Getting there and away
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Two domestic airlines, Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways, flies to and from Samui. If you 're travelling from Samui to Bangkok and you don't mind adding an extra 5 hours on your journey, then fly with Air Asia from Surat Thani and save around 1,000 Baht (Up to the promotion bokking from Air Asia) If your next destination is Malaysia, then fly from Samui to Kuala Lumpur with Firefly Airline. Bangkok Airways also fly to Singapore and Hong kong direct from Samui.

For the passengers of Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways, through check-in service from/to Samui airport is now have a co-operation with the international airlines partners offers you to check in "Through check in service" (only check in up to the terminator point of the journey) before and/or after Samui airport to/from each international Destination.This service is available now for passengers, who have a confirmed connecting flight (over Bangkok international airport) with one of the following airlines:

Air China (CA) Siem Reap Airways Intl' (FT)
All Nippon Airways (NH) Thai Airways Intl' (TG)
Emirates (EK) Vietnam Airlines (VN)
Japan Airlines (JL) Cathay Pacific Airways (CX)
Lufthansa (LH) LTU Intl' (LT)
Air France (AF) EVA Airways (BR)
Scandinavian Airlines (SK) Swiss Intl' Air Lines (LX)
Finn Air (AY) Austrian Airlines (OS)
Korean Air (KE) China Airlines (CI)
Royal Brunei (BI) Singapore Airlines (SQ)
Dragon Air (KA) Blue Panorama Airlines (BV)

When travelling from Bangkok to Samui, we advise that you get a night sleeper train. These trains are more comfortable and ensure smoother bus and ferry connections. It is better to buy a combination ticket which will include all you transport right through to Samui. Train tickets vary greatly in price depending on the carriage class and whether the carriage is air-conditioned or fan. Expect to pay 650 B. + for a ticket. All trains run from Hualamphong Station.
When travelling from Samui up to Bangkok, the ferry leaves from Nathon at 2pm and connects to a bus to take you to Surat Thani train station. There are many trains leaving every evening going to Bangkok. The earlier you book the ticket, the better the connection will be. Try to book for the train 2-3 days in advance to ensure a seat when leaving Samui, go back to Surat Thani to catch a train to Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Malaysia.

The Bangkok to Samui buses leave from the Southern Terminal in Bangkok. There are V.I.P. first and second-class buses. These are all air-conditioned. For an easier journey, buy a bus / boat combination ticket. However, the buses are often delayed and not to be relied upon, especially if you are making a connection for a flight. The price for a VIP bus is approx 1000 Baht including the ferry transfer from Nathon to Donsak Pier, Surat Thani . The journey takes around 12 hours.
For buses from Surat Thani to Bangkok, the ferry leaves Samui at 2pm. To get to Surat Thani town from Samui, it will take approx. 2 1/2 hours. You will hame to wait for about 2 hours in the town for the bus to Bangkok, This bus will drop you off on the Kao Sarn Road, in Bangkok. And there are others aircon buses will leave from Koh Samui direct to Bangkok at approx 2:00 p.m.,you do not have to chang the bus in Suratthani but will be dropped at the Southern bus Terminal, there are 2 companies running trips alternatively day the other days Sophon Tour or "999" please check with them. The price is about 1000 Baht including Ferry Ticke.

When leaving Samui, there are buses travelling to Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, as well as Singapore.
Whether travelling from the airport or from Nathon pier, the cheapest mode of public transport is a Songthaew ( the red mini vans ). If you do get a private taxi ( usually yellow ), agree a price with the driver first.

The Thai-Malay Bus departures 2 times a day from Nathon at 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. you can take this bus to Had Yai (Where you can fine another bus to Kuala Lumpur) and Sungai Kolok, south of Thailand nearby Rantau Panjang.

Without a visa, foreigners are allowed to stay 30 days in the kingdom. If you have a tourist visa, these are generally good for 60 days with the opportunity to extend 90 days. Visa extensions cost about 500 baht. Overstaying your visa costs 250 baht per day, with a maximum fine of 20,000 baht. To extend your visa, or for other immigration questions, go to Samui immigration office. From Nathon, go south on the ring road 2km to the traffic lights. Turn right and you will see the office on the right hand side. They are open Monday through Friday 8.30am to noon and 1pm to 4.30pm.


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