When you get off the Ferry/Boat you will see these kind of trucks parked right there. To take you anywhere they charge 200 baht per person, doesnt matter how far you are going. To walk to the first and main beach (Hat Sai Kaew) takes 10-15 minutes from the dock. We walked and it wasnt a problem with the bags just to save money, so anyways, if you want to save money then no point in taking these, if you want to bounce around in the back of the truck then please yourself....the rides are super bouncy i hear.....
To get to Ban Phe from Bangkok, catch a bus from the Eastern Bus Terminal, which is next to the Ekamai BTS Station.
A bus for Ban Phe leaves hourly, with the first bus at 5am and the last bus at 7pm. The 3.5-hour journey to Ban Phe costs 124baht (one way).
The bus is air-conditioned and a small snack and drink will be provided. A movie will also be screened during the journey.
At Ban Phe, it is a short 3-minute walk to the pier. Those who've got time on their hands may wish to explore the nearby marketplace or grab something to eat at any of the surrounding eating places.
To get to Ko Samet, catch a boat from Ban Phe (or pier Phe). Tickets can be purchased at the counter at the pier.
A slow boat to Ko Samet costs about 60baht, and takes about 30 minutes. Boats will generally wait until most seats are taken before leaving. During peak seasons, they can get a bit crowded, so if you want a seat, get on the boat early.
Visitors will also need to purchase a National Park entry ticket, which costs 200baht for foriegners and 50baht for locals. If you can pass off as a Thai, keep silent and just hand over 50baht ;p You will pass an office where a uniformed guard will be collecting the payment, on the way to your place of accomodation, and not at the pier.
Catch a bus from BKK-Samet at Ekkamai Station. It costs less than 150THB. There is a new bus hourly but you may want to go before midday since it will take 3-4 hours to get there. Must remember that you will have to take a boat from the mainland to koh Samet. The last boat is around 4pm. Its a 30 mins ride.
*The boat schedule may be changed, so better check with travel agency.
From Ban Phae there are several boats daily going on to Ko Samet. None of the boats I have seen look very stable - and they might actually not be so safe. Let's say it this way: aside from the handful of tourists (and a motorbike) there was one local lady on board - and she had taken and worn her own life-vest. I don't think the boat had any life-vests. On the way back we were offered a ride on a real boat by the owner of our cottages we had befriended. it was a much more pleasant ride - in particular since we ran into a storm and the sea got really choppy (to say the least). I'm quite glad we were not on one of the local fragile boats on that occasion
There are many places to rent motorcycles, for example at Ao Phai beach and it doesnät cost a lot either. Since most of Koh SAmet is a national park there aren't any real roads, just gravel and mud roads, so take care. But go, it's a fun way to explore the island.
Around the Samet Island as the road is very bad, it's advisable to rent a motorcycle which I guess, 125baht/day which isn't that ripped off. I've seen alot of "Parangs(foreigner)" driving motorcycles around the island and it looks comfy on them to explore..
The pic is still in Rayong Province..
It's a pick up truck that goes around the island. you will take a seat in the back as they provided a seat to passengers in there. From where we wanted to go to, we paid for 50baht/person. The road is very bad that you have to be careful to watch out as you might catch/eat a bug! As it's an open air! Most of the drivers will ask you first when are you going to,of course and if it's a bit far from where you are it will take you a 100baht/person..It's alot but you don't want to walk neither! ASk frist how much and try to bargain...
If you think you are being ripped off, check out in the Nadan Pier the list of fares they have there and ask the person in-chrage there!
From the Ban Phe, Rayong Province just cross the street and you can see the Nuanthip Pier and there you can get a ticket for the ferry that leaves every 10 mintues. The ferrry will take you 30 minutes to Nadan Pier in Ko Samet. When we get there the boat is very small as we arrived late.
RT is 100baht/person and it's better to get your ticket RT so that you wouldn't need to queue in Nadan in going back.
There are alot of boats that caters in going and around the island.
Ticket Price to Samet Island:
(Wait for 20 person)
*First boat-8am and wait for every hour
AO Vongduean -----------------120baht/RT/person
(wait for 7 persons)
*First boat-8:30am and 10:30am,12:30pm,14:30pm
AO Wai ------------------200baht/RT/person
(wait for 7 persons)
*First boat-10am and 12pm,14pm
AO Prao ------------------120baht/RT/person
(wait for 7 more persons)
AO Kaui-Pakarang ------------------200baht/RT/person
(wait for more 7 persons)
*First boat-9:30am and 11:30am,13:30pm
Samet Cliff ------------------120baht/RT/person
*First boat-8am and every hour
Travelling to Ban-Phe,Rayong District, the nearest pier to Ko Samet will take you around 4 to 5 hours. The road in going there is very good and the drivers is either okey or it will take you forever to arrive!
Seriously, when you want to take a bus. Get to Ekamai Station(BTS) and exit in EXIT 1 and you will find the Eastern Bus Station that has different routes. You can go there for Trat, Pattaya, Sriracha and anywhere that is somewhere in around the Central Thailand leaving every an hour or so..
We had the first class bus for only 125baht/person. And a forty seater.
Ko Samet is a popular destination and there are plenty of boats between Ban Phe pier (on the mainland, 22 kms from Rayong) and the main pier on Ko Samet north-eastern coast.
Services are frequent and well organized.
It takes less than half an hour from Ban Phe to Ko Samet.
khao san to mbk (bus no.47, 7b)
mbk to ekkamae (train, 30b)
ekkamae to rayong (bus, 126b or 160b)
rayong to nadan pier (ferry, 50b)
Transport to the island is obviously by boat. took about 30 minutes or so. Can get very busy, so get a seat early, otherwise u could be standing for the whole time.