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Phuket to Koh phangan - is it worth it??

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1. Posted by robolski (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y


3 of my friends and I will be in Phuket from the 26th Dec to 3rd Jan. We've got our flights sorted but no accom yet. Were all really keen to get over to Koh phangan for NY eve, but because we've left it so late, we cannot get any flights from phuket to samui:(.

Has anyone taken the overland option (bus from phuket to suratthani then ferry to KP??) From what I can work out it looks like it takes 12hrs total!

Is two full days travel worth it for two full days of partying (leaving phuket on the 29th or 30th and arriving back on the 2nd) Or should we just hang around the phuket area for the 9 days????

2. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 9y

Yes you are looking a a good 12 hours but half of that will be on a ferry so you can have a few beers and strech your legs. I would go because you can say you have been then and you did not miss out on it .

3. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 9y

Why don't you get the ferry over to Koh Phi Phi, it's an amazing island and will be great for NYE. Only problem is getting accomodation as it is a small island and very popular.

4. Posted by robolski (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

I think were leaning towards the long haul to KP. From all the reports Ive read its sounds crazy!

It seems I can still book some accom on the island online, but was wandering about securing our bus and ferry tickets??

Can we pre book anything from Australia or do we need to wait until we fly into phuket on the 26th and organise it there?? Im guessing if we do this ther will be a high risk of not getting a seat?

Thanks for your advice guys

5. Posted by mac1234 (Full Member 110 posts) 9y

getting a seat shouldnt be a problem. just get a public bus from phuket city. you can get the ferry ticket in surat thani.

6. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 9y

Koh Pha Ngan over New Year is excellent so I would say it's definitely worth it.

Last time I was there for Christmas/New Year though, all the resorts in Haad Rin were booked out in advance so you might struggle to find somewhere to stay if you just turn up last minute. You could probably find somewhere at one of the less popular beaches pretty easily though, and then just get a taxi every night to Haad Rin.