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How to Get from Koh Lanta to Koh Samui And Vice Versa in Utmost Convenience


Getting from Koh Lanta and Koh Samui and vice versa is not a short journey, as the distance between the pair is 232 km, yet it’s certainly worth it.Skim through as we are guiding you through the best and most convenient ways to roam between the two!

From Koh Lanta to Koh Samui

There is no direct way to roam between the two islands; as you get to choose between multiple options depends on your budget, time, and flexibility. So, let’s cut to the chase!

It takes approximately 8 hours and 30 minutes to get from Koh Lanta to Koh Samui, including transfers. There are various combo ways to get from Koh Lanta to Koh Samui including bus/minivan, ferry, taxi, and flights.

From Koh Lanta to Koh Samui by Flight

This is certainly the quickest way to jump between Koh Lanta and Koh Samui.

This option takes approximately 4 hours and 48 minutes.

First, you will take a ferry from Saladan Pier-Koh Lanta to Rassada Pier-Phuket, then you will take an eight minutes taxi ride to Sino Inn Phuket Hotel. From there, take the bus to Phuket Airport, and from there a flight straight to Koh Samui. Here's the official Phuket Airport Bus website

From Rassada Pier, the nearest point to take the Airport Bus is Seng Ho Bookstore or the old Phuket Bus Terminal. Check the bus timetable here However, you will need to check what time the ferry arrives and what time the bus leaves.

From Rassada Pier to Phuket Airport, you can also take a taxi or a shared minivan. We provide this route and plenty of other land transfers here.

From Koh Lanta to Koh Samui Overland

The overland option is the cheapest and most convenient way if you’re flexible with the journey duration and prefer taking the scenic route!

In Ferrysamui, we provide a daily trip from Koh Lanta to Samui combining a minivan/bus transfer and a ferry. And this is how it goes:

First, you will take the bus/minivan from Koh Lanta Island, have a stop in Krabi, and then finally arrive at Donsak Pier. The time estimation for this trip is about 7 hours.

Following, you will take the ferry straight from Donsak Pier to Koh Samui, which will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The total duration is 8:30 hours from 08:00-16:30.

From Koh Samui to Koh Lanta

There are also multiple ways to cross the route back between Samui and Lanta including pretty much the same options.

From Koh Samui to Koh Lanta by Flight

A daily direct flight from Koh Samui to Krabi Airport is provided by Bangkok Airways and takes about 1 hour.

Afterward, you may hop into an Express speedboat from Krabi Airport to Koh Lanta or book a private minivan transfer onto Koh Lanta.

One more option is taking a 45 minutes bus from Krabi Airport to Ao Nang (It operates every 4 hours), then take the ferry from Ao Nang Pier to Railay Beach then from there to Koh Lanta.

From Koh Samui to Koh Lanta Overland

We currently provide five different trips from Samui to Lanta as follows:

» The first trip takes off at 07:30 and lands Koh Lanta at 17:00.
It starts with a bus/minivan trip from Koh Samui Bus Terminal to Nathon Pier, which takes around 30 minutes.
Then there comes the ferry part from Nathon Pier to Donsak Pier, with a duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Last but not least, the bus/minivan from Donsak Pier to Saladan Pier in Koh Lanta, with a duration of 7 hours and 30 minutes.
The second one departs at 8:00 and arrives at 15:30 with a total duration of 7 hours and 30 minutes
First, there is the ferry trip from Samui Island to Donsak Pier with about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Following, a bus trip from Donsak Pier to Krabi (4 hours waiting time and stops are included)
Then finally, a minivan will take you from Krabi to Koh Lanta Island in 2 hours.

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» We have another trip that also departs at 8:00 through Tapee Pier with a total duration of 8 hours and 30 minutes.
First, there is the ferry from Samui Island to Tapee Pier, which takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes
Then, the bus will move from Tapee Pier to Krabi Town with a total of 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Afterward, there is a direct minivan trip between Krabi Town and Lanta Island, which takes 3 hours and 30 minutes.

