Ban Phe, Ferry Ports for Boats to Koh Samet Island

How to get to Koh Samet?

To get to Koh Samet you have to take a passenger boat from Ban Phe, on the mainland.

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 island

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. Departs from Sri Ban Phe pier.

Timetable For High Speed Ferry to Koh Samet

JourneyDeparture time
Ban Phe to Na Dan pier 07:30, 09:15, 11:35, 12:35*, 14:45, 17:00
Na Dan pier to Ban Phe08:15, 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

JourneyOutwardReturn
Ban Phe to Na Dan pier 07:00 – 18:00 (Hourly)07:00 – 18:00 (Hourly)
Ban Phe to Ao Wong Duan09:30, 13:3008:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:30
Ban Phe to Ao Wai11:00, 12:0010:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00
Ban Phe to Ao Kui09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:3009:30, 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, 14:0010:00, 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 PheOne WayReturn
Na Dan Pier50 Baht100 Baht
Ao Wong Duan70 Baht140 Baht
Ao Wai100 Baht200 Baht
Ao Kui100 Baht200 Baht

Ban Phe – Koh Samet by Speedboat

Hat Sai Kaew200 Baht400 Baht
Ao Wong Duan300 Baht600 Baht
Ao Wai400 Baht800 Baht
Ao Kui500 Baht1,000 Baht

Private Boats From Koh Samet Resorts

Private speedboat from Samed Villa. Goes to piers in Ban Phe

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 paxBoat for 11 – 15 pax
Nadan Pier1,800 ฿2,300 ฿
Sai Kaew Beach / Ao Phai / Ao Tubtim2,100 ฿2,500 ฿
Ao Cho /  Ao Vongduen2,300 ฿2,800 ฿
Ao Thian /  Ao Lungdum2,500 ฿3,000 ฿
Ao Wai / Ao Pakarang3,000 ฿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 times to Koh Samet at Nuan Thip pier, Ban Phe

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.)

105 thoughts on “Boats to Koh Samet

    • December 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm
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      There isn’t a port on Koh Samet. Just a pier. Likewise on the mainland, boats depart from a few piers.

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  • October 22, 2019 at 1:08 pm
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    Are we able to get personal vehicle carried onto Ko Samed? If so, how? If not, where can we park our car during visiting Ko Same?

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    • October 22, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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      It isn’t possible to take your own vehicle to the island. There aren’t any vehicle ferries. You can park your car at one of the ferry piers. The boat companies have secure parking areas.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Hi Koh Samet Ferries. There are 6 of us (4 adults and 2 children) arriving on Friday 18th Oct. Can you give us advice on our options to get over to Samed Cliff Resort please?

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    • October 13, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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      The cheapest way is to take any of the public boats to the island, around 60 Baht each. When you get to Nadan pier on Koh Samet, take one of the shared pick up truck taxis that you will see waiting for passenger. They will drop you off at your resort. Alternatively, a private speedboat will be around 1,800 – 2,000 Baht.

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      • October 14, 2019 at 8:07 am
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        Thank you for the info. Can you let us know what the price of the pick up truck/taxi should be from the pier to the resort?

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        • October 22, 2019 at 1:10 pm
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          About 50 Baht / person

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  • October 2, 2019 at 8:18 am
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    Does anyone know if boats run on New Years day?

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    • October 2, 2019 at 8:19 am
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      Yes, they run the normal schedule.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 11:56 pm
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    Hello,

    Are there any boats from Samet to Koh Chang?

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    • September 24, 2019 at 8:19 am
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      No. Only from the Koh Samet to the mainland piers in Ban Phe. Boats to Koh Chang depart from piers near Laem Ngop, Trat.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    Hi, we Will arrive at Ban Phe tomorrow afternoon between 3 and 5 pm. We neef to go to the C Samet Beach Resort. From which pier does the fast ferry depart and Will it have enough seats on a sunday afternoon?
    Best regards, mireille

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  • July 23, 2019 at 12:42 am
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    Hi, is it possible to get to Ko Samet from another city than Ban Phe? We are already in Hua Hin and cannot find a way to get to this island except by going back to Bangkok. Thanks

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  • June 30, 2019 at 7:25 am
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    Usefull informations here……

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  • June 10, 2019 at 7:16 pm
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    Hello
    My wife has a leg recent injury (a cast from the left knee down to the ankle) and she needs to use forearm crutch in both hands. Is there a safe big boat available from mainland to Koh Samed ? Especially we are worrying how to get on / get off the boat. I assume if we just could get to the island then we could use the taxi to get to the AoPrao resort.

    We have booked a cottage from Ao Prao resot and they did not recommend their own speedboat for the sea trip.

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    • June 14, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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      You could take the Khokaew Phitsadan ferry. That’s the largest passenger boat and most comfortable. Ticket price is 150 Baht per person one way. The ticket office is located roadside opposite the police station near Tarua Phe pier. boat

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  • May 28, 2019 at 10:09 am
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    Hi, is it possible to book a private boat/s on Friday 5th July to transfer 27 adults to Koh Samet at 20:00 hours?

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