The numerous islands along its coast makes Surat Thani a perfect hideaway for vacationers from around the world. The ideal destination for many is the Penang-sized Koh Samui, Thailand’s third largest island. The island’s relaxed atmosphere is its main draw, and the area’s attractions are usually small and personal. While sunbathing is a popular activity here, also popular is a visit to the Monkey School, where monkeys are trained to collect coconuts from the tall palm trees.
Ferry boats and express boats operate between Na Thon Pier on Ko Samui and Thong Sala Pier on Ko Pha-ngan, four times a day. The trip takes about 45 minutes for express boats, and one hour for ordinary ferry boats.
Bo Phut (Ko Samui) — Hat Rin (Ko Pha-ngan) There is a ferry boat leaving Bo Phut for Ko Pha-ngan twice daily at 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. The return trips depart Hat Rin on Ko Pha-ngan at 10.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.
Visitors can hire a boat on Ko Samui to go to Ang Thong. The charge depends on the boat size and number of passengers. The trip takes 1.30 hours. It is also possible to join a full-day excursion organized by tour operators in Ko Samui. Services for Ko Tao are available at Na Thon Pier of Ko Samui.
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