How to travel from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

By Tim Kroeger January 3, 2020 Asia, Thailand

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Want to know how to travel from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan? You can either take the ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan or the Samui to Phangan speedboat.

Travelling from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan can only be done via water transport. There are two piers which ferries use to access Koh Phangan coming from Koh Samui. The first pier is the Thong Sala Pier. It is located in the southwestern side of the island. The second pier is Haad Rin. It is located in the southern side of the island.

Distance from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

The distance between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan is about 9 miles or 15 kilometers.

Getting to Koh Phangan from Koh Samui

thailand How to travel from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

1. Koh Samui to Koh Phangan Ferry

Haad Rin Queen is one of the few companies offering cheap transport services from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan by ferry. It is a popular option for backpackers and budget travellers. 

The passenger ferry between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan is known to be far less comfortable than booking a high-speed boat. (Think wooden benches and crowded areas.) They say you get what you pay for, and that if it only takes an hour to your destination, maybe you can try to overlook some inconveniences. Ultimately, the choice is yours. 

Haad Rin Queen leaves the Sunset Pier and arrives at the Haad Rin Pier. If you are coming to Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party, this may just be your best option as the venue is right where you’re off to.

Ferry Koh Samui to Koh Phangan timetables:

2. Speedboat to Koh Phangan from Samui

There’s an alternative way of getting from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan yet, still, by water.

Companies like the Lomprayah Catamaran give travellers an option to come to the island via high-speed boat from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan. Not only do they take you faster to your destination but it also gives you utmost convenience on board. Fares are, of course, higher than that of a passenger ferry.

Lomprayah Catamaran departs from Mae Nam, found in the northwest of Koh Samui. In about 20 minutes, you will reach the Thong Sala pier. Lomprayah has three trips daily. One-way fare for adults is at 10 USD; children pay 5 USD only.

Seatran Discovery, on the other hand, is a high=speed boat service provider which departs Bang Rak in Koh Samui. In a matter of 30 minutes, you will arrive at the Thong Sala pier. Seatran has two trips daily. Adults pay 10 USD while kids pay about 7 USD.

Haad Rin Queen is another transport company which leaves Bophut in Koh Samui and arrives at the Haad Rin port in Koh Phangan. The whole duration of the trip is about 45 minutes. Haad Rin Queen has four trips daily. They utilize the closest pier to Koh Samui airport. A one-way trip costs around 8 USD for adults and around 4 USD for kids.

If you are coming from the west part of Koh Samui, you can find the Songserm Express boat service there. It will take you to the Thong Sala pier. Songserm Express has two trips daily. A one-way ticket for adults is priced at about 6 USD while children only pay half the price.

In general, the Koh Samui to Koh Phangan speedboat time is around 20 to 45 minutes.

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