Koh Phangan to Koh Samui

Koh Phangan to Koh Samui

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Thong Sala Koh Phangan
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Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
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Thong Sala Koh Phangan
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Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
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Thong Sala Koh Phangan
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Koh Samui any hotel

From Thong Sala Koh Phangan to Koh Samui by ferry

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Thong Sala Koh Phangan
30m ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
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Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
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Thong Sala Koh Phangan
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Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui

From Thong Sala Koh Phangan to Koh Samui by ferry and Taxi

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Thong Sala Koh Phangan
1h 30m journey in ferry+Taxi. All connections guaranteed
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Koh Samui any hotel

How to get from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui

Crystal clear waters and idyllic beaches, lush tropical greenery and modern ‘island style’ shopping molls, fancy jewellery shops and colourful local markets – you name it – Samui has it all. No wonder that the third-largest island in Thailand, Samui has become popular amongst both luxurious holiday makers and backpackers on a budget who can each find the experience, accommodation, activities and entertainment that they come for. Whether its candle-lit dinners on post-card beaches, wild and adventurous partying through the night, treks through forests and jungles or days spent oiled up on the beach, Koh Samui is the right choice to get it.

Getting to Koh Samui from Koh Phangan

Koh Samui lies within an easy reach of Koh Phangan. When Koh Phangan is rocking with its crazy Full Moon parties and you cannot find any accommodation on the island, do not fall into despair and consider making your base on Samui. In any case, if you happen to Koh Phangan, it makes sense to visit its more glamorous brother just to understand what all that Samui fuss is about.

The fastest service from Koh Phangan to Samui is offered by Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran and Seatran Discovery. They whisk you to Samui in about 20-30 minutes for THB300-THB350.

Both Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery pick up passengers from Thong Sala pier on Koh Phangan. On Samui, Lomprayah arrives to Maenam Pier (departures from Koh Phangan at 11am and 4.20pm) or Nathon Pier (7.15am, 12pm and 2.30pm). Seatran uses its own Bangrak Seatran Pier.

If you come and go to/from Samui with your main destination being Koh Phangan’s Full Moon parties, your best bet is a small Haad Rin Queen which plies the route between Haad Rin on Koh Phangan and Big Buddha Pier on Samui. The timetable is subject to change; as a reference consider these four boats: 9.30am, 11.40am, 2.30pm and 5.30pm. Transit time is from 50 minutes to one hour. It is not possible to buy tickets or make a booking for Haad Rin Queen online. Tickets cost THB 200.

If you are staying in Haad Rin or some other east coast beaches on Koh Phangan, you can opt for a rickety Thong Nai Pan Express. Depending on where you board it, expect to pay from THB 200 to THB 400 per person. Thong Nai Pan Express runs only when the weather is good.

Can I transport my car from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui?

It is not possible to go with your car directly from Koh Phangan to Samui. You will need to sail back to Donsak from Koh Phangan and then make a new journey to Samui instead. Go to the mainland from Koh Phangan with Raja Ferry (THB 550 for a 4-wheel car) and change to Raja Ferry or Seatran heading from Donsak to Samui. Seatran delivers passengers and their vehicles to its pier in Nathon. Raja ferry uses its own port in Lipa Noi on the western coast of Samui. Choose port-wise as both services are equal in price and quality. Note that it is always wise to book in advance if you do not want to make a long queue to board the ferry with your car (or find all the ferries full on the day you want to travel).

Getting around

Koh Samui is large and you will need a way to get around easily, since doing it on foot is very limiting and uncomfortably hot, but there are many far better options available depending on how you like to get around.

Taxis (songthaews) are a great way to travel long distances on the island, or if you want to go out partying and know you shouldn't drive yourself around. While they are convenient and can get you everywhere from anywhere, this is probably the most expensive option, as you can expect to pay between 50 and 100 THB a person which adds up quickly.

