How to get to KohPhangan
Direct transfers between Bangkok and KohPhangan by bus and boat via Chumpon are available from Seatran Discovery and Lomprayah Catamaran. See www.seatrandiscovery.com and www.lomprayah.com for further details. Alternatively you should be able to buy a combined bus and ferry ticket at most travel agencies in Bangkok or at the bus station, either via Chumpon or Surat Thani / Donsak. All ferries from Chumpon or Surat Thani / Donsak arrive at Thong Sala on KohPhangan.
Airplane to KohSamui
From Bangkok (Most Convenient & Fastest)
There are around 15 flights a day from Bangkok to Samui, on either Bangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com) or Thai Airways (www.thaiair.com). There is a desk at the airport that can arrange a transfer to the pier for the next boat to KohPhangan. Boats go to either Thong Sala or Had Rin. Lomprayah high speed boat takes about 25 minutes to Thongsala pier. HaadRin queen boat takes about 50 minutes to arrive in HaadRin pier.
There are also direct flights to KohSamui from Phuket, Krabi, and Chiangmai.
International cities with direct flights via www.bangkokairways.com : Kuala Lumpur, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Singapore.
Direct flight from Xi’An via http://www.tibetairlines.com.cn, and from Kun Ming http://www.luckyair.net/
Airplane to Suratthani
It is also possible to fly to Surat Thani with www.nokair.com, www.airasia.com. Nok Air has a package from Don Maung airport to Surat Thani airport then air-cond bus to Don Sak pier where you will be transfer to high speed Lomprayah boat.
Bus From Bangkok
If you are looking for an economical way to travel take the VIP bus from Khao San Road or from the New Southern Bus Terminal at BoromratChonnani Road in Bangkok. The VIP buses are more comfortable than the regular “A/C” busses. Tickets are easily available in most travel agencies in Bangkok or at the bus terminal and go to Chumporn or Suratthani. Ferry fee is often included in the price but make sure to confirm it when you buy the bus ticket.
Train From Bangkok
Another way to travel is the night train from Hua Lamphong, the Bangkok Railway Station, to Suratthani. The sleeping cars are a more comfortable option for this eleven hour journey. It is a little bit more expensive than the bus but you will be well rested for the day ahead. Upper beds are less expensive than the lower ones and a private “first class” cabin for two people is also available. From Donsak pier near Surat Thani you can take a ferry ride to KohPhangan.
Train From Padang Besar
Train from Padang Besar to Suratthani is available once a day. The train leaves Padang Besar at 5pm and arrivesSuratthani at 11.30pm.