How To Get Here
There is no airport here on the island so there are a few ways to travel here from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. I recommend flying down if you don’t mind spending a little extra on the travel. It is much faster than the bus and train so you won’t lose too much of your holiday time, you will have more time for wakeboarding and relaxing this way. My personal preference is to fly to Surathani with AirAsia as it is only a little more than the bus or train but much more convenient and comfortable. Flying to Koh Samui is the most direct but can be a little expensive. So it depends on your budget and how quickly you want to get down here, I have listed below some travel information for travelling to Koh Phangan from Bangkok, Surathani and Samui. Also directions on how to get to Wake Up! Wakeboarding in Chaloklum village when you arrive on the island.
Bus or Train
Travel by Government bus from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok all the way to Koh Phangan everyday at 7.30pm arriving on Koh Phangan at 10am the next day, or
Travel by Lomprayah bus and ferry everyday at 6am arriving at 4.20pm or depart at 9pm arriving at Koh Phangan 11am the next day, or
Travel by train from Bangkok to Surathani.
Train departure times – 8.05am, 1pm, 2.45pm, 3.10pm, 3.35pm, 5.05pm, 5.35pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 10.50pm.
Train arrival times – 4.45pm, 12.22am, 1.23am, 2am, 3.45am, 4.24am, 5.48am, 6.23am, 7.06am, 8.05am.
If you want to catch a plane, you can fly with Bangkok Air direct to Koh Samui, they leave every hour from 6am-10pm. Bangkok Airways can be quite expensive however, so if you are on a budget but still want to get here faster than by boat or train you can also fly with Air Asia or Nok Air to Surathani
From Koh Samui
If you are going from Samui you can catch the Lomprayah Catamaran that leaves Mae Nam pier at 8am and 12.30pm, also from Nathon pier at 11.15am, 1.30pm and 5pm. You can also come with the Seatran ferry which leaves Bangrak pier at 8am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. The Sonserm boat goes from Nathon pier at 11am and 5.30pm.
If you arrive at Surathani Airport you can buy a ticket to Koh Phangan from one of the booths on the ground floor of the airport. The Lomprayah Catamaran departs from Donsak pier to Tong Sala Koh Phangan everyday at 9am, 11am and 2.30pm and takes about 3 hours. You can also go with the Raja Ferry which departs from Donsak pier everyday at 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 6pm and takes between 2 and a half to 3 hours. There is also the Songserm boat that leaves everyday at 9am and 3.30pm. The bus from the airport to the pier takes about 1 and a half hours.
From Tong Sala, Koh Phangan
The best place to arrive on Koh Phangan is Tong Sala pier. You can catch a taxi for about 100-150bht per person to Chaloklum, or you can rent a moped for 150-200bht per day. The Wake Up! Wakeboarding office is opposite Malibu Resort in the village of Chaloklum. There should be maps available at the pier so pick one up on your way out and follow the main road through the middle of the island from Tong Sala to Chaloklum. Turn left at the 7-11 in Chaloklum and follow the road for about 1-2km until you get to Wake Up! Wakeboarding on the left side of the road.
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