All you need to avoid stress when travelling from Koh Samui to Krabi is a bus-ferry combo.This is a very flexible option with multiple departure times throughout the day. The buses (sometimes vans) and ferries are both equipped with air conditioning, and since the trip is long enough, there are toilets on board the ferries.
Koh Samui's palm tree-fringed beaches attract travelers of all kinds: budget travelers, the uber-rich, and everyone in between. Chaweng Beach is the island's party hub, with its bars, restaurants, and ladyboy shows. If you are looking for a bit of peace and quiet, head to Lamai Beach. The waters near Koh Samui hide some of the region's most spectacular coral gardens and underwater creatures; dive in for a chance to swim with turtles, stingrays, sharks, and the most vibrantly-colored fishes. Get your adventure fix as you kayak, snorkel, and hike in Angthong Marine Park - the perfect day trip from Koh Samui.
Away from the beaches, there's plenty to explore in Koh Samui too. The Big Buddha is probably the island's most recognizable attraction. Make your way to Hin Ta and Hin Yai for interesting legends and rock formations. For sweeping views of the island, head to the Secret Buddha Garden. The Namuang Waterfall is worth a visit too, for its natural beauty and to get a break from the hustle and bustle of the island's beaches.
With gorgeous white-sand beaches, unforgettable landscapes, and a lush, green jungle, there's plenty (and more!) to do in Krabi. This tourist magnet is also the launchpad to exploring the more than 200 islands that lie in its vicinity. Don't miss the chance to visit Koh Lanta and the Phi Phi Islands, located a few hours by boat, or the opportunity to spend a day at Phra Nang Beach, voted one of the world's most beautiful beaches.
Further inland, the Thung Teao Forest Natural Park is a must-visit if only for a dip in the Crystal Lagoon and a chance to spot the shy Pita Gurney bird. Those spiritually inclined will appreciate a visit to the Wat Tham Sua - a walk up its 1,237 steps might get you a little out of breath, but the mind-blowing 360-degree views of the Andaman Sea will make you forget all of that.
The distance from Koh Samui to Krabi is around 160 miles (260 km). Travelers can take a bus ferry combo, a taxi + ferry, or a short flight to Krabi. Bus-ferry combos are very popular as they are economical, and the ferry ride is a scenic one. If minimizing travel time is a priority, the 50-minute flight from Koh Samui to Krabi is a good option.
The ferry ride is an excellent opportunity to experience the beauty of the Gulf of Thailand (yet again!). Find yourself an outdoor seat or head out to the viewing deck and revel in its sparkling blue waters and salty sea breeze.
Taking a bus/ferry or minivan/ferry
With around nine departures every day, taking a bus/ferry combination is one of the most popular ways to get to Krabi from Koh Samui. While average travel times are around five and a half hours, the ferry bus combo can take anywhere from four hours fifteen minutes to six and a half hours. Ticket prices start from around $18 per passenger.
The journey involves a boat ride from Koh Samui to Surat Thani (Suratthani) and then a bus transfer from Suratthani to Krabi. Boats generally leave in the morning, with a few afternoon departures also available. In Koh Samui, boats typically depart from the Nathon Pier, Lipa Noi Pier, or Bangrak Pier and arrive at the Don Sak Pier in Suratthani. Some of the operators offer hotel pick up at Koh Samui for a small additional fee, and travelers are advised to mention hotel details during the purchase of tickets.
The cruise from Koh Samui to Suratthani is around two hours, though it could be a little more or less depending on the operator you pick. The ferries have air conditioning with cushioned seats in an indoor space. Some ferries also offer outdoor seating. Concession or snack stands are present in some of the ferries, and passengers can pick up something to eat or drink during the journey. Most vessels have an attached restroom.
Once the ferry reaches Don Sak Pier in Suratthani, passengers have to transfer to a bus or minivan. All of the buses are air-conditioned, and many have reclining seats. Though the buses don't have attached washrooms, they make stops along the way to provide for restroom breaks. Most operators allow one big bag and a smaller carry-on luggage.
Some of the popular operators offering bus-ferry services are Songserm, Lomprayah, Seatran Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Phantip Travel, and Raja Ferry. A popular destination, ferry rides from and to Koh Samui get booked quickly. Travelers are advised to plan their travel and book tickets as soon as possible.
Please note that travelers have to show their passport or a valid ID before boarding. Ferry schedules are dependent on weather conditions. In case of bad weather conditions, ferries might get canceled, and the operator will offer an option to take the next day's ferry or cancel the ticket and offer a full refund.
Taking a taxi/ferry
If you have extra luggage to deal with or want more space, you could opt for a ferry taxi combination to get to Krabi from Koh Samui. Do note that unlike a bus ferry combo ticket that includes both the ferry and bus ride, you might have to book the ferry and taxi tickets separately.
Taking a flight
With less than one hour’s travel time, taking a direct flight is the fastest way to get from Koh Samui to Krabi. Flights are a convenient way to travel since both airports are located close to resorts. Perfect for those who prefer keeping travel times to a minimum and don't mind paying extra for it.