Welcome to Ko Phangan!
Ko Phangan, (Thai: เกาะพะงัน), is an island in the Gulf of Thailand, situated in Surat Thani Province. It’s part of the Samui Archipelago.
It’s famous worldwide for its Full Moon Party at Haad Rin Beach, and as a backpacker destination – but as you’ll find out, there is a lot more to our beautiful island. It’s now becoming as well known for its family friendly resorts, quiet beaches and yoga and meditation scenes as it is for its tropical parties.
Ko Phangan has two sister islands: the larger Ko Samui to the south and the smaller Ko Tao to the north. Both are easily accessible by ferry – so there’s always something new to do or see during your stay on the island. You’ll never tire of our little corner of paradise.
Did you know? The name ‘Ko Pha Ngan’ derives from the word “ngan”, meaning “sand bar” in the southern dialect, as there are many sand bars located offshore. We’re also an island fit for a king! – Ko Phangan has been a longtime favourite of past kings of Thailand. Rama V, or Chulalongkorn, for example, visited the island 14 times during his reign!
What helps make our island seem so wonderfully detached from the hustle and bustle of modern day life, is the fact that you can only reach the island by ferry, either from Surat Thani on the mainland, or Ko Samui. The perfect balance of tranquility and all necessary amenities!
Travelling To The Island
Daily Flights fly from Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok direct to either Koh Samui Airport, Surat Thani Airport or Nakhon Sri Thammarat Airport.
Samui Airport: You need to book with Bangkok Airways, best to book 3-4 weeks in advance for best prices. Short 30 Minute Boat Ride to Koh Phangan Island.
Suratthani Airport: Bookings Online with AirAsia or Nok Air + 3-4 Hour Bus and Boat Journey to the islands.
Nakhon Sri Thammarat Airport: Bookings Online with AirAsia + 3-4 Hour Bus and Boat Journey to the islands.
**Bookings 4 weeks or more in advance give you the best online fare deals**
There are 2 main companies in the Koh San Road area that have daily services to Koh Phangan Island, Lomprayah or Seatran Discovery leave either at night around 9pm, arriving 11am on Koh Phangan and a morning service from 6am arriving on Koh Phangan around 5:30pm.
You take the bus from the Koh San Road area and travel from Bangkok to Chumphon before making the boat ride to Koh Tao and then onto Koh Phangan Island, this is a good way to see some of the thai country side and also the amazing views of Koh Tao and the surrounding islands.
A few different boat companies offer services from Samui to the Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan which are located near the airport. The Lomprayah catamaran takes 20 mins and leaves Mae Nam beach on Koh Samui at 8am, 12.30 pm and 5.30 pm. There is also Seatran Express at 8:00 am and 1.30 pm leaving from Bophut. The last boat from Koh Samui leaves Bophut 6.30 pm and arrives at Haad Rin beach on Koh Phangan.
**Please note that timetables will vary according to the tourist seasons**
You can book the overnight strain from Bangkok’s central station to Surat Thani Station on the southern line with State Railway of Thailand – www.railway.co.th. Best to book either a private air con cabin or a sleeper seat. Trains depart around 7pm at night and arrive in the early morning. Outside the station are many tours and companies that will take you to either Suratthani or Donsak for the onward boat ride to the islands.
From Surat Thani Station its a 3-4 hour Bus & Boat Ride to The Islands
There are many activities & tours available on Koh Phangan including some of the best snorkelling & diving in Thailand. With well know diving sites like Sail Rock & Koh Tao only a short boat trip away there is something for everyone.
You can also make a day trip or Stay overnight at the Ang Thong National Marine Park Islands which was the original setting for the Book – The Beach by Alex Garland which was later made famous by the movie staring Leonardo DiCaprio. The Marine Park is made up of 45 island over a 250 sq km area consisting of amazing rock formations, private beaches and picture perfect view points, this is a must for anyone visiting the area.
There are many Island Tours available that can include elephant trekking, monkey and crocodile shows, snorkeling & visiting the major beaches, temples and waterfalls, please ask our helpful staff for further information on arrival.