All Thailand's islands with resident population are connected to the mainland by regular ferry services all the year round, which allow easy movement to locals and tourists, contributing over the last years at their tourism development.
Please note: Schedules and fares are subject to change without prior notice, seasonally prices are lowered or raised, the routes are reduced or deleted.
The regular ferries toward Ko Samet leave all year around from three different piers in Ban Phe, a small fishing village 20 km south of Rayong. The ferry ticket costs 50 THB for Thais and 100 THB for foreigners. There are also private speed boats to be hired at piers to make the trip faster and more comfortable, but even dividing the cost with other tourists they are much more expensive. The boat trip takes about 25-40 minutes, depending on the boat, the weather and on which part of the island it goes to. There are six piers on island: Ao Klang, Hat Sai Kaeow, Ao Phrao, Ao Wong Duean, Ao Thian, and Ao Wai. Located in Na Dan Village on the north coast, Ao Klang Pier is the port to mainland. The other piers are placed on the island's main beaches and are used by diving or excursion boats, as well as by the speed boats leading tourists directly to the various resorts. There is a small fee to be paid for access to the Park when you arrive on the island. Foreigner tourists pay each one 200 THB, 100 THB for the child, while the Thai citizens pay 40 THB for adult and 20 THB for the children. The tourists arriving by regular ferry can pay the fee at the park office near the pier. Those travelling with a private speed boat, or tour boats, and arriving directly at the beaches probably will meet an officer that collects the fee on the beach.Read More
The tiny island is connected to Pattaya City with a regular ferry service all year around, which leaves from Bali Hai Pier at end of famous Walking Street. There are hourly departures from 07:00 to 18:30. The ferry ride takes about 45 minutes, and one-way fare is 30 THB. The ferries dock at both piers on island, Naban Pier and Tawaen Pier, with departures and arrivals alternated. The boats leave from Pattaya at 8:00, 9:00, 12:00 and 14:00 stop at Tawaen Pier. Alternatively you can reach the island with private speed boat for 1500/2000 THB, the trip takes about 15 minutes. Tourists arriving at Nanban Pier can reach the island's beaches with a shared songthaew, fare is about 50 THB.
Yao Islands are connected to the mainland and Phuket by ferry services all year around. The ferries arrive firstly at Klong Lad Pier on Koh Yao Yai, and then continue onto Manoh Pier on Koh Yao Noi, only 8 minutes away. From Phuket the best way to get to Yao Islands is from Bang Rong Pier in Tambon Pa Klok, the northeast tip of Phuket. Boats leave Bang Rong Pier at 8:30, 9:30 11:00, 12:30, 14:30, 16:00 and 17:00. The boats leave from Koh Yao Yai for the return trip at 07:00, 07:30, 10:00, 13:30, 16:00 and 17:00. The fare is 120 THB per person, for an hour of trip. If you choose to go by speed boat it will only take around 30 minute, the cost is around 200 THB. Ferries to the Yao Islands leave also from: Chianwanich Pier in Phuket Town, 2 daily departures, Ao Thalen Pier in Krabi, 6 daily departures, Nopparatthara Pier in Ao Nang, a day departure, and from Tha Dan Pier in Phang Nga, a day departure. The ticket prices range from 150 THB to 250 THB depending on the departure point and the type of boat.Read More
Koh Si Chang is connects to the mainland with a regular boat service all year around. The small ferries leave from Koh Loy Pier in Si Racha, located just 33 km north of Pattaya, following the Highway 3, Sukhumvit Road. From pier there are hourly departures from 06:00 to 17:00, while the return boats leave hourly from 06.00 to 18.00. The boat ride takes about 40 minutes. The one-way fare is 50 THB.