From Bangkok, drive south on Highway No. 4 past Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon
then take Highway No. 41 to Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phatthalung. From Phatthalung,
follow No.41 to Highway No. 4 and finally to Highway No. 406. The drive between
Bangkok and Satun covers 973 kilometers.
The journey from Bangkok to Satun can be made on air-conditioned coaches originating
from the Southern Bus Terminal. The coaches depart from Bangkok either in the morning
or evening and cover the nearly 1000 kilometers in about 13 hours. For more information,
call the Southern Bus Terminal at tel. 0 2435 1199-200 or the Satun Bus Station at
tel. 0 7471 1446.
From Hat Yai, Satun can be reached by van, public bus and taxi. Taxis are available
in Hat Yai at the Ratthakan Post Office; vans and public busses can be found beside Dr.
Somphot’s Clinic near Hat Yai train station. The vans leave every hour from 07.00 am.
- 06.00 pm. Public busses leave from Hat Yai bus station every 2 hours from 06.30 am. - 04.35 pm.
Busses depart from Satun's bus station, which is located a few kilometre south of
Satun town. Busses to Bangkok take 15 hours and depart at in the morning and in the
afternoon. Busses to Trang leave hourly from 05.30 am. - 04.30 pm. and arrive around
two hours later. Air-con busses to Phuket depart morning, noon, and night. The trip
takes about 8 hours stopping in La-ngu, Trang, and Krabi along the way.
There are no direct trains to Satun. Visitors can take a Bangkok-Hat Yai train, leaving
the Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lumphong) to the Hat Yai train station, from which visitors
can take a taxi, van, or public bus to Satun from Ratthakan Post Office. It is 97 kilometers
from Hat Yai to Satun. For more information on trains, contact the State Railways of Thailand,
tel. 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or visit www.railway.co.th.
There are no direct flights to Satun. The trip by air can be made via Hat Yai airport, from
which visitors can take a van, taxi, or bus to Satun, 97 kilometers away.
Boats to Kuala Perlis and Langkawi Island in Malaysia leave from the Tammalang pier 10
of Satun, which is serviced by orange songtaews and motorcycle taxis. The new pier building houses
immigration services, a restaurant, convenience stores, currency exchange booths, and travel agencies.
Boats between Langkawi Island and Satun make three voyages a day in each direction. The fare is
around 300 baht and the trip takes about one hour. Long-tail boats to Kuala Perlis cost 120
Morning is the best time to travel as there are many passengers at that time and boats only leave when
they are full.
Songtaews are the best form of local transportation, picking up and dropping off passengers
around Satun town. For more freedom to explore it may be better to rent a car in Hat Yai and
then drive to Satun. To get to the islands of Satun province there are boat services that run
more frequently in the high season.