Singapore to Koh Samui through Surat Thani (On A Budget)

February 20, 2014 2 Comments »

Most of the direct flights from Singapore cost a whole bag of money.  I am sharing another travel option from Singapore to Koh Samui through Surat Thani. The journey is a bit long and involves all kind of transportation, such as buses, metro, airplanes and ferry rides, but it is all worth it and it turns even an ordinary holiday into an adventure!

There are various alternative ways to reach the picturesque Koh Samui, but one of the best, fastest and most convenient is to pass through Surat Thani.

Check AirAsia’s fares from Kuala Lumpur to Surat Thani and book your tickets online. AirAsia is the only budget airline that fly from Kuala Lumpur to Surat Thani, Thailand. Remember to leave yourself enough time, so you can reach to Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s Budget Terminal (LCCT). It is best to book your flight for early in the morning and to travel by bus from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur during the night.

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The view from the ferry from Surat Thani to Koh Samui

In order to buy a bus ticket to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore, you will have to check the various tour booths located at Golden Мile Complex (situated at Beach Road). There you can buy one way bus ticket to Kuala Lumpur. Even if you are planning to go back to Singapore the same way, don’t purchase a return ticket, because as you will find out yourself, the price of the ticket is way cheaper when purchased over the other side in Malaysia.

You can also buy your tickets in advance online here. On average, the journey to Kuala Lumpur should take around 5 hours, but the time depends on the different companies and bus drivers. Most of the bus companies’ last stop in Kuala Lumpur is Time Square, a big shopping mall complex in the center of the city.

Tip: Bring sellotape for your bus ride, because it can get chilly. The air conditioning in the bus is really strong and there is no way to completely stop or block the vents that are blowing freezing air above your head. Simply bring sellotape and stick few pieces to block the vents.

From Time Square you will need to reach the KLIA’s budget terminal – LCCT. The journey will take around one hour from the city center. If you have few dollars to spare you can rent a taxi, but make sure you stop a metered one. The journey will cost you around 100MR (50SGD).

If you want to save some money and you have more time, then take the local metro to get to KL Sentral. At the basement level at KL Sentral you can catch a public bus to LCCT. The buses depart on every 20 to 30 minutes and the ride may take up to hour and a half. Once you get to LCCT the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Surat Thani will take hour and a half.

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Sleeping at LCCT while waiting for our flight with AirAsia

Tip: We haven’t experienced any problems with this flight, but the return flight from Surat Thani to Kuala Lumpur is always delayed with an average of 40 minutes, so bear this in mind when scheduling your return trip.

The last and most pleasant part of this journey is to pass through Surat Thani and to get to the ferry terminal. You can purchase tickets on the spot at Surat Thani’s airport, but to have a peace of mind book them online via Phanthip’s website. Phantip are reliable and always on schedule.

There is no price difference (if you book your tickets online or buy them on the spot) and this is the only tour company that serves this route. The price includes bus tickets and ferry passes.

Tip: We always buy our tickets in advance as sometimes there are no available seats upon arrival and people who haven’t purchased them in advance have to wait for the next bus. Phanthip buses are departing on each hour, but if you want to catch the early ferry you have to make sure you catch the first available bus when you land.

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On the ferry deck you can see the beautiful islands

The journey though the beautiful countryside will take another hour and a half, before arriving at Surat Thani’s ferry terminal. The journey with the ferry will take another hour and a half before you arrive at Koh Samui.

It may sound like a crazy itinerary and it will take a lot of time to reach the sunny island, but it will surely make your wallet happy. The total price of all tickets you will have to buy is almost two times cheaper than flying directly to Koh Samui.

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  1. top-cho Thursday February 27th, 2014 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Awesome post. Are there more international travelers taking this route or only the regulars? And when you sum everything, how much was it -time and money ?

  2. [:en]Mari [:bg]Мари
    Mari Thursday February 27th, 2014 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    This is a popular way of travel not only among the local residents of Asian countries, but to backpackers from all over the world. If I have to sum up the time, it will take about twelve hours and a total of around $110 USD (depends on flight fare).

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