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Samui Island

Samui Speedboat & Ferry Travel to Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and Other Destinations

Samui Island Information

Samui Speedboat & Ferry Travel to Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and Other Destinations

Speedboat & Ferry travel is frequent and simple between Samui Island and mainland Surat Thani, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. The surrounding seascapes are incredible, with hundreds of tiny tree-lined rocky islands jutting out of the waters of the Gulf of Thailand. What a view, don't forget your camera and binoculars! Make sure you know which pier you are arriving to/departing from; Samui Island has three of them - Nathon Pier, Bangrak Pier and Maenam Pier. Each ferry carries an average of 200-300 intrepid sea explorers per trip in perfect comfort and safety - hey, some of the boats even offer massage services on board! Fortunately for our FerrySamui.com folks, all of the ferry operators are friendly and familiar with our customer service processes. Just be sure to arrive around 30 minutes before departure time with your printed E-ticket in hand, and the ferry staff will give you a destination sticker. It's that easy. The ferries themselves are safety checked on a regular basis by the Thai government, and you can be confident that they carry all of the onboard safety equipment too. FerrySamui.com makes random inspection checks on your behalf for your piece of mind. On your trip, you'll get the choice of sitting out on deck to catch the sunrays, or in comfortable seating inside where you can rest and catch up on your travel journal - hey, we'd love to hear about your experiences! Don't forget to check our speedboat & ferry Travel Tips so that you're well prepared. Bon voyage!

Koh Samui Information

The locals simply call it "Samui", the name drawing its roots from either the native "mui" tree or the Malay word "Saboey", (meaning "safe haven"). Samui is an island of great beauty and variety, and also highly accessible by sea, which we love of course! The popular beaches are well connected by a great 55km long road that circumnavigates the island; the dazzling shorelines laced with palm and fruit trees making for a delightful beach-seeking journey. 

Samui Island Eating Out

Eating Out

Thai cuisine is fantastic, particularly around Chaweng Beach and Lamai, though you can find awesome Thai food just about anywhere. As for international styles, Samui has just about everything from bakeries to beach bars, fast food to five star. You can eat up high on a hilltop or in a low-lying lagoon. You'll eat well in Samui!

Samui Island Samui History

Samui History

Inhabited since around 1,500 years ago by Malay and south China fishermen, Samui was first charted on a map in 1687 as "Pulo Cornam". With no cars till around the 1940's, Samui was all laid-back-island-living - just occasional handfuls of adventurous backpackers arriving on coconut boats. More awesome Samui beaches became accessible in 1973 as a road around the perimeter of Samui was built. Gradually, more tourists began to arrive via ferry, boat and plane, until now Samui is regarded as Thailand's second most popular island after Phuket. That's the popularity of Samui!

Samui Island Samui Beaches

Samui Beaches

Samui beaches are diverse and ever popular. Chaweng beach is the most renown and is a tourist haven with international hotels, restaurants and bars lining the very long beach promenade. When evening comes, Chaweng is Samui party central! Lamai Beach is more family friendly, with a nice golden sandy beach that sweeps up toward a rocky headland. It's sleepy by day but pretty active at night. Bang Rak Beach is close to the ferry port, Bang Rak Pier. It's a bit cheaper than Chaweng or Lamai, but all the necessary shops and eating places are nearby. Bo Phut Beach is a beautiful and still authentically traditional. Finally, Mae Nam Beach is stunning and recently received the accolade of Asia's 9th best beach!

Samui Island Getting Around Samui

Getting Around Samui

The public taxis are aplenty, and they run on meters mostly, although many of the drivers don't use them much. Negotiate your prices and if you're smart you'll not catch a cab too close to the beaches or main tourist areas - they'll be much less expensive. You can hire a motorcycle or a car on a daily rate and the roads are quite good so you'll be able to get around Samui nicely, covering more ground and getting to more places on the map. Make sure the vehicles carry insurance and bargain a bit to get a preferable price. If you're going to use a motorcycle, please be careful, wear your helmets at all times and don't drive when drunk. Be safe and enjoy yourself!

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