Seatran Discovery

Seatran Discovery, Bophut: Hours, Address, Seatran Discovery Reviews: 3/5

Seatran Discovery
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
SEATRAN DISCOVERY mainly provides passengers high-speed ferry service at Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, with bus and minivan services on the mainland that connected with the routes from Donsak pier to the top destinations on Andaman sea, such as Krabi, Aonang, Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi and Phuket. You can now travel with the routes to and from: Bangkok (Khaosan Rd.) Suratthani Airport / town Nakornsrithammarat Airport Koh Samui / Samui Airport Koh Phangan Koh Tao Krabi Town Aonang Railey Beach Koh Lanta KOh PhiPhi Phuket (Rassada Pier) Looking forward to having you onboard.
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United Kingdom125 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Seatran are one of two ferry companies running from Koh Samui to outer islands. Reasonable service albeit very busy (Christmas time) so hard to find somewhere to sit and quite noisy especially outside. We went to Koh Toa which is 2 hours by ferry, it was £15 pp. Small shop on boar for drinks and bagged snacks. Please note - you will be loading and unloading your own cases which can be tricky especially as people don't like to queue in Thailand.
Written February 1, 2020
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Alix G
3 contributions
Apr 2020 • Couples
1. Completely air conditioned . 2. Great staffs and helpful . 3. Good price and nice boat . 4 . Not very far from town and easy to go. 5 perfect time to leave .
Written April 17, 2020
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Clarissa R
Nikiski, AK219 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
I thought this ferry service between Samui and Surattani (actually Donsak) was really good. Lots of seats in the A/C section (bucket seat style, pretty comfy). Also some outside benches. Seemed well organized, had life-jackets handy and quite clean.
Food shop on board. Bathroom was pretty clean (especially for a ferry!) Lots of big windows.
Left almost on time and we were able to get our ticket only 8 min before it left!

WAY better than dirty, smelly, old and sketchy Lomprayah which Air Asia uses.

HOWEVER - we did the bus transfer to the city (our ultimate destination was the train station) and I'm pretty sure we got SCAMMED.
Around 8pm the bus stopped somewhere in Suratthani and the driver started gesturing wildly for us to get off. A few Thai people had hopped off a few minutes previously so I thought perhaps we were at the station, and they were so frantic my friends and I didn't really have time to pause and consider before we found ourselves on the sidewalk with our bags getting hauled out of the bus and onto a tuk-tuk. The bus drove off and we found ourselves essentially stranded with a tuk-tuk man already putting our stuff in his truck and demanding 150baht a person to go to the station. Outrageous!
And quite sad, since in my extensive Asian travels I've found I can usually trust transportation people to put me in the right place (even if I don't understand how it's happening!)

Unfortunately there were no other taxis or tuk-tuks to be seen, so we felt like we didn't have much choice, though I did force down the price a little bit to 100 (still Way too much!) There is a very slight chance that the bus driver was dropping us off at a place closer to the train than the bus would have ended, but I find it much more likely that they called their buddy the tuk-tuke man so he could make a hot dollar off of us.

I'd imagine that if you just refuse to get off and stay on until the end of the ride you'll end up at a place where you can choose your next transportation (though I'm not sure, since I didn't get that far in the trip).

Taking the bus is quite convenient (and pretty cheap) for getting into the city, so go ahead and try, just watch out and be sure you know where you are before you get off.
Written June 24, 2014
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ekta p
Malaysia464 contributions
Dec 2019
Their ferries were extra large as compared to Lomprayah with more leg space and seats, so much more easy to walk and take your luggage around. Their cafe inside also had a lot of food & snack options at affordable prices.
Could be slightly more managed though.
Written January 2, 2020
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Henk t
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Couples
We took a bus from Krabi to donsak Pier and then a ferry to koh Samui, while we had to go to koh Phangan. On the bus the driver made a stop to smoke and check some things, the bus stood still for around 20 minutes and when we were on the ferry we noticed money was missing from our bigger backpacks.

