Donsak Pier

Last updated on November 28, 2023

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Donsak Pier is probably one of the best known ferry piers in Thailand, serving some of the most popular islands with ferry routes from the mainland. This is where you will more than likely be starting your voyage to Koh Samui or Koh Phangan, and although there are other piers and ports that you could use, Donsak is by far the most commonly used for the islands in the Gulf of Thailand.

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Location of Donsak Pier
Donsak Pier Ferry Services and Destinations
Donsak Pier to Koh Samui Ferry Schedule 2023
Facilities at Donsak Pier

Surat Thani Pier Bangkok to Koh Phangan
Bus transfer from train station to Donsak Pier, Surat Thani © HGalina / Shutterstock, Inc.

Location of Donsak Pier

Donsak Pier is located north east of Surat Thani on a small peninsula and is roughly an hour’s drive from Surat Thani town, or about an hour and 45 minutes from Surat Thani Airport or Train Station. If you are heading for Donsak Pier from the town, train station or airport, there are very good connections from all of these places, with plenty of buses available to drive you, or there are often all inclusive tickets that include transfers to Donsak if you have come by bus from Bangkok, for example, or you’re buying your ferry ticket in advance with a transfer included.

As you arrive, a spacious car park greets you where vehicles queue up. Inside the naturally lit terminus building, you’ll find ticket booths to purchase ferry tickets before boarding.

At the pier area, songthaews and taxis are available to take you to nearby accommodations, towns, and beaches. Motorbike rental may also be arranged through your hotel.

Lomprayah Tapee Pier
Lomprayah Tapee Pier, Surat Thani © MD_Photography /

Donsak Pier is the busiest pier and is used by the most ferry companies but there is another option if you’re staying right in Surat Thani town… Lomprayah has a high-speed ferry from Tapee Pier right near the center of town that goes to Koh Samui and takes about 90 minutes. The drawback is that this service is usually only once per day while there are multiple services available from Donsak Pier to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and other islands, so Donsak is a more flexible option.

Donsak Pier Ferry Services and Destinations

Cars drive off ferry at Donsak Pier
Cars drive off ferry at Donsak Pier © gubgibgift /

Donsak Pier actually has several different piers all widely known as Donsak, so do make sure that you are going to the correct one depending on which ferry company you are using. There are two quite close to each other – Seatran and Raja Ferry, plus there is another pier several kilometers to the west which it appears that Lomprayah is now using. After cancellations of services due to Covid, things are now starting to get back to normal, but this does mean that schedules and destinations are constantly being tweaked by the ferry companies as they try to figure out what kind of demand there will be for their services, and where are the best departure and arrival points for them to use. For this reason, while this article is hoped to be as up to date as possible, please do make sure to check and double check which ferry company you are using, and which pier, at Donsak or otherwise, you will be departing from.

Lomprayah Speedboats
Lomprayah Speedboats in Surat Thani © Miew S /

The good news is, that even with changes taking place to schedules all the time, especially coming into the peak season, there will always be a number of options for ferries and high-speed boats to take you from Donsak to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan (Thong Sala), Koh Tao and other islands. Lomprayah, for example, currently has two high-speed catamaran services from Donsak Pier at 11:00 and 14:30, calling at Koh Samui (Nathon Pier), Koh Phangan, and then Koh Tao, and because this is a high-speed service it is very fast, getting you to Koh Samui in just 45 minutes.

Raja Ferry
Raja Ferry travels between Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and Donsak Pier, near Surat Thani © OlegD /

Other options include Raja Ferry. This is a much larger and slower ferry from Donsak Pier that will provide you with a calmer and steadier ride than a catamaran. They have now increased daily ferries from Donsak to nine sailings, starting as early as 05:00 and the last departure at 18:00. Ferries to Koh Samui’s Lipa Noi take 90 minutes. And with Seatran there are now 12 sailings from Donsak Pier to Nathon on Koh Samui, also taking 90 minutes.

