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Scott Adams
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Scott Adams
Scott Adams (cropped).jpg
Adams in June 2007
Born June 8, 1957 (age 60)
Windham, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist, writer
Notable works
Dilbert
Scott Adams (born June 8, 1957) is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, and business.

His Dilbert series came to national prominence through the downsizing period in 1990s America and was then distributed worldwide. Adams worked in various roles at big businesses before he became a full-time cartoonist in 1995. He writes in a satirical, often sarcastic, way about the social and mental landscape of white-collar workers in modern business corporations.

Contents [hide]
1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 Office worker
2.2 Full-time cartoonist
3 Personal life
3.1 2016 United States presidential election
4 Publications
4.1 Dilbert compilations
4.2 Special compilations (annotated, favorites, etc.)
4.3 Other Dilbert books
4.4 Dilbert-related business publications
4.5 Non-Dilbert publications
5 Awards
6 Coined phrases
7 References
8 External links
Early life[edit]
Scott Raymond Adams was born in 1957 in Windham, New York, the son of Virginia (née Vining)[1] and Paul Adams.[2] Adams is of half German descent.[3] He also has English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Dutch and “a small amount” of Native American ancestry.[4][5][6]

He grew up a big fan of the Peanuts comics, and started drawing his own comics at the age of six.[7] He also became a fan of Mad magazine, and began spending long hours honing his drawing talent, winning a competition at the age of eleven.[7]

In 1968, he was rejected for an arts school and decided to pursue a career in law. Adams graduated valedictorian at Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School in 1975, with a class size of 39. He remained in the area and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Hartwick College in 1979.[8] In his senior year, a vehicle breakdown almost forced him to spend a night in the snow, causing him to vow never to see a snowflake again. He took a one-way trip to California a few months after his graduation.[7]

Career[edit]
Office worker[edit]
Adams worked closely with telecommunications engineers at Crocker National Bank in San Francisco between 1979 and 1986. Upon joining the organization, he entered a management training program after being held at gunpoint twice in four months as a teller.[7] Over the years, his positions included management trainee, computer programmer, budget analyst, commercial lender, product manager, and supervisor.[7] He earned an MBA in economics and management from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986.[9]

Adams created Dilbert during this period; the name came from ex-boss Mike Goodwin. Dogbert, originally named Dildog, was loosely based on his family’s deceased pet beagle Lucy.[7] Submissions to various publications of both Dilbert and non-Dilbert comic panels failed to win publication. These included The New Yorker and Playboy. However, an inspirational letter from a fan persuaded Adams to keep trying.[7]

He worked at Pacific Bell between 1986 and June 1995; the personalities he encountered there became the inspiration for many of his Dilbert characters.[10] Adams first published Dilbert with United Media in 1989, while still employed at Pacific Bell. He had to draw his cartoons at 4 a.m. in order to work a full day at the company. His first paycheck for Dilbert was a monthly royalty check of $368.62.[7] Gradually, Dilbert became more popular, and was published by 100 newspapers in 1991 and 400 by 1994. Adams attributes his success to his idea of including his e-mail address in the panels, thus facilitating feedback from readers.[7]

Full-time cartoonist[edit]
Adams’s success grew, and he became a full-time cartoonist with Dilbert in 800 newspapers. In 1996, The Dilbert Principle was released, his first business book.[7]

Logitech CEO Pierluigi Zappacosta invited Adams to impersonate a management consultant, which he did wearing a wig and false mustache. He tricked Logitech managers into adopting a mission statement that Adams described as “so impossibly complicated that it has no real content whatsoever”.[11] That year, he won the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year and Best Newspaper Comic Strip of 1997, the most prestigious awards in the field.[7]

In 1998, Dilbert began as a TV series, but was canceled in 2000. By 2000, the comic was in 2,000 newspapers in 57 countries and 19 languages.[7]

Finally, I got the call. “You’re number one.” I still haven’t popped the champagne. I just raise the bar for what would be the right moment, and tell myself how tasty it will be if I ever accomplish something special in my work. Apparently the thing inside me that makes me work so hard is the same thing that keeps me unsatisfied.[12]

Adams was a fan of the science fiction TV series Babylon 5, and he appeared in the season 4 episode “Moments of Transition” as a character named “Mr. Adams” who hires former head of security Michael Garibaldi to locate his megalomaniacal dog and cat.[13] He also had a cameo in “Review”, a third-season episode of the TV series NewsRadio, in which Matthew Brock (played by Andy Dick) becomes an obsessed Dilbert fan. Adams is credited as “Guy in line behind Dave and Joe in first scene”.[14] Later in the episode, the character Dave Nelson (Dave Foley) hires an actor to play Scott Adams in a trick to bring Matthew back to work at the station.[citation needed]

