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Samui Ferry Piers

Getting to and around Koh Samui by Ferry

Arriving at one of Samui’s ferry piers offer a pleasant alternative to the airport to get to the island. If you travel by car around southern Thailand, you can get to Samui by ferry which offers an economical way to get there. Travelling by ferry to Samui from the main pier on the mainland – Donsak - takes roughly two hours. The cruise is usually tranquil, and has a strong holiday feel.

The island of Samui has four ferry piers. Each of them has different connections to the continent and to the largest islands close to Samui; namely, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Nathon is the main port of arrival and departure by ferry in Samui. Lipa Noi Pier is of a smaller size and is connected to Donsak Pier, just south of Suratthani on the continent. Bangrak Pier is situated to the northwest of Samui, and is the main port connected to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Last but not least, Maenam Pier has ferries to get to the two islands aforementioned, and to Suratthani.

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Nathon Pier

Situated on the west coast of Koh Samui, Nathon is the capital town of the island. It may not look obvious at first sight as Nathon has been somehow outdistanced by the resort towns of Chaweng and Lamai since the advent of tourism in Samui. It somehow offered Nathon to keep a quaint vintage atmosphere. The Read More...

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Lipa Noi Pier

Located just north of Taling Ngam on Samui west coast, Lipa Noi Pier is also known as Raja Ferry Pier, the name of the company that operates the ferries from this pier. There’s a ferry departure to Donsak Pier on the mainland every hour between 05:00 and 18:00. The location of Lipa Noi Pier is slightly off the Ring Road, which makes it less easy to get to. Taxis are usually more expensive fro and to this pier.

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Bangrak Pier

Bangrak Pier is also known as Big Buddha Pier, due to its location just south of Koh Fan, the small island on which is built Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha Temple). Recently upgraded with the addition of a couple restaurants and bakery shops, as well as a sound system playing music and announcing ferry departures, Bangrak Pier has the advantage to be the closest port from Chaweng Beach and from Samui Airport. From Bangrak Pier, you can get to Donsak Pier on the mainland, and to Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. Note that there’s a daily scheduled transfer from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak by bus, then by ferry to Bangrak Pier.

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Maenam Pier

Maenam Pier is known under two other names: Pralarn Pier and Lomprayah Ferry Pier, the name of the company that operates ferries from this pier. It’s located toward the western end of the tranquil Maenam Beach. It features an open-sided restaurant overlooking the sea, with Koh Phangan in the background. Maenam Pier serves Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Donsak Pier, and Chumphon. Two ferries for each of these destinations are scheduled every day at 08:00 and 12:30.

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