TRAVEL TIPS

By Plane

With only one hour and a half from Bangkok, Ko Samui Airport (USM) was built by Bangkok Airways, which is still the main operator and was for a long time the only airline with services to Ko Samui from Bangkok, now they have been joined by Thai Airways operating some flights between Bangkok and Ko Samui as well. With nearly every half hour flight from 7 am to 10 pm daily from Bangkok.

Ground transportation from the airport is readily available. A seat in a minibus for the 20-minute ride to Chaweng or a taxi will cost 300-500 baht or more. Be sure to negotiate the price before you get into the taxi.

A cheaper but less convenient flying to Samui is by low-cost airlines which are Air Asia and Nok Air then connecting by road and then ferry. Or fly to Nakhonsithammarat by Nok Air then take a bus and catamaran boat by Lompayah.

By Train

There are train leaving Hua Lam Phong daily to Koh Samui, For more info, visit www.railway.co.th

By Boat

Most companies offer the combo tickets which include bus and ferry transfer. There are several major ferry services:

Raja Ferry

Departs Don Sak Pier from the mainland daily every hour from 5 am. Takes one and a half hour to reach.

Lomprayah

Offers a combined bus/high speed catamaran ferry service from Bangkok to Ko Samui which takes about 11 hours by bus from Bangkok to Chumphon, then it connects with the ferry, which calls at Ko Nang Yuan, Ko Tao and Ko Pha Ngan on its way to Ko Samui

Seatran

Operates 15 trips daily every hour like Raja but with better facilities.

Night Boat

Leaves Ban Don at 11 pm and reach Koh Samui 5 in the morning.

Getting around the island

Songthaews are converted pick up trucks which travel around the island. To stop one simply wave them down and then agree a fare with the driver. There is a fixed rate but as a tourist you are at the drivers mercy. As an indication the minimum fare is THB 40 up to THB 150. These are daytime rates and per person. In an evening rates are totally negotiable. Taxi in Samui is nothing like Bangkok . Taxi meter on Samui mostly do not operate the meters, you need to bargain and agree on a price prior to getting in. Rental car and motorbikes options are available through internationally known companies but is much more expensive then local operators.