In April 2011, he used sockpuppet accounts to comment on Metafilter and Reddit threads, defending himself under an anonymous alias and attacking his critics.[15] In March 2011, Adams posted a blog post in which he wrote, “The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently.”, following with “I realize I might take some heat for lumping women, children and the mentally handicapped in the same group. So I want to be perfectly clear. I’m not saying women are similar to either group. I’m saying that a man’s best strategy for dealing with each group is disturbingly similar”.[16][17][18]

Adams is the CEO of Scott Adams Foods, Inc., makers of the Dilberito and Protein Chef, and a co-owner of Stacey’s Café in Pleasanton, California.[19]

On April 6, 2017, Adams posted an article on his website claiming that the fatal Khan Shaykhun chemical attack in Syria on April 4 was likely to be a “manufactured event” designed to provoke a response.[20][21]

Personal life[edit]
Adams is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and a former member of Mensa.[22]

In recent years, Adams has had two notable health problems. Since late 2004, he has suffered from a reemergence of his focal dystonia, which has affected his ability to draw for lengthy periods on paper,[23] though it causes no real problem now that he draws the comic on a graphics tablet. He also suffered from spasmodic dysphonia, a condition that causes the vocal cords to behave in an abnormal manner. He recovered from this condition temporarily but in July 2008 underwent surgery to rewire the nerve connections to his vocal cords.[24] The operation was successful, and Adams’s voice is now completely functional.[25]

Adams is a vegetarian and trained as a hypnotist.[26] He credits his own success to affirmations, including Dilbert’s success and achieving a ninety-fourth percentile on a difficult qualification exam for business school, among other unlikely events. He states that the affirmations give him focus.[27] He has described a method which he has used that he says gave him success. He pictured in his mind what he wanted, and wrote it down 15 times a day on a piece of paper.[28] In addition to his cartoon work, he has written two books on religion, God’s Debris (2001), and The Religion War (2004). God’s Debris lays out a theory of Pandeism, in which God blows itself up to see what will happen, which becomes the cause of our universe.[29]

Stephan Pastis, creator of Pearls Before Swine, credits Adams for launching his career as a cartoonist.[citation needed]

Adams married Shelly Miles in 2006. She has two children named Savannah and Justin Miles. In a February 2014 blog posting he revealed that he is no longer married.[30] Kristina Basham, a model and baker, is Adams girlfriend who he lives with. She has two daughters, and is vice president of WhenHub.[31]

Adams has often commented on political matters. Despite this, in 2016 he wrote on his blog “I don’t vote and I am not a member of a political party.”[32] In 2007, he suggested that Michael Bloomberg would make a good presidential candidate.[33]

Before the 2008 presidential election he said, “On social issues, I lean Libertarian, minus the crazy stuff”,[34] but said in December 2011 that, if he were president, he would do whatever Bill Clinton advised him to do because that “would lead to policies that are a sensible middle ground”.[35] In a blog post from September 2017, Adams considers himself to be “left of Bernie [Sanders], but with a preference for plans that can work.”[36]

On October 17, 2012, he wrote “while I don’t agree with Romney’s positions on most topics, I’m endorsing him for president”.[37]

2016 United States presidential election[edit]
In 2015, although Adams stated that he would not endorse a candidate for the 2016 elections, he repeatedly praised Donald Trump’s persuasion skills, especially on his blog,[38][39] extensively detailing what he called Trump’s “talent stack”.[40] Adams correctly predicted that Trump would win the Republican nomination. He also predicted that Trump would win the general election in a huge landslide,[41]; in the 2016 election campaign’s final weeks, except for a temporary reversal in early October, Adams repeatedly said that Trump would win.[42][43][44][45] Adams wrongly predicted the result for the Iowa caucus voting.[46]

Adams has shared on his blog and elsewhere that men may feel emasculated by the nomination of a female candidate for president. Of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, he said the following: “…If you’re an undecided voter, and male, you’re seeing something different. You’re seeing a celebration that your role in society is permanently diminished. And it’s happening in an impressive venue that was, in all likelihood, designed and built mostly by men.”[47]

However, Adams officially announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton in June 2016, stating that Clinton had paired “the idea of President Trump with nuclear disaster, racism, Hitler, the Holocaust, and whatever else makes you tremble in fear” and that he (Adams) would be “a top-ten assassination target” because he “wrote about his (Donald Trump’s) persuasion skills in positive terms.”[48]

