So you have visited Bangkok, probably spent days in this exciting city, and now you are heading for the islands. If you want to go to Koh Phangan, you’ve got to find a way to get there, and you can ride a VIP bus from Bangkok to Koh Phangan with convenience. It’s the cheapest way to reach the island.
Travelling by Train and Boat
In Bangkok, you’ll find lots of trains travelling to Surat Thani Province. The journey takes nine hours to reach the pier in Donsak. From there, you ride a boat that will take you another four hours for the trip. If you are after convenience, take the overnight train to reach Surat Thani the next morning. You will arrive on Koh Phangan in the afternoon.
If you are on a tight budget, the best option is the bus from Bangkok to KohPhangan, where it takes you around 19 hours of travel time. It’s actually the cheapest option to take, and perhaps the least comfortable as you’llremain seated for the rest of the trip. The bus moves slowly to ensure that everyone is safe. However, if you want the fastest means of reaching KohPhangan, you can travel by plane.
Bangkok Airways is the number one provider of flights going to KohSamui airport and is noted to be very expensive. There are actually two publicised flights daily — one leaves at 6AM and the other at 10PM. You’ll spend 4000 baht if you travel by day and half the price if booked at night. To ensure accommodation on this flight, have an advance booking before it’sfilled up. Once you reach KohSamui, take a taxi to the pier. A boat is waiting to take you to KohPhangan.
Aside from riding the bus from Bangkok to Koh Phangan, now you know the travel options to get you to your desired destination. You’ll be swarmed with friendly taxi drivers asking you where they can take you. You’ll be overwhelmed at how they make a living, especially that it’s the only option to move around the island. You can also rent a scooter to see this beautiful island.