Koh Tao to Koh Phangan

Last updated on April 17, 2024

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Two of the most amazing islands in Thailand, and possibly the world, are Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. Although they have similarities, there are also plenty of things that set these islands apart. The quieter of the two, Koh Tao boasts many beautiful beaches, breathtaking scenery, and wildlife, and it’s becoming a top-notch diving destination too.

Hop over to the larger and busier Koh Phangan for a change of pace. Koh Phangan is the fifth largest Thai island and hosts the famous Full Moon Parties, so there’s nightlife here and a vibrant atmosphere, yet the beaches are still amazing if you’re not quite done with your beach days!

Read about:
Options for Travel from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan
The Cheapest Ferry from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan
The Fastest Ferry from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan
Amenities on Lomprayah Ferries
Tips for a Comfortable Ferry Ride
Getting to Mae Haad Pier, Koh Tao and Arriving at Thong Sala Pier, Koh Phangan

Options for Travel from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan

Koh Tao to Koh Phangan Options

It’s just 44 kilometers (27.5 miles) between the islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, heading north within the Gulf of Thailand. The only way to travel from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan is by ferry, as neither island has an airport.

The good news is that because Koh Tao doesn’t have an airport, this island has retained its quiet charm. Traveling by ferry from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan is not as bad as it might sound – there are two different ferry options you can choose from, varying according to price, speed, comfort levels, and schedules.

Ferry Options from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan

Ferry CompanyDeparture TimesDurationPrice (THB)
Lomprayah (Speedboat)07:0050m700
Songserm09:301h 45m500
Lomprayah (Catamaran)09:30, 15:301h – 1h 15m600
Lomprayah (Laemsor Ferry)17:001h 40m450

The Cheapest Ferry from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan

Cheapest koh Phangan to Koh Tao
Songserm ferry during busy full moon party days © woraatep suppavas / Shutterstock.com

For the budget-conscious traveler, the cheapest way to travel from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan is with Songserm. Their ferry is the slowest, with a scheduled journey time of 2 hours, but it’s only about 45 minutes longer than traveling with Lomprayah.

You don’t need to worry about sacrificing safety if you book with Songserm. They operate relatively high-speed ferries that are perfectly comfortable and safe, with washrooms and TVs onboard. There are options to sit inside the ferry or on one of the outer decks to enjoy the breeze, sea air, and scenery.

The Fastest Ferry from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan

Flight and ferry from Krabi to Koh Tao
Lomprayah High Speed Ferry © OlegD / Shutterstock.com

Lomprayah’s High-Speed Catamaran is the fastest way to travel from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan. As you would expect, speed equals expense, and Lomprayah’s ferry is the most expensive out of the two companies.

With Lomprayah, you can travel from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan in about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The catamaran is spacious, with plenty of comfortable seats inside and outer decks. There is also a snack service on board and, of course, washrooms.

Lomprayah interior
Lomprayah interior

Amenities on Lomprayah Ferries

Lomprayah’s sleek catamarans, Thapdaorai and Maehaad, offer a comfortable journey between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. These high-speed vessels can accommodate up to 461 passengers and provide the following amenities:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Onboard toilets
  • Snack and beverage service
  • Luggage storage

For more information on Lomprayah ferries and to book your tickets, visit SiamTickets.

Tips for a Comfortable Ferry Ride

  • Sit in the middle of the ferry to minimize motion sickness
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Take motion sickness medication if you are prone to seasickness
  • Bring a light jacket or sweater as the air-conditioning can be cold

Getting to Mae Haad Pier on Koh Tao and Arriving at Thong Sala Pier on Koh Phangan

Songthaews are available in most places in Thailand. Here on Koh Samui © OlegD / Shutterstock.com

To catch your ferry from Koh Tao, head to Mae Haad Pier. You can reach the pier by taxi, motorbike, or walking if you are staying nearby. Upon arrival at Thong Sala Pier on Koh Phangan, you have several options to reach your accommodation:

  • Songthaews (shared taxis): Inexpensive and readily available at the pier. Prices are usually higher at night.
  • Motorbike or car rental: Rent a vehicle to explore the island independently. Book through reputable companies and always wear a helmet when riding a motorbike.
  • Private taxi: More expensive but convenient for reaching remote areas or if you have a lot of luggage.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when deciding on which ferry from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan. Firstly, if the sea is too choppy, services may have to be cancelled for your own safety – this is more likely to happen during the low season when the weather can be unpredictable. Secondly, even during relatively calm weather, the water can be choppy, and this is highlighted more when you’re traveling on a catamaran compared to a regular ferry. If you’re prone to feeling seasick, choosing Songserm’s ferry may be a better idea!

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Kamolchat Thanaditsayakun
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