How to get to Koh Phangan from Koh Samui

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 from Koh Samui

Koh Phangan lies within an easy reach of Koh Samui. You sea journey will not last longer than 50 minutes, and both Lomprayah and Seatran can whisk you to the island in sheer 20-30 minutes. It means that even if you are prone to seasickness there is no reason to miss an opportunity to visit Koh Phangan from Samui.

Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran and Seatran Discovery are the fastest options for getting from Samui to Koh Phangan. They both take about 20-30 minutes from one island to the other and cost THB 400 and THB 300 correspondingly.

Lomprayah calls to Samui’s Maenam Pier twice a day, at 8am and 12.30pm. Seatran Discovery has three boats a day, at 8am, 1pm and 4.30pm, but they pick up passengers from Bangrak Seatran Pier in Samui. Both companies then head for Thong Sala on Koh Phangan.

There is a small Haad Rin Queen boat which brings you right to the epicentre of Full Moon Parties on Koh Phangan. Note that Haad Rin Queen departs and arrives from/to Big Buddha Pier in Samui. The timetable is subject to change, so check in advance. At the time of writing there were four departures a day at 10.30am, 1pm, 4pm and 6.30pm with 6.30pm being the latest boat to leave Samui. 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.

There is also one more option to get to Haad Rin and other east coast beaches on Koh Phangan, which is a rickety Thong Nai Pan Express. Depending on your destination, expect to pay from THB 200 to THB 400 per person. Thong Nai Pan Express runs only when the weather is good.

Getting around

When you arrive to Koh Phangan, 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. In any case do not leave drugs in your accommodation and do not carry any with you.

Koh Samui to Koh Phangan @ ferry, van Jul 29, 2017

12 trips (THB 150 — 450)

From Bangrak Seatran Pier to Koh Phangan by ferry

13:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
13:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
30m
Instant Refund
฿ 380
× 2 = ฿ 760
26 seats available
16:30
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
17:00
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
30m
Instant Refund
฿ 380
× 2 = ฿ 760
31 seats available

From Koh Samui (any hotel) to Koh Phangan by taxi+ferry joint ticket

06:00
Koh Samui (any hotel)
10:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
4h 30m
Instant
฿ 370
× 2 = ฿ 740
20 seats available

From Na Thon (Koh Samui) to Koh Phangan by ferry

11:15
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
11:45
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
30m
Instant Refund
฿ 300
× 2 = ฿ 600
28 seats available
11:30
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
12:15
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
45m
Instant
฿ 250
× 2 = ฿ 500
15 seats available
13:30
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
14:00
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
30m
Instant Refund
฿ 300
× 2 = ฿ 600
30 seats available
17:00
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
17:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
30m
Instant Refund
฿ 300
× 2 = ฿ 600
30 seats available
17:30
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
18:15
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
45m
Instant
฿ 250
× 2 = ฿ 500
15 seats available

From Samui Airport to Koh Phangan by van+ferry joint ticket

07:30
Samui Airport, Koh Samui
08:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
1h
Instant Refund
฿ 450
× 2 = ฿ 900
10 seats available
12:30
Samui Airport, Koh Samui
13:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
1h
Instant Refund
฿ 450
× 2 = ฿ 900
10 seats available
16:00
Samui Airport, Koh Samui
17:00
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
1h
Instant Refund
฿ 450
× 2 = ฿ 900
10 seats available

From Lipa Noi (Koh Samui) to Koh Phangan by ferry

18:00
Lipa Noi (Koh Samui)
19:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 150
× 2 = ฿ 300
20 seats available

Passenger reviews out of total 2,979 passengers traveled with us on this route

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Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
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★★★★★ Jul 20, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★☆ Jul 10, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★☆☆☆ Jul 10, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Boat could not hold enough people so we waited almost 2 hours for it to leave, get to our destination and then come back for us... they did provide water
★★★★☆ Jul 2, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Trip was great, 30 mins delay though
★★★★☆ Jun 10, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Well organised and no delays. Boot was completely full due to full moon party on Ko Phangan
★★★★★ Jun 7, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Excellent service we use every time we are here
★★★★★ May 30, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
All worked well
★★★★★ May 19, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★★ Mar 2, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Good new boat. Fast ride.
★★★★★ Feb 22, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★☆☆ Feb 20, 2017 (ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry) :
Der MiniVan von RP war super pünktlich, sauber und in einem tadellosem Zustand. Die Fähre RAJA, nach Phangan war einfach nur ekelig, dreckig und hat nach allem erdenklichem gestunken. Bei uns würde man dazu Seelenverkäufer sagen. Nicht noch mal!!!
★★★★★ Feb 20, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★★ Feb 12, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★☆ Dec 31, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★★ Oct 26, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★☆ Sep 25, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Start was on time nice trip, plenty of room on the boat just took a little longer than expected
★★★★★ Sep 18, 2016 (ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry) :
Ok
★★★★☆ Sep 14, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
The journey itself is fine but the timings are all wrong. Hough it leaves at 1:05 and comes in around 1:40, this doesn't include boarding time or the time to get off and find your bag afterwards.
★★★☆☆ Aug 29, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Adecuado sin mas
★★★☆☆ Aug 26, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★☆☆ Aug 17, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
GOOD
★★★★★ Aug 1, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Great work and great staff
★★★★★ Jul 16, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
BAD 0
★★★★☆ Jun 28, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★☆ May 3, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★☆ Apr 20, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Very relaxing and nice. Seats were a bit uncomfortable but overall quick and nice ferry.
★★★★☆ Jan 5, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
On time. All great v
★★★★☆ Jan 2, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Booked online only 24hrs before and presented phone pdf at ticket office - really easy. Cafe (with WiFi at ferry pier was great; reasonably priced by Thai standards) and good quality. Ferry boarded fairly quickly and smooth, fast crossing. Sat outside on way to Koh Panang and inside (air conditioning ok on way back to Koh Samui). Brilliant!
★★★★★ Dec 25, 2015 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Great!!!
★★★★☆ Dec 16, 2015 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Good travel Everythink ok
★★★★★ Nov 16, 2015 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Bangrak Seatran was great and changed my booking with no issue when my flight was delayed. Very helpful unlike 12Go whom didn't respond at all.

News @ Koh Phangan

07 March 2017

Thailand’s weather forecasters say that summer has officially arrived and soaring temperatures are on their way. The national Meteorological Department released a statement yesterday saying the hotter weather conditions over the past few days had marked the end of the cooler winter season and the onset of summer.

23 January 2017

Late last week, Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach was thronged with holidaymakers basking in the warm rays of the sun. The scene was a reminder that the inclement weather which had battered South Thailand since the New Year was passing over.

13 January 2017

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has released its latest updates for travel to the flood-hit southern region of the country. The bulletin noted that damaged train tracks in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province have been fixed and mainline train services are now operating again.