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Getting to and from Koh Phangan from Thailand or Malaysia is fairly straightforward.  With Thailand being such a travel-friendly country, all of the transportation is set up nicely and is virtually headache free.

From Bangkok:

Buy yourself a bus/boat combo from Bangkok at any of the travel agencies.  This seems to be the best way to do it.  It’s very organized, efficient and a good price.  We went from Bangkok to Surat Thani by a/c bus and then to Koh Phangan by speedboat for a cost of 500THB per person.

From the Thong Sala pier to Haad Rin, the cost is 100THB per person for a shared “taxi” – back of a pickup truck/songthaew

To Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

You will need to book a bus/boat combination ticket again.  We took a ferry boat from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani, then a minibus to Penang, then we switched to a big bus that took us to Kuala Lumpur.  The length of this journey was about 25 hours long and involved a lot more switching of transportation than we thought.  Check out our Goat Show (video).  The cost of this very long travel day was 1600THB/person…still cheaper than any flight we could find.

the ferry boat ride to Koh Phangan from Surat Thani

 

Dariece on the ferry boat from Koh Phangan (Thong Sala pier) to Surat Thani

 

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