If you are consider renting a car to use whilst visiting Koh Phangan a smart choice is to rent your car from Surat Thani Airport and to take the car over to Koh Phangan on the car ferry. This makes good sense particularly if you plan to travel to Koh Phangan via Surat Thani Airport.
Car rental at Surat Thani Airport
Renting a car at Surat Thani Airport is very simple:
Step 1: Book online using the search box above.
Step 2: On arrival at Surat Thani Airport go to the Car Rental desk on the ground floor of the main terminal building. The desk is directly in front of you as you leave from the secure baggage collection area and pass through the customs check into the terminal building.
Step 3: Collect your car from the nearby parking lot. The English and Thai speaking staff will show you where the car is.
Step 4: Drive to the nearby Donsak Ferry Pier (see directions below) and take the inexpensive car ferry over to Koh Phangan.
Step 5: Enjoy hassle free car rental for the duration of your visit to Koh Phangan, without needing to leave your passport as security or worrying about being unfairly charged for damage by the rental shop when you return the car.
Rental Companies at Surat Thani Airport
The companies renting out cars at Surat Thani Airport are well known brands:
- Thai Rent A car
There are currently large no well known companies renting out cars on Koh Phangan. The only rental cars available on Koh Phangan are from small local providers, many of whom have only a small number of cars available for rent.
All rental cars from Surat Thani Airport come with the following insurance cover included in the cost of car rental:
- Collision Damage Waiver: In the event that the car is damaged, the liability of the driver is limited to the ‘excess’ on the insurance policy. Check the T&Cs from each company for the amount of the excess.
- Theft Protection: In the event that the car is lost or stolen, the liability of the driver is limited to the ‘excess’ on the insurance policy. Check the T&Cs from each company for the amount of the excess.
Be warned! Very few car rental companies in Koh Phangan provide any insurance cover. This means that if you crash a car, or the car is stolen, the charges for damage can be potentially very high, and if the rental provider is not satisfied with amount of money offered by the person renting the car they are unlikely to agree to return their passport. In such a situation it is very unlikely that the local police will provide the person renting the car with any assistance in getting their passport back.
Cars Available for Rent at Surat Thani Airport
A much wider range of cars are available for rent at Surat Thani Airport than are available on Koh Phangan itself, and the price per day is normally cheaper. Below is brief list of some of the cars available to rent, and typical prices charged per day. at Surat Thani Airport:
- Toyota Vios (from Sixt): 1,112.42 THB per day
- Toyota Yaris (from Avis): 1,198.57 THB per day
- Mitsubishi Mirage (from Thai Rent A Car): 1,183.77 THB per day
- Toyota Camry (from Hertz): 2,122.07 THB per day
- Toyota Commuter Bus (from Hertz): 2,122.07 THB per day
- Toyota Vigo Double Cab 3.0 (from Budget): 2,031.43 THB per day
For a more extensive list of available types of car and indicative pricing see on the Guide to Car Rental at Surat Thani Airport on the Surat Thani Airport Hotel website.
The Car Ferry to Koh Phangan Leaves from Donsak Ferry Port
The Raja Ferry Company runs a car ferry service with regular departures from Donsak Ferry Port to Thong Sala in Koh Phangan. The crossing takes 2 hours 30 minutes.
Cost of Transporting a Car from Donsak Ferry Port to Koh Phangan
The following prices are up to date 2016 prices for transporting a car, pick up truck, minivan or bus from Donsak ferry port to Koh Phangan on the Raja car ferry.:
- 4-wheel Car, Van or Pick-up: 550 THB
- Minibus or Van: 550 THB
- Middle-size Coach or Bus: 1,100 THB
* In addition to the cost of transporting a vehicle, the Raja Ferry Company charges 210 THB per person travelling with the car.
Route Map from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak Ferry Port
- Driving distance from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak Ferry Pier: 111 km
- Driving time from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak Ferry Pier: 1 hour 33 min