Your ferry service for Thailand
easily from Phuket to Krabi and from Koh Samui to Koh Pangan
Travel by ferry is common in Thailand nowadays and I dare say it is reasonably affordable to get around by boat as well as safe and secure. It should be noted that finding the right place to grab the ferry can be confusing as there are so many islands, with so many routes and many wharves.
To feed your imagination, Thailand has 3,219 kilometers of coastline and hundreds of islands on the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Some of the large islands have airports, but most of the islands do not, so if you want to visit these magnificent places you will have to travel by ferry. A lot of companies provide reliable and high-speed connections between all Thai destinations. There are also available international crossing to the Malaysian island, Langkawi.
Even if you are going to one concrete destination or if you are up to island hopping, there are all the time various ways of getting there such as ferry, night ferry, catamaran, speedboat, longtail boats.
The smaller islands have very often (depending on the season) only one daily connection so it is worth considering early booking to make you the best vacation itinerary. On the other hand, there are popular routes: ferry from Phuket to Phi Phi, ferry from Phuket to Koh Lanta, from Phuket to Krabi or Pakbara to Koh Lipe on the west coast that goes several times a day the same applies for popular destinations on the eastern coast such as route between Surat Thani City, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.
Our website, Duckferries.com, will help you to find a quick and comfortable ferry option for your trip. Our excellent business partnerships make Duckferries the best place to book your fast boat ticket through the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Ferries leave according to the fixed timetable.
We have sorted out a list of most popular islands and departure points to assist you with your better orientation.
How to get to Koh Kood, Koh Mak, and Koh Chang
These Thai islands sit on the eastern side of the Gulf of Thailand. There are many different options on how to get there depends on your budget. If you prefer comfort, you can go by car, minibus or fly to Trat airport. The budget option is to catch the public bus. Ferry piers are close to the city of Trat for all three islands.
Travel time from east Bangkok to the Koh Chang piers is around 4,5 – 5,5 hours when you go by a private car or share hotel minibus, 6 hours or more by public bus, and under one hour by plane. It takes 30 to 45 minutes from pier to the Koh Chang island. Journey time to Kod Kood from Laem Sok Pier is 4,5 to 5 hours and 45 to 90 minutes from Laem Ngop to Koh Mak.
There are several other points, so we recommend to arrange accommodation first and then select the ferry company that arrives close to the resort. There is another suggestion to mention, its island-hopping by speedboat and catamaran between islands.
How to get to Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Samui
The three largest islands in the Gulf of Thailand situated off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus are very popular tourist destinations. The quickest and easiest way to get to these islands from Bangkok is to fly to Surat Thani, Chumphon or to Samui International Airport. Bus with no reservation required is the cheapest option and will take you directly to the ferry terminal. Do not forget to buy a bus and ferry ticket together. The overnight train can give you an enjoyable and fun experience over price. If you travel from Bangkok take the high-speed boat from Chumphon situated in the north of Surat Thani. Surat Thani is a popular city that lies about 650 km south of Bangkok. It is a gateway to some beautiful Thai islands.
Would you like to save some money for your next adventure? Here is one good option to mention: take a night boat (sleeping boat) from Chumphon (6 hours) or Surat Thani (9 hours) and do not pay one-night at the hostel. In case you have a car or a motorbike head to the port Donsak.
As we mentioned above a flight is the fastest and also the most expensive way. The cheapest option is a bus from Phuket (Bus Terminal 2) with a travel journey 8-9 hours. There are many more various services you can choose from depends on your preferences. When you travel from Krabi (Ao Nang or Krabi Town) we recommend buying bus and high-speed catamaran combo tickets. It takes max. 3 hours by bus to Tapee Pier (Surat Tani) and 70 minutes to Natho Pier in Koh Samui by speed boat.
Surat Tani has several ports, main is Don Sak 60 km away, Donsak, Raja ferry port. We recommend deciding where you want to stay and from which port you go there before you book your ticket. The final option is to catch the night ferry from the Ban Don Pier which takes 6 hours.
Ko Pha Ngan
is an island situated 12 km north of Koh Samui and has only one option to get there, it is by boat. There are two routes from islands Koh Tao, Koh Samui and two from the mainland. Matapon Pier in a southern Thai province named Chumphon and the Surat Thani.
Ferry from Chumphon goes to Ko Phan-gan 5 hours. Koh Tao to Koh Phangan Ferry with sailing duration 2 hours. From Koh Samui (Nathon Pier) to Haad Rin or Thong Sala Pier (Koh Phangan) it takes around 45 minutes. Speedboat takes you from Surat Thani to Haad Rin in 3.5 hours.
does not have an airport, neither busses nor trains, so the only way to get there is by boat. There are several different routes you can take to Mae Haad Pier (Koh Tao) from Surat Thani. The ferry from Surat Thani train station takes approximately 6.5 hours and departs only in the early morning. The other option is to catch a high-speed ferry from Tapee Pier which departs in the morning and in the afternoon with a sailing time of 3.5 hours. Do not worry if you miss this service, you can take the night ferry from Night Boat Pier at Surat Thani.
From Chumphon is travel time for approximately 3 hours.
How to get to Koh Lanta (Krabi) and Koh Phi Phi
These islands lay on the edge of the Andaman Sea, off the west coast of Thailand. You need to catch a ferry from Phuket, Krabi or Railay to get there. Ferry schedules times can vary by a large degree, depending on from which pier you depart. Railay is not an island but you would need to take a ferry from Ao Nang or Chaofa Pier to get there.
