Ban Phe, Ferry Ports for Koh Samet Island

Ban Phe, the pier for boats to Koh Samet, is under three hours drive from Bangkok, so the island is very popular with both Thai and Western tourists. It offers all the essential elements that make up a fun-filled holiday. Stunning blue seas, idyllic white sand beaches and a wide range of activities on both land and water.  The island caters to diverse groups of tourists and offers a wide range of accommodation from beachfront bungalows to five star hideaway resorts.

If you want a break from city life in Pattaya and Bangkok, and islands such as Koh Chang, Koh Kood or Koh Mak are too far for a short break, then Koh Samet is well worth visiting.

On this site you’ll find all the information you need regarding getting to Ban Phe and boat services to Koh Samet.

Map of Ban Phe, showing the ferry piers to Koh Samet

Ban Phe to Koh Samet Boat Schedules

Please note that boat timings depend on which beach you are staying on and are also on ‘Thai time’ so may vary by 20 minutes or more.  The weather and number of passengers may also affect when the boat departs.

Koh Samed Khokaew Phitsadan Fast Ferry

In late 2017 a new, high speed ‘Khokaew Phitsadan’ catamaran service was launched between Ban Phe and Koh Samet.  This combines the speed of a speedboat, just a 10 minute journey, with the safety of a large, modern boat.  Unless price is a serious issue, then this boat service is currently the best way to get to the island.  There are regular sailings throughout the day from early morning to late afternoon.

Ticket price is 150 Baht per person one way.  The ticket office is located roadside opposite the police station near Tarua Phe pier.

The Khokaew Phitsadan High Speed Ferry to Koh Samed

Timetable For High Speed Ferry to Koh Samet

Journey Departure time
Ban Phe to Na Dan pier  07:30, 09:15, 11:35, 12:35*, 14:45, 17:00
Na Dan pier to Ban Phe 08:15, 10:15, 12:15, 13:15*, 15:30, 17:30

* = Saturday / Sunday only

Book the Khokaew Phitsadan ferry direct:

Via Facebook

Tel: 095 -950 3202


Timetable For Wooden Passenger Boats to Koh Samet

Journey Outward Return
Ban Phe to Na Dan pier  07:00 – 18:00 (Hourly) 07:00 – 18:00 (Hourly)
Ban Phe to Ao Wong Duan 09:30, 13:30 08:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:30
Ban Phe to Ao Wai 11:00, 12:00 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00
Ban Phe to Ao Kui 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30

Timetable For Speedboats to Koh Samet

Ban Phe to Koh Samet ( all beaches ) 09:00, 10:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00

Ticket Prices for Boats to Koh Samet

As mentioned above, tickets can be bought as a single or return.  It saves a bit of time when you are on the island if you buy a return ticket, but you don’t save any money.   The boat companies charge the same prices:

Ban Phe – Koh Samet by Wooden Boat

To / From Ban Phe One Way Return
Na Dan Pier 50 Baht 100 Baht
Ao Wong Duan 70 Baht 140 Baht
Ao Wai 100 Baht 200 Baht
Ao Kui 100 Baht 200 Baht

Ban Phe – Koh Samet by Speedboat

Hat Sai Kaew 200 Baht 400 Baht
Ao Wong Duan 300 Baht 600 Baht
Ao Wai 400 Baht 800 Baht
Ao Kui 500 Baht 1,000 Baht

Private Boats From Koh Samet Resorts

Private speedboat form Samed Villa

Several of the better resorts run free boat services for guests.  Boats usually run 3-4 times per day in each direction.  If you are arriving outside those times then you will have to take a public boat to the island.  But it makes travel much easier if you can use your resort’s own service.

Samed Resorts Group

Based at Ao Prao pier ( formerly known as Sri Ban Phe pier ) .  Take this boat if you are staying at:  Paradee Resort, Le Vimarn Cottages, Ao Prao Resort, Saikaew Beach Resort, Samed Club or Ban Ploy Sea Resort.

