Bus to Koh Phangan
Travelling long distance by bus to Koh Phangan is never the most comfortable journey, but in Thailand it certainly is the cheapest form of transport. A bus to Koh Phangan from Bangkok is very cheap, however the journey is long and often uncomfortable, hence the low price, but if you’re on a budget it is a realistic option. Buses and mini-vans run throughout the day and night which gives you flexibility of what time you wish to travel by bus to Koh Phangan.
Most travel agencies in Bangkok will be able to sell an all in one ticket (joint ticket) for the bus to Koh Phangan or you can book online here. The journey takes you from Bangkok to Koh Phangan over night, which includes both the bus and ferry ticket for about 700 THB per person. The price is low because the journey is quite slow and takes most of the night. The bus to Koh Phangan departs from Bangkok at around 7pm, arriving early morning in Surat Thani in time for the first ferry to Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and Koh Tao. For the return journey to Bangkok, there are numerous ferry options, but for the bus to Bangkok you will need to depart Koh Phangan no later then 1pm. Usually a local bus or mini-van will drop passengers off in Surat Thani town where you will have to wait until about 7pm for the connecting bus to Bangkok.
Another option for the bus to Koh Phangan is taking a bus direct to Chumphon, which is by far the quickest, cheapest and most convenient way to travel by bus from Bangkok. From there you can catch a connecting ferry to Koh Phangan. The bus to Koh Phangan via Chumphon is roughly 2 hours shorter than that to Surat Thani and will also cost you a few hundred THB less.
For those who would like a little more comfort aboard a bus for this long journey, consider booking yourself on the Government bus to Koh Phangan. This bus may be a little larger and the vehicle actually boards the ferry to save you transferring from one mode of transport to the other, however it will cost you about 300 THB more. There are also several other bus to Koh Phangan and mini-van to Koh Phangan options, linking Surat Thani with other major destinations, check with a travel agency for full details and schedules.
The nearest place to catch the ferry from Phuket to Koh Phangan is Surat Thani so you first must take a bus. The bus to Koh Phangan journey from Phuket is approximately 4 hours by bus. The bus terminal is located in Phuket Town on Thepkasatri Road. The terminal is between Mission Hospital and The SuperCheap shop. The terminal is relatively new and buses operate out of here to all over Thailand.
When travelling on any bus to Koh Phangan or elsewhere in Thailand please make sure you don’t leave any valuables in baggage that is stored underneath in the ‘hold’. We are not kidding when we say theft can be a major problem on the buses. What generally happens is a thief hides in the luggage section where your bags are stored and goes through them during the trip, stealing all your money and other valuables before reaching your destination. You generally won’t find things are missing until you arrive at your accommodation.
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