Getting to Koh Phangan is for most travelers quite a travel due to the fact that… well it’s an island and it has no airport. So you might have to take a flight, a bus or a train but for sure you’ll need a boat to make it here.
When it comes to getting around Koh Phangan, you have plenty of choice depending on your ability to drive and budget…
If you are looking at ways to get here, check below to book your flights, ferry ticket, train or bus. If you are looking for tips to choose the best way to get around, this is also the right place.
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.
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.
Flights to Koh Phangan
There is no airport on the island just yet, so it is not possible to get direct flights to Koh Phangan. The nearest airports to Koh Phangan are located in Surat Thani and Koh Samui. Daily flights are available to both from Bangkok and Don Muang Airports. Flying is by far the quickest and most convenient way of getting to Koh Phangan when you arrive in Thailand or surrounding countries. Visitors who are arriving into Thailand on an international flight may need to fly into Bangkok first, then take a connecting flight with a low-cost airline to either Surat Thani Airport or Koh Samui Airport. However, some international flights are available direct to Koh Samui from South East Asian countries such as Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore.