Important Facts and Information About Koh Phangan

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Koh Phangan is one of Thailand’s most popular islands. The island is located in the South Eastern parts of Thailand in the Gulf of Thailand, Surat Thani Province. Koh Phangan is popular because of many things i.e. it is a back packer’s destination, the island hosts full moon parties, and the island also has magnificent beaches, etc. The island has an estimated perimeter of 40 kilometers. The main town is Thong Sala. The name of Koh Phangan means sand bar. There are very many sand bars around the island. 

Brief history of Koh Phangan

For a long time, Koh Phangan was a favorite destination for Thailand’s past kings. For instance, Rama V visited the island a record 14 times during his tenure/reign. Over the past century, the island has expanded steadily in regards to population. Initially, Koh Phangan’s population survived solely off the land and sea. Coconut farming was the main economic farming activity. Tin mining later overtook coconut farming as the main economic activity. By the late 1970, the mining industry petered paving way for tourism to date. Although coconut farming and fishing are still major economic activities, tourism has taken over completely.

Travelling to Koh Phangan

Having looked at the brief history of Koh Phangan, let us now focus on how to get there. Many people interested in visiting Thailand’s islands wish to visit Koh Phangan. One of the biggest hurdles such people face is transportation. Koh Phangan is approximately two and a half hours from Surat Thani and approximately 45 minutes from the famous Koh Samui Island. This of course assumes you are travelling to Koh Phangan by boat. It is important to note that the main mode of transport to Koh Phangan is by ferry. Let’s take a closer look at the important travelling information when travelling to Koh Phangan.

Ferry to Koh Phangan

From Don Sak

There are a number of ferries operating in this route the most popular ferry being Racha. Don Sak is approximately 40 kilometers from Surat Thani. Ferries travel daily from Don Sak to Koh Phangan at 7 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 5.30 pm. It is however possible to travel anytime on planned trips. The journey takes approximately two and a half hours. 

From Surat Thani

You can also travel from Surat Thani to Koh Phangan by ferry. This route is popular for ferries as well as express boats. There is a ferry to Koh Phangan from Surat Thani departing daily from 8 am. The journey takes approximately 3 hours. It is possible to get a night time (11 pm) ferry or boat ride. It is however important to note that the journey takes longer by an hour or two. 

From Koh Samui

This is another very popular route to Koh Phangan. There are very many ferries from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes. Ferries are available mostly from 9 am to 7 pm. You can consider using other means i.e. speed boats from 7 pm. 


With the above information, you shouldn’t have a problem travelling to Koh Phangan by ferry. The above information also highlights everything you need to know about Koh Phangan. It is however important to do additional research if you are planning on travelling to Koh Phangan soon.

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