Koh Samet is one of the most easy to get to islands from Bangkok, just 3.5 hour drive and ferry ride away. Koh Samet is 7 kilometers off the mainland coast in Rayong province Thailand.
There are public ferries that leave every hour from 8am – 6pm. A ticket on the public ferry costs 50 Baht one way. The public ferry will take around 25 minutes to make the trip across to Samed Port pier.
Samed Port pier is only 8 minutes walk across the island to the centre of Kai Saew Beach, maybe 15 minutes if you are lugging your luggage.
Share speedboat 800 baht return trip. They can drop you directly to your beach side resort. The trip from the mainland takes around 10 minutes to the Samed Port or 15 minutes around to the other side of the island where Kai Saew Beach is.
If you go with the shared speedboat option you may have to wait for them to get some more people to share the boat with you. In peak times this wont take time, 10 – 15 minutes. I have gone across on a shared speedboat with only 3 other people so they don’t wait to fill it.
You can hire a personal speed boat for 3500 Baht return trip for up to 10 people.
Getting from Pattaya to Koh Samet
From Pattaya, you can easy arrange a mini bus and ferry ticket to get to Koh Samet. Any of the small travel shops in Pattaya will arrange the mini bus and ferry trip. The costs for the mini bus and ferry ticket includes costs between 250 – 350 Baht per person.
Getting from Bangkok to Koh Samet
From Bangkok you can get a bus from the Ekamai Bus Terminal going to Ban Phe Ferry Terminal. Buses leave regularly, every 30 or 40 minutes. The trip from Bangkok to Ban Phe will take around 3.5 hours. The bus ticket will cost 150 – 200 Baht.
You can also arrange a mini-bus trip from Khao San Road in Bangkok to Koh Samet for around 300 Baht per person. The mini-bus from Bangkok to Ban Phe will take 3 to 4 hours as the mini-bus stops often to pick people up and drop them off.