Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan

2 May 2024
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Chiang Mai, a city renowned for its rich culture and beauty in Northern Thailand, lies approximately 1450 km from the tropical paradise of Koh Phangan. While there's no direct route to the island due to its lack of an airport, travelers can reach nearby Koh Samui or Surat Thani on the mainland and then continue to Koh Phangan. This journey offers a mix of adventure and scenic beauty, providing a perfect start to an unforgettable island experience.

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Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan by Air

Flying is the most convenient, albeit expensive, way to begin your journey to Koh Phangan. The options include a direct flight to Koh Samui, the closest island to Phangan, followed by a short ferry ride. Alternatively, flights to Surat Thani on the mainland, followed by a longer ferry journey, present a more economical choice.

Flying Direct to Koh Samui

Direct flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui bring you within just a 30-minute ferry ride to Koh Phangan. Although this option is more costly, the convenience and time saved make it a favorable choice for many travelers.

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Connecting Via Surat Thani

For a more budget-friendly route, consider flying to Bangkok and then connecting to Surat Thani. From there, a 2.5-hour ferry ride on the Raja Ferry brings you to the beautiful shores of Koh Phangan.

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Arranging Transport from the Airports

Upon landing at either Koh Samui or Surat Thani Airport, a range of transportation options to the ferry piers are available. The combined cost of a minibus/taxi and ferry ticket is typically no more than 1000 Baht, offering an affordable and convenient way to reach your final destination.

The closest ferry company pier from Koh Samui Airport is Seatran, taking you directly to Thong Sala, Koh Phangan's main port. Most ferries arrive at Thong Sala, while the Haad Rin Queen boat docks at Haad Rin, famous for its full moon parties. Both ports provide easy access to the island's diverse attractions.


 

Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan by Train and Bus

Traveling by train and bus offers an affordable and enriching journey, allowing you to witness the changing landscapes of Thailand. This option, though longer, is perfect for those who wish to experience the country's diverse scenery and culture.

The Train Journey to Bangkok

The train ride from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes approximately 13 hours. It's a journey that lets you see the heart of Thailand, with views of rural landscapes, temples, and towns. Various classes of carriages offer different levels of comfort, with prices ranging from 400 to 1,800 Baht.

Continuing from Bangkok to Surat Thani

After reaching Bangkok, the next leg of the journey is a 12-hour train ride to Surat Thani. This part of the trip continues the scenic adventure, bringing you closer to the southern landscapes of Thailand.

From Surat Thani to Koh Phangan

Upon arrival at Surat Thani, located in the nearby town of Phun Phin, you can opt for a joint ticket to Koh Phangan from Raja Ferry or Seatran Discovery, ranging from 400 - 700 Baht. Alternatively, a trip to Donsak Pier allows you to hop on a boat directly to Koh Phangan, immersing you in the beauty of the Gulf of Thailand.

Bus Alternative from Chiang Mai

If you prefer to avoid trains, buses from Chiang Mai to Bangkok offer an alternative. The journey lasts about 11 hours and costs around 500 Baht. From Bangkok, you'll take another bus to Suratthani, which takes about 9 hours and costs roughly 400 Baht, with VIP options available for around 800 Baht.

Final Stretch to Koh Phangan

From Surat Thani bus station, you can secure a combination bus and ferry ticket to Koh Phangan, concluding your journey with a beautiful ferry ride to the island. This leg of the trip highlights the maritime beauty of Thailand, setting the stage for an amazing stay on Koh Phangan.

Your journey from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan, whether by air, train, or bus, is filled with diverse experiences and scenic beauty, making it an integral part of your adventure in Thailand.

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