About the ride from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui
When traveling the 20 kilometer (12.4 mile) distance between Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, you’re only one short ferry ride away from Thailand’s largest island. For some travelers, Koh Samui is the ultimate island, with many different types of travelers roaming around. The island is known for its beautiful beaches, fancy hotels, fabulous views, and fun extreme sports.
Getting from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui is a breeze! You have one transportation option – a ferry ride, but you can choose additional services from your operator to make your journey seamless. Some of these services are hotel pick up and drop off and transfer to the Samui Airport.
Koh Phangan has multiple ports on different sides of the island. Depending on which operator and service you choose, you’ll arrive at different spots on the Koh Samui island. Most of the ferries leave from the Thong Sala Pier and provide Koh Samui hotel drop offs for an additional price of $5.
If you’re staying in Koh Samui, it’s time to explore some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, eat some tasty local specials, and try out flyboarding, scuba diving, or Muay Thai boxing. However, if you’re continuing your journey from here, Koh Samui is well-connected with other Thai islands, ferries, and VIP buses that will take you to Bangkok, Koh Chang, and further on.
What to see when traveling from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui
Koh Samui is only 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) away from Koh Phangan. Even though the ride is short, you’ll still have a chance to enjoy the neverending views of Thai seas.
Island hopping in Thailand is a unique experience, and if you’re looking to meet some other awesome travelers, the ferry is one of the places where you can do so. Don’t be shy to start a conversation and exchange some of your amazing stories.
Once you arrive in Koh Samui, you’ll feel like you arrived in paradise! Beautiful, white sand beaches, tropical vibes, and amazing nature are all part of the island’s charm. No matter what type of traveler you are, Koh Samui has something for everyone’s taste, from 5-star resorts and fancy dinners to affordable accommodation and other on-the-budget activities.
The northern coast of the island is home to the most famous attraction in Koh Samui, the Big Buddha shrine, where you can see the 12-meter golden Buddha monument. This monument is visible from kilometers away. Near the Big Buddha shrine, you’ll also find another interesting Buddhist Temple, Wat Plai Laem, famous for its colorful exterior.
Nature lovers will have an amazing time on the island. Samui has several waterfalls and the two Na Muang waterfalls are the most popular, and arguably the prettiest ones.
Some beaches in Koh Samui are calm, while others have a ton of fun activities you can try out if you get bored. You can choose between snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, flyboarding, and many more sports.
What is the fastest way to get from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui?
The fastest way to get to Koh Samui from Koh Phangan is with a High Speed Ferry by Lomprayah which costs around $11 and takes 20 minutes to arrive.
What is the cheapest way to get from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui?
The cheapest way to get to Koh Samui from Koh Phangan is with the High Speed Derry by Songserm which will cost you around $8 and takes around 45 minutes to arrive.
What is the most popular way to get from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui?
The most popular way to get to Koh Samui from Koh Phangan is with the High Speed Ferry by Raja Ferry, which takes around 90 minutes to arrive and costs around $13.
How to get from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui
Taking a ferry
The ferry ride between Koh Phangan and Koh Samui is short, but you’ll still get great amenities on board. All ferries are equipped with toilets and air-conditioned cabins. All ferries have indoor seating, and some of them also offer outdoor seating too. The ride is short, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get a chance to meet some fellow travelers, and exchange stories about Thai hidden gems, Full Moon Parties, and the best diving spots! Depending on the ferry operator you choose, the ride will last between 30 and 90 minutes.
- Thong Sala Pier, Koh Phangan
- Bangrak Pier
- Lipa Noi
- Maenam Pier
- Nathon Pier
Taking a bus + ferry
When traveling between Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, you’ll also have the option to book a bus + ferry ride. This is very convenient if you’re going to the airport or returning from a Full Moon Party. When traveling to the airport, your journey will start on the Thong Sala Pier, and after the ferry ride, the operator will drop you off at the Samui airport. The ferry is equipped with toilets on board and a bar where you can purchase food and drinks.
If you’re returning from a Full Moon Party, your starting point will be the Bangrak Pier, and the tour operator will drop you off at any hotel in Koh Samui. You’ll be traveling with a speedboat that doesn’t have a bar and toilets, but your journey won’t last more than 30 minutes.
- Thong Sala Pier (if you’re going to the airport)
- Bangrak Pier (if you’re returning from a Full Moon party)
- Samui Airport (USM)
- Koh Samui - Any Hotel
Which operators can I book with for a ferry ride from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui?
- Seatran Discovery
- Raja Ferry
Which operators can I book with for a ferry + bus ride from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui?
- Seatran Discovery
How many departures from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui are there each day?
There are approximately 27 departures every day from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui.