Getting to Phangan by VIP bus
Phangan Island Transport | Getting to Koh Phangan by road
Koh Phangan is a popular holiday destination located off the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. There are a number of different options to choose from with regards to traveling there but if you are on tight budget, the best way is by road. A number of buses make the route from Bangkok to Surat Thani every day, allowing passengers to make onward connections by ferry.
There are different standards of buses to choose from ranging from very basic and often crowded government ones to luxury VIP services. Bus routes are available from most provinces throughout the country, although the majority require a change in Bangkok.
Buses leave from Khao San Road and from the new Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok with overnight services being the most popular. Journeys are long and pass much quicker if you can sleep. The VIP buses are far more comfortable than the government-run air conditioned buses although they are also more expensive. But with fully reclining seats and free refreshments, you may find the extra money worth it.
Whenever traveling on buses, you should always be sure to watch your belongings and if you have anything of great value, carry it with you while you are on the bus; never leave it in the hold as thieves have been known to occasionally rifle through luggage.
Tickets and transfers
Combination tickets which include bus and ferry transfers are available at most travel agents in Bangkok although you should always confirm that you have paid for the ferry across to Koh Phangan as well as the bus transfer to the port in Surat Thani.
Once you arrive at Surat Thani bus station, you will be transferred onto a smaller bus which will take you to the ferry port. It may seem like a lot of traveling, but if you are on a tight budget, traveling overnight on the bus will not only save you valuable travel expenses, it will also save you a night's accommodation costs.