Bangkok to Koh Phangan

Bangkok to Koh Phangan

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Bangkok to Koh Phangan Schedule

Bangkok to Koh Phangan Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Thai AirAsia Economy 07:15 - 18:45฿ 1,868
Lomprayah Speedboat 08:00 - 08:30฿ 4,550
Songserm Express 13:45 - 18:45฿ 1,775
Thai Railways Class II Sleeper AC 14:50 - 10:45฿ 2,459
Transport Co Express 16:00 - 03:08฿ 547
Transport Co Express 18:30 - 05:38฿ 547
Lomprayah VIP 21:00 - 07:10฿ 1,550

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. Buses 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 with two-or-three-hours transit at Koh Tao (no direct ferry to Koh Phangan) before proceeding further and terminating at Koh Samui as the last stop. 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.


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.

Transportation from Bangkok to Koh Phangan

Facts about the transport from Bangkok to Koh Phangan

Cheapest Transport$30
Fastest Transport4h 50m
Earliest Departure6:00 AM
Latest Departure9:00 PM
Departures per day7
Distance775 kilometers
Transport CompaniesBangkok Air, Krungsiam Tour, Lomprayah, Montanatip, Nok Air, Raja Ferry, Songserm, Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air, Thai Railways

Bangkok to Koh Phangan Destination Reviews

First bus very comfortable and we were able to sleep. Stop and wait for second bus could be a bit more organized and communicated what we have to do. Second bus was okay and ferry was how expected. Nothing to complain here
Bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Aug 24, 2023
People in the agency in Bangkok are not nice at all. We stopped only once in 11 hours in the bus. We arrived late so we had to rush to the boat, and couldn't get the top because so many cars blocked us. Otherwise, the bus is quite comfortable but it would be nice to wash the blankets sometimes.
Bus Bus + Van + Ferry, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Aug 24, 2023
It was a bit chaotic at every stop. Getting on the bus, getting from the bus to the ferry and getting off the ferry. Especially getting on and off the ferry and the final destination could be a lot better coordinated. People lining up to get on are in the way of people trying to get off, and when the staff tries to do something about it, it's already wayyyy too late.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Aug 20, 2023
The ticket woman on the bus made it the most uncomfortable experience. She came and sat on my feet with out saying sorry or excuse and took the space I was trying to sleep on. Then kept having her phone on loud which kept ringing or getting a text message. The aircon broke and we got switched to another vehicle which was not as comfortable.
Bus VIP 32, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Aug 9, 2023
Could have definitely been better but I guess it reflects the price. The people could have been more polite, less shouting Could have included on the PDF how long each transport will take other than keep people guessing how long
Ferry Express, Montanatip (Montanatip), Jun 10, 2023
Worse bus ride I've ever had The bus was uncomfortable and the baut they've pot me on didn't have any air-conditioning
Ferry Express, Montanatip (Montanatip), May 31, 2023
Smooth journey. Everything was on time. Bus is comfortable, good AC, gets a little bit too cold but they give you a blanket. Even if communicating could have been better I always got an answer when I had any questions :) - Arrived in surat thani around 5.15 in the morning - Transfer to pier around 6, arrived at the pier around 7.45 - Ferry to koh phangan left at 8.30
Ferry Express, Montanatip (Montanatip), May 20, 2023
So the ride was from 19:00- 5:30 at surat thani and then wait for a bus / van to take you to the pier and then the boat to the islands. The lady at the desk of the agency was super nice . At 18:20 they told us to come to the bus even tho it's supposed to leave at 19. We were waiting inside the bus for 30 minutes . The bus stopped alot but not breaks- just stopped in the opening of a gas station for 10 minutes or so. at 00:30 they let us have a break for 30 minutes to eat and drink and then when we arrived to surat thani no one really told us that we need to get out of the bus , we just saw them ( the people who were awake) taking our bags out. Then we waited for a bus to the different piers for a long time but no one told us how much time we're gonna wait and when the specific bus come ( because there were people going to krabi /phangan/ phi phi and so on.) So we waited for like 1 hour and a half without really knowing what's going on and if we have time to buy food . At last we were put at the bus and the first stop of the bus everyone was about to go down and we were yelled at the person in the bus to sit down because only people who go to kosamoi going down ( how would we know it's a mix of different people going to different islands when you just separated us?? Also why are you yelling?) Overall it was an average experience, I felt like I'm back in the army again and everyone is yelling at you - the thing is that I pay money to get somewhere and it should be communicated to the people what's going on at all time . We are not animals you are transfering - rather human beings who are tired like you and hungry like you and in a different country then you.
Ferry Express, Montanatip (Montanatip), Apr 25, 2023
This was far better than expected. We were provided a small bottle of water a snack and a very comfy blanket. A lot of spacee (comming from someone who is over 6 feet tall) Slept amazing (like 9 hours :)). Had a break at 12am and were divided into different busses at 6am. Arrived right on time on the island.
Ferry Express, Montanatip (Montanatip), Mar 16, 2023
I had a good seat and could sleep reasonably
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Bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Feb 28, 2023
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