How to get to Koh Phangan (Koh Phangan), transport on the island

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To Koh Phangan by plane

To Koh Phangan by bus

From Bangkok and other cities of Thailand to get to Koh Phangan by bus. Usually the way to Phangan the bus runs through the city of Surat Thani (Surat Thani), but there are also buses that go directly to Donsak pier where you can just sit down on the ferry.

If you arrived at the bus station in Surat Thani, where you can buy comprehensive transfer (bus to Donsak pier+ferry to Koh Phangan, from 320 baht), or make the journey on their own, which will not be big difficulties. However much more more comfortable to buy a combined ticket (joint ticket) directly to Koh Phangan. It includes the cost of a bus ticket, transfer to the jetty and the cost of the ferry. In this case, you do not have to worry how to get from the bus station, and to adjust the bus routes at the time of departure of the ferries. These combined tickets are sold directly on public bus stations in major cities of Thailand. To use the services of private tour companies in Thailand, we usually recommend.

See also information "Buses in Thailand. Traveling by bus in Thailand"

Beware of typical local wiring on arrival in Surat Thani by bus. The gist of it is that during the entrance of the bus to Surat Thani, the bus you sits "well-wisher", who advises you to go before the final stop, as from here you can take a bus to Samui, Phangan, etc. Another option, when one behaves like a representative of the company. As a result, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere far from any transportation, but here comes a taxi or tuk-tuk, ready VAZ to take place for a round sum.

Remember! If you bought a ticket for the Shuttle bus to the bus station (not a private tourist bus), you must exit at the final bus station in Surat Thani, or at least in the city centre.

To Koh Phangan by train

To get to Koh Phangan by train from Bangkok, Hua hin, with a stopover in Bangkok from other popular cities of Thailand and also from Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Penang or Langkawi) and Singapore. More information about the tours please see information in "Trains of Thailand: travel by train in Thailand".

Of course, the train is not on the island itself, and drops off the passengers at the station Phun Pin Railway Station near Surat Thani (Surat Thani) (W/train station of Surat Thani on the map. Especially convenient overnight train from Bangkok. They go to 17:05, 17:35, 18:30, 19:30 22:50, with the main railway station Bangkok Hualamphong train and arrive in Surat Thani early in the morning. The fare will range from 150 for a seat in the third class (not recommended), 600 baht for the second class (as our reserved seats, but the beam is recommended), and up to 1500 baht for the coupe.

With W/station constantly in the daytime leave manwani and buses to Donsak pier (Don Sak Pier, see below), where to Phangan can be reached by ferry.

Much easier to get on the train if you buy a combined ticket (Joint ticket or Combine ticket), which includes the train, transfer to the pier and ferry. These trains depart from Bangkok at 17:35 (train No. 173), 18:30 (train No. 167) at 19:30 (train # 85). Whichever train you choose, you will arrive on Koh Phangan still at 12:30.

To purchase a combined ticket to Hualamphong station ticket offices or travel agencies. It is recommended to purchase in advance. Sales which are not, but on the website http://www.thailandtrainticket.com/ you can book online and purchase a paper ticket that you will receive from a representative at the station or you deliver it to the hotel in Bangkok. The current schedule can be found at http://www.railway.co.th.

To Koh Phangan by ferry and boat

The final stage of any route to Koh Phangan will be a ferry boat or ferry. If you have purchased comprehensive transfer with the endpoint tab, then you have nothing to worry about and organizes everything for you by the carrier. If you get yourself on Phangan will be on the water to get from Don Sak pier (Donsak pier on a map of Koh Phangan), with several marinas on the island of Koh Samui, from Koh Tao and from the pier in Chumpon (Chumphon). The nearest Marina is Koh Samui a little further away Donsak and the island of Koh Tao and quite far from city Chumphon. On Koh PHA Ngan most ferries arrive at the pier in Thong Sala (pier of Thong Sala on a map of Koh Phangan).

There are several carriers on Phangan, here some:

  • Lompraya (Lomprayah). http://www.lomprayah.com/
    In addition to transfers to and from Bangkok, Hua hin, Phuket, Krabi, the company also offers to use her paddle boat to get to Koh Phangan from Koh Samui, O. Tao from Surat Thani and Chumphon. All the schedule is available on the company website, where you can book the tickets. The catamaran of Lomprayah is expensive, but it is the fastest way to get across the water to the island.
  • Raja Ferry http://www.rajaferryport.com/
    These boats are five times a day from Donsak pier go to Koh Phangan and back. The ferry transports passengers (220 baht per person) and transportation (280 motorcycle, car with driver 620) for 2 and a half hours. Ferries leave from Donsak 7:00, 10:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00. Detailed information is available on the company website.
  • Seatran http://seatrandiscovery.com/
    Transports passengers between the Islands of Tao, Samui and Phangan at prices slightly lower than the Lomprayah.
  • Songserm https://songserm.com/
    Carries passengers to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao to Don Sak pier.
  • Night ferry There is a night ferry that leaves at 23 hours from Surat Thani and takes passengers to 6am for 400 baht. Departs from the city of Suratthani with the channel in Ban Don pier. If you arrive at the bus station in the city, the pier can easily be reached on foot. Pier night ferry to Koh Phangan on the map.

See also, How to get from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan and back.

