The three companies operating direct travel services from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Phangan using a combination of bus and ferry are:
Seatran Discovery Company
Lomprayah High Speed Ferry
Option 1:Seatran Discovery
The Seatran Discovery Company has three daily services from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Phangan. This is one of the more expensive of the companies operating on the route and the earliest departure also has the longest journey time. The reason that the 07.30 departure is so slow is that passengers arrive at the ferry pier in Donsak at around 09.15 and have to wait until 11.00 before the ferry departs to Koh Phangan.
Travel Times with the Seatran Discovery Company
About the Seatran Discovery Service
The Seatran Discovery Service uses a modern and comfortable ferry for the sea crossing, which is why it is the more expensive of the two services.
Seatran Discovery ferry
Seatran Discovery ferries have comfortable seating downstairs in an air-conditioned cabin with an outdoor seating area on the upper deck. Seatran Discovery ferries also have a small shop selling drinks and food as well as toilets.
Option 2:Raja Ferry
The Raja Ferry company provides 3 direct services a day between Nakhon Si Thammrat Airport and Koh Phangan. The journey from the airport to the ferry pier is by minivan, which is comfortable enough for a 90 minute journey. The Raja Ferry Company offers a value for money service and is the cheapest option for travel from Nakhon Si Thammrat Airport to Koh Phangan.
Travel Times with the Raja Ferry Company
Aboutthe Raja Ferry Service
The Raja Ferry Company is the operator of the car ferry service between Koh Phangan and the Thai mainland. The Raja car ferry is not a luxury service, it is a commuter service used by local travellers as well as tourists.
Elephant Trekking in Koh Phangan
The car ferry is, however, comfortable enough for a 2 hour 30 minute sea journey. The ferry has plenty of seating inside and out. The seating area inside is fan cooled and the outside seating is cooled by the wind. The car ferry has shop and toilets as well as plenty of room to walk around. They are are big boats which can travel in most weather conditions, and are rarely cancelled even if other ferry services cannot operate due to the rough seas. If you travel on the Raja car ferry bear in mind that you will need to be able to carry your bags up and down 3 flights of step stairs. This may be a struggle for the elderly or people travelling with young children and lots of baggage.
Koh Phangan Ferry Port
Both services arrive at Koh Phangan’s main ferry port in Thong Sala. The only transport available on Koh Phangan is shared taxis and motorbike taxis. Both types of taxi are always waiting at the pier whenever a ferry arrives.
Travel Tip: The prices of shared taxis at Thong Sala Ferry Port tend to be fixed and there is no difference in price if you go with one of the taxi touts who waits at the pier or approach the drivers directly.