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How to get from Bangkok to Koh Samet
Traveling from Bangkok to Koh Samet by Bus
Duration: approximately 3,5 hour
Price: 157 baht (including snack and a bottle of water)
Timetable: First bus leaves at 05:00 and the last at 20:30 (May 2012)
The bus from Bangkok to Koh Samet leaves every hour from the Eastern Bus terminal (Ekkamai). You need to take the bus to Ban Phe which will drop you directly at the Nuanthip Pier from where you can take the ferry to Koh Samet. The buses are operated by Cherdchai tours and are comfortable and cheap.
(The bus from Bangkok to Koh Samet)
You can also take the bus from the Northern bus station in Bangkok, but there are no direct buses to Ban Phe. You need to take a bus to Rayong from where you then can take a Songthaew for about 20 baht to Ban Phe.
Traveling from Bangkok to Koh Samet by Minivan
Duration: approximately 3 hours
Price: 250 baht
Minibuses to Ban Phe can be arranged at Victory Monument in Bangkok. The minivans drive you straight to the Taruephe pier in Ban Phe from where you can take the ferry to Koh Samet. The minivans drive faster, but also make stops, so the time to travel is almost the same as with the bus.
Traveling from Bangkok to Koh Samet by Taxi
Duration: approximately 2 hours
Price: 1900 baht
If you are in a hurry or just want to travel comfortable taxies can be arranged that drive you straight from Bangkok to the pier at Ban Phe. If you have good negotiation skills it should cost about 2000 baht.
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The Ferry from Ban Phe to Koh Samet
The ferry times are flexible as it depends a bit how many people will go to Koh Samet but basically ferries cross every hour. Return tickets to the Nadan Pier cost 100 baht and to Wong Duan pier 120 baht. The ferry to the Nadan pier takes about 35 minutes and to Wong Duan 45 minutes. Speed boats can also be arranged for about 2500 baht for a return ticket.
If you are not sure where you will stay on the island we recommend to buy a one way ticket so you can head back to Ban Phe from another pier close to your hotel.
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(Last update May 2013)
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