Before returning to Australia at the start of sept i will be arriving in Bangkok on the 2nd for 2 weeks. I was just wondering how much the airfare is down to Ko Phanghan (return would be ideal) for the full moon party on the 7th.
Any other info regarding thailand you feel appriopriate please feel free.
via sky scanner u can get some brilliant flight prices to surat thani and then boat it over to Pha ngan
You'll need to fly to ko Samui (about £40-50 one way) plus a ferry onwards (£5).
If you book early enough then you might be able to get the flights much cheaper.
This may assist you while you are in Thailand.
The Most Affordable Way To Travel.
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Fly cheaper with Thai AirAsia (buy online at : airasia.com) to Surat Thani province and then connect with the ferry there.
If you dont mind the price, fly with Bangkok Airways to Samui island, and then connect with boat to Koh Pa Ngan.
Enjoy the rainy beach.....
As the previous poster said you can fly Bkk to Samui with Bangkok Air, but because they have a monopoly at Samui they are rather expensive....6 to 7.5 k baht. They are convenient though as they have umpteen flights a day...you just walk off the plane and walk over to the domestic terminal and get on! Beware! there is a 400 baht airport fee on leaving the Island...this may be even more now. You can also fly on to Phuket.
There are Song Taew taxis at the airport that will take you to your hotel if you have one or drop you at any of the towns around the island of Koh Samui.
I would suggest you book for one or two nights in advance just to have somewhere to stay and orientate, then move to somewhere more to your liking or then get the ferry over to Koh Pan Ngam.
A cheaper way is to fly to Surrathani on the mainland, but then you have to get from the airport to the ferry (taxi or minibus) and then take the ferry across (1 to 1.5 hours).
Another way is the overnight train from Bkk…you can get a cabin etc about 2000 baht.
Bus is the cheapest but a bit of a nightmare.
You could hire a car and drive but not for the inexperienced or faint hearted. You can’t take a vehicle to Koh Pan Ngam.
Another alternative is to go to Chumpon (train or bus from Bkk), about half-way down the coast between Bkk and Samui, here you can catch a passenger ferry to Koh Pan Ngam, and I think it takes about 8 hours.