Pattaya to Koh Samet
The distance from Pattaya to Koh Samet is about 80km. Whilst there are several routes to get from Pattaya to Koh Samet, really there are only 2 options worth considering for most tourists:
The journey takes roughly one hour and can cost from 700 to 1000b with a normal taxi. Agree the fare before you set off on your journey
There are several minibuses per day, the most well known are operated by Malibu tour and they often include their own boat in the price which will take you to Ao Vongduen on Samet. Please be aware that if your accommodation is not in Ao Vongduen, it is a better option to arrange the ferry transfer yourself, then you can arrive at the more central port of Nadan. You can book this minibus through your hotel or one of the many travel agents in the city.
Other options for travelling from Pattaya to Koh Samet include using big buses and baht buses. These options are often slow and complicated, therefore we would only recommend the 2 options above.
Another option is driving your own car, it’s a simple route on good roads, and all the piers in Ban Phe have car parking facilities that allow you to stay on the island for as long as you want. A typical daily fee for a car park in Ban Phe is 100b.
Getting to the island
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 (based on a return ticket). 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, operating from Tarua Phe, they are often the best priced and most reliable. The speedboats operating from Nuanthip pier are probably 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 are 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.
Pattaya is a real party city, known throughout the world for it’s nightlife and girls, with thousands of bars and nightclubs. Pattaya has great shopping opportunities in it’s markets and shopping centres, and there are plenty of activities from scuba diving to museums and botanical gardens It’s often used as a stopping point between Bangkok and Koh Samet. Pattaya hotels are normally cheaper than on Koh Samet. The beaches are of a worse quality than you will find here on Samet, but what Pattaya lacks in picturesque beauty it makes up for in sheer fun and facilities! Given the size of Pattaya we can’t give you a detailed guide, for that please visit Pattaya Unlimited for up-to-date news and information.