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Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran
Ranked #55 of 143 things to do in Ko Samui
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Owner description: Lomprayah High Speed Catamarans connect you to Bangkok, Hua Hin, Chumphon, Koh Nangyuan, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Donsak Suratthani, Suratthani City and Airport, Krabi, Ao Nang, Koh Phi Phi, Nakhon Si Thammarrat Airport, Hat Yai, Khao Sok, Khao Lak, Koh Lanta and Phuket when traveling by catamaran/bus combination.
Reviewed June 23, 2013

We used the Lomprayah to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao. We booked our bus/catamaran through a small local travel store just off Koh San Road. She told us the bus picks us up just down the street at 6:00am in front of the Burger King, which was down the street. Of course we arrived by 5:30am because we did not want to miss it. At 6:10 there was no bus and we called the number the lady had gave us but of course no answer. A man came by and said to follow him to the bus which was a 5 minute walk away. So don't be surprised to be picked up on foot and taken to the bus, as a lot of the roads are too narrow. Once we got our stickers for the bus/catamaran we got onto the bus. The 6 hour ride was relatively smooth down to Chumphon and they did provide water and a snack. There is a bathroom on the bus.

It was nice to have an organized system because there was no waiting around at the port, we got straight onto the catamaran. It was another smooth ride to Koh Tao.

We checked a few travel agencies and were quoted anywhere between 1400-900 Baht for the trip, and it was easy to book the night before.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Easy transfers from Koh Samui airport and a nice bar / restaurant to wait in if you arrive early.
When the ticket office opens it's a bit of a rush but works well. Please note that luggage allowance is 20kg - so if you have your dive kit expect to pay 20TBT per kilo that you are over.
Luggage is stored on the front of the boat if the weather is calm, which is easy as the boat crew take care of the loading. If the weather is rough it becomes your responsibility to take on board and store in the lower deck. Taking heavy wheeled bags down the gangway is a worrying experience.
There is a large cabin with airline type seats downstairs, and another premium cabin upstairs with bigger seats but this will cost 100TBT per person. There is an outdoor shaded seating area and a full sundeck on the top floor.
There are toilets if you need them and a small cafe on board.
Our outbound trip was on time, but due to the chaos of loading on the return trip it was almost 30 minutes late arrive in Koh Samui. The boat was also packed with very little space for anyone.
Make sure to look at the Seatran Discovery - this leaves from a pier much closer to the airport, and only takes 10 minutes longer - but every time we saw it, it was only half full at most. This also has 3 decks, indoors, shaded and full sun.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We booked a return ferry from Samui to Koh Tao via their website. Paid 1100THB with FREE to and fro transfers from the Samui pier! If you dont book via their website, you will have to pay 200THB for each transfer per person. That would be half the cost of your ticket!

Pick up service in a minivan was very prompt. Note that there is a 20kg luggage weight limit for each passenger, much like a flight allowance. The ride was very smooth despite some medium swells and heavy rain on the way back. Marine toilets are given a once over wash each trip so it was relatively clean, albeit wet. Once at the pier, we showed our return transfer tickets and were told to board minivan #12 for our dropoff area. There were about 14 minivans parked at the pier and passenger dissemination to the vans was done most systematically. All in all, the ferry pick up, ride and drop off were impressive in their coordination processes. You will also be issued tags and stickers to put on your bags and paste on yourself to indicate your passage. This is useful in separating the different passengers as the ferries drop off passengers headed for other islands en-route the same ferry journey. Ferry hands will help passengers carry their bags over the gangway if they see you are facing difficulty. Thumbs up for that.

Just a note:

Took the first ferry out to Koh Tao at 8am. Pick up was at 6.30am and we had not had breakfast yet. After check inat 7am, the Lomprayah breakfast cafe was not open so we had to wait 20min. There were only 3 breakfast sets at 150THB each. Breakfast was also served rather slowly and some travellers had to cancel their orders as their food had not arrived by the time boarding had started. We were served spoilt baked beans. All complaints about the beans went unheeded. Until it was time to pay for the meal and we told them we were not paying for the beans. The cashier refused to listen to me, no one seemed to be concerned and I was rushing to board, so I paid them 25THB short for each meal and left.

Thank flover81
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Used Lomprayah to go from Ko Tao to Ko Samui and back again.

The boats are pretty cool to check out, and travel very quickly .The passenger seating area is behind darkened windows and air conditioned. It's a nice boat trip, and you have the option (on some of the catamarans) of sitting upstairs on a sun deck if you want to.

Had to laugh in Ko Samui that we got our luggage weighed. It had made it on 5 flights in the past week without issue including an 18 hour long haul flight. Yet at Lomrayah office, they found that it was apparently 1kg over weight and was charged a 20 baht fine by the dramatic lady boy behind the counter. It actually wasn't overweight and their scales are inaccurate because they start at 1kg. I was going to argue the point but then thought better of it because the fine amount was 60 cents.

Would use again - great to see a country such as Thailand with such modern and efficient transport operators.

Oh and taxi service was brilliant also, great value and efficient. Far cheaper than using taxi touts hanging around.

Thank ismail20122
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Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

We used these guys to get between Surat Thanni and Krabi. The short story is they seemed to take every possible chance to swap busses - every time leaving us stranded as a captive audience at one of their depots to buy overpriced food, tours and accommodation.

Then at the end of it all, after waiting for half an hour here, forty five minutes there we found ourselves at a bus depot being asked "where are you staying?" When we said we're okay, we'd just like to go to Krabi, we were told "yes yes, this IS Krabi".

We gestured at the padocks around us and the tickets clearly said "Krabi" (not "a bus depot on the outskirts of Krabi") and were told that we wanted to get into Krabi, we'd have to pay extra: "we can't do it for free". At that point we shouldered our packs and started walking.

If you can find another company use them. If you can't, then be sure to learn the Thai for "no thanks I'm fine" and put on some comfortable walking shoes before traveling with these guys!

Thank Mark B
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