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From Hua Lamphong to Koh Phangan by Trains+Buses+Ferries

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Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
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Phutthamonthon Lomprayah, Bangkok
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Phutthamonthon Lomprayah, Bangkok
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From Ratchadamnoen Avenue to Koh Phangan by Buses+Ferries

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Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Bangkok
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Thong Sala Koh Phangan

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DMK Don Mueang Airport
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DMK Don Mueang Airport
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Bangkok to Koh Phangan Schedule

Bangkok to Koh Phangan Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Lomprayah Express 06:00 - 16:10฿ 1,300
Thai Railways 2nd Class Sleeper AC 17:05 - 11:45฿ 1,527
Thai Railways 2nd Class Sleeper AC 18:30 - 11:45฿ 1,527
Songserm Express 19:00 - 12:15฿ 850
Krungsiam Tour Express 19:00 - 10:30฿ 995
Paradive Travel Economy 19:00 - 11:30฿ 1,100
Raja Ferry Express 18:00 - 11:00฿ 800
Songserm Express 20:00 - 12:00฿ 950
Raja Ferry Express 20:00 - 11:00฿ 800
Krungsiam Tour VIP 20:00 - 10:30฿ 1,090
Lomprayah Express 21:00 - 10:45฿ 1,300

How to get to Koh Phangan

What about

Say "Koh Phangan" and here you are in the middle of the partying crowd, old-school hippies and modern flashpackers, party animals and adventurous party goers from all over the world who come to the island to partake in a once in a lifetime celebration experience. Koh Phangan’s epic Full Moon, Black Moon and other ‘Moon’ parties rock the island creating an overwhelming atmosphere of freedom and happiness. If drinking and partying all night through is not your thing, it does not mean that Koh Phangan is a total no-no for you. A stunning island has much more to offer. When the parties are not raging, the island settles into a sleepy hippie town, perfect for the unconventional traveller who is looking for an organic experience. The terrain of the island is quite mountainous and provides a picturesque backdrop for white sand beaches and infinity pools in mushrooming luxury five star hotels and resorts which are consistently gentrifying the island, slowly transforming it from a budget destination to a Babylonian one.

Getting to Koh Phangan

The departure point for Koh Phangan is Donsak Pier in Suratthani. There are ferries linking Koh Phangan with its neighbours – Koh Samui and Koh Tao – and making island hopping as easy as it can be.

From Bangkok via Chumphon/Suratthani bus + ferry

Buses to Chumphon/Suratthani leave from the Southern bus terminal in Bangkok. They take from 6½ hrs to 12 hrs to arrive. Busses depart regularly during the day, the majority reaching Suratthani between 1am and 5am, so be ready to while away some time before boarding your ferry to the island. There is a convenient bus+ferry option offered by Lomprayah company with buses leaving from their office in Khao San Road in Bangkok which is a good option if you are staying somewhere in the area. The bus brings you directly to the pier in Chumphon from where Lomprayah catamaran delivers you to Koh Phangan via Koh Tao proceeding then to Koh Samui. Book a couple of days in advance. Opposite to all other ill-famed Khao San Road buses, there are no theft-related issues with this service.

From Bangkok via Suratthani train + bus + ferry

You have a wide selection of trains heading down to the south from the capital, offering the full range of coaches, from the cheapest fan seats to the comfy AC 1st class sleepers leaving during the day. There is a very convenient #85 train departing from Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok at 7.30pm and arriving to Suratthani around 7am. Even the 2nd class sleeper gives you enough privacy with personal curtains; the 1st class sleeper is a more chic choice but costs nearly double.
Do not, thought, disregard the earlier trains as they give you an opportunity to soak up the scenery. Limestone cliffs, farmlands and epic jungles pop up throughout the journey, each more beautiful than the next.
If your book a joint ticket to Koh Phangan (which may work out cheaper than finding your own way), then you will be picked up at the station in Suratthani about one hour after your train arrives and transported directly to Donsak Pier for your 1½ hr journey to Thong Sala Pier on Koh Phangan.
Tip: The lower berths are the first to sell out. Book them as much in advance as possible. They are also considerably wider than the upper ones. If you are travelling with a baby, opt for the lower berths by all means.

From Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan lies within an easy reach from Koh Samui. Lomprayah and Seatran take sheer 20 minutes to get to the island; there are slower Songserm (30 min.) and Haad Rin Queen (50 min.) ferry boats, too. All the boats – except for Haad Rin Queen – arrive to Thong Sala Pier.

From Koh Tao to Koh Phangan

There are three ferry companies serving this direction with Lomprayah and Seatran offering the fastest service (80 min.). Songserm takes 1hr 50 min. for the route.

How long does my sea journey to Koh Phangan last?

Depending on the company you travel with, your journey to Koh Phangan from the mainland (Donsak Pier in Suratthani) may take from 1½ hr to tiring 6–7hrs.
Lomprayah – 1½ hr (twice a day in either direction)
Raja Ferry – 2½ hrs (four times a day in either direction)
Songserm – 3½ hrs (twice a day in either direction)
Night ferry – from 6 to 7 hrs departing at 10pm daily from Koh Phangan and at 11pm from Suratthani.

