Srithanu on Koh Phangan

Travel Information for Koh Phangan

Where is Koh Phangan? Koh Phangan is about 700 km south of Bangkok. It is Thailand's fifth largest island. It is set in the Gulf of Thailand. The nearest island is Koh Samui. The nearest town on the mainland in Suratthani, which is the administrative center for the island.

For years it was believed that the mountainous terrain and local politics of Koh Phangan would prevent an airport being built. For some people the lack of an airport is viewed as a good thing, as a way of maintaining the pristine environment of the island, and as a way of avoiding the pitfalls of quick and ill-considered development. The low cost carriers have been mostly shut out of Koh Samui, and they operate from the mainland. So at present, everyone arrives on Koh Phangan by boat. The main ports of departure for Koh Phangan are Maenam and Big Buddha (Koh Samui), Suratthani, Chumphon and Donsak.

Below is useful information for traveling to and from Koh Phangan. Included where possible are links to timetables.


Koh Samui airport  

The nearest airport is 12 km away on Koh Samui. It has flights by Bangkok Airways to Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket and Singapore. A single between Bangkok and Koh Samui starts at about 3,000 THB. Cheaper flight options are provided by Nok Air and Solar Air. You can buy a combined boat/bus/plane ticket at Thong Sala pier that costs about 3,000 THB. The plane flies from Nakhon Si Thammarat. Solar Air flies from Chumphon and also costs about 3,000 THB. Lomprayah sells catamaran/bus tickets to Chumphon Airport. Another alterative is the Air Asia route between Bangkok and Suratthani.


Ferry Services to Koh Phangan  

There are a number of ferry services connecting Koh Phangan to the mainland as well as to Koh Samui and Koh Tao. Click on the links in blue for timetables.

Train and Bus

Train and bus to Koh Phangan from Bangkok  

The cheapest way to get to Koh Phangan from Bangkok is to buy a combined train and boat or bus and boat ticket from a travel agent. The train has bunks and is more comfortable. Both bus and train start early evening in Bangkok and travel overnight. Returning you can travel to Bangkok during the day. Below are useful links.

Taxi Prices from Haad Rin

taxi prices from Haad Rin

Taxis in Koh Phangan consist mostly of 4 wheel pick up trucks most with a covered back and two rows of benches where customers sit. If you are elderly, pregnant or disabled most taxi drivers will offer the place next to the driver for you to sit. Taxis can be caught from all major destinations on the island. Most beaches have regular taxi services in the morning to take people to Thongsala to catch boats to leave the island. And conversely, all boats are met by several 'steerers' waiting at the pier to guide people to a taxi going in their direction. If a taxi has less then 6 people you will have to pay a supplement or wait several hours for the next boat to come in. Here are a selection of taxi prices from Haad Rin:

  • Thong Nai Pan 300 THB
  • Bantai 100 THB
  • Chaloklum 200 THB
  • Thongsala 100 THB
  • Mae Haad (Koh Ma) 200 THB
  • Haad Yao 200 THB