Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

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Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
30m ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
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Thong Sala Koh Phangan
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Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
30m ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
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Thong Sala Koh Phangan
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Samui Airport, Koh Samui
1h 30m journey in van+ferry. All connections guaranteed
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Thong Sala Koh Phangan

From Bangrak Seatran Pier to Koh Phangan by 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
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Thong Sala Koh Phangan

From Samui Airport to Koh Phangan by van and ferry

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Samui Airport, Koh Samui
1h 30m journey in van+ferry. All connections guaranteed
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Thong Sala Koh Phangan

How to get from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

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.

Transportation from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

Koh Samui to Koh Phangan destination reviews

MG
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 21, 2020
Excellent crew, clean and efficient travel. Very easy and comfortable.
DR
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 17, 2020
Little Delay but very crowded on Board, so some couldnt get a seat. But ist only Took 30 Minutes, so we Came along.
BC
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Mar 16, 2020
My trip was absolutely fine. No issues. Smooth & safe sailing from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan. I will be sure to use this service again for my return trip. Thank You. Brian.
VI
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Mar 14, 2020
Nice people, air condition was great
SR
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Mar 10, 2020
Delay at hotel pick up by 0,5 hr. got information 1hr before. Delay of ferry to Thongsala by almost 45 min without any information. Very unstructured information about pick up of luggage upon arrival. Firstly it was said pick up your luggage in front then it showed it was only valid for the backpacks while all suitcases should be picked up at port. Created extra ques. Otherwise ferry and ticket counter felt modern and secure
LP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 1, 2020
Efficient. Delivered as promised.
CW
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 26, 2020
Trip was fine. Easy and quick
MM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 25, 2020
Ship was a little bit late...this was the reason for a little chaos on the pier. But the guys from "Seatran" take care everyone get´s to the correct ship.
AK
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 23, 2020
Staff Helped me put my luggage on and off the ferry
MO
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 23, 2020
It was fast and safe
LV
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 17, 2020
Vety good !
KT
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 17, 2020
Very fast transportation.
MV
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 11, 2020
Late!
WT
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 11, 2020
Very easy to board. We were told to get there 30 mins before it left (at 12:30) luckily we got there at 12:15 as the ferry had left by 12:30
EK
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Feb 9, 2020
All time schedules were late , the rest was ok
CE
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 9, 2020
Quick and easy transfer
KB
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 8, 2020
Prompt, comfortable and easy
DS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 4, 2020
Well organised, fast and very helpful.. I was not expecting that our luggage will be so organised and carried.
AD
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 4, 2020
Very smooth trip, everything on time:)
IW
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 2, 2020
Very convenient as it is located right near the airport. I actually missed my scheduled boat at 1.00pm but the company replaced it for the 4.30 ferry without an extra cost. Only suggested improvement is of they could make an announcement about the luggage collection when reaching Thong Sala. You should exit the boat from the back and they will unload your luggage for you onto another pier.
EM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 25, 2020
The girls at the counter in the airport (who had nothing to do w/Seatran and were organising van transfer) were a bit rude but the Seatran part was smooth like buttah and very friendly, safe, reliable, efficient.
ZR
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Jan 20, 2020
The trip was ok. The service in a port was very professional.
HR
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 11, 2020
The ferry was old and run down
SP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 9, 2020
Confusion weather the boat going to Koh Toa was also going to Koh phangan
EI
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jan 5, 2020
Transfer Come at time. Ferry was normal. You will go by ferry only about 40 minutes, and wait on a Pier 1,5 hours.
AE
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Jan 4, 2020
The ferry will get you from A to B at a good price. You can get faster ferries to koh Pha-ngan but an hour and a half of nice views sea cruise is time well spent. You can get snacks on the ferry as well, but if you travel with big suitcases you will have to carry them up and down narrow stairs
MB
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jan 4, 2020
Werden netjes opgehaald en naar de pier gebracht. Ticket opgehaald in kantoortje en naar de boot. Was een oudere boot die ons optijd afzetten op koh phangan.
JH
ferry Speedboat, Grand Sea Discovery, Jan 2, 2020
flexible. I could choose any time to go back to Koh Samui. It may take longer to take your boat if many people come at the same time though.
VI
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Dec 30, 2019
Awesome!
PT
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 29, 2019
Total chaos!
WB
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 25, 2019
Perfect timing on this connection which had us to the pier 30 minutes after our plane landed.
AG
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 23, 2019
Comfortable dry
BS
ferry Speedboat, Grand Sea Discovery, Dec 22, 2019
Everithing was good and easy
LS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 20, 2019
Well marked system
WL
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 20, 2019
Check in with e-ticket with barcode on your telephone is not possible. You are sent back to a counter to get a paper ticket. So do not queu before getting your paper ticket.
ML
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 19, 2019
Easy booking. And on time pickup. Hassle Free.
SK
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 17, 2019
Perfect! Arrived on time :)
JS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Dec 17, 2019
Prompt pickup from hotel. Everything well organised. Will definitely use again
MP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Dec 14, 2019
Ok
NH
ferry Speedboat, Grand Sea Discovery, Dec 13, 2019
Speedboat was quick and they provided life jackets for the journey. Only downside was the long wait for our hotel pick up and to get on the speedboat.
IJ
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Dec 12, 2019
We got to where we need to go. But I’m still not sure why we where picked up 1 hour earlier than stated & left to wait for the ferry for two hour ?
AC
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 11, 2019
Ferry is simple enough. Its chaos at the other end when every person and their dog are trying to get you into their taxi
AR
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 4, 2019
Clean and spacious transport. No issues again with the bookings. The crossing was choppy but nothing anybody could do about that.
PT
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 3, 2019
Very efficient and clean. Polite opperators
NS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Nov 29, 2019
Everything was clear and in time. Baggage boarding was difficult with a ferry, but this is not your fault
AB
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Nov 29, 2019
Fantastic organization and great service
JV
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Nov 26, 2019
Alles was prima geregeld, zoals alle trips die we tot nu toe hebben gedaan via 12goasia.
SK
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Nov 26, 2019
It's a bitt expensive for thet trip.
JO
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Nov 20, 2019
Timely pick up by bus driver. However, had to wait 2 hours to board boat in blazing heat. It would have been better to have a later pickup and spend less time in mid day heat. Boat was fine even though no seats provided.
MM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Nov 20, 2019
Great trip. Very organised and no hitches.
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