For those in a hurry to get to Haad Rin in Koh Phangan from Bangkok the quickest route is to take the Bangkok Airways flight from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Koh Samui (USM). The flight is just over an hour and takes you within a short 40 minute ferry journey of Koh Phangan. Use the search box below to check for ticket availability and times. Below I will detail the journey of how to get from Koh Samui Airport to Haad Rin, the home of the Full Moon Party.
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Koh Samui Airport to Thongsala in Koh Phangan
You can purchase a ticket online that will take you from Koh Samui Airport to Thongsala in Koh Phangan. Thongsala is the principal town in Koh Phangan and the main travel hub on and off the island.
You can buy tickets that leave Koh Samui Airport at 07.30, 12.30 and 16.00. Journey time is 1 hour.
The first part of the journey is a transfer by mini bus from Koh Samui Airport to the nearby Bangrak Pier. You then transfer to a Seatran ferry to Thongsala in Koh Phangan. It is a big boat with plenty of seating indoors. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase on the ferry. There are no luggage restrictions.
Seatran operates a high speed ferry and the journey time is about 40 minutes. The price for the joint van and ferry ticket from Koh Samui Airport to Koh Phangan (Thongsala) is 450 Thai Baht.
Thongsala to Haad Rin
Once you disembark in Thongsala you have three options for the last part of your journey to Haad Rin.
In Thongsala there are numerous places to rent motorbikes. Most people rent basic scooters to get around the island. It is also possible to rent more powerful motorbikes. Bike rental starts at about 250 Thai Baht a day. You will be required to leave your passport as a damage deposit. This option is only practical for those with small amounts of luggage.
An alternative is to rent a car in Thongsala. There are various rental agencies and travel agents that can arrange car rental. Again you have to leave your passport as a damage deposit, although some companies now offer insurance with a cash damage deposit option. Explore this website to discover more about car rental options in Koh Phangan. If you want car rental from a reputable and branded car rental company you have to rent a car in Koh Samui and bring it over to Koh Phangan in the Raja Car Ferry.
When you arrive at Thongsala port you will be met by several Thais shouting out destinations. The most popular destination is Haad Rin and so you will have no problem finding a local person to guide you to a shared taxi parked at the pier.
Once the taxi is full (or nearly full) the taxi will set off. Since plenty of people will be heading to Haad Rin it is usually a short wait. It is a fixed fee per person. The cost is 200 to 250 Thai Baht per person. If the driver doesn’t get the required number of passengers they will ask for a little more money from everyone.
The taxi journey is 15 minutes. Tell the driver the name of your hotel and they will take you to the door of your hotel. Most shared taxis are covered and so you and your luggage are protected against the rain.
You can ask at the pier for a private taxi to Haad Rin. These are the same vehicles (Songthaew) as the shared taxis but they can be hired out for between 1,000 and 2,000 Thai Baht if you don’t want to share. Chances are they will be tempted to pick up people along the way anyway!
Advantages of Booking Tickets in Advance
The biggest advantage of booking a ticket online from Koh Samui Airport to Koh Phangan is that it takes the stress out of your journey. You don’t have to worry about finding a taxi at the airport; you don’t have to stand in line at a pier to get a boat ticket; and you don’t have to worry about the ferry being full.