How could I get from Bangkok to Koh Samui without flying?

  • Where should I take a vehicle from (Ekkamai?, Saitaimai?, Mochit?)?
  • Which vehicle company has the largest safest vans/busses with largest sitting space?
  • Which vehicle company does at least two stops in the drive? (It can be very frustrating to sit down 5-6 hours without stops)
  • As far as I can tell, you're just asking how to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui without flying to Koh Samui. If that's accurate, can I suggest you edit your question (at the very least, the title of your question) to say that? Because your reasons for wanting to avoid the airport aren't especially relevant, but the current focus on explaining that you see the operators as a monopoly rather distracts from your actual question and makes it sound more like a political rant.
    – Chris H
    Sep 1, 2020 at 13:08
  • Or are you ruling out flying entirely, regardless of the operator? You already mention taking a bus via Surat Thani. Flights from Bangkok to Surat Thani seem to be operated by several airlines under different ownership, and can be had for significantly less than the 5k-6k baht you mentioned for flights to Koh Samui (although still more than a bus). Clarifying what it is that you do want (rather than why you don't want something else) will probably make the question more likely to get an answer.
    – Chris H
    Sep 1, 2020 at 13:18
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    Hi @ChrisH ; edited.
    – George
    Sep 1, 2020 at 13:43
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    FWIW, Thai Airways used to fly to Samui twice daily, but they stopped flights in Sep 2020 due to COVID. Also, Bangkok Airways built & paid for Samui Airport and pretty much put the island in the map, so dismissing them as an evil monopoly is a bit glib. Sep 5, 2020 at 3:13

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12Go usually showing most of the options, I ruled out non-flights for you.


They don't have many packed joints right now, I guess some ferry companies are not running. You basically can take a bus (from either Southern or Morchit) or a train. Train is preferable, you can get a sleeper to Surat, short bus to Donsak and then a ferry of your choice (they are interconnected).

In fact if you look for Bangkok to Suratthani and Surattani to Samui separately, you find a lot more options, but you have to find what better for your join. Mind that trains are usually delayed.

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