From Bangkok to Koh Phangan | Travel Guide
The island paradise of Koh Phangan is located in the south of Thailand, about 650 kilometers from Bangkok. There are several ways how you can get from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. The most popular and fastest option to travel to the island is by ferry. But also a trip by bus or train, with a further journey by ferry, is a common option often preferred by many tourists.
In this guide we will show you the best 4 options how to get from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. Additionally, there are also useful tips that will help you plan your trip.
From Bangkok to Koh Phangan | Bus + Ferry
A bus ride is a popular way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. This includes trips by night bus, but also trips during the day. Countless bus companies, both private and public take you from the Thai capital to the south of the country, mostly directly to the Donsak ferry port. From there, you will travel by ferry to Thong Sala, which is the main ferry port on Koh Phangan
The easiest way to organize this trip is with a combo-ticket: Some ferry companies, such as Lomprayah or Raja Ferry offer package deals, which include the bus trip from Bangkok to Pier Don Sak and the ticket for the ferry. Depending on traffic and the tour operator, you can reach your destination in 10-17 hours.
Duration: approx. 12 hours bus + ferry 2 hours | Price: from 25, – euros
Combo-tickets, which include bus + ferry, can be found here on 12Go.Asia.
From Bangkok to Koh Phangan | Flight
The popular holiday island does not have its own airport, but still, the option to fly from Bangkok to southern Thailand is the fastest and most popular: In around 1.5 hours you can get to the neighboring island of Koh Samui or to Surat Thani on the mainland relatively quickly by plane. Afterwards you will have to continue by ferry to Koh Phangan.
->Flight to Surat Thani & Bus + Ferry to Koh Phangan
Surat Thani is located on the mainland in the west of the holiday island and is the cheapest option to fly to in the south. If you book early enough, you can already find flight deals starting from 25 euros! After the flight, a bus from Surat Thani takes around 1.5 hours to the ferry port Donsak. Then, the ferry continues to Koh Phangan, where you will arrive at Thong Sala Pier after around 2 hours.
->Flight to Koh Samui & Ferry to Koh Phangan
This is definitely the quickest way to get to Koh Phangan. Koh Samui is located around 15 kilometers from the holiday island and has the closest airport to Koh Phangan. Only Bangkok Airlines flies from Bangkok to Koh Samui and due to their monopoly position, you will have to expect more expensive ticket prices (100, – to 300, -). To get the cheaper prices you will have to book in advance as early as possible. Good flight deals can often be found online.
After landing, the taxi continues from Koh Samui airport to the ferry terminal. From there, the ferry will take you to Koh Phangan. In addition to the regular option by ferry, also speedboat transfers are available.
Tip: On 12Go.Asia you will find combo-tickets for options 1 and 2, where flight + bus + ferry are included.
From Bangkok to Koh Phangan | Train + Bus + Ferry
Another fantastic way to travel to southern Thailand is by train from Bangkok. Although you cannot get directly to the island of Koh Phangan by train, it still covers a large part of the route on the mainland, which means you can reach Chumporn or Surat Thani.
Several daily southbound trains depart from Hua Lamphong Central Station. Many choose the comfortable night train and thus save a night in the hotel, then continue by bus or minibus to the Donsak ferry port and go ahead by boat to Koh Phangan.
Traveling by train is not only cheap, it is also a fantastic experience in Thailand and one of the most convenient ways to travel. As a result, the demand is high and tickets with seat reservations should be booked well in advance.
You can easily book train tickets (seat reservations) + bus & ferry on 12Go.Asia.
Duration: train ride 12 hours + 3 more for bus & ferry | Price for the combo-ticket: from 44 euros
How to get tickets
In order to get cheap flight tickets and to get train tickets for the trip from Bangkok to Koh Phangan, you should take care of the organization of your travels early enough. The night trains in particular are often fully booked in the main season. Ticket prices for flights also tend to increase the longer you wait with the booking.
For buses, however, you can also get cheap tickets at very short notice. Before buying, you should definitely compare reviews and then only choose renowned transport companies.
Cheap flights: You can often find them on online portals like Skyscanner.
Combo tickets: Searching on 12Go.Asia is a recommended thing! There is a wide range of transport options (flight, train, bus, taxi …) and you will also find cheap combo tickets.
What to do on Koh Phangan
The beautiful island is probably one of the most famous holiday destinations in Thailand. And that’s not without a reason. There are so many amazing things to do in Koh Phangan: relaxing on spectacular dream beaches, exploring wonderful attractions, marveling at pretty temples and a wide range of exciting excursions and activities await you on this island. More about that can be found here:
- Things to do in Koh Phangan
- The 6 Most beautiful Temples on Koh Phangan
- Top 12 Beaches in Koh Phangan
Where to stay on Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan has a really fantastic choice of all kinds of accommodations. There is everything from luxury hostels, beautiful bungalows on the beach to cheap backpacker hostels. If you are not sure which hotel to go yet, we have put together some accommodation recommendations for Koh Phangan.
- Backpacker Hostel: See Sea Backpackers House is one of the best hostels on the island. It has a large terrace and a lovely lounge to stay. There is free drinking water & free tea and it is not far from Baan Tai beach.
- Bungalows in the Jungle: The Kiri Tawan is located in a wonderful jungle setting in the middle of wonderful nature in the south of the island. Perfect for all those who love peace and who have a scooter to get around.
- Bungalow by the Sea: The Nibbana Bungalows on the west coast delight with their fantastic location directly at the sea with beautiful sunsets, a well-tended garden and many details, such as an espresso coffee machine in the room.
- Bamboo Bungalows: The Kalulushi Bungalows offer new, yet rustic bamboo bungalows with lots of fantastic details such as a snorkel mask, mosquito repellent and beach towels.
- Luxury Hotel: The Buri Rasa Koh Phangan is the address for a very special stay in the east of Koh Phangan. Chic bungalows by the sea, great breakfast and a beautiful pool await you here.
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