Koh Tao to Koh Phangan

Koh Tao to Koh Phangan

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Koh Tao to Koh Phangan Schedule

Koh Tao to Koh Phangan Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Lomprayah Speedboat 09:30 - 10:45฿ 500
Songserm Express 10:00 - 13:30฿ 550
Lomprayah Speedboat 15:30 - 16:30฿ 500

How to get to Koh Phangan from Koh Tao

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 Tao

There are three ferry companies which transport passengers from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan offering different level of comfort, transit time and price.

The fastest way to travel between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan is with Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran (80 min.). There are two departures a day, at 9.30am and 3pm. Lomprayah leaves from Koh Tao’s Mae Haad pier and brings you to Koh Phangan’s Thong Sala pier. With ticket price at THB500 to THB660 it is also the most expensive option.

Seatran Discovery offers a similar service with three ferries a day (6.30am, 9am and 3pm) departing from Mae Haad in Koh Tao and arriving to Thong Sala in Koh Phangan an hour and a half later. Seatran is a bit cheaper at THB 430.

Tip: If you are prone to seasickness, opt for Seatran instead of Lomprayah, when the sea is choppy. Catamarans actually ride the swell, which means you will experience endless ups and downs. With Seatran you will cut through the wave.

Though Songserm provides the slowest service, it is also the most budget way to get to Koh Phangan from Koh Tao. Prepare to spend around two hours on board (THB 350). There is only one boat a day at 9.30am which hits Koh Phangan at 11.30am.

