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How to travel from Koh Phangan to Phuket and Vice Versa


Choosing your vacation destination is a very special process, but one thing we know is you can never go wrong with Thailand’s finest Koh Phangan and Phuket. That’s why traveling from Koh Phangan to Phuket and vice versa is the next thing we need to talk about. Each destination has its very own special characteristics and personality. Koh Phangan is the wild but magical one, the island where all the parties and gatherings are happening like the Full Moon Party and Half Moon Party And also, where you can find some of the most breathtaking beaches. Once you’re there, get ready for the time of your life! On the other hand, Phuket is the one where several worlds collide. From history and religion to city life and bustling locals. You can’t visit Thailand without checking out the wonderful Phuket.

Now let’s get straight to it, Shall we?

We will start by traveling from Koh Phangan to Phuket.

Traveling from Koh Phangan to Phuket

Traveling from Koh Phangan to Phuket by boat and bus

Although both Koh Phangan and Phuket are extremely popular destinations, yet the transportation between them lacks the diversity in options. This leads to that the only way to reach Phuket from Koh Phangan is to take a direct ferry trip to the pier followed by a bus ride to Phuket. This, of course, is a more economical way of travel for those who are on a budget or saving transportation money to spend on other itinerary activities. You can always replace the bus ride by a taxi or car ride but that will cost a lot more.

It’s recommended that you contact a travel agency and buy a joint ticket, meaning a ticket that combines both boat and bus trips. That way you can take your mind off of the logistics of getting from Koh Phangan to Phuket and focus on planning your itinerary for instance.

Traveling from Thong Sala Pier to Phuket Town: Vichit

Thong Sala Pier is the main pier in Koh Phangan that provides passengers many boat rides throughout the day to different destinations including Phuket. From Thong Sala Pier you take a ferry ride that takes you to Tapee Pier in the beautiful Surat Thani. From there you will proceed to take a bus to Phuket town.

Traveling from Thong Sala Pier to Phuket New Bus Station, Terminal 2

Similar to the previous route, you will start with taking the ferry ride from Thong Sala Pier, this time it will take you to Donsak Pier in Surat Thani. And from there you will take a bus trip directly to Phuket New Bus Station, Terminal 2. This route is good for those who are using Phuket as a middle ground to get to other destinations near the amazing Island.

Traveling from Koh Phangan to Phuket by plane and boat

You might be wondering if you can get to Phuket from Koh Phangan by plane, well, to answer your question you can’t get from Koh Phangan to Phuket directly by plane, as Koh Phangan has no airports, unfortunately.

What you can do is take a ferry from Phangan straight to Koh Samui. Unlike Koh Phangan, Koh Samui has an international airport that offers many flights to different destinations including Phuket. So, you’ll be able to reach Phuket directly by plane as long as you use Koh Samui as a middle ground.

The upside to this option is that you can save yourself a lot of travel time because traveling by plane is more time-efficient. However, the downside is traveling from Koh Phangan to Phuket by plane is a more expensive option than taking a simple ferry and bus trip to reach your destination.

This route is recommended if you are not looking to waste some time traveling and don’t mind spending some extra bucks along the way.

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Phuket as a Destination

Phuket is a must-visit destination when you are in Thailand. It has everything you can ever search for in a travel experience. The culture, the amazing beach fun, the food, and the bustling city life. Mix it all together and you get the all wonderful Phuket. It is the largest island in Thailand with almost half of a million people residing in it with the majority being Chinese or Thai.

Let’s start with the beaches. Phuket has some of the best selection of beaches in Thailand with lots and lots of activities to do. Every single beach has something different to offer. Ao Bang Thao and Surin are considered to be the fancy beaches in Phuket, containing luxe resorts and fun beach clubs. While Rawai beach is the one where you can relax and enjoy the view along with its jungle vibe. But if you are looking for the wildest beach in town it's Patong Beach.

