Chiang Mai to Koh Samui: Best Way to Transfer

January 15, 2024 - 862 views

Koh Samui is an island in Surat Thani province located in south-central Thailand. This is a paradise for honeymooners to enjoy their sweet time. Many people who step on here are surprised and startled by the beauty here. Besides this island is also suitable for families on vacation, because the beach is beautiful and not too hustle. After traveling in Chiang Mai, did you know how to transfer from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui? Please refer to this article now!

Chiang Mai & Koh Samui are both favorite destinations of tourists, both of them always are pockets list on the tourist list. Today we will learn the best way to travel from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, please follow the article carefully.

 

1. Distance from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui

The distance between Chiang Mai and Koh Samui is nearly 1450 km and it takes 4 hours transfer by air and nearly 20 hours transfer by land. Because of this long-distance, you can only travel from Chiang Mai to this island by plane or you have to travel from Chiang Mai to Bangkok before going there. However, the second route will take you a lot of time and be quite exhausting.

Chiang Mai to Koh Samui Route Maps

 

Chiang Mai to Koh Samui Route Maps

2. The best way to travel from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui

From Chiang Mai to Koh Samui you can find many options to travel like: train, bus, ferry or flight. Let's find which one is the best option to transfer from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui.

2.1. Chiang Mai to Koh Samui by Flight

Since the distance from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui is quite far, flight always is the first option to choose because it is the fastest and safest means of transportation for you today. If you choose to flight there are also some options for you:

  • Direct flight: There are 7 flights/week direct from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui operate by Bangkok Air & Silk Air. It takes about 1.4 hours to fly direct from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui and the price is about 170 USD/ ticket.
  • Connecting flight: a connecting flight with 1 stop in Bangkok. The connecting flight takes about 4 hours to fly. price can be cheaper from 80 USD
  • Flight to Surat Thani and take Ferry to Koh Samui: it takes 4 hours by this option and cheap (ferry cost about 7 USD and flight from 30 USD)

Chiang Mai to Koh Samui Flight

2.2. Chiang Mai to Koh Samui by Train & Ferry

There is no direct train from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui, the closest train station is Surat Thani and another 1 hours ferry from Surat Thani to Koh Samui. You should divide the distance from Chiang Mai to this island into 2 stages:

  • Chiang Mai - Bangkok (more than 900 km)
  • Bangkok - Koh Samui (more than 700 km).

You can travel and relax in Bangkok then continue to move to Surat Thani.

  • Chiang Mai to Bangkok

There are many options for train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok from day train to overnight, train services & class also have many choices for you. The price for a train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok is about 20 USD - 35 USD depending on your train class.

It takes about 11 - 14 hours to travel by train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and you should use an overnight train to save your traveling time.

NOTE: The above prices may vary during peak travel seasons.

Chiang Mai to Bangkok train and connect to Koh Samui

Chiang Mai to Bangkok train and connect to Koh Samui

  • Bangkok to Koh Samui

From Bangkok, you can choose to travel by bus or train to Surat Thani (cost about 8 USD - 15 USD) for a bus/train ticket. Then continue taking a 1-hour ferry to Koh Samui from Surat Thani. 

 

Chiang Mai to Koh Samui Ferry

Ferry to Koh Samui

Above is all the needed information for you to planing move from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui, to easier for your trip, you should book a full Thailand Package tours which cover all places in Thailand and you can enjoy without worry.

Jenny Tran

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