Motorcycles are a fantastic way to get around. Motorcycles (and bicycles, too) can be rented from almost every resort on the island. Rentals are cheap, petrol is cheap, and they give you the freedom to go just about anywhere you want to go as you explore the island’s natural wonders. A word of caution though, you will undoubtedly see many tourists about with bandages and scrapes on their arms and legs, almost all of the time these are caused by accidents on scooters. You should be able to find a scooter for less than 200 THB a day. Most of the rental shops insist that you leave your passport behind. While this is a bit unnerving, it is also standard practice throughout Thailand, so be very careful with your scooter if you want to avoid any trouble.

Where to stay

Hat Chaweng is packed with all kinds of accommodation to suit any budget. It is the epicentre of the action, and the northern part of the beach can be quite noisy. Hat Lamai is another popular choice attracting holiday-makers both with its long stretch of white sand and a good choice of restaurants, bars and shops along the main road. In between the two beaches hides a little gem of Crystal Bay with – as the name suggests – crystal clear waters embraced with imposing boulders of a small bay. Hat Bang Rak (or Big Buddha Beach) leis relatively close to the airport (you may hear some noise), but the white sand of its western part compensate for it. Bo Phut is of particular interest not because of the beach but thanks to its trendy boutique hotels peppering Fishermen’s Village where strong Chinese influence can be felt even today. Families often opt for Mae Nam with its gentle sea. The West Coast is not a good choice if you come for the sea, but the sunsets are exceptional there.
Tip: Do not spend all your time on Samui on one and the same beach; try at least a couple of them and you will be rewarded with the diversity which this island has to offer.

Activities

Besides usual diving, snorkelling, kayaking, jungle-trekking and waterfalls find a couple of hours to visit the only rum distillery in Thailand, Magic Alambic. They produce Caribbean rum with a variety of natural flavours (obviously, they have coconut rum, too). They offer tasting sessions and sell rum, too (600-700 THB per 700ml bottle). Located in Baan Bang Kao. Travellers with the little ones in tow will love Paradise Park, which is a considerably large petting zoo, which is also one of the best viewpoints on the island.