Phuket “The Pearl of the Andaman Sea” is no stranger to some underwater expeditions. Due to its close proximity to the diving haven of Koh Phi Phi, plenty of divers find some of the best diving sites there. You can also find plenty of local dive schools. But, if you don’t want to go that deep, you can always try snorkeling or Kayaking. Which are both very popular activities in Phuket.

Phuket is not all water fun and strolls at the beach, it has a rich history and cultural heritage that goes back many eras and you can explore that deeper by taking a trip to museums like Thai Hua Museum and the Thavorn Museum which is also a quirky hotel.

A big part of the depth of Phuket is owed to the religious sites and beautifully constructed temples that exudes an extremely powerful energy that can’t be ignored like the Wat Chalong and the Jui Tui Shrine along with Phuket’s Big Buddha, which is an important monument in Thai culture.

Among the overlooked places in Phuket are the Phuket Bird Park and the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, both of these can be a great simple day trip that deserves to be added in your itinerary.

But of course, who can forget the incomparable Thai cuisine. Phuket is filled with all the soulfully blissful Thai treats you can find. From Thai dim sum to Mee gaang poo, don’t shy away from indulging in all you can. It’s guaranteed that your tummy would have the best time in Phuket.

Whether you are a backpacker, honeymooner or a family, we can safely say that Phuket is a destination you can joyfully experience with all your senses.

Best time to visit

At any time of the year, you can visit Phuket and have a great experience while you’re there. It only depends on your preferences and what you wish your vacation would be like. However, November to April is known to be the best time to visit Phuket and that’s a popular opinion. The weather during this period is ideal for a lot of fun in the sun including boating, swimming and all the beach activities you can enjoy. But that, of course, comes with a price, the months between November and April are considered to be the high season for tourism, meaning accommodation prices will be at its peak as well as the crowds.

On a cheaper note, May to October is characterized as being monsoon season in Phuket, which has much more heavy rain and dangerous rip currents. Due to the weather conditions, it is also considered to be the low season for tourism because fewer tourists travel to Phuket during this time, but prices for accommodation are a lot cheaper. So, in case you don't mind the weather conditions and prefer to save more money or like your peace and quiet, then May to October seems more like the best time to visit. Side tip: stay clear of the west coast of the island for swimming as it could be very dangerous.

Traveling from Phuket to Koh Phangan

From Phuket to Koh Phangan by bus and boat

Luckily, traveling from Phuket to Koh Phangan is also right on budget. The whole trip is done by both bus and boat trips, making it super affordable but, can take a chunk of your time.

Even though the options are limited there are a bunch of different ways you can travel by boat and bus/minivan from Phuket to Koh Phangan in the most efficient way.

A recommended option is to call a travel agency and get yourself a joint ticket, a joint ticket combines two or more trips in one ticket only, in this case, it will be by bus and boat that goes directly to Koh Phangan, travel agencies manage the logistics of your journey for you, however, this will take up more time than flights.

Traveling from Phuket New Bus Station, Terminal 2 to Thong Sala Pier

This route starts at the Phuket New Bus Station, Terminal 2, as you take a bus from there to Donsak Pier in Surat Thani, then you follow it up with a boat ride to Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan.

If you happen to come from other destinations around Phuket then this is probably the route best for you as the Phuket New Bus Station, Terminal 2 connects to many places in Thailand including Bangkok, Surat Thani, among many others.

Traveling from Phuket Town: Vichit to Thong Sala Pier

This route is not that different from the previous one as it’s as affordable. You will take the bus from Phuket Town: Vichit and it will drop you off at Tapee Pier in Surat Thani, as you embark to take a ferry to Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan.

Traveling from Phuket to Koh Phangan by bus/minivan and boat

Traveling from Phuket International Airport to Thong Sala Pier

This is another kind of trip with different options than any of the previous ones. If you are planning to get on a plane and land in Phuket International Airport, then you should probably check this route out. There will be 3 transportation methods associated with this route, the minivan, the bus, and the ferry.

