The long beach of Haad Yao is an idyllic holiday destination that tourists want to get to as quickly as possible. Especially for those who have been to Thailand before, they are prepared to pay the little bit extra and fly from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok to Koh Samui Airport by Bangkok Airways. There are lots of flights every day and the flight is about 90 minutes in duration. That just leaves the last stage of the journey from the airport to the beach. This post will look at the easiest way to do the final leg of the journey with links for online ticket booking.
Koh Samui Airport to Thongsala in Koh Phangan
The above search box lets you book joint minivan and ferry tickets from Koh Samui Airport to Thongsala in Koh Phangan. Once you have collected your luggage at the airport you are taken to a minivan which takes you directly to Bangrak Ferry Pier in the north of Koh Samui. The minivan journey takes about 10 minutes.
Passengers with joint tickets can then board a Seatran Ferry that goes to the main town of Thongsala in Koh Phangan. The whole journey from leaving the airport to arriving in Koh Phangan takes one hour all for the very reasonable price of 450 Thai Baht per person.
The advantages of buying a joint ticket online is that you save time and money. You don’t have to attempt to negotiate with a Koh Samui taxi driver (which is nearly impossible). It is very likely that getting a taxi and getting a ferry ticket at the pier will cost you more, and you risk not getting on the ferry if it is full.
Schedule for Joint Tickets
Depart 7.30 Arrive 8.30
Depart 12.30 Arrive 13.30
Depart 16.00 Arrive 17.00
Price 450 Thai Baht per person
Thongsala to Haad Yao
The ferry journey from Bangrak to Thongsala takes about 40 minutes. Once you disembark you will be met by locals whose job it is to guide you to a shared taxi going to your destination. If you arrive at 8.30 or 13.30 you should have no problem finding a shared taxi for Haad Yao. The price per person is 150 Thai Baht.
If you arrive at 17.00 there might not be enough people heading to Haad Yao to fill a taxi. In which case you will have to pay more to the taxi driver. This is open to negotiation. You might get a refund if the driver manages to pick up more customers on the way.
The road from Thongsala to Haad Yao is flat and concreted. The taxi ride lasts about 30 minutes. Tell the taxi driver the name of your resort and he will take you to your accommodation.