A Transportation Guide to Koh Phangan

How to get to Koh Phangan

Where is Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is certainly one of the most attractive islands in Thailand. Koh Phangan Island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, which is about 60 kilometers from the mainland, between the two islands of Koh Samui to the south and Koh Tao to the north. It is part of the Samui archipelago, a group of islands which includes another 60 islands and islets.

How to get to Koh Phangan?

Whichever way you are planning, you will have to take a ferry at a certain point as there's no airport in Koh Phangan. So you can't arrive in Koh Phangan by plane, which is also a plus, because fewer tourists decide to take a holiday on the island considering the long route.


Ferry to Koh Phangan


How to get to Koh Phangan from Koh Samui?

It is the easiest way to get to Koh Phangan from Koh Samui considering the distance between the two islands only around 10 km. If you book your air ticket to Koh Samui, you will get the fastest way to arrive in Koh Phangan. But the trip is not economical not all since you will spend more than 100 euros one way on the flights from Bangkok to Samui.

How to get to Koh Phangan from Surathani?

Surathani airport is the closest mainland airport in Thailand to get to Phangan island. To get to Koh Phangan, you need to hop on a bus to Donsac pier and then a ferry ride to the island. You will spend around 4.5 hours on the whole trip. Booking a transfer Bus plus ferry is highly recommended. We can arrange for you.

Besides, as a non- international airport, there are few direct flights from Surat Thani to other countries, such as Malaysia or Singapore.

How to get to Koh Phangan from Bangkok?

Bangkok is typically the beginning of everyone’s Thailand exploration, and you’ve got a few choices for getting to Koh Phangan from Bangkok.

By plane: Take a plane from Bangkok to Surat Thani or Koh Samui. Then follow the steps mentioned above.

Bus plus ferry: The cheapest route is to take an overnight bus, departing at about 6PM and arriving in Surathani the next morning. From Surathani, you hop on a ferry that takes you straight to Koh Phangan.

Train plus ferry: The other option is to take the overnight train from Bangkok to Surathani. While only a little more expensive than the overnight bus, you travel much more comfortably. From here, it’s the same ferry ride to Koh Phangan. Note that train tickets back to Bangkok can be expensive after the Full Moon Party, so be sure to book ahead of time.


Train+Ferry to Koh Phangan


No matter you choose the train or the bus option, booking the whole trip together with Go Find Orient will be easy and efficient.

How to get around the island of Koh Phangan?

Explore by scooter: To roar with the scooter around the island to discover the most beautiful places and attractions on your own is probably one of the most amazing things during a visit. Scooter rentals can be found nearly everywhere on the island. With 24-hours rental around 8 dollars, it is definitely the cheapest way. You’ll explore the stunning jungle scenery of the island’s mystical temples, hidden waterfalls, breathtaking viewpoints and dream beaches. Keep in mind, you should pay attention and drive slowly.


Riding Scooter on Koh Phangan


By Songthaew taxi: You can take this choice if you have fear of riding a scooter. But the cost is quite high. You will expect to pay around 5 dollars for each person for a not long ride.