Getting to Koh Samet

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"Plastic bags and foam are not allowed on Samet Island"
Getting to Ban Phe (Rayong) ,Koh Samet from Bangkok

Located only 220 kilometers from Bangkok, Rayong and Koh Samet can be accessed within approximate 3 hours by different means of transport to suit your convenience. Driving is easy and the road is well-indicated. Even though cars are not allowed on to Koh Samet, there are parking service on the mainland at “Ao Prao Pier,” exclusively for hotel guests, where you can leave your car and ferry/speed boat to the island. Buses frequently leave Bangkok’s Ekamai Bus Terminal to Ban Phe where the piers to the island are located. It is also possible to fly but the nearest airport is located Chonburi which will require a road transfer to Rayong.

By Bus

Rayong is the Eastern gateway to the North and Northeastern part of Thailand. As such, there are many regular bus services connecting Rayong and Bangkok. Buses from Bangkok to Rayong depart regularly from Ekamai Eastern Bus Terminal (near BTS Ekamai station) and Minibus Station (at Chatuchak) to Ban Phe, Rayong .

From Ekamai, two bus service providers are Cherdchai Tour and Krua Kun Pa. The bus from Cherdchai tour operates everyday starting from 7.00 - 18.30 continuously (Tel. 02-391-2804).

Mini bus from Krua Kun Pa starts from 7.30 - 20.00, (Tel. 062-859-3065).

From Minibus Station (at Chatuchak), PP minibus operates every day from 4.30 - 14.30 continuously (Tel. 080-446-4128).

Please note that the bus companies are not under the hotels' management. Information may change over time. For further details and information, kindly contact the transportation provider directly.

By Car

Rayong is roughly 200 km southeast of Bangkok. There are several different routes to drive between Bangkok and Rayong. The most popular route starts from Bangna-Rayong Road (Highway No.34) via Bang Phli and Bang Bo District, Samut Prakan province and Highway No.3 at km 70. The total distance is approximately 220 km.

Bus from Pattaya to Koh Samet
  • Pattaya – Rayong – Ban Phe – Koh Samet
    Duration: approximately 2 hours
    Price: Pattaya – Rayong approx. 100 baht, Rayong – Ban Phe approx. 50 baht
    Timetable: every 30 minutes

    You can take the public bus from Pattaya to Rayong roughly every 30 minutes from the corner of Sukhumvit Neua road in Pattaya. This bus will cost around 100 baht and will bring you to Rayong.

    In Rayong you need to take a Songthaew to Ban Phe port from where you can take the ferry to Koh Samet, this Songthaew should be around 25-30 Baht per person.
  • Minivan from Pattaya to Ban Phe (Rayong)
    Duration: 1 hour
    Price: 200-300 baht

    There are several minivans that can bring you from Pattaya directly to the Pier at Ban Phe in approximately one hour. The tickets should be around 200-300 baht and can be bought at any travel agency in Pattaya.
  • Taxi from Pattaya to Ban Phe (Rayong)
    Duration: 1 hour
    Price: 1000-1500 baht

    It is easy to hail a taxi on the streets in Pattaya for around 1000-1500 baht. They can bring you to the pier at Ban Phe.
By Plane

The nearest airport to Koh Samet is U-Tapao, about 45 km from Ban Phe. There are limited flights on Bangkok Airways, Thai Air Asia, and Thai Lion Air to and from U-Tapao, namely into and out of Chiangmai, Koh Samui, and Phuket.

  • Taxi from U-Tapao to Ao Prao Pier(Ban Phe)
    Duration: 1 hour
    Price: 1000-1500 baht