What's the cheapest way? Thank you from Canada.
Also, is it safe to be in Bangkok at the moment? I've read a few things saying it was unsafe.
The cheapest way would be to take the train from Bangkok to Surat Thani (about $50 USD for the most expensive seat but they go down to about $20 for cheaper seats), then take the ferry from there to Koh Samui.
Note that the train trip is about 12 hours, plus a bus from the train to the ferry and the ferry ride itself, all in all probably take you about a day to make the trip.
The alternative would be to fly from Bangkok to Ko Samui (they run direct flights all the time, rates vary depending on when you go), more expensive but MUCH faster.
If you wanted to do it the cheapest way, your best bet would be to get on a sleeper bus to Surat Thani which takes about 11 hours, it's real cheap!
Next you pay around 800 baht and hop on a ferry from Tha Thong Pier in Surat Thani and you're there!
The other option would be doing it by either plane or train. but I gave you the cheapest option as thats what you asked for :)
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The cheapest way is to catch a public bus to Surat Thani and then a ferry to Koh Samui. You can get the public bus from the Southern Bus Station in Bangkok, known as Sai Tai Mai Bus Station, and you can buy tickets at the bus station. Another option is to catch a train from Hua Lamphong Railway train station to Surat Thani and then a ferry. There are a number of train options including overnight which will change your price.
Here is some good information about your options: http://www.travelfish.org/feature/57
As for safety at the moment I hope it is because I will be back there in 3 weeks! There have been protests in recent times regarding elections but it appears they are somewhat isolated at the momnt and shouldn't cause trouble otherwise. You can read more here:
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Hi Anita, the cheapest way is per nightbus from northern bus terminal or direct from one of the travel-agencies around Khao San Road or Soi Rambuttri. You should check the Lomprayah office at the Khao San. Prices are around 800-1200 depending to the offices.
About the safety, it depends where do you stay. Are you around Khao San you will see nothing of any demonstration. But dont worry, also the inner city isnt unsafe. Regards from Germany
Agree about flying being the most convenient. However, it is very expensive to fly out of Samui as only two companies operate out of Samui (thai and Bangkok airways). Both are not low cost airline. An option would be to take a ferry to Surat Thani and take low cost airline out of there. Try Nok and air Asia. If prices and time are the same, always pick Nok. Bus is cheap but not the fastest or safest. They drive like maniacs down south.
Don't miss Bangkok by any mean. It is definitely worthwhile visiting. Plenty of amazing places to eat, visit, shop. Try to be in Bangkok during the weekend so u could go to jatujak weekend market. Oh, and don't believe hearsay. It is totally safe to visit now. I live here and I know.
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This isn't the cheapest, but it's the most time efficient and not exorbitantly more than the cheapest option -- unless you have a day to spare, I highly recommend flying over taking a train. Taking a train from Bangkok to Surat Thani, though adventurous with a lot of sightseeing on the train, is a whole day affair. Instead, look up flights. When I flew Air Asia two years ago at the beginning of the summer, it was $150 round trip and well worth it. From Surat Thani, you can easily ferry over to Koh Samui.
Be sure to check ferry schedules as I remember there only being a few rides a day. Also be warned that if you travel during a Full Moon Party (a monthly party that happens on neighboring island Koh Phangan towards the beginning of each month), you'll be in the company of many partying European college students on the ferry and the plane :P
Flying is quickest and a lot more comfortable otherwise, you can take a night bus for 8 hours to a ferry port down south and catch the ferry for another few hours. Sorry I can't remember any names of company's
Not sure if I'm too late with a response (sorry if I am!) but we found the bus/ferry ticket combination that you can book with Lomprayah (http://www.lomprayah.com/) to be a good/cheap option! We didn't get off at Koh Samui but the route to Koh Phangan stops here first so you can find out more information about the journey on our website at:
Hope this helps!
When I was there as a backpacker you could arrange transportation at any of the booking agents along Khao San Road in Bangkok. There are VIP busses which have fully reeling seats or you can take the train. The bus worked well for me. The agent will also sort out the boat ride to Koh Samui. Not sure of the cost difference.
There are 2-3 ways.
One is low cost airline...they landed at mainland airport of Surat Thani, then taking bus to the pier and take ferry to Koh Samui. Check Air Asia and Nok Air website. Both airlines providing combo transportation from the airport to the island. This way needs many types of transportation.
For promotion or cheapest fares you have to book in advance for a long period.
Two is Sombat tour bus. You can go to Sombat Tour bus terminal on Vipavadi Rd. or the Southern Bus terminal. Check the website. PS. they provide air con bus with personal TV.
Three is tourist bus at Khao San Road. Many agents there selling cheper bus tickets to Koh Samui but more seats and less comfort than Sombat Tour's.
The most expensive is direct flight by Bangkok Airway.
We took a direct flight this summer on Bangkok Air. Super easy and pretty inexpensive.