Ferry piers on Samui – There are several main ferry terminals on Koh Samui offering connections to the mainland Surat Thani and Chumporn, also ferry connections to the surrounding islands: Koh Tao and Koh Phangan are made very easy on Samui too.
The quality of Piers on Koh Samui are usually very good, the water surrounding the island, particularly around the piers, is generally quite shallow so the piers tend to be quite long. There are ferries leaving every 30 minutes.
Li Pa Noi Pier
Raja Ferry Pier, sometimes referred to as Lipa Noi Pier, 25 minutes from Chaweng, there are ferries which depart for Don Sak (Surat Thani) on the mainland.
The ferries tend to arrive and depart every hour, from 05.00 am until 18.00, every day and during busy parts of the year there may be extra services put on.
It is worth bearing in mind that the pier is a little way from the main ring road which encircles Samui, so the taxis can be a little more expensive to rent here, best to book an onward journey to your hotel or resort before arriving to save any hassle.
Bangrak Pier (Big Buddha Pier)
Bangrak Pier (north Samui), is 10 minutes from Chaweng, and is also be referred to as “Big Buddha Pier” due to its closeness to a large 12 m high Big Buddha, which incidentally is a great place to visit on a sightseeing afternoon.
The pier has just recently been given a facelift; there have been speakers installed so that you can listen to music as you walk down to catch your ferry. There are also a couple of places on the pier to buy some snacks and drinks from the small bakery there. The staff at the pier are very helpful and can advise you.
Bangrak Pier is also the closest of the piers to Samui Airport, in fact it’s literally a stone’s throw away. Bangrak is also a great place to find a boat over to Koh Phangan (famous for its full moon parties) and Koh Tao which is a diving mecca for the beginner.
The Maenam Pier in Koha Samui is about 15 minutes from Chaweng Beach and located on the North of the Island and not too far from Bang Rak Pier and Fisherman’s Village. Maenam is a quite sleepy little community with a beautiful long beach, usually deserted, a small pier which looks out to Koh Phangan being only a few miles out in the distance, beyond Koh Phangan it is possible to see Koh Tao far away in the distance.
Maenam Pier has ferries departing for Koh Phangan and Koh Tao and back to the mainland at Surat Thani. The pier is quite easy to find, and every week they have a market which is outstandingly good value for money.
Nathon Pier is Samui Island’s by far largest and busiest ferry port and serves as the key arrival/departure point for many of the travellers arriving and departing Koh Samui.
The pier is located on the north west side of Koh Samui about 30 minutes from Chaweng; it is possible to catch a ferry from here to the other islands in the area such as Koh Tao and Koh Phangan.
Nathon Pier is a very busy place all year round and is also the main car ferry terminal; if you intend to drive to Koh Samui then it is recommended that booking a ticket beforehand is well advisable especially when leaving the island.
As well as serving the cars, trucks and motorbikes to and from the mainland it is also the main passenger terminal too. Nathon Pier can easily accommodate hundreds of people at a time jumping on and off ferries.
Around Nathon there is a small town where you can easily find hotels, ATM machines and banks, post office, tour desks and travel agencies, several bars and restaurants too.
Lomprayah Ferry Meeting Point
Images of Lomprayah Meeting Point – If you you booked a ticket from Samui please be at below meeting point at indicated meeting time.