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.