Koh Samui Cruise Port Information

Koh Samui Cruise Port Information

We had the privilege of being invited on the Marella Discovery whilst we were on our recent holiday to Thailand. We cruised on the Discovery in October doing the Seeking the Northern Lights Cruise itinerary and had an amazing time.  We were excited to be back on board and to see the changes that had happened in dry dock. We also wanted to understand where the cruise ships tendered so we could share this information with you. So here is our Koh Samui cruise port information.

Where is Koh Samui Cruise Port?

Koh Samui Cruise Port is situated in Nathon, the capital of the island which is situated on the east coast of the Island. The ships tender to the main piers by the ferry port.

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Koh Samui map courtesy of http://www.kohsamui.org

There are two peers next to each other and depending on how many ships are in port at any one time will determine which peer you’ll be tendered to.

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Road leading to the tender in Nathon

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Tender point for the Marella Discovery

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Marella Discovery Tender in Nathon

Nathon is a small town, there are a few bars and restaurants but it is mainly a shopping town, because most of the products for sale on the island come into Nathon from the mainland in theory it should be cheapest place to shop but this doesn’t always pan out so don’t forget to barter hard. Of the restaurants we have visited in Nathon our favourite is a place called Will Wait, we had in Paul’s opinion the best masaman curry to date and the yellow noodle soup was excellent too.

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Excellent noodle soup at Will Wait in Nathon

If it is thai curry pastes that you are after the best place on the island can also be found in Nathon. Sanphet grocery and liqueur store has a wide selection of thai products but also stock the things that can be harder to find including a excellent selection of wines and cheese you name it and they’ve got it and its definitely the cheapest we’ve found anywhere. If you are looking out to sea on the main sea front walk left and around the corner and you will find it on the right, half way up the road.

How to get around the island from the Koh Samui Cruise Port?

Koh Samui is not a huge island, it is 25 kilometres long and 21 kilometres so is easy to navigate in a day. Taxis in Thailand are notorious for over charging, sometimes 3 times the price that it should be and they never use a meter. We have learnt a lot on our many visits and have written this post on how you can save money and how much taxi fares should be.

We recommend that you download the Navigo App from Google Play or App Store and use it. Our video describes how.

What to do in Koh Samui?

There are lots of beautiful beaches within easy reach of the port and there is also a fantastic elephant sanctuary called the Samui Elephant Sanctuary which are a must see, but please don’t confuse them with the trekking site at Nu Muang water falls where the animals are treated appallingly. To find out more about why you shouldn’t visit these parks and ride elephants check out our post here.

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Elephants at the Samui Elephant Sanctuary

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Amazing experience at the Samui Elephant Sanctuary

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Feeding the elephants at the Samui Elephant Sanctuary

If site seeing is your thing then a trip to Big Buddha and Fishermen’s village is a good option at the north of the island, and if you fancy a day of indulgence you need to go to Nikki Beach  which is only a short taxi ride from Nathon. A luxury beach club on Lipa Noi beach, that even has its own DJ booth and Saxophone player, it is not cheap but a great treat! The busier resorts of Lamai and Chaweng on the west coast are also worth a visit too.

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Big Buddha in Bangrak, Koh Samui

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Nikki Beach at Lipa Noi

Whatever you decide to do make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get back to the ship, Nathon is on a one way system and during busy periods long delays are quite common so please bare this in mind if your not going on a pre arranged excursion. The day we visited there were 3 ships in port and we were stuck in traffic for nearly an hour.

We hope you have found our Koh Samui cruise port post useful. Koh Samui is a great destination and if you need any more information please do get in touch!

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More Thailand information can be found here.

For more cruise ports information – do check out our destination guides here.

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10 Responses to Koh Samui Cruise Port Information

  1. Massaman curry is our absolute favorite, we will need to try that place when we go to Thailand. The Samui Elephant Sanctuary looked beautiful 🙂 Loving your adventures!

    • We love Massaman but our favourite at the moment is Yellow Curry! Koh Samui is a great island really does have it all. Thanks for following our adventures much appreciated! 😁

  2. Anna says:

    I have so much to experience in Thailand yet (only been to Phuket for a couple of days)! The Sanctuary would be a must! And those thai curry pastes…yum! Thanks for the tips #FeetDoTravel

  3. wow! What an adventure! I’ll definitely share this with my friend, she’s going to Koh Samui for a bachelorette. I’ll definitely add this to my bucket list as well

  4. Shona Grant says:

    I followed your recent travels to Koh Samui via social media and it looked like you had a fab time. There’s great info here, so I’ve pinned for my next Thailand adventure. 🙂

  5. I didn’t know Koh Samui had a port so this is new to me! Koh Samui is a lovely island, I can see why you keep returning. All good information here, thanks for sharing. pinned #feetdotravel

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