Getting to Koh Samui by ferry is a pleasant and economical option if you're not traveling by air. The journey from the main pier on the mainland – Donsak – takes roughly 2 hours. The cruise is usually tranquil and has a strong vacation feel.

    Koh Samui has 4 ferry piers. Each has different connections to the continent and islands like Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Nathon is the main port of arrival and departure by ferry in Koh The Nathon Pier mainly serves the Seatran and Lomprayah ferry companies. There’s a ferry departing for Donsak every hour between 5 am and 7 pm. Situated on the west coast of Koh Samui, Nathon is the capital town of the island. It hosts all the official administration offices, as well as the main ferry pier on the island. Samui. The smaller Lipa Noi Pier is connected to Donsak Pier, just south of Surat Thani. Bangrak Pier is to the northwest of Koh Samui, serving as the main connection of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Maenam Pier has ferries to get to the 2 islands and Surat Thani.

    The Nathon Pier mainly serves the Seatran and Lomprayah ferry companies. There’s a ferry departing for Donsak every hour between 5 am and 7 pm. Situated on the west coast of Koh Samui, Nathon is the capital town of Koh Samui. It hosts all the official administration offices, as well as the main ferry pier on the island. 

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    Location: Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)82 485 6448

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    Lipa Noi Pier

    Lipa Noi Pier is just north of Taling Ngam, on the west coast of Koh Samui. It's also known as Raja Ferry Pier, which is the name of the company that operates ferries from this pier. Ferries depart to Donsak Pier on the mainland every hour between 5 am and 6 pm. 

    The location of Lipa Noi Pier is slightly off the Ring Road, which makes it less easy to reach. Taxi cabs from and to this pier are usually more expensive than other piers in Koh Samui. 

    Location: Lipa Noi, Koh Samui District, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 am to 6 pm

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    Bangrak Pier

    Bangrak Pier is also known as Big Buddha Pier, as it's just south of Koh Fan, a small island that hosts Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha Temple). It has several restaurants and bakeries, along with a sound system playing music and announcing ferry departures. 

    Bangrak Pier has the advantage of being the closest port to Chaweng Beach and Koh Samui International Airport. You can get to Donsak Pier on the mainland, as well as Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. Note that there’s a daily scheduled transfer from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak by bus, then by ferry to Bangrak Pier.

    Location: Moo 4, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

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    Maenam Pier

    Maenam Pier has 2 other names: Pralarn Pier and Lomprayah Ferry Pier (the company that operates ferries from this pier). It’s located toward the western end of Maenam Beach in Koh Samui. 

    Maenam Pier serves Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Donsak Pier, and Chumphon. There are 2 ferries for each of these destinations scheduled for 8 am and 12.30 pm. The pier has an open-sided restaurant overlooking the sea, with Koh Phangan in the distance. 

    Location: Moo 1, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

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