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 Tao to Koh Phangan

Koh Tao to Koh Phangan destination reviews

SV
ferry Speedboat, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Sep 12, 2020
People should wear the mask during the whole journey. There was only a control entering the boat. Inside people took down the mask which we did not appreciate.
IE
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Mar 21, 2020
Slow "speed boat", the speed is about 20-25 km/h (when seatran is about 40)
RD
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Mar 14, 2020
the pier ticket office had one person check in everyone which meant we were late leaving (why check in surely its easier just showing the reservation ticket) they were doing temp checks on people seemed to be only foreigners being checked and no workers going on board so further late. Other than that fine apart from the coughing woman on board walking around with no regard for others, may of been fine but in these times should of realised the risk she was posing
HC
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 5, 2020
Pretty straightforward, short trip. Nothing to complain. The sea was calm, which helped even more to a nice journey.
KD
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 20, 2020
Perfect!
BT
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 19, 2020
40 minutes late. Weather. I got sea sick. Also weather. ROUGH ride.
AH
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Feb 17, 2020
The ferry arrived more than 1 hour late due to some engine issue. Otherwise the journey was pleasant.
IG
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 13, 2020
Of course 12go can't do anything about his but the ferry ride between koh tao and koh phangan was quite a hell as the waves where gigantic. Many people became sick around me. Lucky the staff handed out plastic bags and tissues.....
BJ
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Feb 11, 2020
Some of the staff wasnt friendly and the boat came 45 minutes late
ES
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Feb 6, 2020
It was 45 mins late but other than that , great
MP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jan 31, 2020
Cheap ride compared to the other ferries. Boat a bit old but still running well. Needed just a bit of a cleanup from previous passengers coming in the island. Overall, ride felt great.
AT
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jan 19, 2020
The bus ride was just terrible. It was packed, a bunch of people, it smelled, it was horrible sleep and for some reason we stopped at a restaurant half way through for an hour at 1 in the morning. We did arrive on time to Koh Tao
DR
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Jan 18, 2020
Very smooth trip! Although the departure time mas 30 min late se still made the arrivall time. Perfect!!
JL
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jan 2, 2020
Well the check in point was hard to find and the ferry was late. Still everything worked out and the ride was fine!
JS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Jan 2, 2020
Sceptical at first but worked great, no problems. Trip from koh tao to koh phangan.
JG
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Dec 27, 2019
It was ok
ND
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Dec 16, 2019
Booked online, picked Up my ticket in the harbour.
DK
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Dec 15, 2019
2 hours trip no problems
RL
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Dec 6, 2019
everything went well. Comfortable and fast boat
JS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Nov 23, 2019
Ferry is ok, but 30 min late
AA
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Nov 11, 2019
Thanks
AI
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Nov 7, 2019
Really happy with the service lomprayah is providing.
TR
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Nov 2, 2019
While the Boat was half an hour late and the waiting area was unkept I would still say it was a decent journey. Main reason I cut one star is the check in counter for Songserm was very hard to find at the opposite end of the pier through a tight alley. 4/5
PC
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Nov 1, 2019
Todo estuvo muy bien y organizado.
JL
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Oct 23, 2019
Nice, quick and easy. Nice air conditioning on the ferry too.
AS
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Oct 21, 2019
Everything good
MS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Oct 20, 2019
Took 2 hours for the journey. Was easy and comfortable.
FS
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Sep 18, 2019
Transfers were all pretty easy and seamless. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of explanation of what is happening in some circumstances. Ferry trip was very rough and a lot of team members seemed to be stressed about the trip themselves. Also wasn’t much communication then. Otherwise was a good choice of transport and I do recommend.
YH
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Sep 14, 2019
Late a bit, took more than expected
RS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Sep 13, 2019
Ship was late by 30 mins hence 3 stars. All the rest was good.
P
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Aug 19, 2019
Catamarano nuovo ma sedute molto scomode. Inoltre con il loro modo di imbarcare le valigie hanno danneggiato una ruota della mia valigia
KB
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Aug 16, 2019
Check in, on boarding and Journey was smooth.
LA
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Aug 16, 2019
The departure was 40 min late.
JD
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Aug 8, 2019
Had to charge boat mid sea at koh tao - bad communication
JR
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Aug 4, 2019
Was late, but no fault of the company there had been a storm. Went on the afternoon ferry & it was very quiet compared to the morning Ferrys.
AH
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jul 30, 2019
The Lomprayah ferry is highly recommendable. On time departure & arrival, boats are clean and fast, and the procedure is well organized. Prices are reasonable for what you get, compared to competitive ferry companies in the area.
CV
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jul 28, 2019
Although delay of 30 minutes Lomprayah was okay
HW
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jul 27, 2019
Regular ferry, busy and delayed
FV
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jul 24, 2019
Perfect
FP
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jul 24, 2019
Fast transfer go to the pier at least 1 hour before the departure.
CP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jul 23, 2019
No hassle. I couldn't print off the tickets beforehand, but Songserm happy with the tickets on my phone.
JL
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jul 22, 2019
A bit delay. Service was ok.
LM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Jul 6, 2019
Efficient And fast. One of the crew members on the boat was extremely nice and was ensuring everyone was able to get to their accommodation and was informing of taxi prices etc. If he was not able to organise transfers. He was a very friendly and pleasant chap.
JE
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jun 22, 2019
It was a nice trip but It could have been better with better sits
GC
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jun 16, 2019
Impuntuales, más de 30 minutos de retraso. Maletas muy mal guardadas, amontonadas con 10 al maletas encima. Además dejan subir un vendedor de taxis al barco que cobra el doble que los que están a 200 metros del muelle. No reservar taxi en el barco
MA
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Jun 4, 2019
Boat was rather small and noisy. Seats are pretty basic. Might depend on the day and time if they use the small or big boat. Ours was the Discovery 3. Ride was still ok and not too uncomfortable.
JA
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), May 14, 2019
Too expensive, air condition in the reaer not enought in the front much to much
AA
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), May 6, 2019
Das Boot ist 20 min Verspätung angekommen, die Fahrt dauert 2 Std von ko tao nach ko phangan. Das Personal ist freundlich. Die Sitze sind okay.
NK
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Apr 28, 2019
The lower deck AC wasn’t working unfortunately. Although not their fault, the waters were very choppy. A tough 1.5 hours in 32 degree heat
CC
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Apr 28, 2019
Buen servicio. Buena relación precio calidad. 100%recomendado!
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