Bangkok to Koh Phangan

Bangkok to Koh Phangan

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Khao San Raja Van, Bangkok
14h van+ferry. All connections guaranteed
Thong Sala Koh Phangan
Veronica Residence, Bangkok
16h van+ferry. All connections guaranteed
Thong Sala Koh Phangan
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
16h 15m train+ferry. All connections guaranteed
Thong Sala Koh Phangan

From Veronica Residence to Koh Phangan by van and ferry

Veronica Residence, Bangkok
16h van+ferry. All connections guaranteed
Thong Sala Koh Phangan

From Hua Lamphong to Koh Phangan by train and ferry

Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
16h 15m train+ferry. All connections guaranteed
Thong Sala Koh Phangan

From Khao San Raja Van to Koh Phangan by van and ferry

Khao San Raja Van, Bangkok
14h van+ferry. All connections guaranteed
Thong Sala Koh Phangan

Bangkok to Koh Phangan Schedule

Bangkok to Koh Phangan Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Thai Railways 1st Class Sleeper 19:30 - 11:45฿ 2,089
Raja Ferry ferry 18:00 - 10:00฿ 1,100
Raja Ferry ferry 20:00 - 10:00฿ 1,100

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.


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

Bangkok to Koh Phangan destination reviews

Bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Mar 25, 2021
The bus was clean and the service was great (very friendly and helpful). The free meal was definitely a bonus, especially on a long trip (and it was tasty!).
ferry Speedboat, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 12, 2021
The seat on the bus not really comfortable. And we wait too long for the speedboat (2.5 hours). Maybe the trip should start at 11 or 11.30pm, not 10pm. So the waiting time not too long.
Bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Feb 27, 2021
Smooth and easy way from BKK to Phangan, highly recommend.
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Dec 30, 2020
Long trip , on time , nice stuff
Bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Nov 21, 2020
good service and spacious bus...
Bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Oct 31, 2020
All connected quickly!
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Oct 14, 2020
Departure time and place changed to three hours prior, I rushed there only to be transported to khao San road to then wait for three hours before we could set off. Very disappointed with the incorrect communication.
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 3, 2020
The train was very comfortable. Service was good and very friendly.
Bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Sep 2, 2020
Seats were too small for a IP bus and AC was far too cold
train #83.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 1, 2020
Estimated arrival time 9am. Actual arrival time 1:30pm, had I known this I would have chosen to take the bus as it would have been much faster.
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 23, 2020
First time in Thailand, easy to find bus station & helpful people. Night train wasn’t as bad as i thought but be prepared to pop a squat
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Mar 19, 2020
Raja Ferry the best, Thanks to staff team we have a great experience!)
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Mar 9, 2020
Amazing people work there,was comfort to be in the ofice and wait for a trip,they even give a food and water and have an option for vegeterian people,the bus was comfortable,there was no hard condition and it was good,they give to us blankets and pillows.Everythin was doing with care.
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Mar 1, 2020
The organisation worked pretty well, the bus is comfortable and not too cold. Downsides: bring food and drinks with you because it makes only one stop at a restaurant where everything is double the price (small water 20 THB). The staff is rude, they almost yell at you the two words of English they know.
Bus Express, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Feb 27, 2020
Everything was perfectly organized and eventhough it was long journey I enjoyed it. The bus had huge space for legs, it was comfy and blankets and pillow came handy. Plus the overall way from Bangkok to the Koh Pangan was very cheap.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 26, 2020
We left an hour late, got woken up at 2 AM for a food stop, then were dropped off at 5 AM at the pier. So, don't plan on sleeping, and come well rested for this night trip. Or pick a slower version, especially if you want to avoid somewhat bumpy ride on a high speed catamaran.
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Feb 20, 2020
We had a great trip from Bangkok to Koh Phangan! At the office the staff was welcoming and helpful. We were waiting in a very nice lounge with toilets.Smooth and nice travel in a very nice bus and our driver was the best! Smiling all the time and looking to help you in any way he could to make this trip more comfortable!
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Feb 17, 2020
The ferry was great, but the bus staff weren’t so good. They speak almost no English, which is understandable, so I used a translator. They still didn’t want to speak to way and literally waved me away like a dog.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 17, 2020
We really like to travel with Lamprayah. The bus leave Bangkok in time. The travel was nice. The ferry was very exciting
Bus VIP, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Feb 16, 2020
Weather and people
Bus Express, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Feb 14, 2020
All is perfect
Bus Express, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Feb 8, 2020
Very good staff, clean bus, pretty spacious seats which you can easily move back without taking space from passenger behind you. I'll recommend them to do the head count before leaving after the pause. Ferry is also okay, not modern or something but good enough to do the Job right.
Bus Express, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Feb 6, 2020
I was really nervous about my bus and ferry from Bangkok to ko phangan - it was overnight and took 17 hours! But it was great. We were able to drop our bags off at raja ferry beforehand, then boarded the bus later and were told exactly how long the trip would take, when we'd stop for a break, and given blankets and pillows. There was air con, lots of leg room, foot rests and charging ports. I read a lot of people complaining about the transition to the ferry, but it was easy. There's a place to buy food and water and you're told by ferry staff when to get on the ferry. You do have to walk up some steps to get on the ferry, but it's doable and fine - nothing to write home about. The ferry as spacious and comfortable (although I slept the whole time so didn't see much!). Perfect for budget travellers as I saved a night of accommodation by taking the overnight bus. Really recommend! I didn't get water or food provided, but we stopped off so this didn't bother me and there was a toilet on the bus.
Bus Express, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Feb 4, 2020
Everything on time, quick trip, comfortable bus. You will get blanket and usb port to change your phone. Highly recommended :)
Bus Express, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Feb 4, 2020
Very smooth all the way :)
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 3, 2020
Very well organized company and very comfortable bus. I can only recomend this connection to you. If I will be travel again in this area, I will choose this company again.
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 3, 2020
Couchettes propres et confortables. Prévoir à boire et à manger.
Bus VIP, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Jan 23, 2020
Everything went well , on time . The bus was old but confy, A/C a bit too cold
Bus Express, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Jan 22, 2020
Everything went so smoothly - bus was clean, comfortable and not too busy. Staff at every touch point were friendly and helpful. Schedule was kept and we arrived 20 minutes early. Would definitely use Raja again and would recommend for anyone looking for a cheap, reliable service
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 20, 2020
Wonderful service! The trip was well organized. You will not get lost even if you want to. Everyone on the way very helpful.
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 19, 2020
Easy booking and ticket pick-up - super fast and all information provided. The train was clean and comfortable. Only downside is that they leave all lights on during the night which makes it hard to sleep. We were an hour late as the train left Bangkok late, but we could easily get on the next ferry.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 17, 2020
Bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Jan 16, 2020
Even if we pay more to get the “vip” service, the bus was old and smelly. The hostess woke up in the middle of the night to get a shitty “free dinner” (at 01.44am!). Then we were woke up again at 5am for a transfer in a van, which actually left one hour later. A really uncomfortable trip we would never do again! Process of booking with was easy though and reliable
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 16, 2020
Comfortable buses and ferrys But a lot of delays and waiting
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 16, 2020
Mostly good but they took a different route to what was written and the arrived an hour later than scheduled. Otherwise a comfortable journey.
Bus Express, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Jan 16, 2020
The Office staff in Bangkok was very friendly and we dropped off our luggage as we still had some time before departure. The bus left at 18:00. We got a blanket and a pillow. The air con was not too bad and the driver drove smoothly to donsak pier, we even got there at 6:15 and then took the ferry at 7:30. The ferry is fairly old but it was ok - noting to worry about. I would recommend this Trip!
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jan 15, 2020
It’s what you expect for a bus/ferry to a Thai island. They told us to meet at 6:30pm and there was no info until 6:50pm, however everything was straightforward from there. The bus was comfortable enough. I wish the bus left about two hours later because we were at the ferry stop from 3am until the ferry left closer to 7am. However all in all it was a cheap way to get from Bangkok to Koh Phangan.
Bus Express, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Jan 15, 2020
Very comfortable overnight drive with provided pillow, blankets and even food.
Bus Express, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Jan 13, 2020
Overall the entire experience was really good. From combo booking and online info very clear & easy. People from the Bangkok Raja office very kind and responsive. I could safely drop my luggage in there earlier on and that was handy. We left a little late than expected, but ended up arriving on time anyway. Bus driver very kind and the aircon wasn't too bad, the blanket provided and my long pants & sleeves were enough. Raja ferry service wasn't that good though. Staff not kind at all, hurrying everyone up a bit rude. No help with getting luggage onboard or any staff around for anything. Old rusty ferry boat. We got there safe & on time anyway. Will do it again.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 13, 2020
Bus service was ok but Ferry transfer was not good. Too much waiting time and we reached destination late too
Bus Express, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Jan 11, 2020
Very convenient to travel, bus was new and clean, good service.
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jan 10, 2020
Some more info about the different stops would be good. Otherwise, great service!
Bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Jan 10, 2020
First time on a first class vip bus. Better than I expected!
Bus Express, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Jan 6, 2020
Nice lication for departure from bkk) u can leave your luggage at the office if you have time between your flight and bus+boat) and chill at the nearest restorants or go for a quick tour onvthe river. Bus comes straight to the boat without any additional transfer!!!)))
Bus Express, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Jan 2, 2020
No internet at the buses, dirty, nether TV screens does not work. Just not honest with the services they say the will provide you.
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Dec 31, 2019
It wasn’t my first bus trip this direction. But this trip is kind of disrespect to one’s time. Waiting at the railway station for so long. Then only one shitty stop during the whole time. Then coming to the pier three house before the ferry (what for?) The bus should have start it’s journey much later then. Totally never doing this again
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Dec 31, 2019
The meetpoint on the station HL is easy to find. But then it was a little chaos. Ať 7 p.m - time of bus departure nowbody was there. Some people asked each other And tried to find out some information. Just 10 minutes after 7 someone came and people were devided in there groups depends on the target destination. Everyone got a coloured label on T- Shirt or hand. There were there colours because of three islands. Then we got in the buses which took another half an hour. Buses set on about 8p.m. The journey was good, I slept mostly. Bus isn't luxury but comfortable enough. Ther's a USB conection. We were waiting about three hours for the Ferry. I think IT could be better with organisation on the HL station.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Dec 28, 2019
Great service. Thank you
Bus Express, Raja Ferry (ราชา เฟอร์รี่), Dec 27, 2019
Good and economical
Bus VIP 24, Krungsiam Tour (กรุงสยามทัวร์), Dec 27, 2019
The ride in the bus was good but it was freezing ,too cold. i and other passagers try to speak to the driver and they told me that they cant low down the aircondion'so bring worm cloths to the ride. the driver drove too fast. the chair was very comftbol.
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