Lima Resorts

Based at Chok Kritsada pier.  Take this boat if you are staying at:  Lima Bella, Lima Coco or Lima Duva Resort

Vongdeuan Resort

Based at Municipality Pier. Take this boat if you are staying at Vongdeuan Resort

Private Speedboat Charter

This is the quickest way of  getting to Koh Samet. There are several companies and the speedboats run 24 hours  / day.  Note that night time sailings are more expensive then daytime. Figure on around 2,000 Baht to hire a private speedboat to take you from Ban Phe to Koh Samet during daylight hours.  Check tour agents in the village or around Municipality pier if you arrive late night and want to get to the island in a hurry.

White Shark Speedboats Tel: 038 653 181 or  081 781 4803 or 081 857 5638  (Office at Tarue Phe pier)

Samed Speedboats  Tel: 038 651 134-5 ( Based at Seree Phe Pier )

Follow Me Tour Speedboat  Tel: 038 864 7405

Chokmana Speedboats – Tel:  038 651 531 or 038 653 577

Private Speedboat Prices to Koh Samet

These prices are a guide and subject to negotiation.  Most speedboats will take a maximum of 15 passengers.  Private boats will run at night but there will be a surcharge of 200 – 500 Baht.

Going To  Boat for 1 – 10 pax Boat for 11 – 15 pax
Nadan Pier 1,800 ฿ 2,300 ฿
Sai Kaew Beach / Ao Phai / Ao Tubtim 2,100 ฿ 2,500 ฿
Ao Cho /  Ao Vongduen 2,300 ฿ 2,800 ฿
Ao Thian /  Ao Lungdum 2,500 ฿ 3,000 ฿
Ao Wai / Ao Pakarang 3,000 ฿ 3,500 ฿

How to Get to Koh Samet

The small port of Ban Phe is the departure point for speedboats and ferries to Koh Samet.  There are regular, scheduled boat services but timetables aren’t necessarily fixed as public boats will until there are enough passengers before departing.  At the weekend or during High Season this isn’t an issue as there is a steady stream of people arriving throughout the day.  But during Low Season (May to October) you may have to wait at the pier for up to an hour on weekdays.

If you find that you have to wait for a boat there are a multitude of small coffeeshops and restaurants close to the piers plus several mini-marts where you can get a drink and bite to eat.  For visitors who haven’t booked accommodation on the island, there are also numerous tour agents which can book bungalows for you.

This does save you time when you arrive.  But outside weekends and the busiest times of year advance booking isn’t necessary to find a room in almost any budget.  The only advantage is saving you time and effort when you arrive.

Koh Samet is a National Park, although you might not think that given the amount of development on the island.  However, unlike Ko Chang island, which is also 75% National Park, all visitors to Samet must pay a National Park entrance fee. Thai tourists pay 40 Baht for an Adult  and 20 Baht for Children.  Foreign tourists pay 200 Baht and 100 Baht respectively.  You can usually pay this either when you buy your boat ticket or when you arrive on the island.

Google Streetview shows the main piers clearly.  You can enjoy a virtual drive along the high street in Ban Phe which runs past all the piers.  You’ll see it’s lined with small minimarts, coffeeshops and restaurants, catering to people visiting Koh Samet.

Which Pier Should I Use in Ban Phe?

Sign for boat timets to Koh Samet at Nuan Thip pier

As you’ll see from the map there are several piers in Ban Phe.  The all offer a range of boat services to Koh Samet either by wooden boat or speedboat.

The wooden boats are much slower.  They take around 45 minutes to get to the island.  Whereas the speedboats are a lot faster, crossing in around 10 minutes, but are far more expensive.  Scheduled boat services only run in daylight, form around 07:00 – 18:00 daily year round.

Most of the wooden boats used are refurbished fishing boats powered by an old diesel engine. They are slow but are reliable and on a sunny day you’ll be able to enjoy the views as you head to the island.  The speedboat services are handy if you are travelling to one of the beaches further south on the east coast or are in a large group.

Also, if you need to get to or from the island very early or late night then you’ll need to hire a speedboat privately.  The price depends on the number of passengers and destination on Koh Samet.

The wooden boats all moor at Na Dan pier on the northeast shore of Koh Samet.  This is the main pier on the island.  In addition to the National Park fee, visitors arriving at Na Dan also have to 20 Baht for the pier maintenance fund.

