Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

31 Jan 2024
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Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, two neighboring islands in the Gulf of Thailand, have a close relationship both in terms of their geographical proximity and shared cultural background. While Koh Samui is known for its lively atmosphere and beautiful beaches, it also serves as a gateway to the quieter and equally charming Koh Phangan. In this article, we'll explore different ways to travel from the lively Koh Samui to the serene Koh Phangan, making it easy for you to experience the distinct offerings of both islands.

Getting to Koh Phangan from Koh Samui

The most common way to reach Koh Phangan from Koh Samui is by ferry. Let's dive into the details of the ferry services available.

Ferry Options

Several companies operate ferry services between the two islands, each offering different experiences and schedules.

Seatran Ferry

Known for its reliability, Seatran operates from Bangrak Pier with multiple daily departures. Ideal for those staying close to the airport or in the northeastern part of Koh Samui.

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Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran

Lomprayah provides a faster journey with modern catamarans. They operate from both Pralarn Pier and Nathon Pier, catering to travelers across the island.

Songserm

Songserm offers an affordable option, using Nathon Pier for its daily services. It's a good choice for budget travelers.

Raja Ferry

Raja Ferry is the go-to option for those traveling with vehicles. Operating from Lipa Noi Pier, it offers larger ferries designed to transport cars and motorbikes.

Travel Times and Schedules

Each ferry service has its own schedule and travel time:

  • Seatran: Approx. 40 minutes.
  • Lomprayah: Approx. 30 minutes from Pralarn Pier.
  • Songserm: Approx. 45 minutes, departing from Nathon Pier.

An illustration of a person daydreaming on a ferry near Koh Phangan, Thailand

Alternative Travel Options

Besides the regular ferry services, there are alternative ways to travel between the islands.

Private Speedboat Service

For a luxurious and speedy journey, consider hiring a private speedboat. This option offers flexibility and privacy but comes at a higher cost.

Chartered Boats

Chartered boat services are available for groups or those seeking a tailored travel experience. These can be arranged through local travel agents or hotels.

Koh Samui Airport to Koh Phangan (Shared Minivan)

Travel Tips and Preparation

Here are some tips to ensure a hassle-free journey:

  • Always check the latest ferry schedules as they may vary seasonally.
  • During peak tourist seasons, book your ferry tickets in advance to avoid disappointments.
  • Consider the proximity of your accommodation to the ferry pier when booking your stay in Koh Samui.
  • Pack light for the ferry journey but don't forget essentials like sunscreen, hats, and water.

An illustration of a person exploring Koh Phangan, Thailand

Exploring Koh Phangan

Once you arrive in Koh Phangan, a world of tropical beauty and vibrant nightlife awaits you. The island is famous for its Full Moon Parties, serene beaches, and lush jungles.

Accommodation Options in Koh Phangan

From luxury resorts to budget hostels, Koh Phangan offers a range of accommodation to suit all preferences and budgets.

Activities and Attractions

Explore the diverse attractions of Koh Phangan, including snorkeling, jungle treks, temple visits, and of course, its famous beach parties. For some fun ideas, read our guide to the best day trips on Koh Phangan

Returning to Koh Samui

When it's time to return, simply reverse your journey. Ferries run regularly back to Koh Samui, ensuring a convenient trip back to the mainland or your next destination.

Koh Phangan to Koh Samui by Seatran Discovery Ferry

Traveling between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan offers an exciting glimpse into Thailand's island culture. Whether it's for a day trip or part of a longer stay, this journey is sure to be a highlight of your Thai adventure.

Ferry Koh Samui - Koh Phangan ฿ 250–20,800 20m – 3h 15m
  •   Speedboat 06:45, 08:00, 10:30, 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, 14:30, 15:00, 16:30
  •   Catamaran 15:30
  •   High Speed Ferry 08:00, 09:00, 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:00, 14:30, 16:30
  •   Taxi + Private Speedboat 4 Pax + Taxi 00:00
  •   Taxi + Private Speedboat 10 Pax + Taxi 00:00
  •   Taxi + Private Speedboat 20 Pax + Taxi 00:00
  •   Private Speedboat + Taxi 00:00
  •   Express 08:15, 14:15
  •   Ferry 10:30, 17:00
  •   Private Speedboat 4pax 00:00
  •   Private Speedboat 10pax 00:00
  •   Private Speedboat 20pax 00:00
Ferry Koh Phangan - Koh Samui ฿ 250–20,800 30m – 2h 30m
  •   High Speed Ferry 08:00, 10:30, 12:00, 16:00
  •   Speedboat 08:00, 11:00, 12:30, 15:30, 16:30
  •   Ferry 09:30, 16:00
  •   Taxi + Private Speedboat 4 Pax + Taxi 00:00
  •   Taxi + Private Speedboat 10 Pax + Taxi 00:00
  •   Taxi + Private Speedboat 20 Pax + Taxi 00:00
  •   Private Speedboat + Taxi 00:00
  •   Express 08:00, 12:00
  •   Private Speedboat 4pax 00:00
  •   Private Speedboat 10pax 00:00
  •   Private Speedboat 20pax 00:00

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