The nearest large island to Koh Samet is Koh Chang. It’s possible to get picked up from your hotel in Koh Chang and the minivan can take you all the way to the pier in Ban Phe, where you can then get the ferry to Koh Samet. This service can be arranged at your hotel or a travel agent. The cost varies depending on your hotel location, but you can expect to pay around 400b, this includes the boat costs at both piers. The journey from Koh Chang to Koh Samet will take approximately 4 hours in total.
Using a minibus or taxi is the only way to get a direct route from Koh Chang to Koh Samet. It’s possible to make the journey on public buses via Trat bus station but it takes significantly longer, therefore we recommend using a minibus.
Getting to the island
Most transport options from Koh Chang to Koh Samet will include the ferry in the ticket price. If it doesn’t you can make your own choice about how to get to the island; you can either take the slow boat or a speed boat. The slow boat costs 50b per person per trip (round ticket prices). Speed boat prices can vary wildly at different times, the price per boat can be between 1400b and 2500b. There are occasionally communal speed boats where you can buy a ticket for around 250b per person. We advise you not to buy return tickets for speed boats as they can be unreliable when you wish to return. The most popular speed boat company is White Shark. They operate from Tarua Phe, they are often the best priced and most reliable. The speedboats operating from Nuanthip pier are the best if you’re looking to share a speedboat with other tourists making the journey.
Boat times are generally on the hour from 8am until 6pm. If you’re arriving after 6pm you may have to use a speed boat to get to the island. The speed boats run 24 hours, although if you’re coming at an unusual time then you may find that they ask for more money.