» The fourth trip takes 8 hours and starts off with a high-speed ferry from Koh Samui Island to Donsak Pier in 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Following a 4 hours and 30 minutes bus trip from Donsak Pier to Krabi Town (including waiting time at Donsak Pier).
And the trip ends with a minivan journey from Krabi Town to Koh Lanta Island, which takes two hours.

» The last trip of the day takes off at 11:30 and arrives at Lanta at 20:00 with a total duration of 8:30 hours.
The High-Speed Ferry departs from Koh Samui Island at 11:30 and arrives at Donsak Pier in 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Following a bus ride from Donsak Pier to Krabi Town in 3 hours and 30 minutes (including waiting time at Donsak Pier).
Afterward, a minivan will move from Krabi Town to Koh Lanta Island with a total duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes.

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Since now you know how to get from Koh Lanta to Koh Samui and vice versa; it’s time for some exciting highlights!

The Best of Koh Lanta

The Long Beaches

Lanta is certainly the home to some of the most marvelous long sandy beaches that come right to the top of the list! The biggest or in this case, the longest beaches of Koh Lanta are Pra Ae (Long Beach), Klong Nin, Klong Dao, and Klong Khong in addition to several beautiful secluded beaches that deserve a visit including Klong Chak, Bakantiang, Nui Bay, and Bamboo Beach.

Mu Koh Lanta National Park

It stretches far out into the Andaman Sea and hosts multiple nearby islands, including the aforementioned Ko Haa. After following a 2 km-long trail into the jungle; you will arrive at the twin beaches on either side of a cliff. Climb to the top to reach the old lighthouse and gaze at some incredible panoramic views.

Scuba Diving

We can definitely say that a couple of the best diving spots in Thailand are situated a short boat trip away from Lanta.

For advanced divers; Hin Muang (Purple Rock) and Daeng (Red Rock) which hosts more than 200 corals and 100 different kinds of reef fish.

For beginners; Koh Haa sets the ideal diving experience with stunning coral, manta rays, turtles, barracuda, and whale sharks that you can swim along!

Go Yoga

If you’re looking for soaking in a meditation experience; Lanta has exactly what you need! This island is considered among the top yoga destinations in the country with peace and yogis everywhere.

There are different yoga classes including one-day yoga beach classes or multiple days’ retreats.

Koh Lanta Chill Beach Parties

Koh Lanta has classier beach parties with great music and a magical chilling atmosphere. The best would be; The Chill Tuesday beach party at Pangea Beach Bar, The Fireshow at The Latter, as well as Freedom Bar.

Rent a Scooter

Due to its wide, calm, and navigable roads; Koh Lanta makes an ideal place for scooter adventure seekers. Don’t forget to get insurance, just in case. Always wear your helmet, and keep your international driving permit and license in handy.

A Boat Trip to Emerald Cave

This is one hell of an experience; as you will get to swim across a dark cave for about 6-10 minutes to cross to the other side where there is marvelous beach crowned with sparkling emerald water.

To complete the escapade; you may take a long tail boat or a speedboat to a few of the gorgeous snorkeling spots around and witness some beautiful creatures!

Ramble on the Tasty Seafood

Famous for its talented fishermen; it’s no coincidence that one of the tastiest seafood you will ever come across is here. The cherry on top is that some of the restaurants display the catch of the day; which means freshness and a mouth-watering taste are guaranteed.

A top tip: Baan Saladan Town located just north of the ferry pier, hosts plenty of great restaurants that offer the best and cheapest seafood on the island.

Attend a Local Event

Lanta hosts a couple of interesting events throughout the year that are certainly amusing; the best of them would be Laanta Lanta Festival, which takes place in March and lasts for three continuous days.

Set inside the authentic Old Town of Lanta Island (which is also a magnificent place to visit), the festival is a rich celebration of the tranquil diversity among the island's people.

The festival offers musical performances, sports competitions, folk games, and appetizing Southern Thai food.

