First, you must purchase a ticket to Bangkok. Kayak is a dependable web company, but if you do some thorough research, you may be able to find a really good deal with any number of companies. On google, simply type in “Cheap flights from (your departure city) to Bangkok”. There will be lots of choices.  Read your itinerary very closely, though, because sometimes discounted fares include long layovers (10-20 hour layovers). 

Flying to Surat Thani from Bangkok:

THAI and Thai AirAsia serve Surat Thani Airport, with the later having more affordable rates (starting at 800Thb, but watch out for the hidden “fees” that get added to this base rate). Full fare and timetable information is available on both the Thai AirAsia websites. The flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani takes 70 minutes. Surat Thani airport is around 30km north of Surat Thani town, so you’ll need to transfer into Surat Thani. Inquire about bus transport. The taxi fare is a ripoff. Then arrange bus and boat connections to the island of Ko Phangan. 

Alternately, you can take an overnight air-conditioned sleeper train for 600-700Thb. The trains are clean, comfortable and fast. You can book online at

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When you arrive in Surat Thani, go straight to the ferry counter and buy a bus/ferry ticket to KPN.

The buses are timed to meet up with the plane  so you won’t have to wait long.

The bus takes 90 minutes, the ferry about two hours. It is a pleasant trip.

Flying to Koh Samui from Bangkok

Flying to the nearby island of Koh Samui is quicker and the ferry boat ride is much faster to Koh Phangan as well. However the plane ticket on either Bangkok Air or Thai Airlines is much more expensive.

When you arrive at the airport on Koh Samui you go to the ferry/transportation counter just past luggage pick up and you can purchase a van/ ferry combo ticket to Koh Phangan. Ask to go to Thong Sala pier which is the closest to Shri Thanu where our Drum House is.

You can pre purchase ferry tickets but it is not necessary.

When you arrive at the Pier in Thong Sala there will be several Taxi trucks called songthaew. This is a shared taxi. Tell your driver your hotel (ask how much?) and get in back with others for a set fee.