GETTING TO KOH SAMUI
FLY TO THE ISLAND
The easiest way to get to Koh Samui is to fly directly to the island. Bangkok Airways operate several flights a day to Koh Samui from several locations in Thailand and from overseas destinations including Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong. If you’re coming from Bangkok then you should take a look at our Exclusive Travel Packages, book one now before it’s too late!
FLY FROM BANGKOK TO SURAT THANI
Surat Thani is a city on the mainland that is 50 miles and 1.5 hours by ferry from Koh Samui. There are regular flights to Surat Thani airport from Bangkok. Once you’ve landed at the airport you’ll need to get a bus and then a ferry to reach your final destination on Koh Samui.
TRAIN FROM BANGKOK TO SURAT THANI
There is an overnight train from Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station to Surat Thani Station. The journey can take between 8.5 hours and 12 hours depending on the train service you take. You’ll need to book your seat in advance to guarantee you get a spot on the train. You can do this by going to the train station to buy your ticket ahead of time, or you can book via a local travel agent, or book online. The overnight train is more enjoyable and takes less time than the bus.
BUS FROM BANGKOK TO SURAT THANI
Similarly to the train it is advisable that you book your bus ticket a few days in advance to guarantee a seat on an overnight bus to Surat Thani. Bus journeys can take between 10 and 12 hours, and arrive directly at Don Sak Ferry Terminal in Surat Thani. From there you’ll be able to take a ferry to get across to Koh Samui.
FERRY FROM SURAT THTANI TO KOH SAMUI
If you’ve flown into Surat Thani or taken the train there then you’ll need to get a bus to the Don Sak Ferry Terminal to get a ferry and be on your way to Koh Samui! You can buy a Combination Ticket (bus+ferry) from a travel operator at the airport or at the train station. You need to make sure you get to Surat Thani before 3pm or you’ll miss the last ferry.
GETTING AROUND THE ISLAND AND TO MUI FEST
GRAB & NAVIGO THAILAND
Grab (Thailand's ride-hailing application) is available on Koh Samui. Simply download the application and request a driver when you are ready.
Songthaews (pronounced “song-tao”), otherwise known as the red trucks that circulate the island, are more or less Koh Samui’s public transport system. They fit between 8-10 people, and most will carry heavy luggage on the roof. Taking a songthaew is like taking a public bus as you’ll end up sharing the journey with several people unless you pay more to hire them privately.
The songthaews operate on the island’s main ring road which is about 51km long and go through all the major beach towns (except Choeng Mon). They also circle around the island’s other large secondary roads. Their route is never really set in stone, the more popular your destination the more likely the first songthaew you flag down will take you there.
To use a songthaew you need to flag one down by the side of the road. State your destination and make sure you agree on a price before you get in the back to avoid any possible complications upon arrival. Hope in the back and ring the bell when you’re ready for the driver to stop.
To get to MUI FEST ask to be taken to the W Samui, from there you’ll be able to access MUI FEST on W - Beach.
TAXI AND SCOOTER TAXIS
Taxis can be found all over the island and are a quicker mode of transport compared to songthaews because you won’t have to wait for any other passengers. Meters are not widely used so make sure you haggle and agree on a price before you set off.
Scooter taxis are a cheaper and faster means of transport than normal taxis. You should also make sure you haggle and settle on a price before you drive off. If you’re not comfortable riding on a scooter then this is not recommended!
Ask them to take you to the W Koh Samui, from there you’ll be able to access MUI FEST.
CAR AND MOTORBIKE RENTAL
It is possible to book your own car or rent a scooter during your stay on Koh Samui. This option is particularly good if you intend to explore the island quite a bit as it’ll avoid you needing to pay for separate modes of transport.
Renting a scooter is not advised to people who have little to no experience riding a scooter or motorbike. The island’s roads can be a bit slippery, the last thing you want is to ruin your island getaway by getting into a scooter accident so please be cautious and always remember to wear a helmet if you decide to rent a scooter!
If you intend on driving yourself to MUI FEST there is a private car park at Theeparat Pittaya School, from there you’ll be able to hop on a free songthaew shuttles to MUI FEST.
If you don’t feel like driving yourself you can arrange a van hire and driver with your hotel or a local transport agent (you’ll find them along the main roads of the island). You can then arrange when to be picked up and dropped off according to your schedule. Ask them to take you to the W Koh Samui, from there you’ll be able to access MUI FEST.
SHUTTLE TO MUI FEST
Songthaew shuttles (100THB/person/trip) will be available from:
1. La Mai Beach and return
2. Chaweng Beach (behind Central Festival Samui) and return
Stay tuned for more announcements on what time shuttle buses will be running on our Facebook page!