Driver also smokes, drinks and uses his phone while driving.
Written January 8, 2020
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Kovit S
Bangkok, Thailand599 contributions
Aug 2020
We decided late Sunday night to go to Koh Pha-ngan on Monday for a day trip.
We were able to book efficiently on their website and pay by credit card in order
to pick up tickets at the check in counter at Bangrak pier. Best part is that now due
To the special circumstances the ferry was not crowed. We could move around freely
and sit wherever we wanted. The ferry appears well maintained and safe. No cars,
Only persons, and we were there in 35 minutes.Needless to say, views from ferry were magnificent.
Written September 4, 2020
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A. Greenhalgh
9 contributions
Jun 2021
Very well organised. Ferry was clean and has a little food shop with a variety of snacks for the 1 1/2 trip over to Koh Samui. Air condition is available on the forward seating area. Plenty of clean restrooms. A very enjoyable journey.
Written June 14, 2021
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Hong Kong, China171 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
We travelled with Seatran from Koh Tao to Koh Pha Ngan. It was cheaper than Lomprayah and far better than Lomprayah. We noticed Seatran and Lomprayah boats were due to leave at the same time. On the Seatran boat, we left exactly on time on a boat that was clean, comfortable and with lots of space. Looking across at the hoards of people lining up trying to board the already packed Lomprayah service, we were so pleased we ignored all the ticket seller pressure to book Lomprayah, but insisted on Seatran. Their boat looked like it would be very delayed.

The journey was very pleasant with the Seatran boat dealing very well with the waves and not rolling around too much. On arrival in Koh Pha Ngan, disembarkation was swift and efficient.

I was talking to someone later by the hotel pool who had arrived on the Lomprayah ferry and he told me many people were sick as the boat was rolling badly. Soooo happy I took Seatran that day!

An excellent service, which I will be choosing over the competition on future visits to the islands.
Written August 2, 2012
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Singapore, Singapore406 contributions
Jun 2012 • Friends
I used Seatran's service for travelling from Koh Tao to Koh Samui in June 2012. It costed 600 Bahts and total travel time was around ~2.5 hours i presume.
Best Things frist:
1. Completely air conditioned
2. Cushion seats with push back and TV for entertainment
3. Neatly maintained
4. Sharp upkeep of timing

Not so good:
Really nothing much to say after you have traveled in songserm and everything looks better :)
Written July 22, 2012
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Male9 contributions
After looking at the professional brochure, we booked a Snorkelling Day tour to Koh Tao with Seatran Discovery Link @ ฿1700/person. Pick up from the Hotel is at 7am and you are then taken to Bang Rak Tourism Port, where they serve the very average coffee, tea and croissants. The guide then announced something in Thai and the masses started heading toward the boat.

The Boat was not new, as they advertise in the pictures; in fact it’s quite shabby and had a very strong toilet smell downstairs. We were lucky enough to get a seat upstairs, inside, but the air-conditioning was extremely cold so most passengers wrapped themselves in their towels. Unfortunately the weather was not great, so the boat trip was quite rough but they do hand out motion sickness tablets and sick bags.

What they also do not advertise on their brochure (or make allowances for in the itinerary), is that the boat is also used as a ferry between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. The boat departed from Koh Samui around 9am – from there it travelled to Koh Phangan to collect/drop off passengers and then Koh Tao, again to drop off passengers and then you finally head to the snorkelling destination.

Snorkel and Goggles are included in the price (you must leave ฿1000 deposit) but they do not supply flippers (and they cannot be hired on the boat). Instructions are then yelled at everyone in Thai and broken English through a megaphone – you have the option of going to the beach or going snorkelling. The beachgoers are ushered into small longtail boats first (jamming in as many people as possible) and then the snorkellers get their turn. We were finally snorkelling at 11:30am, and were told we had to be back on the boat by 12:30pm!

Thai lunch is then provided which was okay, but again nothing like the brochures. The boat is then travels to the second snorkelling location, where this time, the masses of people queue to jump from the boat. They are anchored about 100metres from shore so you have to swim to see anything. Again we were only allowed one hour of snorkelling but unfortunately that also included the time it took to swim to shore and the return swim back to the boat. Also, as the current was quite strong majority of the Thai’s had a really tough time getting back into the boat (the boat kept circling the anchor) and they don’t have any longtail boats to help people out of the water, so it took quite a while to get everyone back on board.

The trip home was terrible as we hadn’t left our gear on our seats (like everyone else) and as it was raining, really cold, and the sea was even rougher, we wanted a seat inside – and there wasn’t enough for everyone. We left the second snorkelling spot at 3pm (and again travelled to the Koh Tao port and Koh Phangan to pick up even more passengers) and finally arrived back to Koh Samui at 6:10pm. So in total we were travelling for more than 5hours of the tour.

As you can probably tell, I highly recommend you find another company to take you snorkelling to Koh Tao. This tour is overcrowded and nowhere in the brochure does it mention that the boat is also a ferry and our Hotel failed to tell us that also. We were very disappointed in this trip especially as it was our last day on the island.

Final note: When we returned home from our trip, I spoke to an old friend of mine, only to find out she had been to Koh Samui and had booked on the same snorkelling trip. Unfortunately, her experience with Seatran was just as bad as ours!
Written May 10, 2008
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