The piers in Ban Phe are all relatively close together, so walking from one to the other isn’t a problem.  Buses and minibuses tend to drop visitors off at Nuan Thip Pier.   This is where you’ll be able to take a wooden boat or speedboat to the island.  The wooden boats run hourly but the speedboats require 10 passengers before they will depart.  Boat tickets for the wooden boat are the same at all piers 70 Baht one way and 100 Baht return.  There is no requirement to buy a return ticket.  You’ll be able to buy tickets from your hotel or any tour agent on the island.

A stone’s throw Nuan Thip Pier is Tarua Phe pier.   This is the most popular pier for anyone wanting to take a speedboat to Koh Samet. Two speedboat companies ‘Black Pearl’ and ‘White Shark’ are based here.  Ticket prices are from 200 to 500 Baht per person, depending where on the island you want dropping off.

Wooden passenger ferries also run hourly from both Chok Krisda Pier and Sri Ban Phe Pier also known as Seree Pier.  These are more popular with Thai visitors, simply because they have secure, covered parking areas for passengers to leave their vehicles.

If you are staying in one of the larger resorts, a luxury hotel or resort owned by one of the extended local families, then it will probably have it’s own private boat service. This is usually free but the downside is that there will only be a handful of departures per day.  So if you miss a boat then you’ll have the choice of waiting until the next boat or taking a public boat and then also having to pay for a pick up truck taxi to the hotel when you ready the island.

Taxi Service on Koh Samet

When you arrive at Na Dan pier on Koh Samet, you will see green, shared pick up truck taxis ‘songthaews’ waiting to take passengers to the beaches on the east coast of the island.  These take the island’s main road.  A narrow strip of concrete that runs from the north of the island down the east coast to the south.  The driver will drop off at resorts on Hat Sai Kaew, Ao Phai, Ao Tubtim, Ao Lung Wung and Ao Wong Duan.  The taxi fares are expensive, from 50 – 200 Baht per person.

On the way the taxi will stop at the National Park office so that passengers can pay the National Park entrance fee.  This is only payable once, when you arrive on the island.   (If you take a speedboat and get dropped off elsewhere then you’ll avoid passing the ticket office.  Hotels are supposed take this off guests in this situation, but rarely do.)

34 thoughts on “Boats to Koh Samet

  • November 21, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Hi, how easy is it to get on and off the boats? I still have nightmares of climbing in and out of the narrow boats and the ferry at Railay! I will have a regular suitcase this time so I’m panicking.

    • November 21, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Hi Keeley. It isn’t a problem getting on & off the boats. You just step onto them from the pier. Boat staff will help with passenger’s luggage. These aren’t like the longtail boats at Railay. 🙂

  • November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Hello when you launch the first ship from Koh Samet to Ban Phe Pier

    • November 19, 2018 at 9:16 am

      The first boats are at about 08:00 from Koh Samet to Ban Phe

  • October 24, 2018 at 10:51 pm


    We would like to take a day trip to Koh Samet on November 10, 2018 (for 2 persons). We stay in Sukhumvit area, how do we get to the Ban The pier from Sukhumvit area? Do you have any tips and recommendation for us to get there? And also, please provide the estimation prices for any transportation from Sukhumvit to Ban The pier. Thanks!

    • October 25, 2018 at 7:25 am

      If you are only going for a day then you should arrange a private transfer or take a public taxi from Bangkok to Ban Phe. This will be about 2,000 – 2,500 Baht one way. Your hotel o any tour agent nearby will be able to arrange that for you.

  • September 14, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Hi im planning my trip in october 2018 7-17. Im planning to stay at sangthain hills. How do i get to this resort from ban nan peir. And if i want to change later the hotel to another resort how do i reach there.

    • September 18, 2018 at 3:43 pm

      There are shared pick up truck taxis on Koh Samet. These take passengers from the ferry pier to their hotel. Or from hotel to beaches on the island. Your hotel can call one for you. Or you can flag one down roadside.

  • September 1, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    We are planning to stay at Paradee resort, but on 18th of September we need to be on the mainland on 7.30AM. By the resort boat we can go on 04:00 AM, that is to early for us or 11:00AM. Can you provide a speedboat on 07:00AM at Paradee resort and what is the price?


