How to get from CHIANG MAI to KOH PHANGAN?

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How you can get from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan? You can travel by train, bus, car, plane + ferry and speedboat.

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    • Koh Phangan, with an area of ​​168 km², is located only about 20 kilometers from the famous Koh Samui and there is still something mysterious, magical and exotic. It is mountainous, completely covered by tropical rainforest, which hides several waterfalls. But he is famous mainly for organizing the “Full Moon Party”. The island was an unknown place for tourism until the 80s of the 20th century, it was not so much visited. An exception was the participants of the Full Moon Party – probably the largest beach party in the world. This party is held regularly at full moon on Hat Rin Beach in the south of the island. Koh Phangan has no airport and there is no railway.
    • In recent years, however, several hundred new hotels and resorts have grown, offering services of the highest standard, especially on the beautiful, quiet beaches in the north of the island. The island has a relatively developed infrastructure, including large shops. There are a limited number of taxis on the island, but the most popular way to get around the island is to rent a motorcycle or ATV, but some mountain roads may be harder to navigate. There are 4 options how you can travel to Koh Phangan from Chiang Mai – by train, bus, plane, car + ferry/boat via Bankgok and Surat Thani. The closest airports are in Surat Thani or Koh Samui.

From Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan by train, bus, car, plane + ferry.

    • Travel distance from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan is about 1470 km by land via Bangkok and Surat Thani. The best and fastest option of getting to Koh Phangan from Chiang Mai is to take a flight to Surat Thani and from Surat Thani you can take a  ferry/boat to Koh Phangan. Travel by plane + ferry to Koh Phangan via Surat Thani takes totally about 7.5-12 hours and it costs about $60-130/pp. Ferries and speedboats from Surat Thani arrive to Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan. Another option is to travel by land, there are trains, buses or private cars from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani. The most comfortable option is to travel by train to Surat Thani Railway Station via Bangkok. From Surat Thani Railway Station you can take a minivan + ferry to Koh Phangan or you can take a boat from Surat Thani town to Koh Phangan.
    • You can also travel by bus+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan, but the buses are not so comfortable, because transport takes a lot of time. Travel by bus+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan takes about 26-34 hours. The most cheapest option is to travel by train+ferry via Bangkok and Surat Thani. Private cars are also available from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani via Bangkok. If you are already in Koh Phangan you should also travel to Koh Tao by ferry or boat. Book your train, bus tickets, taxi, ferry and boat or flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan easily online.

How do I get from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan?


1. TRAIN + FERRY from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan


A) Train from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani (via Bangkok)

    • from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani you can travel by train via Bangkok (Hua Lamphong Railway Station)
    • travel by train to Surat Thani is a cheap and comfortable way of transport
    • travel by train from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani (via Bangkok) costs about $16-120/pp (1st, 2nd, 3rd class trains)
    • travel time by train from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani (via Bangkok) takes about 21-30 hours
    • trains from Bangkok arrive to Surat Thani Railway Station
    • read this article: How do you get from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani?

B) Bus + Ferry/Boat from Surat Thani to Koh Phangan

    • from Surat Thani Railway Station you can take a bus+ferry transport to Koh Phangan
    • there are various private minivans from the town to the pier and various boats or ferries to Koh Phangan
    • travel by bus+ferry from Surat Thani Railway Station to Koh Phangan costs about $11-30/pp
    • travel time by bus+ferry from Surat Thani Railway Station to Koh Phangan takes about 4-6 hours
    • transport companies to Koh Phangan: Phantip 1970, Lomprayah, Seatran Discovery, Raja Ferry…
    • read this article: Ferry Timetable – Surat Thani to Koh Phangan
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From Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan you can travel by train+ferry/boat via Bangkok and Surat Thani (photo: 12go.asia)


2. BUS + FERRY from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan


A) BUS/VAN from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani (via Bangkok)

    • from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani you can also travel by tourist bus via Bangkok
    • travel by bus from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani costs about $35-65/pp
    • travel by tourist bus or van from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani takes about 22-28 hours
    • buses to Bangkok and Surat Thani: Sombat Tour, Lignite Tour PK, Thai Sriram, Krung Siam, Bangkok Busline…
    • buses arrive to Surat Thani Bus Terminal
    • read this article: How to travel to Surat Thani from Chiang Mai?

B) Ferry/Boat from Surat Thani to Koh Phangan

    • from Surat Thani town you can travel by ferry or speedboat to Koh Phangan
    • there are various ferries and boats from Surat Thani – Tapee  Pier or Raja Ferry Port
    • travel by ferry or boat from Surat Thani to Koh Phangan costs about $6-25/pp
    • travel time by ferry from Surat Thani to Koh Phangan is about 2.5 hours
    • boats from Surat Thani to Koh Phangan: Lomprayah, Raja Ferry…
    • read this article: Ferry Schedule – Surat Thani to Koh Phangan
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From Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan you can travel by bus+ferry via Surat Thani (photo: 12go.asia)


3. FLIGHT + BOAT from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan


A) Flight from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani Airport

B) Bus + Ferry/Boat from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Phangan

    • from Surat Thani Airport you can travel by bus+ferry/boat to Koh Phangan
    • there are various private minivans + ferries or boats from the airport to the island
    • travel by bus+ferry from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Phangan costs about $14-26/pp
    • travel time by bus+ferry from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Phangan is about 3.5-7.5 hours
    • private companies from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Phangan: Songserm, Phantip, Lomprayah, Raja Ferry Port
    • read this article: Ferry/Boat Schedule to Koh Phangan
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From Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan you can travel by plane+ferry or boat via Surat Thani.


