Joint bus and ferry services to Koh Samui depart from Surat Thani city centre, Surat Thani Railway Station and Surat Thani Airport. With exception of the services operated by the Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company, ferries to Koh Samui depart from piers in the district of Donsak, 90 minutes by road to the east of Surat Thani city.
Ferry Timetable to Koh Samui
- Click on the Surat Thani – Koh Samui link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Surat Thani - Koh Samui ฿ 600 1h 45m|
Surat Thani Lomprayah Ferry Pier
Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Services to Koh Samui depart from Bang Kung, Mueang Surat Thani District, Surat Thani 84000, Thailand.
Koh Samui Ferry Port
Different ferry companies arrive at different piers in Koh Samui. Services operated by the Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company arrive in Koh Samui at a pier in the town of Nathon.
Wat Plai Laem in Koh Samui
Wat Plai Laem is a Buddhist temple in the north east corner of Koh Samui near Bophut and not far from the popular beach resort town of town. Wat Plai Leam is open every day from 07:00 to 18:00 and admission is free, although the temple is funded entirely by voluntary donations. If you plan to visit bear in mind also the dress code. Visitors need to dress modesty covering their legs and arms, which means no shorts or vests.
Wat Plai Laem is best known for its two large statues. One is a Chinese style Buddha statue with the Lord Buddha depicted as fat and laughing which symbolises prosperity and well being. The other statue, which has 18 arms, is of Guan Yin. Guan Yin is the goddess of Mercy, worshipped across South East Asia, in particular in Vietnam. Other attractions at Wat Plai Laem include its large fish pond, prayer hall on a platform in the lake, statues of Hindu deities such as Ganesh and Shiva, and its preserved monk located in a glass box near the entrance to the temple.