By joint ferry and bus service it take between 5 hours and 7 hours 30 minutes to travel from Koh Samui to Ao Nang depending upon service you take. Some services are faster than others.
Bus Timetable from Koh Samui to Ao Nang
- Click on the ‘Koh Samui – Ao Nang’ link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Koh Samui - Ao Nang ฿ 600–1,100 5h – 8h|
|Koh Samui - Ao Nang ฿ 550–700 6h 30m – 7h 30m|
Departure from Koh Samui
Different services depart from different ferry piers in Koh Samui. The Seatran Discovery Service to Ao Nang departs from the Bangrak Seatran Pier.
Arrival in Ao Nang
Most of the joint ferry and bus services from Koh Samui terminate at a bus stop in front of the McDonalds Restaurant in Ao Nang town centre.
About Ao Nang Beach
Ao Nang Beach is a 1.4 km long stretch of white sand beach. The beach itself is relatively narrow with a pedestrian walkway running the entire length of the beach. The busiest part of the beach is the eastern end which is the closest area to Ao Nang town and near to the main beach front hotels. On the other side of the road from the beach is a busy street which is lined with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and bars catering to all tastes. Ao Nang Beach is very touristy and it gets very busy in the high season. Ao Nang Beach tends to be most popular with families on relatively short holidays to Thailand who appreciate the wide range of familiar amenities, such as two branches of McDonalds restaurants, and easy travel from Bangkok through Krabi International Airport. Ao Nang Beach is less popular with independent travellers for much the same reasons.
Ao Nang is a compact area which hosts the bulk of the tourists going on holiday in mainland Krabi. This means that you do not need to travel very far from it to get away from most of the other foreign visitors and a chance to experience the ‘real’ Thailand. Indeed, the next beach along the coast, Noppharat Thara Beach (walking distance from Ao Nang Beach) is a lot quieter. As is Krabi town whose markets and riverfront area are charming and comparatively underdeveloped compared to Ao Nang Beach.