international airport, at 5pm and arrives in Ko Samui at about 8am
the following morning.
Operated by Seahorse Ferries, the ferry can carry up to 586 passengers, as well as 100 private cars, trailers and motorbikes. Ramp doors are located at bow and stern.
The overnight journey leaves Chuksamed Pier, Sattahip, close to U Tapao international airport, at 5pm and arrives in Ko Samui at about 8am the following morning.
The cost of a one-way passenger ticket for an airline-style seat starts from 2,500 baht. More luxurious accommodation is available, including VIP (2,800 baht), Comfort (3,300 baht), First (8,000 baht), Suite (10,000 baht), Premier (12,000 baht) and Family (14,000 baht).
caused by poor dredging operations.
The rate for a standard-length car is 2,000 baht, a motorcycle 1,500 baht and a trailer 2,000 baht.
The Blue Dolphin has various bars and indoor / upper deck restaurants.
Recently, Bangkok Airways slashed its fares from 4,900 baht to 2,500 baht to compete with the new service, though the airline is expected to reinstate the higher fare for the high season.
Following its successful maiden voyage, the ferry had to undergo minor repairs after being grounded in Samui, caused by poor dredging operations. Services will resume early December. A spokesman said it was an expensive delay “beyond our control or expectation.”
Seahorse Ferries is hoping to launch Sattahip to Songkhla in the coming months.
The Blue Dolphin was built in 1994 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan, and completely rebuilt in June 2010 with full conversion of passenger areas. Its current crew of 30 is headed by Capt Choorith Meemongkhon.