Adams later said that his endorsement of Hillary Clinton was purely out of fear for his own life, stating he had received direct and indirect death threats.[49] Adams goes on to say that writing about Donald Trump ended his speaking career and reduced his income by about 40%.[50]

By July 2016, he routinely placed variants of a disclaimer at the bottom of his blog posts:

“Note: I endorsed Hillary Clinton – for my personal safety – because I live in California. It isn’t safe to be viewed as a Trump supporter where I live. My politics don’t align with either candidate, but backing Clinton reduces my odds of dying at the hands of my fellow citizens. (And yes, I am 100% serious. It just happens to be funny by coincidence.)”[51]

However, in late September, Adams officially switched his endorsement from Clinton to Trump. Among his primary reasons for the switch were his respect for Trump’s persuasion skills over Clinton’s, Clinton’s proposal to raise the Estate Tax to 65%, and his concerns over Clinton’s health.[52] In mid-October, Adams switched his endorsement again, with a post titled “Why I Endorse Gary Johnson (this week)”, and ending with the promotional line, “You might enjoy my book because you’re not sure if I’m really endorsing Gary Johnson or just saying so to protect my brand.”[53] In late October, Adams switched his endorsement to Trump once again, citing the Clinton campaign’s bullying tactics that had “[turned] Americans against each other”.[54]

In February 2017, Adams stopped donating to UC Berkeley, after the violence that erupted against Milo Yiannopoulos and student Trump supporters.[55]

Publications[edit]
Dilbert compilations[edit]
Always Postpone Meetings with Time-Wasting Morons (1992)
Shave the Whales (1994)
Bring Me the Head of Willy the Mailboy! (1995)
It’s Obvious You Won’t Survive by Your Wits Alone (1995)
Still Pumped from Using the Mouse (1996)
Fugitive From the Cubicle Police (1996)
Casual Day Has Gone Too Far (1997)
I’m Not Anti-Business, I’m Anti-Idiot (1998)
Journey to Cubeville (1998)
Don’t Step in the Leadership (1999)
Random Acts of Management (2000)
Excuse Me While I Wag (2001)
When Did Ignorance Become a Point of View? (2001)
Another Day in Cubicle Paradise (2002)
All Dressed Down And Nowhere To Go (2002) (Still Pumped from Using the Mouse, Casual Day Has Gone Too Far, and I’m Not Anti-Business, I’m Anti-Idiot combined)
When Body Language Goes Bad (2003)
Words You Don’t Want to Hear During Your Annual Performance Review (2003)
Don’t Stand Where the Comet is Assumed to Strike Oil (2004)
The Fluorescent Light Glistens Off Your Head (2005)
Thriving on Vague Objectives (2005)
Try Rebooting Yourself (2006)
Positive Attitude (2007)
This is the Part Where You Pretend to Add Value (2008)
Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert (2008)
Freedom’s Just Another Word for People Finding Out You’re Useless (2009)
14 Years of Loyal Service in a Fabric-Covered Box (2009)
I’m Tempted to Stop Acting Randomly (2010)
How’s That Underling Thing Working Out for You? (2011)
Teamwork Means You Can’t Pick the Side that’s Right (2012)
Your New Job Title Is “Accomplice” (2013)
I Sense a Coldness to Your Mentoring (2013)
Go Add Value Someplace Else (2014)
Optimism Sounds Exhausting (2015)
I’m No Scientist, But I Think Feng Shui Is Part of the Answer (2016)
Dilbert Gets Re-accommodated (2017)
Special compilations (annotated, favorites, etc.)[edit]
Build a Better Life by Stealing Office Supplies: Dogbert’s Big Book of Business (1991)
Dogbert’s Clues for the Clueless (1993)
Seven Years of Highly Defective People (1997)
Dilbert Gives You the Business (1999)
A Treasury of Sunday Strips: Version 00 (2000)
What Do You Call a Sociopath in a Cubicle? Answer: A Coworker (2002)
It’s Not Funny If I Have to Explain It (2004)
What Would Wally Do? (2006)
Cubes and Punishment (2007)
Problem Identified: And You’re Probably Not Part of the Solution (2010)
Your Accomplishments Are Suspiciously Hard to Verify (2011)
I Can’t Remember If We’re Cheap or Smart (2012)
Other Dilbert books[edit]
Telling It Like It Isn’t (1996)
You Don’t Need Experience If You’ve Got Attitude (1996)
Access Denied: Dilbert’s Quest for Love in the Nineties (1996)
Conversations With Dogbert (1996)
Work is a Contact Sport (1997)
The Boss: Nameless, Blameless and Shameless (1997)
The Dilbert Bunch (1997)
No You’d Better Watch Out (1997)
Please Don’t Feed The Egos (1997)
Random Acts of Catness (1998)
You Can’t Schedule Stupidity (1998)
Dilbert Meeting Book Exceeding Tech Limits (1998)
Trapped In A Dilbert World: Book Of Days (1998)
Work—The Wally Way (1999)
Alice in Blunderland (1999)
Dilbert Sudoku Comic Digest: 200 Puzzles Plus 50 Classic Dilbert Cartoons (2008)
Dilbert-related business publications[edit]
Dilbert Newsletter (since 1994)
The Dilbert Principle (1996)
Dogbert’s Top Secret Management Handbook (1996)
The Dilbert Future (1997)
The Joy of Work (1998)
Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel (2002)
Slapped Together: The Dilbert Business Anthology (2002) (The Dilbert Principle, The Dilbert Future, and The Joy of Work, published together in one book)
Dilbert’s Guide to the Rest of Your Life: Dispatches from Cubicleland (2007)
Non-Dilbert publications[edit]
God’s Debris (2001)
The Religion War (2004)
Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!: Cartoonist Ignores Helpful Advice (2007)
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life (2013)
Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter (2017)
Awards[edit]
Adams has received recognition for his work, including the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award and Newspaper Comic Strip Award for 1997 for his work on Dilbert. He had also been climbing the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) rankings of the 50 most influential management thinkers placing 31st in 2001,[56] 27th in 2003,[57] and 12th in 2005,[58] but fell to 21st in 2007.[59] He did not place in 2009.[60]

