Ferry to Koh Phangan
Getting a ferry to Koh Phangan is the last part of your journey and one you can’t avoid. It’s the only way to reach the island from any direction. Booking a ferry to Koh Phangan is easy. There are a number of different companies that you can choose from depending on your budget. Where you are coming from and when you’d like to travel on a ferry to Koh Phangan.
The only ports offering a ferry to Koh Phangan are Surat Thani (Bandon Pier), Donsak (various piers). Also Koh Samui (various piers) and Koh Tao. You can purchase tickets for a ferry to Koh Phangan from many different travel shops anywhere in Thailand. As well as online here and also direct at the ferry piers. Travel agencies allow you to book your ferry to Koh Phangan well in advance. But if purchasing tickets from any of the piers then normally you can only do this around 1 hour before the ferries depart.
You can also take a ferry to Koh Phangan overnight from Surat Thani. With the crossing taking roughly five hours and is a good choice if you arrive in Surat Thani late at night and don’t want to stay in the town. This is a top choice by backpackers as it’s a good way to meet others plus you get to sleep as you travel. There are mattress type beds on the floor of the top deck area for sleeping. These are very limited so try and board early. It’s likely all the beds will be taken and you will have to sleep on the wooden deck. The ferry leaves Thongsala at 10 pm daily if travelling back.
Donsak to Koh Phangan
If you are not already on Koh Samui or Koh Tao and wish to travel by ferry during the day time, then you must first arrive at Donsak. Which is about a 1 hour drive from Surat Thani town and 1.5 hours drive from Surat Thani airport. Due to changes with some ferry service companies there are currently only two options for a ferry to Koh Phangan from Donsak, Raja Ferry Company and Lomprayah.
The Raja ferries are low cost but quite slow as they also carry vehicles over to Koh Phangan. They have plenty of space to sit or walk around, toilets and a small shop for light refreshments. Generally, the Raja ferry to Koh Phangan takes around 3 to 3.5 hours.
The Lomprayah ferries are smaller and faster catamaran type of vessel, so the sailing times are much less. These boats also have plenty of seating, toilets, refreshments and TV.
Depending on which ferry company you choose to travel with to Koh Phangan, will determine which pier in Donsak you depart from. If you make your ferry to Koh Phangan ticket booking with an agency anywhere in Thailand before hand, they can guide you on the best ferry options.
All the ferries from Donsak to Koh Phangan arrive at the pier in Thongsala, the main town on the island. We recommend you check with a travel agency, Raja Ferry Company or Lomprayah for up to date information.
Koh Samui to Koh Phangan
There are various ferry companies offering you a ferry to Koh Phangan which all depart and arrive at different piers. The shortest crossings from Koh Samui to Thongsala in Koh Phangan are in Bophut and Mae Nam areas. Both Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery offer regular daily ferry services to Koh Phangan. If you are staying in the Haad Rin area on Koh Phangan then you can take the Haad Rin Queen ferry directly to the pier there. This route operates from Big Buddha pier on Koh Samui.
Sailing times are on average 30 to 45 minutes. Again we recommend that you check with a travel agency, Haad Rin Queen, Seatran Discovery or Lomprayah directly for up to date information and sailing schedules. If you have transport on Koh Phangan (motorcycle or car), you can now get to and from Koh Samui via Raja Ferry Company. For an up to date timetable, please visit their website.
Koh Tao to Koh Phangan
Getting a ferry to Koh Phangan from Koh Tao is easy. There is just the one pier on Koh Tao and that is in Mae Haad to the West of the island. Two companies offer a regular ferry to Koh Phangan from Koh Tao, Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery, with a sailing time of around 1.45 hours.