|How to get to Koh Phangan?
There are numerous ways to get to Koh Pha Ngan, depending on your port
of entry and travelling budget. The regions premiere short-haul airline
is Bangkok Airways; also the owners of Koh Samui Airport which is the
nearest to Koh Pha Ngan. They make around twenty return flights to Koh
Samui from Bangkok everyday, and also fly to Hua Hin, Pattaya, Phuket
and Singapore from Koh Samui Airport. If you want to explore Cambodia,
Laos and Vietnam, it takes a connecting flight from Bangkok.
Getting to Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan is about 2 1/2 hours from Surat Thani Province and 45
minutes from Koh Samui Island by ferry boat. There are ferries
between Suratthani, Samui and Phangan. You can also go by a
speed-boat from Bophut pier or Mae Naam pier on Samui only taking 20
minutes. Buy your ticket at any travel agency or at the pier
Boat Services to Koh Phangan
(Schedules and fares mentioned here are subject to change without
notice. Please contact boat companies or TAT offices in Surat Thani
and Ko Samui for current information.)
Don Sak - Koh Phangan
Racha Ferry operates ferry services from Don Sak pier (40 kilometers
from Surat Thani town) to Ko Pha-ngan daily at 7 a.m.,10 a.m., 2
p.m. and 5.30 p.m. It takes 2.30 hours for the journey. Bus services
from Surat Thani town or Surat Thani Railway Station to Don Sak are
Surat Thani - Koh Phangan
Songserm Rungrueang Co. Ltd operates express boat services. The
boats depart from Lamphun pier (10 kilometers from Surat Thani) to
Ko Pha-ngan daily at 8 a.m. It takes 3 hours for the journey. Bus
services to the pier are available.
Visitors can obtain more information from the following offices of
Songserm Rungrueang Co. Ltd: Bangkok office Tel: 0-2280-7897, Surat
Thani Office Tel: 0-7728-5124-6, Ko Samui office Tel: 0
-7742-1316-9, 0-7742-0163, Ko Pha-ngan office Tel: 0-7737 -7096. A
nighttime boat departs from Surat Thani’s Ban Don pier to Ko
Pha-ngan daily at 11 p.m. It takes 6 hours for the journey.
Koh Samui - Koh Phangan Songserm Rungrueang Co.
Ltd’s express boats depart from Ko Samui’s Na Thon pier 2 times
daily at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. It takes 45 minutes for the journey.
A catamaran leaves Ko Samui’s Mae Nam pier at 8 a.m. and 12a.m.The
journey takes 30 minutes.
Ordinary boats leave Ko Samui’s Phra Yai pier at 9.30 a.m.,11.40
a.m. 2.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. and proceed to Ko Pha-ngan’s Rin Nai
beach. It takes 50 minutes for the journey.
Where is Koh Pha-Ngan?
Koh Pha-Ngan is situated in the Southern Gulf of Thailand, 100km
from Suratthani, the district centre. The nearby Island of Koh Samui
has an international airport that receives flights from all over
Thailand and Asia. Koh Pha-Ngan is a 15km boat journey from Koh
Samui with ferries all day.
When the full moon party is over and the sun has set on Haad Rin
you'll be surprised to find how much more Koh Phangan has on offer.
As a natural paradise island in the Southern Gulf of Thailand, Koh
Phangan serves as the perfect getaway retreat Its crystal clear
water is a mixture of navy blue and green, milky white sandy
beaches, sunny lush tropical green forests, rare-find coral reefs,
beautiful moons and spectacular sunrise and perfect sunsets visible
from Milky Bay. You can relax on quiet deserted beaches, or snorkel
and learn to dive at the distinctive island of Koh Ma - a protected
National Marine Park; trek in the footsteps of Thai Royalty at Than
Sadet National Park steeped in history and culture - It is not hard
to imagine that the views from here may have been perhaps the same
views he had fallen in love with when his majesty King Rama
V “the Great” first laid his eyes on the
island of Koh Phangan some 119 years ago. Seeking
adventure in the nearby Ang Thong archipelago composed of over 40
islands endowed with pristine beaches, natural caves and the
tranquil Tha Laem Nai - the salt water blue lagoon lake featured in
The Beach by Alex Garland. It seems that whatever it is you are
looking for, theres something here for everyone.
Koh Phangan came from the word “Ngan” which means sand
bar. The name was derived from the many sand bars that are visibly
seen around the island during low tide season. This sand bar also
serves as protector of the island from strong monsoon.
Until this day Koh Phangan has remained to be a pride to the local
islanders because of its part in history. It was in 1887 when King
Chulalongkorn the Great (King Rama V of Thailand) first came to Koh
Phangan and frequented the island since. He then after, named three
waterfalls as follows: Nam Tok Thansadej, Nam Tok Thanprapaad and
Nam Tok Thanprawes. He was very impressed with Nam Tok Thansadej's
beauty and tranquility and in deed paid visits to the same fall 14
times while on the island. The king's engraved initial can still be
seen on a big rock at Nam Tok Tansadej until this day which by
itself is now a tourist attraction along side with the waterfall.