He received the NCTE George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language for his participation in “Mission Impertinent” (San Jose Mercury News West Magazine, November 16, 1997).[citation needed]

Coined phrases[edit]
Adams has coined or popularized several words and phrases over the years, such as:

BOCTAOE (But Of Course There Are Obvious Exceptions)
Confusopoly
DMDD Dance monkey! Dance! Dance!
The Dilbert principle
Dilbertian
Donald Trump chessmaster meme
Elbonian
Induhvidual
PHB (Pointy-Haired Boss)
Philosotainment[61]
Adams Law of Slow-Moving Disasters
“Cow-orker” was a preexisting word from Usenet that Adams popularized through his newsletter. Similarly, “Induhvidual” gained popularity through the newsletter, though it was coined by a reader.

References[edit]
Jump up ^ “Virginia Adams obituary”. Ancestry. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
Jump up ^ Adams, Scott (1999). El Futuro de Dilbert: Como Prosperar en el Siglo XXI Gracias a la Esupidez [Dilbert’s future: how to prosper in the XXI Century thanks to stupidity] (in Spanish). Ediciones Granica. p. 5. ISBN 978-84-7577615-6. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
Jump up ^ Adams, Scott. “Let’s Talk About Hitler”. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
Jump up ^ Adams, Scott. “Immigration”. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
Jump up ^ Adams, Scott. “I’m part Native American”. Twitter. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
Jump up ^ Adams, Scott. “Joe Rogan Experience No. 874”. You tube. Google. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h i j k l Adams, Scott (2008). Dilbert 2.0: 20 years of Dilbert. Jamaica City: Andrews McMeel. ISBN 0-7407-7735-1.
Jump up ^ “About Scott Adams”. Dilbert. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
Jump up ^ “Scott Adams MBA 86”. Haas School of Business. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
Jump up ^ Spicer, André (November 23, 2017). “From inboxing to thought showers: how business bullshit took over”. The Guardian.
Jump up ^ O’Brien, Tia (November 16, 1997). “Mission: Impertinent”. San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
Jump up ^ “The Dilbert Blog”. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
Jump up ^ Moments of Transition on IMDb
Jump up ^ Review on IMDb
Jump up ^ http://comicsalliance.com/scott-adams-plannedchaos-sockpuppet/
Jump up ^ “I’m a What?”. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
Jump up ^ Teeman, Tim (April 2, 2011). “Dilbert drawn into row over fightback by men’s lib”. The Times.
Jump up ^ “”Dilbert” Creator’s Blog Makes Women Furious”. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
Jump up ^ “About Us”. eatatstaceys.com. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
Jump up ^ “Trump’s Far-Right Supporters Turn on Him Over Syria Strike”. The New York Times. April 7, 2017.
Jump up ^ Adams, Scott (April 6, 2017). “The Syrian Gas Attack Persuasion”.
Jump up ^ Adams, Scott (September 29, 2008). “Famous People Lists”. Dilbert Blog. Retrieved June 12, 2010.
Jump up ^ Sordyl, Samantha (May 10, 2005). “Scott Adams, Drawing the Line”. The Washington Post. Retrieved January 28, 2008.
Jump up ^ Zachary Kanin (October 29, 2008). “An Interview with the “Dilbert” Cartoonist Scott Adams”. The New Yorker. Retrieved October 29, 2008.
Jump up ^ “‘Dilbert’ creator recovers from rare disorder”. MSNBC. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
Jump up ^ Mentioned in Dilbert: A Treasury of Sunday Strips
Jump up ^ Mentioned in The Dilbert Future
Jump up ^ Robert Frank. “Can You Get Rich by Visualizing Yourself Rich?”. The Wall Street Journal.
Jump up ^ Knujon Mapson, “A Brief History of Pandeism,” Pandeism: An Anthology (2017), p. 31-32.
Jump up ^ Scott Adams (February 18, 2014). “What’s the Goal with Robots Read News?”. The Scott Adams Blog. Archived from the original on February 24, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
Jump up ^ Winter, Caroline (March 22, 2017). “How Donald Trump Hypnotized Scott Adams”. Bloomberg L.P. Archived from the original on March 26, 2017.
Jump up ^ Scott Adams (March 24, 2016). “Who’s Afraid of Donald Trump?”. Scott Adams’ Blog. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
Jump up ^ Scott Adams (May 16, 2007). “Bloomberg for President?”. The Dilbert Blog. Archived from the original on May 19, 2007. Retrieved February 14, 2011.
Jump up ^ “Commentary: Dilbert guy’s economic poll on McCain, Obama – CNN”. CNN. September 16, 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
Jump up ^ Scott Adams (December 5, 2011). “The Persuasive Candidate”. The Dilbert Blog. Archived from the original on January 8, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
Jump up ^ “How a Silicon Valley Investor Does Leadership”. Scott Adams’ Blog. September 21, 2017. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
Jump up ^ Scott Adams (October 17, 2012). “Firing Offense”. The Dilbert Blog. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
Jump up ^ “The Trump Master Persuader Index and Reading List”.
Jump up ^ “Dilbert Creator Scott Adams on Donald Trump’s “Linguistic Kill Shots””.
Jump up ^ “The Trump Talent Stack”. blog.dilbert.com.
Jump up ^ Suebsaeng, Asawin (September 14, 2015). “‘Dilbert’ Creator on How Trump Is Like The Founding Fathers & Jesus”. The Daily Beast.
Jump up ^ “The era of women”. Scott Adams’ Blog. October 13, 2016.
Jump up ^ “The bully party”. Scott Adams’ Blog. October 25, 2016. Today I put Trump’s odds of winning in a landslide back to 98%.
Jump up ^ “The persuasion scorecard”. Scott Adams’ Blog. November 2, 2016. I predict Trump wins in a landslide
Jump up ^ “I don’t want a government job”. Scott Adams’ Blog. November 6, 2016. On election day, should Trump win as I predict, I ask for Trump supporters to stay cool when the predictable riots erupt.
Jump up ^ “News Flash: Cartoonist Gets One Wrong!”.
Jump up ^ “Selling Past the Close – Scott Adams’ Blog”. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
Jump up ^ “My Endorsement for President of the United States”.
Jump up ^ “When Persuasion Turns Deadly”.
Jump up ^ “When Persuasion Turns Deadly”.
Jump up ^ “The Crook Versus the Racist”.
Jump up ^ “Why I Switched My Endorsement from Clinton to Trump”. Scott Adams’ Blog. September 25, 2016. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
Jump up ^ “Why I Endorse Gary Johnson (this week)”. Scott Adams’ Blog. October 9, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
Jump up ^ “The Bully Party”. Scott Adams’ Blog. October 25, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
Jump up ^ Ernst, Douglas (February 6, 2017). “‘Dilbert’ creator: ‘I’m ending my support of UC Berkeley'”. The Washington Times. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
Jump up ^ “2001 Results”. The Thinkers 50. Retrieved November 19, 2009.
Jump up ^ “2003 Results”. The Thinkers 50. Retrieved November 19, 2009.
Jump up ^ “2005 Results”. The Thinkers 50. Retrieved November 19, 2009.
Jump up ^ “2007Results”. The Thinkers 50. Retrieved November 19, 2009.
Jump up ^ “2009 Results”. The Thinkers 50. Retrieved November 19, 2009.
Jump up ^ Philosotainment, The Dilbert Blog, February 2007.
External links[edit]
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Official website
Scott Adams Says at Periscope
Scott Adams on Charlie Rose
“Review”. NewsRadio (S3E2 ed.). September 25, 1996. featuring Scott Adams
Works by or about Scott Adams in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
Adams, Scott (February 2006). “Answers to Your Questions”. Dilbert blog. Archived from the original on February 21, 2006.
PR efforts for the October 2013 release of How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
Rosen, Gary (October 12, 2013). “Scott Adams’ Secret of Success: Failure” (video). Saturday Essay. Adam’s essay and a video interview with Rosen
Adams, Scott (October 23, 2013). “I created Dilbert. Ask Me Anything”. Reddit AMA. Reddit.
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Bangkok to Koh Samui

