Koh Phangan (Koh Pha-Ngan) Guide

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Koh Pha-Ngan has been a backpacker favourite for many reasons. It has a lot of diverse places to stay, beautiful beaches and an “alternative” slant. Recent years have attracted more and more long-term stayers and it has been a magnet for the more ‘spiritual’ types, and is also popular with digital nomads. Also for some reason, in recent years, prices appear to have gone up dramatically for accommodation.
Everyone knows Koh Phangan for its full moon parties. But the island has a lot more to offer. The south coast and especially Haad Rin beach are the most crowded areas, but there is a huge range of accommodation to suit everyone. If your stay is going to be near the full moon party dates, be sure to book well ahead as everything gets sold out well in advance.

Points of Interest

Weather Forecast

Tue
18 Jun

28 - 33°C

rain

3mm
100%

Wed
19 Jun

28 - 30°C

rain

3mm
67%

Thu
20 Jun

28 - 29°C

cloudy

1mm
35%

Fri
21 Jun

28 - 29°C

rain

0mm
77%

Sat
22 Jun

27 - 28°C

rain

0mm
83%

Sun
23 Jun

26 - 28°C

rain

11mm
74%

Mon
24 Jun

26 - 29°C

rain

7mm
77%

Tue
25 Jun

27 - 28°C

rain

2mm
74%

Wed
26 Jun

26 - 27°C

rain

11mm
74%

Thu
27 Jun

27 - 29°C

rain

1mm
74%

Fri
28 Jun

28 - 29°C

rain

0mm
61%

Sat
29 Jun

25 - 28°C

rain

8mm
51%

Sun
30 Jun

27 - 29°C

cloudy

0mm
38%

Mon
1 Jul

27 - 29°C

cloudy

2mm
41%

Historic Weather

Month
Average Max Temp
Average Min Temp
Average Humidity
Average Daily Rain
Jan
31°C
26°C
75%
1mm
Feb
30°C
26°C
77%
10mm
Mar
32°C
27°C
76%
5mm
Apr
32°C
27°C
76%
10mm
May
32°C
26°C
77%
16mm
Jun
33°C
27°C
72%
4mm
Jul
32°C
26°C
75%
6mm
Aug
33°C
26°C
73%
4mm
Sep
33°C
26°C
74%
6mm
Oct
31°C
25°C
82%
14mm
Nov
31°C
25°C
82%
20mm
Dec
30°C
25°C
77%
15mm

How to Get There

From Bangkok, there are a few options to get to Koh Phangan. The fastest way is to fly directly to the neighbouring island, Koh Samui. Then take a boat across. The next fastest is to fly to Surat Thani, then bus to the Ferry Pier then boat.

Otherwise, if you have time to spare or are on a budget, you can catch a train or a bus to Surat Thani and then take another bus and then a boat to the Island. However, making things simpler and having less to think about, you can often get a complete transfer package from some tourist agencies which will involve a complete bus trip and boat ticket all in one. With this service, you just get on the first bus and follow their instructions till you get onto the ferry.

Bangkok - Koh Phangan More info / Tickets
Bus Bangkok - Koh Phangan ฿ 1,200–1,440 10h 10m – 18h 30m
  • →  VIP 24 19:00
  • →  VIP 32 18:50
  • →  Express 06:00, 19:00, 21:00
  • →  Bus + Ferry 19:00
  • →  VIP Bus 19:00
Taxi Bangkok - Koh Phangan ฿ 13,500–19,500 11h
  • →  Comfort 3pax
  • →  Luxury VIP Van 9pax
  • →  Luxury SUV 4pax
Ferry Bangkok - Koh Phangan ฿ 1,650 10h 10m – 13h 30m
  • →  VIP 06:00, 21:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport - Koh Phangan More info / Tickets
Taxi Suvarnabhumi Airport - Koh Phangan ฿ 13,500–19,500 11h
  • →  Comfort
  • →  Luxury VIP Van
  • →  Luxury SUV
Don Mueang Airport - Koh Phangan More info / Tickets
Taxi Don Mueang Airport - Koh Phangan ฿ 13,500–19,500 11h
  • →  Comfort
  • →  Luxury VIP Van
  • →  Luxury SUV
Bangkok - Koh Samui More info / Tickets
Flight Bangkok - Koh Samui ฿ 2,795–6,825 1h 10m – 1d 3h 10m
  • →  Business 06:30, 07:30, 09:20, 10:20, 14:25
  • →  Economy 06:10, 06:30, 07:00, 07:30, 07:50, 08:00, 08:05, 08:10, 09:00, 09:20, 09:50, 10:15, 10:20, 10:30, 12:40, 13:45, 14:30, 15:00, 15:50, 16:00, 16:20, 17:30, 19:15, 19:20, 19:35, 19:50, 20:10
Bus Bangkok - Koh Samui ฿ 1,128–1,526 10h 30m – 15h 30m
  • →  VIP 24 19:00
  • →  VIP 32 18:50
  • →  Express 06:00, 19:00, 21:00
  • →  Bus + Ferry 19:00
  • →  VIP Bus 19:00
Taxi Bangkok - Koh Samui ฿ 11,436–23,125 11h 20m – 12h
  • →  Luxury VIP Van 9pax
  • →  Comfort Car 3pax
  • →  Luxury SUV 4pax
  • →  Economy 3pax
  • →  SUV 4pax
  • →  Van 10pax
Ferry Bangkok - Koh Samui ฿ 1,750 10h 30m – 14h 30m
  • →  VIP 06:00, 21:00
Don Mueang Airport - Koh Samui More info / Tickets
Flight Don Mueang Airport - Koh Samui ฿ 5,340–5,750 1h 35m
  • →  Economy 08:50, 14:00, 19:10