|Ferry Koh Phangan - Koh Samui ฿ 200–450 20m – 2h 30m|
There are plenty of ferries covering the short hop between Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. If you catch a morning ferry to Koh Samui, it is very possible to make it back to Koh Phangan the same day. There is a large police station at Nathon which is sometimes used as a place to renew visas.
The fastest option is the Lomprayah Catamaran which takes just 30 minutes on a good day. The larger Raja Car Ferry takes 1. hours, the Songserm High Speed Ferry takes 45 minutes. Seatran Discovery also runs a service that takes about 30 minutes. All these boats leave from Thongsala.
For those staying at Haad Rin Beach there is the Haad Rin Queen that leaves from the small port next to Sunset Beach (Haad Rin Nai). It is a small boat and gets very crowded around the time of the Full Moon Party. You can buy a ticket at the pier.
The other boat not leaving from Thongsala is the Thong Nai Pan Express. You buy tickets on the boat. Like the Haad Rin Express, it is a small boat and only makes the journey to Nathon in Koh Samui during the calm waters of the summer.
Ferry companies sometimes change the ports they use in Koh Samui, depending on the weather. Generally speaking, Lomprayah uses Maenam Pier and Nathon Pier. Seatran uses Bangrak Pier and Lomprayah also uses Nathon Pier. The Raja Car Ferry uses a Pier at Lipa Noi. For those wanting to bring a car onto the Raja Car Ferry to take to Koh Samui, you first have to travel back to the mainland at Donsak, before getting the car ferry out to Koh Samui.
What has Koh Samui got to offer? Well more activities, more shopping, a better selection of bars and restaurants. There are more hotels, especially upmarket hotels. The transport is better and the road coverage is better. Crucially, Koh Samui also has an airport with regular flights to Bangkok. Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand. It is the brash and richer cousin to Koh Phangan.
To book a ticket online to travel from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui click on the timetable above. You will have to arrange a taxi to take you to Thongsala. For those travelling in the opposite direction, Lomprayah lays on a taxi service in Koh Phangan to take you to your final destination. The cost is included in the price of the ticket. This saves the hassle of negotiating with taxi drivers in Thongsala.