I want to post a report, much like a review, of the Air Asia Flight-Bus-Ferry option from Bangkok to Koh Samui.
I have only found the "ask a question" button, so I hope this isn't posted in the wrong place or any kind of irritation for users.
My wife and I arrived in BKK in the afternoon and booked the Air Asia option out of DMK at 7am the following morning.
First let me say that the whole experience was quite positive, and I recommend this journey not just for the money saved, but for a pleasant part of our entire trip.
When I searched for a Direct flight from BKK to Samui the price was $600USD EACH! The Air Asia option cost us just over $400 usd for BOTH of us. That is significant savings. We live in South Africa and the Rand doesn't go very far so we were doing everything on a budget.
When you book online, it is quite ridiculous the way the booking and payment process works. You choose a date, get a price, continue to click, and literally every time you click there is a fee added. I had never seen anything like it and it concerned us, but like i said, it was still way cheaper than flying direct and everything turned out wonderfully.
We took a free shuttle from BKK which was literally right outside the arrival exit. Just show your flight itinerary and get on the bus. I think it took about 40 mins on an old but cool bus to get to DMK.
Our flight was departing at 7am the following morning, so we booked a room at Amari which is literally attached to the airport. I highly recommend this if your situation is similar. We still got to explore Bangkok for one evening. Find my review of Amari here:
So the Air Asia flight was short and easy in a comfy small jet with no frills like free beverages or food. You can buy on the plane if you want, or eat at the airport. Upon arrival at Surat Thani Airport, you will be lead outside to an awaiting bus. It is a comfortable airconditioned ride for about an hour and a half (may have been less) through some lesser populated areas of Thailand. I enjoyed staring out the window at villages and jungle and the time went by quickly.
While on this bus you will be offered a ticket for a shuttle ride from the Pier in Samui to your hotel for R200 baht. This part of your journey has nothing to do with the Air Asia Package and it is indeed for your own account, but I chose to refuse this ticket. It turned out that once you get to Samui there are a hundred mini-busses waiting at the pier and it is a flat R200 per person with luggage to any hotel on the island. It is so easy with no negotiating and no confusion. Don't pay a private car or driver unless you are more than 4 people. They all charge R750 and up for private cars / vans/ drivers.
The bus brings you to the pier where there is a ticket desk and a little shop with beer and snacks and other refreshments at normal cheap shop prices. You just go to the ticket desk and show your Air Asia Booking and they will issue you a ticket to the ferry.
Board the ferry and enjoy a very scenic, very relaxing wonderful 2 hour (maybe a smidge less) journey to Koh Samui. It is so relaxing with a constant breeze and very comfortable reclining seats (old but comfy). In my opinion, this was almost like a booked tourist activity and I didn't mind spending a total of 5 hours on this easy, beautiful and relaxing journey.
When I was searching before my trip I didn't find any complete explanations on how this all worked so I wanted to provide something useful. I hope that I have.