Booking Online

Previously, those wanting to buy ferry, boat and train tickets in advance had to go to a local travel agent. Thailand travel while quite good because of a decent nationwide infrastructure has always been mostly in private hands (the exception being the railway) and there has been slow movement to ‘join up the dots’. One huge step in the right direction is 12go.asia. It is an automated ticket booking system. You can not only check live updated timetables but also buy tickets. Please use the search box on Thong Nai Pan Magazine.

Boat timetables (updated May 2009)

Below are timetables and advice about travelling to and from Thong Nai Pan and Koh Phangan by boat. Also included are links to some of the main transport companies covering the major routes to and from Koh Phangan. Click on the travel map link on the right to see a map of boat routes.

There is a speed boat service between Maenam in Koh Samui and Bantai in Koh Phangan. Boats leave every 30 minutes from 9am to 5pm. The journey takes 12 minutes.

Travel agents in Koh Phangan raise the prices of boat/bus tickets a few days before and after every full moon party. This is purely to make more money. So it is advisable to buy your tickets directly at the piers in Tongsala. Don’t worry about booking in advance (except on the day of the Full Moon Parties) as there is always tickets available on the day.

Lomprayah Boat and Bus timetable

Lomprayah Boat and Bus timetable

Lomprayah uses a catamaran. It is the fastest ferry service available. Lomprayah sells combined bus and boat tickets to and from Bangkok. If you take the 1pm service from Tongsala in Koh Phangan it costs 900 THB. The earlier service (8.30am) costs 1,200 THB.  All tickets from Bangkok to Koh Phangan cost 900 THB. Also the boat ticket from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui includes your onward journey to anywhere on Koh Samui, as does the tickets from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao and from Bangkok to Koh Tao. This is a great service because Koh Samui taxi drivers are crooks who would rather miss a fare than go on the meter. Interestingly Lomprayah doesn’t offer an onward taxi service in Koh Phangan.

website: www.lomprayah.com

telephone: +66 (0) 77 238411/2

more info:  http://www.thongnaipan-magazine.com/boatinformation.html

Seatran Boat and Bus timetable

Seatran Boat and Bus timetable

Seatran sells combined bus/boat tickets between Bangkok and Koh Phangan. The boats they use are smaller than the Lomprayah catamarans. As with all the timetables published on this page, the services are liable to changes caused by bad weather which often delays boats.

telephone: + 66 (0) 77 238679

website: www.seatrandiscovery.com

Songserm Boat and Bus timetable

Songserm Boat and Bus timetable

Songserm run fairly small boats between Suratthani and Koh Tao. There are a number of travel companies that run coaches to fit in with the Songserm boat service. Be careful about using these companies. Especially the really cheap combined tickets (as little as 600 THB for a ticket from Bangkok to Koh Phangan) sold in Khao San road. There are many reports of luggage being rifled through during the trip and people losing money, cameras etc. The companies selling tickets take no responsibility, the coach staff are in on the scam and the police do nothing to recover stolen goods. CARRY ALL YOUR MONEY AND VALUABLES WITH YOU. DON’T LEAVE ANYTHING VALUABLE IN YOUR MAIN BAGS.

telephone: + 66 (0) 77 377704

Raga Car Ferry timetable

Raga Car Ferry timetable

The Raga car ferry is the biggest vessel plying the route between Koh Phangan and the mainland. It leaves from Donsak on the mainland (see travel map) and takes 2.5 hours to get to Tongsala port in Koh Phnagan. The Raga is the only car ferry available. The bar on the ferry has now adopted the licensing laws of Bangkok, which means the bar often won’t sell you a cold beer.

telephone: (Donsak) + 66 (0) 77 4711513

(Koh Phangan) +66 (0) 77 3774523

more information: http://thongnaipan-magazine.com/boatinformationpart2.html

Haad Rin Queen timetable

Haad Rin Queen timetable

The Haad Rin Queen is a small boat that leaves Koh Phangan from Haad Rin, a beach in the south west of Koh Phangan famous for hosting Full Moon parties. It’s the cheapest boat (only 150 thb) and arrives at Big Buddha pier in Koh Samui.

telephone: +66 (0) 77 375113

more information: http://www.thongnaipan-magazine.com/boatinformationpart2.html

Night boat Timetable

Night boat Timetable

The Night boat leaves from Tongsala in Koh Phangan at 10pm and arrives at Suratthani at 4am the following morning. It’s a long crossing and the primary purpose of this boat is for those who need an early start (usually to do a Visa Run) or for those who don’t want to spend the night in Suratthani.

Thong Nai Pan Express Timetable

Thong Nai Pan Express Timetable

The Thong Nai Pan Express is a small boat that leaves Thong Nai Pan Noi at 9am and stops off at a few beaches on the east side of Koh Phangan before heading off to Koh Samui. It arrives at Meanam in Koh Samui 11am and then waits an hour before doing the return leg. The boat is important transport link for the more remote beaches on the east side such as Haad Thien and Than Sadet. It also goes to Haad Rin which makes it a good way to get back from the Full Moon Party. Due to the rough waters during the monsoon the boat service is suspended from during the monsoon.The monsoon is usually from October to late November but often varies.

Getting Stuck in Suratthani

Getting to Koh Phangan is not always possible in one day. Sometimes you can’t get to your destination by making good connections. If you arrive too late in Suratthani you will miss the last ferry to Koh Phangan. Check out this guide to hotels near Suratthani Airport to find a good place to stay near your next transport connection.

6 Responses to “Boat Timetables”

  1. LnddMiles Says:

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  2. Carlos Villena Says:

    Hello,
    We need to be at the airport in Koh Samui August 5 at 8:00.
    We are in Koh Phangan and my question is if a boat is possible in the early morning from Koh Phangan (Thong Nai pan)?

    Best regards

    Carlos Villena

    1. thongnaipan Says:

      You won’t make it in time for your flight. You have to stay the night in Koh Samui.

  3. BM Says:

    Is it possible to jump on the TNP Express say from Haad Sadet to either TNP or Haad Rin?
    If so, what would the costs be?
    Regards

  4. badbertrand Says:

    hello,
    where is the stop on the beach for the thong nai pan express ? is it near the “panviman hotel ?”, is there still one at 12 leaving to Koh Samui ?
    thank you

  5. PG Says:

    Hi there, thanks for all the info. I’m looking to get 25 people and their luggage from Koh Samui to Thong Nai Pan Yai for a wedding in mid June and was wondering what you would suggest? So far was thinking either a Lomprayah / Songthaew option or Thong Nai Pan Express… Ideally I would want to charter a boat directly from Chaweng to TNPY but have a feeling that may cost too much. Any recommendations would be much appreciated.

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