The Best of Koh Samui

Take a Trip to Angthong Marine Park

From Samui Island; you can board on a big boat tour that will take you on a full-day excursion where you can go kayaking along the coastline, snorkel at Wua Talap and gaze at the beautiful view of Emerald Lagoon after hiking the top of Mae Koh. And definitely do not drop to grab your camera!

Visit Big Buddha

This is the most famous landmark on Koh Samui; the 12 meters seated Buddha is the first thing you will see when you fly into Samui. It is situated on a tiny island off the corner of the island in Wat Phra Yai temple. The statue is made of gold and taking the Mara position; as it resembles the time when Buddha was standing still in front of the temptations that came upon him.

The High Spirits Beaches

Although Koh Samui has its pack of amusing activities, let’s be honest people probably hop to the island for a quality chill-out time at the beach. Fortunately, you’ve got various preferences for sand and sun on this interesting Thai island.

Chaweng is definitely the most overcrowded beach in Samui and still, it’s one of the most beautiful ones. You may rent a lounge or umbrella, order a refreshing cocktail, and have a blast!

Lamai comes second on the list, with lots of chilling spots and places to drink and eat. Lamai is an amazing spot for swimming, given that the water is visibly clear and peaceful.

Although these are considered the largest and most popular beaches on the island, there are other plentiful nice sandy beaches in Samui including Lipa Noi, Big Buddha Beach, and Bang Por.

Watersports Galore

Watersports go on top of the list of common things to do in Koh Samui. You can try snorkeling, scuba diving, jet-skiing, sailing, kayaking, kiteboarding and many more.

The water here is very warm and crystal clear, with a visibility degree ranging from 3-30 meters. This fact makes Koh Samui an ideal place to be scuba-certified.

This is not all, you may also rent SUPs or kayaks for a paddle, or you can go for jet-skis if you’re up to a more doze of speed. Moreover, cruises are quite popular in Koh Samui too, especially for watching the sunset.

The Secret Buddha Garden

This magnificent land is owned by Nim Thongsuk and his family; who started placing numerous statues all over the land back in 1976. The entire place is in a state of peace as it’s surrounded by lush forests, has a waterfall, and hidden away in the center of the island. And yes, it is really as magical as it sounds.

Take a Hike

Koh Samui has got many great hiking opportunities. Although the coastline is set to be for tourism, many islands remain untouched.

Samui Island has got countless preferences for hikes. Starting from beginner level and very short routes leading to waterfalls to strenuous and steep hikes up to very interesting viewpoints. You can check out Maenam Viewpoint or Nathon Mountain Ridge Trail.

The ideal time for a hiking adventure is in the early morning or late in the afternoon; that’s because Koh Samui is quite hot and humid.

Visiting Fishermen’s Village

Taking some time to visit The Bophut fishing village is a wise choice. It’s a great place to invest some free time walking here and there, having something to eat, and doing some shopping.

You’ll find authentic wooden homes that were built by Chinese immigrants in the nineteenth century. Although a large number of fishermen have already moved to different segments on the island, their fresh catch is still consistently brought to the restaurants.

For that being said; the crème de la crème seafood in Koh Samui is in the Fishermen’s Village restaurants.

Explore Nathon Town

If you’ve gone to Koh Samui with a ferry from Surat Thani, your entry point will be Nathon Town. The place where lots of locals call home. Additionally, it is known to be the administrative and commercial center of the island.

Many tourists miss out on Koh Samui’s main town, however, it is absolutely worth spending some time exploring. The town offers various tasty local food, colorful Chinese shophouses, and stunning sunset views.

Go On an ATV Tour

If you think of having some adrenaline junkies, an ATV tour is surely one of the most preferable things to do in Koh Samui. You’ll have an interesting ride through the jungle checking out such amazing waterfalls and viewpoints.

There are lots of different options for ATV tours in Koh Samui. Some of them are as quick as one hour, while others last for half a day.

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