Updated: February 12, 2017

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Q. How do I get from Bangkok to Koh Samui?

Arriving at the Koh Samui airport. The beaches are a short drive from the airport.
Flying directly to Koh Samui is by far the easiest way of getting to the island. And if you book early the price of an air ticket isn’t that much more than the train-ferry or bus-ferry combination tickets. The beaches are just a short drive from the Koh Samui airport.

You have 4 main choices for getting from Bangkok to Koh Samui:

  • The easiest and quickest way to get to Koh Samui from Bangkok is to fly. Flights are cheap if you book early. Bangkok Airlines has 19 flights per day from Bangkok to Koh Samui. Thai Airways has 2 flights per day.
  • Fly from Bangkok to Surat Thani and then ferry across to Koh Samui – This is cheaper than flying directly to Koh Samui but the bus from the airport to the pier and the ferry across to Koh Samui add at least 3 hours to your travel time. Nok Air and Air Asia have 5 flights per day from Bangkok to Surat Thani. It’s easiest to buy your bus/ferry tickets in the Surat Thani airport after you arrive. Bus & ferry information from Surat Thani to Koh Samui
  • Train from Bangkok to Surat Thani and then ferry to Koh Samui – The overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thani is fun and much more enjoyable than the bus. Read this detailed post at Seat61 for complete info on the train ride to Surat Thani.
  • Bus from Bangkok to Surat Thani and then ferry to Koh Samui – The cheapest way to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui. No reservations required, just show up at the bus station and you should be on a bus heading south within the hour. The bus will take you directly to the ferry terminal. Be sure to buy a bus and ferry combo ticket.

Ferry companies that go from Surat Thani to Koh Samui: SeaTran Ferries, Lomprayah Ferries, Raja Ferries.

If your budget allows and there are seats available then flying directly to Koh Samui is what I recommend. There are also direct flights to Koh Samui from Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore (see below). The Koh Samui airport is a beautiful open-air terminal that makes for a pretty cool first impression.

A bus-ferry combination is the least expensive way to get to Koh Samui. Next will be either train-ferry. Then a flight – depending on how early you book the flight, what type of ticket you buy (web fare, flexible, or non-changeable), and whether you fly into Koh Samui directly or Surat Thani on the mainland (and then take a connecting ferry). If you’re paying full fare on an air ticket then the train will be cheaper but a “web deal” or discount flight can be nearly as cheap as the train.

Generally, the overnight train is fun and enjoyable while the bus is a long miserable ride. If you’re trying to decide between bus and train definitely take the train. Though it does involve a little more effort sorting through the booking process. Taking the bus is as easy as getting to the bus station and waiting for the next bus. (More info below.)

Getting from Phuket or Krabi to Koh Samui can be done by bus and then ferry (5 to 10 hours), hired car and then ferry (about 4 to 6 hours), or by a 50 minute flight on Bangkok Airlines. The best and easiest way to get from Phuket and Krabi to Koh Samui is clearly by plane.

Q. What airlines fly to Koh Samui?

Here are the flight Options for Koh Samui:

Bangkok to Koh Samui
Bangkok Airlines has up to 19 direct flights a day from Bangkok to Koh Samui with fares starting at 3200 Baht and a flight time of 1 hour and 15 minutes. Thai Airways has 2 flights per day.

Chiang Mai to Koh Samui
Bangkok Airlines has direct flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui with fares from $5300 Baht and a flight time of 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Phuket to Koh Samui
Bangkok Airlines has one direct flight daily from Phuket to Koh Samui that takes 50 minutes and costs from 2750 Baht.

