BOATS TO KOH PHANGAN FROM THE MAINLAND.
There are now so many companies running boats to and from Koh Phangan that it's far much easyer to reach than before. Just to name a few, the main ones are Raja ferries, Seatran ferries, Songserm express and the night boat.
It will cost you between 300 and 350 bahts to go from Suratthani town to Koh Phangan and same for the return ticket.
An extra charge of 100 bahts might be asked to bring you to the train station or to the airport.
Click here for a full timetable of all boat companies, Koh Phangan to and from Suratthani, by destination and chronological order
|The Raja Ferry and the Seatran Ferry (carrying vehicles and passangers) leave from Donsak pier, one hour from Suratthani
center (there's a coach transfer included in the price). Both offer a good service and the journey only takes two hours and half. Raja is much more reliable, as Seatran sometimes stops its services to Koh Phangan.
Boats from Songserm Express leave from Thathong pier, thirty minutes from Suratthani center. They are supposed to be faster than ferries, but as they make a
stop in Koh samui, it makes the journey much longer. And, moreover, years after years, they are getting older...
The night boat leaves from Suratthani pier, right in town. You will find a mattress and a pillow to lie down whilst gazing at the stars in the sky. And if you
are still not sleeping in the morning, you might catch the beautiful site of the sun rising over the islands.
BOATS LINKING KOH SAMUI TO KOH PHANGAN AND KOH TAO TO KOH PHANGAN.
There are many different ways to reach Phangan from Koh Samui. The journey costs between 200 and 250 bahts depending on the company.
Click here for the timetable of all boat companies to and from Koh Samui, in chronological order.
There is also a brand new company, Samui-Phangan Express that started a regular speedboat service from Bantai Pier in Phangan to Big Budha in Samui in early 2008, the trip takes 10 to 15mn and costs 450 Bahts. They have departure every hour from 8:00am to 07:00pm, from Samui and Phangan.
All the routes to Koh Tao stops in Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. The ticket costs between 350 and 450 bahts depending on the company.
Click here for the timetable of all boat companies to and from Koh Tao, in chronological order.
All boat from Songserm Express and Seatran Ferry leaving Suratthani, stops in Koh Samui on their way to Koh Phangan. There, they leave from Nathon in Samui and arrive at Thong Sala pier in Koh Phangan.
The Seatran Discovery and the Lomprayah are both utra-speed boat companies that link Koh Samui to Chumphorn on the mainland via Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
The Butsapakmanee boat as well as Phangan Cruises, also manage to link the three islands off the "packaged day-tours" they both organise.
The Haadrin Queen makes its way there and back between Samui and Phangan four times a day. It leaves from Big Buddha pier in Samui and arrives in Haad Rin on Koh Phangan.
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HOW TO MOVE AROUND WHILE ON KOH PHANGAN.
Rent your own vehicle will allow you to discover the numerous sites of Koh Phangan exactly the way you want to do it and at your own rythm. Bike, in spite of its danger, is the
cheapest and the most usual mean of transport, here. However, before signing the contract, it's always a good idea to check the motorbike with the owner so as to avoid getting charged for something
you haven’t broken yourself when giving the bike back. The prices vary between 150 and 500 baht/day (and even more for CBR...) depending on the category and the state of the bike.
Renting a car isn't as easy as in Samui, but, years after years, more and more places offer it. Few agencies and Bungalows have Suzuki Caribbean or Pick Up trucks for rent.
It’s also recommended that you check the car for any existing scratches on the day you rent it.
We warn you again about the local roads. Even if they are covered, they are in very bad state and even the new ones get corrupted very quick, so if you must rent yourself a bike, don’t forget to drive on the left hand side, avoid carrying another person and be very weary of the many cracks and holes scattered all over the place.
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If you are not too keen on driving a motorcycle, especially if you are not too good a driver, you may prefer to travel by taxi... The case being, you'll have different choices.
COLLECTIVE TAXIS - SONGTAEWS.
There are no official stops, so you just have to waive at the taxi when you see one on the road. It is recommended to check the price before getting in. Alternatively, if you
already know the price, simply hand in the exact amount to the driver on arrival at your destination...
There is still no metered taxis in Koh Phangan as yet.
A new service since 2006, with a new company, Phangan transport Co Ltd, runned from Haad Rin. This minibuses have now the exclusivity for taking people to and from Haad Rin Pier. They charge more expensive than any other taxis (around twice more), but you have no other options straight from the pier. They are also in Thong Sala Pier but you still have more options, with Songtaews available there.
If you arrive with he Haad Rin queen and are on a really short budget, you can walk down the main road by yourself (from the pier go left, then right, pass the "Purple Haze" then the "Drop In Resort and Spa" follow the road down, first left, at the end it is the main road, from there, go left to Bankai or Thong Sala...) and try to cath a regular Songtaew from there to save money.
They usually stand by near popular spots in town, are another cheap way to move around Phangan. However, these last years the
amount of motorbike taxis have been gradually decreasing, and it's not easy nowadays to find one as they do not always wear colourful tops as in Samui and other parts of Thailand. Here again, it is
recommended to fix the price before.
As many beaches in Koh Phangan, and especially on the East coast, are still today only reachable by boat, the taxi boat business is still well alive in Koh Phangan. They'll
take you to different beaches as Haad Khuad (bottle beach, in the North) from Chaloklum or, if you leave from Haad rin, to Haad Yuan, Haad Thian, Haad Yao East, Than Sadet and Thong nai pan on the East coast.
If you want to go to visit some of the nearby islands such as Koh Tao, Koh Nang Yuan or the Angthong National Marine Park, it will be more difficult to organise than it is in Samui. However,
you’ll find some speedboat companies on the island or somr travel agencies working with speed boats from Samui departing from Thong Sala, Haad Rin and Ban Tai. You can contact one of the few tour counters available throughout the
island to book yourself a direct trip or a special tour around these islands.
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