Transportation from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui

Koh Phangan to Koh Samui destination reviews

CF
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 26, 2020
Have used 12Go many times to book transport and I always find it so useful - easy to find the most suitable option. The trip itself went really smoothly - easy to collect my ticket at the pier, board the ferry and then find my transport to the hotel.
AM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 24, 2020
Speed boat was late and we lost our plane!
LJ
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Mar 17, 2020
Everything ran on time. The minivan was nice and modern and dropped us all at our various hotels and the airport.
MF
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Mar 9, 2020
One hour late
DT
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Mar 4, 2020
So efficient.
RS
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Mar 1, 2020
Used 2 years ago, nothings changed, organized, safe and fast
AC
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 29, 2020
Great service, on time and no issues whatsoever.
AV
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 27, 2020
The transfer by ferry and the shared shuttle bus to our hotel worked very well. However, the ferry is pretty old and they don’t help you with your suitcases - so be prepared to keep your bags by your side all the time!
SW
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 26, 2020
Really easy journey, check in, boarding and the ferry itself was so quick!
DT
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Feb 19, 2020
We sailed through rough seas but great fun. Excellent catamaran.
MA
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 17, 2020
Very smooth. Excellent.
LL
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 12, 2020
They were om time and brought us from A to B. The boat itself is old and should be renovated.
TC
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 12, 2020
For Thailand it's fine and our trip was on time with no issues. Yes maybe they could do better with organization but you have to go into this being flexible and account for possible delays
UP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Feb 11, 2020
The boat eas 45 minutes late with departure, although passamgers were there.
FR
ferry Speedboat, Grand Sea Discovery, Feb 11, 2020
Good service, good price! Except the boat back was a little late.
LS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Feb 9, 2020
Had AC and comfortable seats. However ferry was delayed by an hour
MP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 7, 2020
It was a good and short trip. A bit crowded for the number of places on the boat. I had to stand the whole ride which got me real sea sick.
AT
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Feb 5, 2020
The ship was a bit late
LB
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 5, 2020
Alles hat gut geklappt.
GB
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 4, 2020
Ferry cruising was excellent. It was half an hour late at the exit.
EM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 2, 2020
There should be enforced shirt rules on the ferry (wear a shirt)…
CM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jan 31, 2020
Ferry departed 1.5 hours late. No announcements or information. About 400 people all waiting for 3 different ferries that depart at the same time. No organisation whatsoever. Ultimately did get me from A to B but I strongly advise to pay the extra few dollars and go with a proper company like lomprayah
MH
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 26, 2020
Very convenient - great price - easy booking via 12go.asia
RT
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 18, 2020
Really quick and efficient
MH
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Jan 13, 2020
Fantastic way to travel, seamless way to get straight off the ferry and transported to our hotel
JM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 12, 2020
Excellent!
TY
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jan 11, 2020
They have delay because of the full moon party . But staffs are nice . And also very convenient to book with this system
SM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jan 10, 2020
Was a smooth process and great way to travel
FK
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jan 8, 2020
40 mins delay
RV
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Jan 7, 2020
The check-in process was tedious and long.
JF
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Jan 3, 2020
Vert good service Thank you
ZH
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jan 3, 2020
An hour delay but thats because it was 2nd January and there were 100's of people trying to get a ferry. Pretty good considering.
LG
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 3, 2020
Took a slightly cheaper option across to Thong Pier, but so pleased that we paid a bit extra to come back. The whole process was quick and slick on a very busy day. Highly recomend Seatran and the Express ferry
ML
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 2, 2020
On time. Transfer smooth to the hotel in Koh Samui
ME
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 2, 2020
It was OK. Through 12GoAsia travelling via ferry is easily organized.
TM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Dec 29, 2019
Nice friendly and cooperative staff. Vessel was bit late than scheduled.
KK
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 27, 2019
The ferry was 40 mins delayed, and we almost missed our flight. We would advise to plan your trip with some margin.
SP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Dec 27, 2019
All good. Comfortable!
BS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 22, 2019
Very good
RM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 21, 2019
Ferry was 40 min delayed but it was ok, we had enough time to get our flight.
SK
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 19, 2019
The boat was few minutes late, but I didn’t mind it. It was big enough boat for staying really stable which was my biggest priority after Lomprayah speedboat bouncing hell and epic sea sickness..! There was a lot of room also!
PR
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 18, 2019
The first part or the trip which is ferry was fine but as we booked the trip with hotel transfer, we also had taxi trip. The driver was quite disgusting. We saw him deliberately throwing away plastic on the street which is horrible. Only moments ago we saw people collecting the rubbish around the island and there are people like him who don't care at all! He also was disgusting waving the tip box in front of everyone's faces. He also chew very loud during the whole trip to make it worse.
JP
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Dec 16, 2019
My boat was delayed leaving, but apart from that it was comfortable and well air-conditioned. As others have said, the transfer van was waiting as soon as I arrived so this was very efficient. I am giving 4 stars instead of 5 because I think it would also be good if you could pay for end to end journey including pick-up from where you are staying, as finding a taxi was stressful.
NA
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Dec 16, 2019
We left on time and arrived to Koh Samui 10 min later. The ferry itself was pretty comfortable.
MM
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Dec 13, 2019
No complaints. The boat left on time. There was a minivan ready & waiting when we got off the boat which was great. No delays at all.
SF
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Dec 13, 2019
Amazing online service to pre book tickets. Good travel option between islands..
JA
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Dec 5, 2019
I was under the assumption that I purchased transportation to the airport after I arrived in koh samui but when I arrived I had to pay for transportation to the airport again.
AZ
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 4, 2019
Perfect. Booked online, spent 3 minutes at check-in and everything went smoothly.
JS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Nov 29, 2019
All smooth
SB
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Nov 23, 2019
Had a good and relaxed journey which was punctual
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