Ferry Piers on Koh Samui: Which to Choose?

Last updated on April 16, 2024

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For many visitors to the island of Koh Samui, arriving by ferry is not just a mode of transport but a scenic introduction to a paradise. 

But with multiple piers dotting the island’s coast, which one should you choose? This quick guide breaks down Koh Samui’s primary ferry ports to help you choose the right one for your needs. 

Quick Overview of Koh Samui’s Main Ferry Piers

PierMajor OperatorsDestinations
NathonSeatran, LomprayahSurat Thani, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao
BangrakLomprayah, Seatran DiscoveryKoh Phangan
MaenamLomprayah, SongsermKoh Phangan, Koh Tao, Surat Thani
Lipa NoiRaja FerrySurat Thani, Koh Phangan

Koh Samui’s 4 Main Ferry Piers

Panoramic shot from a mountain in Koh Samui on March 23, 2023, highlighting the serene Nathon Bay, vibrant Nathon Beach, and structured Nathon Pier with a backdrop of the calm sea and lush coconut tree forest.
Aerial view of Nathon Pier amidst the lush surroundings of Koh Samui © suttirat wiriyanon / Shutterstock.com

Nathon Pier: As the main harbor on Koh Samui’s northwest coast, Nathon Pier offers comprehensive ferry services, amenities like shops and restaurants, and easy access to the island’s capital, Nathon Town, which provides an ideal base for accessing the pier.

About Seatran Discovery
Seatran Discovery ferry docked at Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui

Bangrak Pier: Also known as the Big Buddha Pier, Bangrak Pier is located just 5 minutes from the airport. It offers basic amenities and is near the iconic Big Buddha statue. While Koh Samui has other ferry options like Nathon and Maenam Pier, Bangrak Pier’s proximity to the airport just a 5-minute drive away makes it a convenient choice.

Lomprayah ferry at Mae Nam/Pralarn Pier
Lomprayah ferry at Mae Nam/Pralarn Pier

Maenam Pier: Located on Koh Samui’s northern coast, Maenam Pier is also known as Pralarn or Lomprayah Pier. It has limited facilities but is conveniently close to the airport. Its location near the airport also enables easy transitions from the airport via taxis or shuttle buses.

Lipa Noi Pier with Koh Samui in the Background

Lipa Noi Pier: Lipa Noi Pier provides a quieter gateway to Koh Samui on the scenic west coast. Mainly served by Raja Ferry, the pier provides basic but adequate facilities. This makes it a very nice arrival point because, rather than seeing a bunch of buildings when you arrive at Koh Samui, you will get to immediately see some of the island’s natural beauty and appreciate just how scenic and relaxing it can be.

Note: For a more detailed breakdown of each pier, including facilities, travel times, and how to get there, click on the respective Pier links above.

How to Choose the Right Koh Samui Pier 

Choosing the optimal pier depends on factors like your destination, ferry operator preference, need for amenities, and proximity to accommodations.

If you want to go to:

  • Koh Phangan or Koh Tao: Pick Bangrak, Maenam or Nathon Pier
  • Surat Thani: Opt for Lipa Noi or Nathon Pier
  • Seatran services: Use Nathon Pier
  • Lomprayah services: Go to Maenam or Nathon Pier

If you prefer:

  • Comprehensive amenities: Select Nathon Pier
  • Proximity to the airport: Choose Bangrak or Maenam Pier
  • A quiet gateway: Head to Lipa Noi Pier

Check ferry schedules and book tickets online in advance for a smooth journey. Enjoy the natural scenery as you sail into Koh Samui, the gateway to your island adventure!

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