Transportation on Koh Phangan, than to move on

On Phangan there is no public transport. To move around the island you can use taxis (Songthew), rent a motorcycle or Bicycle, and hire boats to move between the beaches of the island.

Taxis (also called Songthaews, Songthew) is converted for the carriage of passengers, the trucks. But here, unlike the rest of Thailand, they operate mainly as taxis, and not move on fixed routes. But you and they can pick up along the way when traveling with passengers and you need to the same direction. The cost of the long trip around the island should cost no more than 250 baht, the same trip on a small distance is usually 100 baht. Payment is made for the whole car, not per person. If you call too high a price, you need to bargain or look for another taxi.

The ideal option to move around the island is to rent a motorbike. In order to rent it, do not necessarily have rights, but by the rules they should be. But it's better to have at least some rights, than no. Russian law in Thailand is theoretically valid, but the problem may occur due to the lack of category "A" when operating a motorcycle. Read more about renting a motorbike in Thailand here.

Rent motorcycle on Koh Phangan is a few more than on the mainland. For automatic scooter will have to pay 200 baht, but you can and should haggle, especially if you take it long term. Rent a motorbike in almost every hotel and Guesthouse, on the street in tourist areas. Motorbike rental is also on the pier in Thong Sala, so only arriving on the island, you'll be able to rent a car and self drive to your hotel on Koh Phangan.

For driving in Thailand necessarily will need an international driving permit (IDP). Is such a law, made in the form of booklets in several languages that are issued in addition to the regular national rights of the bodies of the traffic police. They act only when presented together with your national (domestic) rights, so don't forget to take with you on a trip. To get an IDP is not required to write any exams, you only need to pay a fee. Order them easiest website public services.of the Russian Federation, the value of discount will be 1120 rubles. You can contact the traffic police or the MFC personally, but then the IDP will cost 1600 rubles (price 2018). To pick up right after their manufacture in the traffic police or in the MFC. Details about car rent in Thailand read here.

The cost of renting a car in Thailand starts from 600 baht when booking for a few days. Can find and book car rentals using the search form and compare prices from different distributors:

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AnyChek 27 August, 2017

Hi! Just got back from Samui, August 2017, when in all of Thailand the rainy season. It there is absolutely not there! For two weeks the rain was twice in the late afternoon, when the sun set.
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Alkor55 3 April, 2018
The rainy season in Thailand is nonsense.All the different provinces. For Koh Samui in July ,August and until mid September is the best time of rest. And this time, not the rainy season. There is a month can go 3-4 rain for 15 minutes. And this is the peak season. In Italy from August 1 to September 1 all the holiday( in Spain too) and at this time the island crowded with Italians(but not the Spaniards,there are a few). 10 times vacationing with his wife on Koh Samui this summer for a month each time. Russian tour guides(friends) we were told that winter here is worse.A few years ago I went to Koh Samui in winter from 20 January to 15 February. Really did not like.Every three days the storm in the sea grass, boards, logs and other debris. And weather is normal, you can relax. But it is not a rule, sometimes worse, but sometimes better.Therefore, from 1 November the best place to relax on Koh Chang until March, then worse.But the ball there is a zero. So everybody is looking for what suits him. Someone like Phuket, some don't, also the winter vacation is good there, but for us in winter, Koh Chang better.I will add that to Chang the wild tides and need to get serious about the choice of hotel. ...
admin April 4, 2018

All true, and nobody on this website never claimed that in Thailand the rainy season is one for the whole country, and on this account even sickly seasons sign is - https://nashaplaneta.net/asia/thai/resorts.html#seasoing. But you draw conclusions about the weather on several trips at one time, and one trip to another - not objectively. Still the best season in Samui is in January-April. And the fact that you were not so lucky... well, weather is unpredictable because almost... ...
Alkor55 4 April, 2018
Read the post above. This answer for AnyChek. And what about January-April , I live here told friends, operating guides. It is friends, just guides I'm not going to listen. Been there, done that. And about the spring floods you forget about autumn I will not say, you do know about them and during them happening. And that weather is unpredictable, you're right... But for our 10 year old travel to Samui had no problems with the weather. ...
Nadine Mahler May 16, 2018
Samui is a wonderful island!
We flew from Moscow with a stopover in Bangkok, the tour was in early March. The weather was great, and just in the last day the sun hid, and we learned what a tropical rain. :lol:
We stayed in the wonderful hotel briza resort. The hotel consists of many small two-storey houses, each house a maximum of 4 rooms. The whole hotel look like the garden of Eden, is buried in verdure.
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nausla May 16, 2018
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of Satanta 17 September, 2018
Going to Thailand for a month. Plans 5 days in Koh Samui! The main question is, what dostoprimechatelnosti better to take the tour and where you can go on their own ...
admin 17 September, 2018

I have a strong opinion that trips to a guide which tells about the sights, only needed for historical sites. And considering that there are places on Samui not, then excursions are not necessary, if you are able to reach on their own. If you drive a motorbike, take it in rent and go, all you will see. ...
Travel Johnny December 28, 2018
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admin December 28, 2018

You ask like "Tell", and in the end not a question mark, and exclamation marks. More like advertising :THINK . Anyway the topic is about Samui and not Bali, it's even different countries. ...