Krabi to Koh Samui
Bangkok Airlines flies four times daily from Krabi. The flight takes 55 minutes and fares start at 2750 Baht.

Pattaya to Koh Samui
Bangkok Airlines has 2 flights daily from Pattaya to Samui taking 1 hour and 10 minutes and costing from 3690 Baht.

Kuala Lumpur to Koh Samui
Bangkok Airlines flies once daily from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The flight takes 1 hour and 40 minutes and costs from 220 MYR.

Malaysia Airlines might also have flights from KL to Samui though their website gives conflicting information about routes and availability.

Firefly has one flight daily from Subang (near Kuala Lumpur) to Koh Samui. The flight takes 2 hours and fares start at 107 MYR.

Singapore to Koh Samui
Bangkok Airlines has one daily flight from Singapore to Koh Samui (flight time 1 hour and 50 minutes and fares starting at 160 Singapore dollars.)

Silk Air has 2 daily flight from Singapore to Koh Samui.

Hong Kong to Koh Samui
Bangkok Airlines has 2 flights daily from Hong Kong to Samui. The flight takes 3 hours and 15 minutes and fares start at 2700 HKD.

Flights to Surat Thani
Air Asia (from Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur) and Nok Air (from Bangkok).

Surat Thani is a city on the mainland that is 50 miles and 1.5 hours by ferry from Koh Samui. Flights to Surat Thani are usually cheaper than flights directly to Koh Samui making it an appealing option – especially when the cheapest fares to Koh Samui are sold out.

But getting from Surat Thani to Koh Samui is not as effortless as it may appear. To get to Koh Samui from the Surat Thani airport requires a 90 minutes bus ride to the ferry terminal, a wait of up to 2 hours for the ferry, and then the ferry ride itself. So even with leaving Bangkok on a 10am flight you won’t get you to Samui until 3 or 4 pm at the earliest. And then another 30 or 40 minutes to get to Chaweng or the east side beaches.

If you do fly to Surat Thani be sure to get a flight that lands before 3pm or you’ll miss the last ferry to Koh Samui.

Q. How do I get to Koh Samui by train?

Getting to Koh Samui by train from Bangkok involves taking a train from Bangkok’s Hualamphong station. The train portion takes between 8.5 hours and 12 hours depending on the train. From the Surat Thani train station you board a waiting bus that takes you to the Don Sak ferry terminal and then the 1.5 hour trip over to Samui. The bus and ferry take about 4 hours in total. Overnight sleepers are highly recommended and should be booked at least 5 days in advance – but in high season the sooner the better.

Combination Train/Bus/Ferry tickets are available and make the whole trip pretty effortless – though still long.

Going to Bangkok’s Hualamphong station is the easiest way to book tickets. Or for a small fee get a Thai travel agent to book it for you. (And the travel agent does not have to be located in Bangkok.) If you have to book in advance before arriving in Thailand then use ThailandTrainTicket.com – admittedly this is a bit of pain and involves emailing back and forth a few times. But it gets the job done.

Q. How do I get to Koh Samui by bus?

(If you can, take the train. It’s funner, easier, and less of a hassle.)

With bus travel you can depart Bangkok almost immediately. If you arrive into Bangkok and don’t feel like spending the night or worrying about booking a seat on the train you can go directly to the bus station and be heading towards Koh Samui within an hour or two.

The buses go to Don Sak ferry terminal in Surat Thani. From there a 1.5 hour boat takes you across to Koh Samui (the same ferry used by the train combination ticket).

Buses take 10 to 12 hours for the ride from Bangkok to Surat Thani and then 2 to 4 more hours (depending on how long you wait for the ferry) to get across to Koh Samui.

There are 2 types of buses that travel from Bangkok to Koh Samui.

The best, cheapest, and most reliable are the public buses that leave from Sai Tai Mai terminal in the south of Bangkok. You can choose between VIP, air conditioned, and non-air-conditioned buses. They leave between 5am and 8pm. The VIP and AC buses have toilets, reserved seating, and are modern and clean.

There are also private buses (closer to a shuttle bus or van than a large public bus) that leave from Khao San Road that are only used by tourists. They are typically small, cramped, and rife with theft. They’ll typical leave only when they’re full or nearly full. The only good thing to say about them is that they are convenient if you’re staying near Khao San Road. Ask at any Khao San travel agency and they’ll sell you a bus/ferry combination ticket to Koh Samui.

Photos of Getting to Koh Samui

Koh Samui airport.
The Koh Samui airport is a easy place to fly into and out of.
An airplane coming in over Big Buddha beach on Koh Samui.
An airplane coming in over Big Buddha beach on Koh Samui.
Bangkok Airways is the main carrier for Koh Samui flights.
Bangkok Airlines owns the Koh Samui airport and is the main carrier for flights to Koh Samui. It’s more expensive to fly directly to Koh Samui but usually worth the expense.
Flying into Koh Samui is a rare pleasure in the airline industry. Fun little trolleys take you to the open air terminal.
Flying into Koh Samui is a rare pleasure in the airline industry. Fun little trolleys take you to the open air terminal.
The waiting lounge in the Koh Samui airport.
The waiting lounge in the Koh Samui airport.
Bangkok International Airport is a beautiful airport. If you have the choice between flying from here (Suvarnabhumi) or Don Muang then choose Suvarnabhumi.
Bangkok International Airport is a beautiful airport. If you have the choice between flying from here (Suvarnabhumi) or Don Muang then choose Suvarnabhumi.
Firefly airplane at Koh Samui airjport.
Firefly Airlines also fly to Koh Samui from Singapore.
Transportation at Koh Samui airport.
Mini buses at the Koh Samui airport. Taxis also available – just walk out the airport doors.
Air Asia airplane at Surat Thani airport.
Air Asia does not fly from the international airport but leaves from Don Muang airport in Bangkok. If you’re flying into Bangkok International be sure you have enough time (plan for 90 minutes) to get from BKK to DMK. Air Asia flies to Surat Thani airport not to Koh Samui directly.
Nok Air in Bangkok
Like Air Asia, Nok Air has flights from Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport (not the large international airport) to Surat Thani (near Koh Samui).
Buses from Surat Than airport to the Don Sak ferry pier.
If you go via Surat Thani then you’ll need to get a bus to the ferry port (Don Sak pier) and then a ferry to Koh Samui. You can buy bus and ferry combo tickets from inside the airport terminal (Phantip Travel). Walk out the doors and the buses are waiting to take you to the pier.
Lomprayah ferry to Koh Samui.
The Lomprayah ferries are usually the high speed catamaran style boats. Faster but rougher during rough seas.
Raja Ferry to Koh Samu.
SeaTrans is the main ferry company that goes from Surat Thani to Koh Samui bu there are others: Raja Ferries (pictured above) and Lomprayah.
One of the SeaTran ferries that goes to Koh Samui.
One of the SeaTran ferries that goes to Koh Samui.
SeaTran Ferry
A SeaTran ferry from Don Sak Pier near Surat Thani to Koh Samui
The Bangkok train station.
The Bangkok train station.
Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok.
Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok. Taxi is the easiest way to get here.
Inside the Bangkok train station.
Inside the Bangkok train station.
Tickets for day-of travel are to the left.
Tickets for day-of travel are to the left.
The advanced tickets are to the right.
The advanced tickets are to the right.
At some train stations you just wait by the track without any A/C. Not a big deal but be prepared. Oh, and trains can be late. Very late.
At some train stations you just wait by the track without any A/C. Not a big deal but be prepared. Oh, and trains can be late. Very late.
The night train leaving Bangkok for Koh Samui.
The night train leaving Bangkok for Koh Samui.
Train at Surat Thani train station.
A night train arriving at Surat Thani train station. From here you take a bus to Don Sak ferry pier (60 minutes) and then a ferry to Koh Samui (90 minutes).
Bus from train station to Don Sak Pier.
A bus similar to this will take you from the train station to the Don Sak pier.
A 2-berth First Class sleeper on a train to Koh Samui.
A 2-berth First Class sleeper on a train to Surat Thani.

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The sleepers during the day are seats. You can see the top bunks folded up to the roof in this picture.
The sleepers during the day are seats. You can see the top bunks folded up to the roof in this picture.
A second class sleeper on a the train to Koh Samui.
A second class sleeper on a the train to Surat Thani.
There are usually 2 toilets on each car. Often it's one squat toilet and one western toilet.
There are usually 2 toilets on each car. Often it’s one squat toilet and one western toilet.
There sinks on each train car too.
There sinks on each train car too.
Typical menu at the train restaurant car.
Typical menu at the train restaurant car.
Breakfast on the train.
Breakfast on the train.
If you drink your soup with a straw you'll get lots of laughs from the staff.
If you drink your soup with a straw you’ll get lots of laughs from the staff.

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