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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 itself..

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 available.

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.

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