Whether you are going from Bangkok or Pattaya, by bus, minivan or taxi, you must first arrive at the ferry terminal in Ban Phe. From Ban Phe you have the option of taking the ferry or a speed boat to Koh Samet.
Your mode of transport to Koh Samet will largely depend on your budget and the number of people in your group. You can do it relatively cheaply by bus from Bangkok, or a bus and taxi combination from Pattaya.
Pattaya to Ban Phe by Mini Bus or Mini Van
The mini bus ride from Pattaya to Ban Phe takes an hour or less, on a per person basis they are relatively cheap, costing around 250-350 baht per person. If you are traveling alone or as a group of 2 or 3 people this is one of the most convenient and cheapest ways to get to Koh Samet from Pattaya.
A large party of 6 people or more might be better off hiring a private minibus which should cost between 1,300 and 1,700 baht.
Online Pattaya Mini Van
Pattaya to Ban Phe daily, pick up from your hotel in Pattaya. One-way 390 baht per Person, round-trip 700 baht per Person.
Address: 47/63 Moo 9, Central Pattaya Rd.
Samet Island Tour Company
Mini buses from Pattaya to Ban Phe every day at 08:00, 12:00, 15:30.
Returning from Ban Phe to Pattaya every day at 10:00, 13:30, 17:15.
Tickets to and from Ban Phe (at present time) cost around 230 baht per person one way. Contact them by phone to make a booking.
Address: Soi 13/1 Pattaya Second Road.
Tel: 038-427277 – 8,
Mobile: 0819288020 or 0899684584-5.
Pattaya to Ban Phe daily, Minibus and Boat one-way 350 baht per Person, round-trip 700 baht per Person.
Address: Pattaya Third Road.
Tel: 038-427-323, Mobile: 081-1518-5187
Pattaya to Ban Phe by bus.
There is no direct bus route between Pattaya and Ban Phe. You must first take a bus to Rayong and then a songthaew to Ban Phe. The service is provided by the Yellow Bus which departs North Pattaya Bus Station.
They do have a website which is rather unreliable, last time I checked it was on a parked domain. But you can check prices and times, and even book a ticket through 12Go.asia (partner link).
Taxi from Pattaya to Ban Phe.
Taxi is by far the most convenient way to get to Ban Phe from Pattaya, it’s also the most expensive, but at around 1,000-1,200 baht it’s not going to break the bank. Use one of the taxi services listed below, or choose one from this list of Pattaya taxi services. You can also arrange a taxi at one of many taxi booths in Pattaya, or at your hotel front desk.
Pattaya to Ban Phe: car 1000 baht, mini bus 1,700 baht.
Nam’s Taxi Service
Pattaya to Ban Phe 1,400 baht.
Email booking only, lady owner driver.
Pattaya to Ban Phe 1,500 baht.
Tel: 038–368-209 Mobile: 081–375-4179.
Taxi Pattaya Kitsada
Pattaya to Ban Phe: car 1000 baht, mini bus 1,600 baht.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tan Taxi Pattaya
Pattaya to Ban Phe 1,500 Baht.
(female driver by request)
Initial contact by email 24 hours in advance.
Wave down a van or baht bus
Mini vans pass through Pattaya (along Sukhumvit highway) to various destinations including Rayong, Chantaburi, and Trat. You may (or may not) catch one at either the Pattaya Klang (central road) or Pattaya Tai (south road) junctions on the east side of the highway.
Between 7 AM and 9 PM you can take a white baht bus (songthaew) from anywhere on Sukhumvit highway, it may only go as far as Ban Saray (Bangsare), it may go further. After this, you must look for another baht bus (red or white) heading in the direction of Sattahip and Rayong.
you may have to do this several times to get to Rayong and be prepared to make a few mistakes or even get lost. Once in Rayong take another baht bus to Ban Phe, the baht bus rides on Sukhumvit will cost between 10 and 20 baht, the baht bus to Ban Phe between 30 and 50 baht.
Bangkok to Ban Phe.
Buses go to Rayong from Ekamai (eastern) and Mo Chit (northern) terminals, but you can take a bus directly to Ban Phe from Ekamai.
Buses leave Ekamai bound for Ban Phe every hour between 2 AM and 8 PM, the journey takes approximately 3 and a half hours and costs 150-200 baht.
Buses leave Ekamai bound for Rayong every 30-40 minutes between 4AM and 10PM, journey takes approximately 3 hours and costs 140-160 baht.
Minivan from Victory Monument to Ban Phe.
You can take a minivan from Victory Monument (see map below), costs around 300 baht and takes between 2 and a half and 3 hours. There is very limited luggage space, unless you are traveling light you may have to purchase an extra ticket for your luggage.
NOTE: There were a few mentions of the minivans being re-located away from Victory Monument, so please keep this in mind when booking.
Book a Ticket From Bangkok to Koh Samet
You can book your minivan, bus or private taxi from Bangkok to Koh Samet easily using the search form below. Note, most services require you book in advance between 1 and 3 days.
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Ferry from Ban Phe to Koh Samet.
There are several piers in Ban Phe from which you can take the ferry or speed boat to Koh Samet, the favoured piers are the Municipality Pier, Nuanthip Pier, Tarua Pier and Sri Ban Phe Pier. Ferries run regularly starting at 0600 to 1700, speedboats can be chartered at any time.
Car parking is available at the piers for less than 100 baht per day. Ferry tickets can be purchased either from the ticket office on the pier or when boarding the ferry.
All the piers have ferries which dock at Koh Samet’s main ferry terminal Nadan Pier on the northern coast of the island.
Ferries go to Vongdeurn Pier (Vongduern Beach) from the Municipality Pier, Nuantip Pier, Tarua Pier and Chok Krista Pier.
For ferries to Ao Prao and Ao Wai you will have to ask at the pier or check with your hotel. All the beaches on Koh Samet are within easy reach of Nadan Pier by songthaew so don’t worry if there is no ferry to your chosen beach, expect to pay between 50 and 200 baht for the songtheaw ride from your point of arrival.
Expect to pay anything from 50 to 100 baht for a one-way ferry ticket from Ban Phe to Koh Samet, there is no discount for return tickets so no need to bother buying a return, just get a one-way.
Prices for speedboats vary depending on which beach you go to, shared speedboats charge around 300 per person one way, a private speedboat costs anywhere between 2000 and 4000 baht for a return trip, they always quote you the highest price but it’s possible to haggle a significant discount.
NATIONAL PARK FEES.
Koh Samet is a national park which means you have to pay an entry fee of 40 baht for Thais and 200 baht for foreigners, subject to change. If you take the ferry to Nadan Pier and board a songthaew the driver will stop at the park office where the fee will be collected, if you take the ferry or speedboat to any other destination there will usually be a park ranger waiting to collect the fee.
How to get to Koh Samet Map
Pattaya, Rayong, Ban Phe and Bangkok bus terminals, Ban Phe Ferry piers, and Koh Samet beaches pinpointed on the map (below) to help you plan your trip to Koh Samet. Getting to Koh Samet really is an easy, stress free journey no matter how you decide to get there, it may be as easy as making a telephone call, it could a songthaew adventure, or a budget bus ride. There is one thing I’m certain of, once you’re there you’re going to love it.
Click on the list icon in the top left corner of the map to view the place markers.
Stay on Koh Samet
Koh Samet is undeniably beautiful, it boasts soft white sand beaches, shady palm trees, and gin clear sea. There are a few beach bars, even a nightclub, and water sports such as diving and snorkeling can easily be arranged.
Most people (myself included) visit Koh Samet because it is has a very relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to chill out.
Even though you’re never far from a beach no matter where you stay on Koh Samet, it just makes more sense to choose a resort right on the beach-front. After all, you chose Samet for the beaches, so why travel the extra distance to the beach every day.
Finding a room on Koh Samet
First thing, try and avoid using the agents at Ban Phe (inside the ferry terminals), they usually have little to offer. I have used them myself a couple of times and been disappointed with my room.
Book in advance
You’ll most likely find more deals available if you book in advance. If you are traveling at short notice you might want to take a look at Agoda.com (partner link) first to confirm there are rooms available, especially in high season.
Where to stay is a matter of personal preference, personally, I like Sai Keaw and Vongdeuan beaches, they happen to be the most popular.
Finding a hotel deal
Reviews, such as the ones on Agoda.com (partner link) are probably one of the most useful tools available when it comes to choosing a hotel. After choosing a hotel which fits your bill you are of course going to want to be sure you are getting the best deal. Hotel price comparison sites like Hotelscombined.com (partner link) are the simplest way to compare prices.
Remember a lot of hotels (even on Koh Samet) have their own websites and booking facilities these days, so it’s always worth comparing their prices against those offered by booking sites.
Day trip to Koh Samet (partner link), inclusive of ferry and National Park entry ticket, via Hotels2Thailand.com.
For more information on nightlife, dining and things to on Koh Samet, take a look at Explore Koh Samet.
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