First, you take a Minivan from Phuket International Airport to Blue Canyon in Phuket, then take a bus or another minivan ride from the Blue Canyon to Tapee Pier in Surat Thani, and last but not least you will finish it off with a boat ride to Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan.

Traveling from Phuket to Koh Phangan by plane and boat

Due to Koh Phangan having no airports, you don’t have the option of direct air travel from Phuket to Phangan, however, there is a workaround if you are the kind of person who prefers traveling by plane for obvious reasons of course.

The nearest place to Koh Phangan with an airport is an incredibly gorgeous island called Koh Samui. Which is perfect since Phuket also has an international airport that provides flight from and to Samui Island. So, what you can do is get on a direct flight from Phuket International Airport to Samui International Airport, then take a boat trip to Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan from any of these piers in Koh Samui:

  • » Lipa Noi Pier
  • » Bangrak Pier
  • » Nathon Pier

This option is a lot less time consuming and more expensive. So, if you happen to not mind spending some travel time at the expense of saving some money, then this route is not for you. But, if you want to get places fast and have a few extra bucks to spend, then we highly recommend this option. Keep in mind that flight schedules change based on seasons.

Koh Phangan as a Destination

Thailand’s No. 1 party island, Koh Phangan is wildly enchanting. The fifth biggest island in Thailand is its wildest. Phangan Island is infamous for its charming beaches and the fact that it’s the host of the biggest parties of the year including the Full Moon Party, The Black Moon Party, and the Half Moon Party.

The biggest party of the month, The Full Moon Party takes place every month at Haad Rin Beach turning it for one day into a raging party house with eclectic stages loaded with DJs playing all kinds of music and neon painted party people.

You might think how can The Half Moon Party be different from The Full Moon Party? Well, they are similar in the fact that they are both parties that celebrate lunar events in Koh Phangan but very different in that the Half Moon Party or Half Moon Festival is thrown twice a month while the Full Moon Party is thrown only once a month for obvious reasons of course.

The Half Moon Festival takes place in a forest located 2 km from Baan Thai inland on the southern coast of the island called Ban Khai Jungle and is more of an organized secure event than a chaotic party, which also distinguishes it from the Full Moon Party.

Like any traveling experience, we advise you to take your utmost precaution, as parties can get wilder than you want it to be and can get out of control if you aren't careful.

These may seem obvious but here are some reminders:

  • » Party with preferably a trusted group of friends.
  • » Don’t accept any offering from strangers whatsoever.
  • » Thailand's laws and law enforcement handle drug use very seriously, so don't get yourself in any situation that involves drugs.
  • » Try to not carry valuable objects with you to avoid incidents of pickpocketing.

Although it may seem that this is what it’s known for, Koh Phangan is much more than a wild party island. It also has a plethora of the most amazing beaches out there. Aside from Haad Rin Beach on the night of the full moon, most beaches in Phangan are serene and not at all crowded like Haad Khom Beach, Malibu Beach, Thong Nai Pan Noi, and Thong Nai Pan Yai Beaches.

The water on the island is also a major attraction, making it a popular destination for snorkeling, diving, and other water activities.

Best time to visit

The weather in Koh Phangan is always refreshing all year long. But to get the complete ideal weather experience you have got to visit Koh Phangan anytime between December and March. This is also known as the peak season or high season for tourism, making it a super crowded time for the wild island. Temperatures are averagely pleasant with high water and less rainfall than the rest of the year. Perfect for spending time at the beach. Although it might be the time weather-wise, it’s not the best money-wise, as the prices for accommodation are at its highest point of the year. If you are a budget traveler willing to save a few bucks or prefer a more quiet atmosphere then you might want to visit Koh Phangan during the period from March through May, due to it being the low season for tourism, a fewer number of tourists will visit and prices will take a dip for sure.

No matter what transportation option you’ll choose, we wish you will have an amazing experience traveling from Koh Phangan to Phuket and Vice Versa.

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