Everyone coming to Koh Samet has to first get to the port town of Ban Phe.
Once in Ban Phe you can choose to get either a ferry, a fast ferry, or a speed boat to reach Koh Samet.
There are lots of piers in Ban Phe that go to Koh Samet, but the two best are Tarua Phe and Nuanthip Pier.
BEST: FAST FERRY
The new fast ferry is simply the best way to get to the island, going from Tarua Phe Pier in Ban Phe. The crossing takes just over 10 minutes, and the price is 200b per person.
CHEAPEST: REGULAR FERRY
Lots of wooden boats make the journey to Samet on a regular basis but they are slow, and often leave later than planned with a crossing taking around 45 minutes. They are also harder to get on an off. The price is 50b per person.
MOST CONVENIENT: SPEED BOAT
Private speed boats cost around 1500b and can take up to 12 people, they are the only boats that run 24 hours, so if you’re arriving in Ban Phe late at night this is the only option. The best speed boats go from Nuanthip Pier. If you don’t want to pay the full price yourself you can wait for others and share the cost.