All of these services we have mentioned can be booked online in advance through 12Go. Whether you just want to book the ferry from Donsak Pier to one of the islands, or you want to have a transfer included too from Surat Thani town, the airport, train station, or a number of other starting points, all of these can be booked online in advance.

Tickets are also available from right at Donsak Pier, but with great options for booking in advance, and affordable transfers available as add-ons, it makes sense to book in advance, especially if you’re traveling at busy times.

Donsak Pier to Koh Samui Ferry Schedule 2023

Departure TimeFerry OperatorJourney DurationArrival TimeArrival LocationPrice
05:00Raja Ferry1h 30m06:30Lipa Noi Koh Samui220 THB
05:00Seatran Ferry1h 30m06:30Na Thon, Koh Samui250 THB
06:00Raja Ferry1h 30m07:30Lipa Noi Koh Samui220 THB
06:00Seatran Ferry1h 30m07:30Na Thon, Koh Samui250 THB
07:00Raja Ferry1h 30m08:30Lipa Noi Koh Samui220 THB
07:00Seatran Ferry1h 30m08:30Na Thon Seatran, Koh Samui250 THB
08:00Seatran Ferry1h 30m09:30Na Thon, Koh Samui250 THB
09:00Raja Ferry1h 30m10:30Lipa Noi Koh Samui220 THB
09:00Seatran Ferry1h 30m10:30Na Thon, Koh Samui250 THB
10:00Seatran Ferry1h 30m11:30Na Thon, Koh Samui250 THB
11:00Raja Ferry1h 30m12:30Lipa Noi, Koh Samui220 THB
11:00Seatran Ferry1h 30m12:30Na Thon, Koh Samui250 THB
12:00Seatran Ferry1h 30m13:30Na Thon, Koh Samui250 THB
13:00Raja Ferry1h 30m14:30Lipa Noi, Koh Samui220 THB
13:00Seatran Ferry1h 30m14:30Na Thon, Koh Samui250 THB
14:00Seatran Ferry1h 30m15:30Na Thon, Koh Samui250 THB
15:00Raja Ferry1h 30m16:30Lipa Noi, Koh Samui220 THB
15:00Seatran Ferry1h 30m16:30Na Thon, Koh Samui250 THB
16:00Raja Ferry1h 30m17:30Lipa Noi Koh Samui220 THB
16:00Seatran Ferry1h 30m17:30Na Thon, Koh Samui250 THB
17:00Seatran Ferry1h 30m18:30Na Thon, Koh Samui250 THB
18:00Raja Ferry1h 30m19:30Lipa Noi Koh Samui220 THB
18:00Seatran Ferry1h 30m19:30Na Thon, Koh Samui250 THB

Facilities at Donsak Pier

Ferry Surat Thani to Koh Tao
Seatran Ferry Pier require a bus ride from Surat Thani town © somsak suwanput /

The main piers used by ferry companies at Donsak provide the following amenities:

  • Ticket booths – Purchase ferry tickets
  • Restaurants & stalls – Inexpensive meals
  • Convenience store – Drinks, snacks, essentials
  • Seating – Benches, seats, TVs
  • ATMs – Cash withdrawals
  • Restrooms – Public restrooms
  • WiFi – Free wireless internet

Each company’s specific pier may have slight variations, but you’ll generally find comparable facilities across the major Donsak departure points. Vehicles and passengers board separately for safety.

While basic, these facilities ensure you have everything needed before or after an island ferry trip. Donsak Town is nearby for medical clinics, shops, and dining if required.

Use online sites like 12Go to view schedules, compare prices, and book tickets in advance. Tickets can also be purchased at the pier, but pre-booking is recommended during peak seasons.

So whether Kob Samui, Koh Phangan, or Koh Tao is calling, Donsak Pier answers with smooth island connections. Its central location, multiple departures, and onsite conveniences make this ferry port a favored gateway to Thailand’s captivating Gulf islands.

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