4. TAXI/CAR + BOAT from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan


A) Private Car/Taxi from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani (via Bangkok)

    • you can also travel by private taxi/car from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani (with stopover in Bangkok)
    • travel by private taxi / car from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani takes about 22-24 hours
    • private taxi from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani: Jed Yord, Bangkok Taxi 24 or Glassflower
    • private taxi or car from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani via Bankgok costs totally about $600-770/car
    • read this article: How do you get to Surat Thani from Bangkok?

B) Bus + Ferry/Boat from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Phangan

    • from Surat Thani town you can get by ferry/boat to Koh Phangan
    • there are ferries or speedboats from the town of Surat Thani
    • travel by boat from Surat Thani town to Koh Phangan costs about $6-25/pp
    • transfer by ferry or speedboat from Surat Thani to Koh Phangan takes about 2.5 hours
    • speedboats and ferries to Koh Phangan: Lomprayah, Raja Ferry…
    • read this article: Ferry from Surat Thani to Koh Phangan
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From Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan you can get by car/taxi + speedboat via Surat Thani (photo: Glassflower, Lomprayah, 12go.asia)


icon-info-circle FAQ + TIPS – Travel from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan:

How to book tickets/flights to Koh Phangan from Chiang Mai?

    • Book tickets, flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan on 12go.asia or Baolau.
    • You can search another routes, e.g. Chiang Mai to Surat Thani, Surat Thani to Koh Phangan…

How long does it take to travel from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan?

    • Travel by train + ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan (via Bangkok, Surat Thani) takes about 26-38 hours.
    • Travel by bus + ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan (via Bangkok, Surat Thani) takes about 26-34 hours.
    • Flight + ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan (via Surat Thani) takes about 7.5-12 hours.
    • Travel by taxi/car + ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan (via Bangkok, Surat Thani) takes about 26-30 hours.

How far is Koh Phangan from Chiang Mai?

How much does it cost to get from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan?

    • Travel by train + ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan (via Bangkok, Surat Thani) costs about $30-150/pp.
    • Travel by bus + ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan (via Bangkok, Surat Thani) costs about $40-90/pp.
    • Flight + ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan (via Surat Thani) costs about $60-130/pp.
    • Travel by taxi/car + ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan (via Bangkok, Surat Thani) costs about $620-800.

What is the best and fast way of transfer from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan?

    • The best way how you can travel to Koh Phangan from Chiang Mai is to travel by plane + ferry via Surat Thani Airport. There are some direct flights from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani and private transport by minivan+ferry from the airport to Koh Phangan. You can search for flights and join tickets (bus+ferry) to Koh Phangan online.

What is the most cheapest option of transfer to Koh Phangan?

    • The most cheapest option of getting to Koh Phangan from Chiang Mai is to travel by train + ferry/boat via Bangkok and Surat Thani. There are trains from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and from Bangkok to Surat Thani. From Surat Thani Railway Station you can travel by minivan+ferry to Koh Phangan.

Where you can go from Koh Phangan?

    • From Koh Phangan you can travel to Koh Tao or Koh Samui. There are various ferries and boats between these islands. You can search and book ferry and boat tickets to Koh Tao and Koh Samui online. You can also travel by ferry/boat + bus or ferry + flight (via Koh Samui) to Krabi.

Is there an airport in Koh Phangan?

    • No, Koh Phangan has no airport, so it is not possible to take a flight from Chiang Mai. But the closest airport is in Koh Samui and there are some flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui via Bangkok. If you want to visit this island, you can take this option, but it is not a cheap way of transfer.

Where you can travel from Surat Thani?

    • From Surat Thani you can travel to southern Thailand. The most popular travel routes are from Surat Thani to Krabi and from Surat Thani to Phuket. There are some tourist buses, private minivans or private taxi and cars. There are no railways, it is not possible to travel by train between these sites.
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Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park close to Koh Phangan. is an archipelago of 42 islands covering 102 km² at the shore of the Surat Thani.
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Koh Phangan has a few very nice beaches around the island.
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There are a lot of various tourist resorts and other types of accommodation in Koh Phangan.


icon-arrow-circle-right Book tickets, car, flight + ferry ticket from Chiang Mai to Koh Phangan:

(You can also book another travel routes, e.g. Chiang Mai to Bangkok, Bangkok to Koh Phangan…)

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