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Suratthani is both a province - encompassing the island of Koh Phangan and nearby Koh Samui - and a town, which serves as the gateway to the beautiful islands.
Koh Phangan is must-visit for travelers in Thailand, famous for its beautiful beaches, rich and lush nature, and vibrant nightlife, and once you’re ready to leave this wonderful island, you’ll need to travel the 106 kms/67 miles to Suratthani.
You have two options to go from Koh Phangan to Surrathani, with both including a beautiful ferry ride on the blue sea; a bus+ferry combo, or just booking a ferry ticket and making your own way from Suratthani once you arrive.
Within those two options, you can choose between standard or high speed buses, and standard or high speed ferries, allowing you to customize how you travel.
The standard bus and ferry combo typically takes about 4 hours, whilst the high speed ferry takes about 2.5 hours.
Suratthani is an overlooked location by many travelers, who only stop by on their way to and from the nearby islands, but if you have time and want to see a less explored part of Thailand, you can visit temples, night markets, and numerous national parks.
When travelling from Koh Phangan to Suratthani the highlight is definitely the sea! The ferry ride is wonderful, as you glide over the clear blue sea.
Depending on your departure time you can even watch the sun rise or set over the sea, so you might like to consider that when booking your ticket. A sunrise on the sea is pretty hard to beat!
Once you’re back on land, the bus will take you down winding roads and bigger highways, with local life bustling all around you as you make your way back to the mainland and leave island life behind.
The fastest way to get from Koh Phangan to Suratthani is to take the high speed ferry, which will take you from Thong Sala Pier (Koh Phangan) to Lompraya Tapee Pier (Suratthani) in about 2.5 hours and costs $23. You will need to make your own way from Suratthani, so if you’re planning to spend a few days in the town this is a great option for you.
The high speed ferry is a reliable way to go from Koh Phangan to Suratthani, but does get busy during the high season so it’s best to book in advance to make sure you get a seat. The ferry is comfortable, and has air conditioning and bathrooms on board.
You can also head out onto the deck and enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful view.
The cheapest way to get from Koh Phangan to Suratthani is to take the standard bus+ferry combo, which starts at $12, and will take about 4 hours. The ferry leaves from Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan, and there are a variety of drop off points available depending on which bus you book.
The bus is a comfortable minivan, although it does not have much space onboard so if you have a lot of luggage you will need to book an extra seat.
The ferry is also comfortable, and features air conditioning and bathrooms on board.
The most popular travel option from Koh Phangan to Surrathani is to take the high speed bus + ferry combo. The cost starts at $16 and it takes about 4 hours.
The bus is comfortable, has aircon and a larger luggage allowance of one big piece of luggage and one piece of hand luggage, while the ferry has air conditioning and bathrooms on board, in addition to comfortable seating and beautiful views from the deck.
The bus+ferry combo is a popular, and easy way to travel from Koh Phangan to Suratthani. The ferry leaves from Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan, and there are a variety of bus drop-off points available for once you arrive in Suratthani, including the airport and train station.
If you will be immediately traveling onwards from Suratthani this is a great option for you, and will make your journey smooth and simple.
If you want to spend some time in Suratthani or want to make your own way to the next leg of your travels, you can book a standalone ticket on a high speed ferry.
The ferry is comfortable, air conditioned and reliable, taking you from your island paradise of Koh Phangan to the mainland. Suratthani is often overlooked by travelers, seeing it as ust a pitstop on the way to and from the nearby islands, but if you have time it’s worth exploring the markets and nature surrounding Suratthani Town.
There are multiple departures each day from Koh Phangan to Suratthani including 5 high speed ferry departures, and over 34 departure times for the bus + ferry option for you to choose from.