Besides Lomprayah (20 min. to Koh Samui, 80 min to Koh Tao, both 4 times a day) and Songserm (30 min. to Koh Samui, 1hr 50 min to Koh Tao, both twice a day), there are two more companies which connect Koh Phangan to Koh Samui and Koh Tao: Seatran (20 min. to Koh Samui, 80 min to Koh Tao, both twice a day) and Haad Rin Queen (50 min. to Koh Samui, 4 times a day).

Getting around

There are a few ways to get around the island which depend on your budget and your desire to explore or immerse yourself in the island experience.

Taxis, or songthaews, are pick-up truck which connect the busiest parts of the island. Depending on your destination they will cost between 100 THB and 200 THB per person. The prices are usually fixed and tend to double after the sunset. They are convenient, but limit your freedom to explore, and cost quite a bit when you add it up. They are however the best and safest option for full moon party goers – you know why.

Motorcycles can be rented from shops all over the island. They are a great way to admire the scenery on the coastal road which boasts awe inspiring views, quaint resorts and pit stops along the way. Fuel is cheap, and normally brought in whiskey bottles from local shops or from brightly coloured coin operated machines. Rental for motorcycles will cost around 150 THB per day and you're generally expected to give up your passport until you return the bike. So take photos and look after it. But above all drive carefully, you will undoubtedly see plenty of tourists walking around with bandages and scrapes, more often than not from motorcycle accidents.

Bicycles can be rented all over the island for about 50 THB a day. As usually, they are a great way to explore the island, but do not underestimate the tropical heat. Follow secret jungle trails or just move about the flatter parts of the island at a leisurely pace. Koh Phangan is very hot though, so keep plenty of drinking water at hand.

Long-tail boats are usually moored at the beaches and are an amazing addition to the island experience. With these you can cruise between the bays taking in rich scenery, including cliff formations which can only be accessed by a boat or by hiking. Besides that, they are probably the quickest way around the island. Prices are negotiated with the boats' owners, and usually works out quite well if you're in a group.

Where to stay

No matter which beach appeals to you most, if you come for the Full Moon Party, do arrive early. It means 4–5 days before the party hits the island; otherwise you risk counting the stars by night – literally. Almost all the guesthouses require the minimum stay of at least three nights, with some places not letting you in for less than a week. There is transportation to Haad Rin, where the Full Moon Parties are held, from all the beaches, so it is not so important where you finally settle down.
Families and those looking for some serenity and peacefulness should try the remote Haad Thong Nai Pan Noi with its elegant resorts which bring an air of Samui to Koh Phangan.
Tip: If you fail to find accommodation on Koh Phangan during the Full Moon period, consider staying on Koh Samui which is the closest option.

Activities

With the diving mecca of Koh Tao within an easy reach, there is no much sense in visiting much more modest diving sites of Koh Phangan. Still there are nice spots for snorkelling in the vicinity, including Koh Ma, and you may also sign up for a hiking and snorkelling adventure in the Ang Thong Marine National Park. Waterfalls and worthy trekking trails await those to venture to the island’s hinterland. Climb the highest island’s pick, a 630m Khao Ra, or hire a kayak and reach some hidden beaches and visit Saturday Walking Street market in Thong Sala (the best time to do so is between 6pm and 8pm) for local souvenirs and cheap tasty food.

Legal issues

If you are going to the Full Moon Party not just to party and drink, but to take drugs as well, remember that drugs are completely illegal in Thailand and punishment is severe. To get inspired, watch Bangkok-Hilton and think twice.

Bangkok to Koh Phangan destination reviews

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84% of 1133 travelers were happy with this destination
MK
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train #167.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Oct 19, 2019
Asia.go were very helpfull. 5 + to them. The train was very loudly. When we came to the station,were the bus go to the pire. The staff there was not friendly. Got angry when we did't want to bye something.
IW
5
bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour, Oct 15, 2019
This was such a comfortable bus. You can put the chairs right back to relax. They have screens so you can put movies on. This trip consists of a bus, van, and ferry. We asked at the counter when we collected our ticket to make sure we knew what was happening. Also the 3 tickets we got said bus, van, and ferry. People can't expect to have their hand held through the journey. And you can't expect everyone to speak English in a foreign country. Take some responsibility and try figure out what's going on yourself. The bus drops people off in Surat Thani. You might have to wait a little bit until the van comes to collect people. We had one van come and take half the people, then another came 10 minutes later and took the rest. They drop you off at the port for the islands. You have to find the right pier and board the ferry. You can ask at the information desk in the ferry center
SC
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train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Oct 15, 2019
While the train arrived to Surat Thani about 2 hrs late, they put us the next ferry which wasn't that long of a wait. The train was clean and reasonably comfortable.
MD
3
bus Express, Songserm, Oct 12, 2019
The bus left approx 1h later than the original time. We arrived at the boat later than expected but in time to make it. The toilet in the bus and the ones on the road where you make a stop are really old and dirty..
DD
4
bus Express, Krungsiam Tour, Oct 7, 2019
Very good service and nice staff. Bus left one hour later then planned.
AM
5
bus Express, Raja Ferry, Oct 5, 2019
the bus was super clean and modern. Also the place where we got picked up (Veronica Residence) was quite convenient.
JR
5
train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Sep 29, 2019
Smooth and without a hitch. I would recommend 12go Asia to everybody.
KW
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bus Express, Songserm, Sep 26, 2019
1. Don’t get crazy about “unknown“ location of the bus. Everybody says it’s tricky. There is no bus terminal indeed. However the meeting point is well described. You just need to sit at that coffee shop on the 1st floor (in European way of counting floors) and wait. The agency representative came 5min before departure and walked us to the bus. 2. The bus itself is not fancy, but comfortable, the AC doesn’t go extremely low, so you’re not freezing. Everybody gets blankets for the trip. 3. On the ferry there is a bar with water, soda and instant soups. You don’t have to drop your bag, you can keep it with you (in case you have sth valuable. also all the bags are left in a place with window, so you can keep an eye on it anyways). 3. For the bus departing at 7pm, you stop around midnight for 40min for food, drinks, toilet. You also stop around 6am for 20min, but there is only toilet. We got to the ferry harbor at 7:20am, ferry departed at 10:10, reached Koh Samui around 12 and Koh Pha-ngan slightly before 1pm. 4. You can see it was extremely long. I recommend you to check flights to Surat Thani. I didn’t know about that airport before. the flight prices are comparable to bus+ferry (I only checked BKK-Koh Samui, which is quite expensive) so probably it’s worth to fly. Also that ferry is the 2nd slowest one (after Raja) and the one that is usually late and out of schedule. 5. At some point in the reservation funnel I’ve got an info that I’m getting only a voucher that I’ll need to exchange at the station for the real TICKET. However it’s not fully true. You don’t need to do anything before meeting the agency representative at theta coffee shop. You just show them the QR code on your phone. That’s when you get the ticket for the ferry.
SH
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bus Express, Raja Ferry, Sep 24, 2019
Amazing trip. Everything was smooth. The staff and driver were super courteous and helpful! Thank you so much!
SL
5
bus Express, Raja Ferry, Sep 23, 2019
Good service, very precise and in time. Seats confortable considering the price A small sandwich is given as snack and small btl of water
DE
5
bus Express, Raja Ferry, Sep 19, 2019
Excellent will use each time I need transfer in Thailand
AB
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bus Express, Songserm, Sep 17, 2019
Bus inconfortable, de l’eau de pluie entraîne dans le bus, pas de prise pour charger les appareils électronique.. vraiment pas top, Le ferry quand à lui était correcte
KM
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bus Express, Songserm, Sep 15, 2019
Bus ride was okay. Driver was pleasant enough and it was a well maintained bus. Wifi didn’t work or was over capacity. The ferry was well clean and almost on time which was great!
AY
5
bus Express, Raja Ferry, Sep 14, 2019
very professional, specially the lady at veronica residence.. she is so quick and hardworking
EP
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bus Express, Raja Ferry, Sep 8, 2019
Super value, friendly staff and a very well organised service. 5 stars.
PS
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bus Express, Songserm, Sep 2, 2019
Bus didn't include any wifi, electric sockets, etc... I've been traveling with buses like those a lot before - this one just wasn't great.. (It was comfy, but not as other buses I had the chance to check before). As well, we stopped a lot and each stop included all the bus lights on, and the driver shouting out.. so people who want to keep sleeping just had to wake up. We didn't got any food beside the possibilities to buy food at the stops - which was expensive and yet horrible food at the same time. I didn't expected any complimentary food/water - but I did expect to have a good stop in a proper places. The ferry was ok. Didn't expect more or neither less. It took.more time than stated in the website. But it was ok. It is cheap, So value for money - can't really complain. But it seems in a really little effort this ride could have been way better. Therefore I would say I'm disappointed.
SM
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bus Express, Songserm, Aug 26, 2019
No problems besides lack of wifi which only worked for about 4 hours of the 18 hour trip. Bring your own snacks and water as the only stops are just before midnight at a restaurant and a 2-3 hour wait for the boat at another restaurant the next morning. Comfy seats and blankets. Clear instructions by staff given at all times. Optional hostel/hotel transfer for 150 baht sold before you get on the boat - someone was waiting for me to get off and took me straight to my hostel. All in all no issues and would use again!
AM
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train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Aug 26, 2019
Good communication. Easy to pick up tickets. Many thanks for a smooth easy booking Andrea
JD
3
train #167.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Aug 22, 2019
The train was delat abt 2 hours- it is too long... It cased there was delay for ferry too... Also was cold in train and response gay can't got us other blanket.
SM
5
bus Express, Raja Ferry, Aug 21, 2019
very comfortable, nice staff and on time departure

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