Koh Phagnan is Southeast Asia’s most notorious party destination. Koh Phangnan, is a prime destination for anybody who likes to dabble in some tropical island hedonism every now and again.
The island has become more renowned for its Full Moon Parties than the picturesque landscape, consisting of lush tropical greenery fringed by inviting azure waters.
In a hurry to get to where the party action is? We've got the answer – a speedboat over to 'Party Island' – Koh Phangan. With our one-way and a two-way service get to the Full Moon Party safely and on time.
Getting to the Full Moon Party from Koh Samui
It is possible and even quite a popular option to go to the Full Moon Party while staying on Koh Samui, not least because many hotels on Koh Phangan insist that you book at least a three-night stay during the party period. However, this means crossing an 8 km stretch of the Gulf of Thailand. There are two ways you can do this.
Ferries to Koh Phangan
There are regular ferry services operating between a Koh Samui and Koh Phangan’s Thong Sala Pier. The boats are large, comfortable and safe, though not very quick. The last sailings of the day are at 12:30 from Maenam Pier (a 20-minute voyage), 16:30 from Bangrak Pier (30 minutes) and 19:00 from Nathon Pier (30 minutes).
For the return trip, the first services of the day are at 07:00 to Nathon Pier (a one-hour trip, though the 07:20 service to the same destination takes only 30 minutes), 08:00 to Bangrak Pier (30 minutes) and 11:00 to Maenam Pier (20 minutes). While tickets can be purchased at the pier, we recommend booking in advance online at http://www.ferrysamui.com/koh-phangan. Both the outbound and return journey cost 300 baht each.
The main disadvantage to this option is that it makes the wait between leaving the party and getting to a comfortable bed to sleep it off quite a long one. It also makes leaving early more difficult since you still have to wait for the morning ferry and you have nowhere comfortable to stay while you wait for the boat. It is, however, a very safe and cheap choice.
Speedboat to Koh Phangan
Speedboats make the run between Fisherman’s Village in Bophut and Haad Rin (and back again) throughout the night of the Full Moon Party. The cost per person is much higher than for the ferry (usually around 900 baht, though you may be able to haggle a little), but the journey is quite quick, taking around 10-20 minutes, depending on the conditions.
While this option does give you the flexibility to arrive and leave as you please, the majority of the speedboat operators are unregulated. They have a reputation for overcrowding their boats and providing little or no safety equipment, making this a significantly more risky choice. You can charter a boat from a reputable travel and tours office, which will limit the number of passengers and provide life vests, but this is often more expensive and may require sticking to a more rigid timetable.