    • September 1, 2018 at 7:52 pm

      I can’t arrange a speedboat for you, but you will be able to book it at any tour agent on Koh Samet. Figure on around 2,500 Baht for a private speedboat to Ban Phe.

  • August 30, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    please how much would it be for a private speedboat to koh samed to Nimmanoradee Resort ?
    we are 4 persons,is on december 30th.
    thank you.

    • August 30, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      It will probably cost around 2,500 Baht to Nimmanoradee Resort

  • August 13, 2018 at 1:02 pm


    My friends and I want to rent motorbikes from Bangkok and ride down to Koh Samet. Do you know if we can bring the motorbikes onto the ferries?

    Thanks for your help and time.

    • August 13, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      No, there are only passenger boats to Koh Samet, no vehicle ferries. You can rent a scooter on the island.

  • July 17, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Hi, we are a group of 14 people and we will arrive at BKK Don Mueang the August 22 at 13.00 from Siem Reap. I’ve booked at Baan Rom Talay Made for 4 nights. Can You arrange a private speedboat for us? I don’t know exactly how much time we need from airport to pier.
    Can you help me?
    Thank you
    Massimiliano Gabbiani

    • July 17, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      Hi. Sorry, I am not a tour agent so I can’t book boats for you. But you’ll be able to arrange it through any tour agent in Ban Phe or when you arrive. It will take around 3 to 3 and a half hours by car / minibus from Don Meuang to Ban Phe, maybe more depending on traffic.

  • July 8, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Is it possible to go from Bangkok to koh samet in october with the ferry? We are planning to go to koh samet around 20 october and back to Bangkok on the 26 of october. My husband heard that the ferry isn’t available around that time of year.

    • July 8, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      There aren’t any boats from Bangkok to Koh Samet. You have to go overland to Ban Phe and form there take a passenger boat to Koh Samet. The boats run every day of the year.

  • May 26, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks for the information, it made it easy for me to find the boat details. 🙂

  • May 14, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Is this 2018’s timetables? If i go by bus from Ekkamai at 13.00, is it possible to get there before the last ferry ?

    • May 15, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      It is better to leave in the morning. But you can still get to Koh Samet the same day if you leave Bangkok at 1pm

  • May 9, 2018 at 4:50 am

    for next year I am looking for transfer from Ban Phe Pier to Koh Samet HOTEL. Sai Kaew Beach or Ao Wongduan. Now I don´t know where we will stay. Two groups min 8 max 15 people. Of course i can arrange boats with the lowest price, but if you offer something else I will be glad. I ask for your quote. thank you very much

    • May 9, 2018 at 7:29 am

      Hi. I can’t arrange a private speedboat for you. You will need to contact a tour agent or ask your hotel.

  • March 17, 2018 at 10:16 am

    We would like to book a speed boat to koh samed (Lima Duva Resort) would you pls let me know how much would that be for a big group of 32 persons and with 26 luggages. it is on 30 th MARCH 2018.

  • March 3, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Great site! Glad I found it when i was planning the trip to the island.

  • February 15, 2018 at 2:49 am

    How much would it be for 2 people on a speedboat to Samed Villa Resort?

  • January 9, 2018 at 4:09 am

    Hi there,

    Our stay will be in January and we booked in Sangthain hills, and I want to know how much it coast from Ao wai to Ao thian by taxi?

    thanks in advance

    best regards

    • January 12, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      It is about 60 Baht per person

  • January 7, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    how much would it be for a private speedboat to koh samed.
    February 12 th for 5 persons with handluggage. BR LIS

    • January 9, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      It will be about 2,000 Baht for a private speedboat

  • January 7, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    We would like to book a speed boat to koh samed how much would
    that be for our Family of 5 personer including hand luggage. it
    is on February 12th 2018. BR LIS

  • November 24, 2017 at 4:30 am


    Can you give Us a Price for a private speedboat from mainland to vongdeun resort about 11 pm the 20. February 2018.
    We are 10 persons.
    Or maybe you Can give US a mailadress to a speedboat compagny.

    • December 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      It will be about 2,000 Baht for a private speedboat


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