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From Koh Tao to Koh Samui

Samui Island

Koh Tao to Koh Samui by Ferry or Speedboat: Travel Made Easy

Exploring Koh Samui from Koh Tao

Koh Samui, a jewel in the Gulf of Thailand, is renowned for its crystal clear waters, idyllic beaches, and lush tropical scenery. It's a haven for luxurious holiday makers and backpackers alike, offering a blend of modern 'island style' shopping malls, fancy jewellery shops, and vibrant local markets. From candle-lit dinners on picturesque beaches to adventurous night parties, and relaxing beach days, Koh Samui caters to every taste.

In contrast, Koh Tao offers a tranquil village life with minimal nightlife. While Samui is equipped for diving and snorkelling, it's recommended to indulge in these activities in Koh Tao and save time in Samui for partying, shopping, or sunbathing.

Ferry Services from Koh Tao to Koh Samui

Traversing the Gulf of Thailand, several operators provide ferries from Koh Tao to Koh Samui. The main ferry services include Lomprayah High Speed Ferries, Seatran Discovery, and Songserm, ensuring a comfortable journey from Koh Tao to Samui.

- Lomprayah High Speed Ferries: This operator offers a swift journey of about 1 hrs 30 mins from Mae Haad Pier on Koh Tao to Maenam on Samui. Ticket prices vary from 550 THB, with departures at 7:00 AM.

- Seatran Discovery: A slightly slower option, Seatran Discovery's journey takes about 1 hrs 30 mins, with tickets priced at 550 THB. Ferries leave Koh Tao at 7:00 AM.

Tip: For a comfortable trip, carry seasickness medication, especially when the sea is rough. Seatran Discovery is recommended over Lomprayah in choppy conditions, as it offers a steadier passage.

Getting Around Koh Samui

As a large island in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui offers diverse transportation options. Taxis (songthaews) are suitable for longer journeys or nights out, though they can be costly, ranging from 50 to 100 THB per person.

Alternatively, renting motorcycles or bicycles is a popular way to explore the island. While rentals are economical, tourists should exercise caution, especially on scooters. Typical rental rates are under 200 THB per day, with most shops requiring a passport as a standard practice in Thailand.

Where to Stay in Koh Samui

- Hat Chaweng: The epicenter of action, offering a variety of accommodations, with the northern beach area tending to be noisier.

- Hat Lamai: Known for its long stretch of white sand and abundant dining, bar, and shopping options.

- Crystal Bay: Famous for its clear waters and boulder-strewn bay, located between Chaweng and Lamai.

- Hat Bang Rak (Big Buddha Beach): Close to the airport, this area offers quieter beaches with white sands.

- Bo Phut: Notable for its boutique hotels in Fishermen’s Village, showing a strong Chinese cultural influence.

- Mae Nam: Ideal for families, known for its gentle sea.

- West Coast: While not preferred for beach activities, it offers stunning sunsets.

Tip: Don't limit yourself to one beach; explore various beaches in Samui to enjoy the island's diverse coastal landscapes.

Activities in Koh Samui

Beyond diving, snorkeling, and jungle trekking, Koh Samui offers unique attractions:

- Magic Alambic Rum Distillery: As Thailand's only rum distillery in Baan Bang Kao, it provides tastings of Caribbean-style rum (including coconut rum) for 600-700 THB per 700ml bottle.

- Paradise Park: A family-friendly large petting zoo, also serving as one of the island's best viewpoints.

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