ($1.57) to 200 baht ($6.30) depending on the distance.
For more information on getting around the island, read my guide on getting around Koh Samet.
Whilst there are many more famous and popular Thai island destinations, such as Koh Samui or Phuket, they are all very far from Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok, and a lot busier however Koh Samet is a tranquil paradise waiting to be discovered.
Check out this comparison of Koh Samui and Koh Samet if you’re still undecided.
For more information on Koh Samet, you can check out my ultimate guide.
Koh Samet is a charming island filled with pristine beaches and clear waters. Hopefully this post was helpful in giving you the options of getting from Bangkok to Koh Samet.