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The journey from Penang in Malaysia to Koh Phangan can be done in many different ways depending on your time and budget.
Many of you will want to extend your stay in Thailand and so will go to Penang to obtain a new Thai visa from the embassy there as it’s the closest.
Penang to Koh Phangan package deal by Minivan, Bus and Raja ferry
- Hat Yai to Donsak (Surat Thani) - This gets you to the Ferry port near Surat Thani.
One example of the bus services which Phanganist people have used is where you can easily buy tickets at all the travel agents on Penang who are very popular with people traveling straight to Koh Phangan.
Once you are through immigration it's back on your minibus which will take you to Hat Yai bus station where there will be a small wait for the public bus to take you to Donsak. Once you have got on the bus to Donsak then you will arrive at the port and it usually means you have to wait a little while for the ferry to leave.
Donsak to Koh Phangan
Another popular way is a private minibus that can be arranged from Penang to Donsak pier if you are traveling with a group of people and the prices are always negotiable. This will take you direct to Donsak Pier without changing buses and may be more comfortable than the public buses but obviously more expensive.
Another way of getting from Penang to Koh Phangan is you can fly from Penang Airport to Surat Thani but this will involve a stop off in Kuala Lumpur for a few hours. Or if you have the time you can stay a couple of days in KL which is a fantastic city and great for food and shopping.
When you get to the airport at Surat Thani you will need to get to the ferry port at Donsak and again there are lots of travel agents who can help you with this and you will find there are lots of people buying tickets for the same journey and it's a good time to have a chat and share travel stories of your travels.
This will fly direct to Koh Samui and the flight time is one and a half hours. There is a 1 hour time difference don't forget. Once you get to Koh Samui there will be no shortage of travel agents who will be able to get you on a bus and then on the ferry to Koh Phangan. There is usually a stop in Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok.