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Ko Samui (Island)

At first thought, driving from Hua Hin to the island of Samui might seem a little crazy. When you consider the only other option is a flight onto the island, driving becomes a bit more reasonable. While there are more than 20 flights every day from Bangkok to Koh Samui and they take just over an hour. That means a three hour drive (when the traffic is in your favour) from Hua Hin to Bangkok, finding parking, arriving at least an hour early, then boarding a plane for the hour-long flight. By now you’ve already been in transit for more than 5 hours!

InformationKoh Samui
Thai:เกาะสมุย
Location:Gulf of Thailand
Archipelago: Chumphon Archipelago
Province:Surat Thani Province
Region:Southern Thailand

Contrast that with a leisurely 7 hour drive at your own pace in your own car making “pit stops” whenever the mood strikes. Now driving is sounding more attractive. Another huge benefit is arriving on the island with your own mode of transportation for the rest of the visit. The 556 kilometre drive is very straight forward - head south on Route 4. This will connect to Route 41. Things only get a little convoluted when you reach Surat Thani - it is a good idea to get directions on your GPS at this point.

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Get Your Motor Running, Road Trip to Koh Samui

Oh, one other thing - you can’t literally drive to Samui as it is an island. You have to take a ferry which is actually a lot of fun and very reasonable. There are two main car ferry companies and they depart from Donsak on the shores of Surat Thani. This final part of the journey takes an hour and a half, with ferries departing on the hour. Insider’s tip: It is highly recommended that you pre-book your ferry - especially during the busy season. Nothing can put down after an excellent road trip as not being able to complete your journey because the ferry is full! The ferries have inside, air-conditioned sections, as well as open-air outdoor seating areas. Most offer a small convenience shop where a cup of noodles is the snack of choice. Also keep your eye out for the massage room - there are usually two attendants offering 45 minute leg massages (so they can get in two per crossing). The cost is more expensive than a normal foot massage, but you are on a boat in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand, so splurge a little.

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, Western Thailand

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, Western Thailand

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, Western Thailand

Get Your Motor Running, Road Trip to Koh Samui

One note about the roads - there is a huge current effort to upgrade the main highway and those that have been resurfaced are smooth and pleasant to drive on. The sections still needing work are a bit dodgy. Since this is the main highway there are many construction vehicles and large trucks meaning you will often drop from a breezy 120 kph to a turtle-paced 30 kph. There are so many places to stop along the way. Nowhere is the concept of OTOP (One Tambon One Product) more apparent than driving down the highway. To your left you’ll see a roadside stand selling a particular fruit (like dragon fruit) or product (like basketry), and 50 paces later another will be selling the same thing, then another, then another, and then they’ll stop. Then, a few kilometres later, a different product will appear over and over again.

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, Western Thailand

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, Western Thailand

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, Western Thailand

Get Your Motor Running, Road Trip to Koh Samui

At the Khao Liao Monastery, I climbed all 269 steps to the top for a stunning panoramic view of the valley, and an enormous Buddha statue. It was a nice break from driving and allowed me to stretch my legs. By the time I got to the ferry the sun was just beginning to set. My car was loaded down with three kilos of dragon fruit, a birdcage I bought at a basket store, dried and fresh bananas, and a lot of great memories from my day trip. I found my way to the massage lounge, nodded off and awoke as we were docking on Samui. Driving was a fun, relaxing, and interesting way to travel across Thailand.

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, Western Thailand

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, Western Thailand

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, Western Thailand


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Driving Directions (Road Map): Bangkok to Koh Samui (island)

From Bangkok to Hat Sai Ri beach (Lomprayah High Speed Ferries Pier in Chumpon Province) to Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui islands and Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park.

Driving Directions (Road Map): Bangkok to Koh Samui (island)

From Bangkok to Donsak Pier (Surat Thani Province) to Koh Samui (island)


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