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Bangkok Air also advertises flights to Utapao but nothing turned up when we searched at research time. Zipping down to Ko Samet from Chiang Mai or Udon could be worth it you have a few beach days to spare at the end of a trip.
The ride takes three to five hours, depending on traffic. The buses return to Bangkok every two hours from to Hourly minibuses also run between Ekkamai and Ban Phe from to for baht.
You can also take a songthaew from Ban Phe to Rayong to find more long-distance bus options. See the Ban Phe travel section for the full scoop. Public ferries and speedboats depart for Ko Samet from at least five different piers in Ban Phe. Departing roughly every hour from toall of the large slow ferries disembark at Nadan Pier on the north coast of Samet after a leisurely minute cruise, returning to Ban Phe every hour from around to The most widely used pier by foreigners in Ban Phe is probably Nuan Thip Pier since this is where regular buses from Bangkok drop off.
Here you can catch a public ferry for 70 baht one-way or baht roundtrip -- hang on to that paper ticket if you go with the roundtrip.
Speedboats depart from Nuan Thip Pier after collecting 10 passengers and motor to several of the east-coast beaches on Samet, though you might be better off taking the more consistent speedboats departing from nearby Phe Pier. White Shark departs for Samet atandreturning to Ban Phe at aroundand exact pick up times depend on the beach.
Black Pearl departs for Samet at andreturning to Ban Phe at around and These are examples; the speedboats can stop at any beach. Several travel agents stay open late and can arrange private speedboat transfers to Ko Samet departing at any time of night, or so we were told. A travel agent at Municipal Pier quoted us 2, baht for a one-way private transfer to Nadan Pier.
These can also be flagged down as they pass anywhere on the island, except in the far south. A plethora of good-quality mountain bikes are available for rent at roide stands and resorts all over the island.
Expect to pay baht for one day or baht for two or more days -- it sounds pricey but most of the bikes are of a high quality. Keep in mind that the far southern road gets extremely hilly. Motorbikes are also widely available from to baht per day, with prices generally rising as you go further south. This helped contribute to the end for ATVs on Samet, but you can now rent a golf cart for 1, baht per day.
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