How to Get to Koh Samui – Easy Transfer to Island Paradise

By Danny Lau

How to Get to Koh Samui – Easy Transfer to Island Paradise

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Getting to Koh Samui involves three steps: Surat Thani Airport to Donsak Pier on the Thai mainland, Donsak Pier to Lipa Noi Nier on Koh Samui, and Lipa Noi Pier to your hotel. Here’s a breakdown of each step.


As you exit the arrival hall at Surat Thai Airport, make your way to the Raja Ferry Port counter located on the right side, just behind Black Canyon Coffee. Prepare to show your e-ticket or printed ticket and make sure you keep it safe at hand as each transfer will require you to show your ticket again.

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Look out for the Raja Ferry Port counter on the other end of the airport

From there, you’ll be instructed to get onto one of the various buses that will take you to Donsak Pier. It is highly recommended that you pay attention once you’re seated when the bus conductor points at you and declares which stop you’re supposed to get off from. Before you get on the bus, I’d recommend going for a toilet break or getting some light food or water because there are no breaks in between.

If you’re heading to Koh Samui or Koh Phangan, then you’ll have to get off at stop no.1. The bus does not go all the way to Donsak Pier but a shuttle will take you there.

Bus and shuttle travel time: 1h 30m

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Take this shuttle once you get off the bus


Once you arrive at the pier, the shuttle driver will direct you to the respective ferries. But before you head to the ferry, make sure to go to the information counter to get your ferry ticket first. Look out for this sign.

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Check-in here to get your ferry ticket

Once you get on the ferry, you’ll definitely have the urge to get into the air-conditioned room, but I’d say start enjoying the sun now! You might be able to spot a pink dolphin, so make sure to keep your eyes open.

Ferry travel time: 1h 30m


After the ferry docks at Lipa Noi Pier, follow the crowd until you see the information centre. There will be an attendant there who will direct you to your respective shuttles. You will be dropped off according to the driver’s knowledge of the island, so depending on the location of your resort/hotel you may be dropped off first or last.

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The van will take you to paradise

Note: The driver might not be able to converse well in English, so make sure to get the attendant to explain to him the location of your resort before departing if the driver is not familiar with it.

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Once you arrive at Lipa Noi Pier look out for the attendants who will happily assist you

But once you’re here you can enjoy this.

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Getting some vitamin sea

And this…

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Clear blue water awaits you!

Plan your trip to Koh Samui with this in mind so you can maximise your time on the lovely beaches. I recommend this because there are only four AirAsia flights weekly to Surat Thani from Kuala Lumpur and travelling to the island can take up most of your time on the first day, while on the last day you’ll need to depart early to catch your flight home. So make sure you wait for the shuttle van at the appointed time.

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The van that’ll take you home

Additional Koh Samui information: The best way to get around the island is by motorbike where you can rent one for only THB250 for 24 hours. Do take note that it’s at your own risk, so better make sure you are competent on two wheels or else you’ll bring home a souvenir in the form of a “Samui tattoo”. If you have a large party, then go for a car instead. Rental ranges from THB800 to THB1000.

For more info, visit the AskAirAsia Island Transfer Service page.

GETTING THERE: AirAsia flies direct from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok to Surat Thani International Airport. Fly to Surat Thani from Kuala Lumpur every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For flight info and lowest fares, visit

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Danny Lau

Danny Lau has been traveling the world since he was two years old. His first overseas trip was to Disneyland, California and since then he has made it his life’s ambition to visit all the Disneylands around the world. He is also a heavy consumer of pop culture, and his conversations usually revolve around graphic novels, movies or music.

One response to How to Get to Koh Samui – Easy Transfer to Island Paradise

  1. Thank you. I’m planning tho go there this summer, and this really helps. How/when did you get the e ticket for the shuttle, etc?

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