The journey by train from Bangkok to Koh Phangan, location of the Full Moon Party, has two stages. The first stage of the journey is by train from Bangkok to Surat Thani. The second stage of the journey is a joint bus and ferry transfer direct from outside Surat Thani Railway Station to the island of Koh Phangan.
Stage One: Train times from Bangkok to Surat Thani
There are 9 trains per day from Bangkok to Surat Thani.
- Buy train tickets from Bangkok to Surat Thani.
Stage Two: Ferry times from Surat Thani to Koh Phangan
Times of joint bus and ferry services from Surat Thani Railway Station to Koh Phangan.
|Surat Thani Station
- Buy tickets for joint bus and ferry services from Surat Thani Railway Station to Koh Phangan.
Location of Bangkok Train Station
From the 19th January 2023 the main railway station in Bangkok is Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal (also known as Bang Sue Grand Station).
Location of Surat Thani Train Station
Joint bus and ferry services to Koh Phangan depart from Surat Thani Railway Station.
Location of Koh Phangan Ferry Pier
All ferry services from Surat Thani arrive in Koh Phangan at Thong Sala Ferry Port.
About Koh Phangan
Although best known for its world famous monthly Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan is also a place of outstanding natural beauty with a wide range of activities for visitors to participate in. Koh Phangan has a land size of 125 square kilometres of which around 80 square kilometres is forest containing a rich variety of animals, birds, reptiles, insects, plants and trees. Monkeys, snakes, deer, otters, giant squirrels and other interesting wild creatures live on the island although mostly in the mountainous interior although you may occasionally encounter them even in the busier tourists areas on the island. Koh Phangan also has over 30 beaches, some of which are only accessible by boat or a long walk along narrow forest paths.
The Full Moon Party takes places on Sunrise Beach, which is one of two beaches in the town of Haad Rin in the South East corner of Koh Phangan. The easiest cheap way to travel from the ferry pier in Thong Sala (in the South West of the island) to Haad Rin is by shared taxi from the car park by the ferry pier which costs a fixed fee of 200 THB per person.
To experience a different aspect to the island, away from the crowds who turn up for the various parties which take place year round, we suggest that you head to the rugged and beautiful East Coast of the Koh Phangan. The East Coast has several great beaches including Bottle Beach, which is inaccessible except by boat or a difficult drive in 4WD vehicle, Thong Nai Pan, which has 4 luxury resorts as well as some cheaper places to stay, and Than Sadet which is inside Than Sadet National Park and famous for a series of waterfalls running a course of several kilometres. Koh Phangan is an island with something of interest for virtually everyone that has largely resisted the uncontrolled commercial development that has taken place on other Thai islands such as Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi.