Travel from Bangkok to Koh Samet by car or take the bus from the Ekkamai bus terminal, it’s up to you.
Koh Samet makes an ideal location to travel to for a long weekend.
If you are looking for islands near Bangkok and some of the best Bangkok beaches then the drive to Ban Phe only takes about 3 hours by car and is quite easy for even a novice driver.
Take the expressway to Suvarnabhumi Airport then you just continue on that road, go past the airport, past the Pattaya turn off and rejoin Sukhumvit Road when you see the sign for Koh Samet.
Once on Sukhumvit Road you will see signs for Koh Samet and Ban Phe and then it is a right hand turn at the traffic lights.
When you do eventually turn off the main Sukhumvit Road, then it is likely that you will be greeted by a motorcycle escort to take you into the town of Ban Phe.
If it is your first visit it is probably worthwhile asking them how much to show you to your destination as it is much easier than trying navigate yourself. There are a few twists and turns to the road and there are several piers that boats leave from.
For those staying at any of the Samed Resorts then you will be able to park your car at the Seree Ban Phe pier just behind the main office.
The Samed Resorts office is quite noticeable and has a large sign set back off the roadway.
If you don’t come by car and decided to get the bus, then it is just a short walk from the bus station.
Buses leave the Ekkamai Bus Station every hour and take about 3.5 hours to complete the journey.
I would suggest that you get to the bus station by 7:30am as you may find the first bus is full and you have to wait for the next.
Try and aim for the ferry that departs to Koh Samet at 13:30pm and if you do get to Ban Phe early you can browse through the local market stalls or get something to eat.
Book Sai Kaew Beach Resort and they include a free ferry ride to Koh Samet and the ferry times are below:
Seree Ban Phe Pier: 11:00/1:30pm/4:00pm
Ao Klang Pier: 10:00am/12:30pm/3:00pm
If you want to go from Bangkok to Koh Samed and stay on the island for a few days then Sai Kaew Beach Resort is a good affordable choice, but the Samed group has a range of affordable hotels on the island to choose from.
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