Koh Lanta is accessible by car. The car ferry operates from November to April. Also, an available option is a private transfer. Taxi from Krabi Airport to the pier in Krabi Town takes 15 minutes. The time is double If you travel to the pier in Ao Nang. The ferries are available to the main areas as Rassada Pier in Phuket or Koh Lanta. But mind there are usually stops at Ton sai Pier in Koh Phi Phi or Ao Nang or Railay beach. Altogether the trip to Phuket can be 4 hours long. Speedboats from Ko Phi Phi to Ko Lanta takes 70 minutes. Boats leave from Krabi Passenger Pier (Krabi Town) leaving approximately every 2 hours. Ferries leave from Nopparat Thara pier (Ao Nang), leaving via Railay West / Tonsai beach with a journey time of 2 hours 15 mins.
Phi Phi Islands are a group of six islands situated 46 km from Phuket and a similar distance from Krabi. You have two options to get there, which are ferries and speedboats. Journey time for ferries is about two hours from Phuket and 90 minutes from Krabi or Koh Lanta.
The main departure/arrival port in Phuket is Rassada Pier in Phuket Town and is a one hour drive from Phuket Airport. In Krabi, you will find the main ferry pier in the south of Krabi Town under the name Klong Jirad Pier situated 30 minutes drive from Krabi Airport.
How to get from Phuket to Krabi
You can get from Phuket to Krabi by ferry, bus, taxi, or rent a car, and there are no railways. The distance from Phuket to Krabi is 180 km by land and three times less by water. Travel time by ferry is 2.5 hours, which is the same for bus transportation, but the bus will drop you off 12 km away from the city center, so you will have to book a taxi or a songthaew (pickup truck).
How to get to Koh Lipe
Koh Lipe is a Thai island paradise situated in the Andaman Sea, off the coast of northwestern Malaysia. There are several routes and services we sorted out between 4 principal Thai west coast harbors and one Malaysian island. If you start from the north part of the Andaman Sea, you can take the ferry from Phuket (Rassada Pier), it takes 5.5 hours from Krabi (Klong Jilad Pier) with 4.5 hours of sailing time. Both routes continue to Koh Lanta island from where it is possible to take a direct line to Koh Lipe, which takes 3 hours. The third main connection route is from Trang (Hat Yao Pier) 2 hours 15 minutes away from Koh Lipe crossing Koh Bulone halfway. In case you are in the south of Thailand, catch a ferry in Pak Bara pier, which lies in Satun province 59 km from Satun and 124 km from Hat Yao Pier in Trang province, and it takes 1.5 hours.
The Ferry from Kuah Jetty (Langkawi) to Koh Lipe (Bundhaya Beach) sails 3 times a day, and it has a sailing time from 30 minutes.
How to get to Langkawi
Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah, is a small island located in the South Andaman Sea, close to the Malaysian/Thai border famous for its laid back atmosphere compared to other parts of Malaysia. There are two options to get there. One is by plane from Kuala Lumpur, China, Singapore, Thailand, or newly from Qatar to Langkawi International Airport, Kedah. The other one is by speedboat from Thai island, Koh Lipe, and the Malaysian ferry docks. The first and closest is by the bus stand at Kuala Perlis (75 minutes), the second is ferry terminal Alor Setar nearby Kuala Kedah in Kedah province (1.5 hours), and the last is Penang (2 hours 45 min).
If you travel from Langkawi to Thailand, be aware that the boat may make a stop off at Koh Lipe for immigration procedures.
Why you should visit Thailand?
Thailand is a beautiful country and has three official seasons that allow tourists to visit the country all year round. Everyone can relax and enjoy the country at any time. The dry season is from November to February where temperatures range from 19-30 degrees celcius. The rainy season is from June to October, the temperature is about 26-32 degrees celcius and it should be noted that it rains in short bursts and there are plenty of sunny days. From March to May is a hot season with 29-38 degrees celcius.
Thai people are very friendly and if you are lucky enough to can get an invitation and taste their traditional cuisine in their home you should definitely accept the offer.
You will never have to eat the same dish twice because the cuisine changes as their location does. Thai food is yummy and various.
Thailand has over 300 gorgeous islands, accordingly, we recommend that you do some island hopping. Based on the length of your stay, decide whether you want to visit the islands in the Gulf of Thailand or in the Andaman Sea. Several of the islands are accessible during high season. Double-check the time table before planning your island hopping route.
The Gulf of Thailand is massive and there are no ferry options that will take you directly from one side to the other, so we suggested to divide island routes into two. One in the Surat Thani province and the other in the Trat province. If you are going or coming from Cambodia, the Trat province is easy to visit because it is on the border. Koh Madsum is a small island a short distance south of Koh Samui where you can have picnic tours and private snorkeling if you are looking to find a quiet place to enjoy.
Andaman Sea island-hopping route, it is up to you if you run this route South-North or North-South. The main islands are Koh Lipe, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, and Phuket. If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful place to spent few days to do nothing only relax, make a stop on the Koh Yao Yai island situated only 40 minutes from Krabi by speedboat. Koh Mook island is known thanks to Morakot Cave (Emerald Cave), many amazing secret snorkeling spots, few restaurants on the beach, beautiful sunrises and sunsets and relaxing vibes.
You will have an amazing time no matter where you end up spending your time in Thailand.