Koh Phangan island is located around 7 miles from Koh Samui and the only way to get there is by ferry. It took us 45 minutes to transfer from the Nathon Pier on Koh Samui to Thong Sala Pier. A one-way ticket cost us $5.96 each, which we bought via Ferry Samui site. Ticket or confirmation must be printed, so maybe ask to have it printed at your hotel, like we did. With a printed copy, you need to go to the company office, located across the road from the pier and exchange it for actual tickets. Tickets cannot be redeemed on the Pier, it has to be done at the office. We saw many tourists get turned away to get tickets at their main office.
After arriving on the island there is going to be plenty of taxis waiting for you. Unfortunately, I do not know the cost for their services, because we walked to our hotel. After that we walked back to town and rented a scooter to get around.
Our destination was Nai Wok Bay where a bungalow was waiting for us. It is a picturesque and quiet place located only half a mile away from the town center and pier.
There is one thing that I regret about this island. I did not give it enough time. Koh Phangan is a very unique place and deserves to be patiently discovered. Give it at least a few days and I promise, you will not regret it. I left disappointed since we did not spend as much time as I would have liked.
Beaches of Koh Phangan
Haad Rin Beach can be divided into two sections. The first one is Haad Rin Nok where the famous Full Moon Party takes place. It is the more touristy side with lots of bars and places to have fun at. Haad Rin Nai on the other hand is a much more quiet and relaxing version.
The road which takes you to the next beach, Thong Nai Pan Yai, is without a doubt a breathtaking experience. We saw amazing views, monkeys playing on the power poles in the middle of the rainforest and at the end; a sandy beach and only the sound of the sea.
Last, but not least I will try to describe a spectacular place – Mea Haad Beach. Imagine soft white sand underneath your feet and a small island just in front of you, which is surrounded by a marine nature park. Perfect spot for swimming, kayaking and snorkeling. Despite its unique character you will not find a lot of people out there. This might change soon as while we were visiting they were building a massive and sprawling resort that covered most of the area. That is not everything though. Mea Haad beach and Koh Ma island are connected by a long sandbar, making it accessible by foot.
Koh Phangan is an island that deserves your full attention. Partying should not be the only reason to visit. It is hiding many surprises just waiting to be discovered.