Bangkok to Koh Phangan

Lomprayah is one of the popular transport operators providing service from Bangkok to Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Koh Samui. The service is a bus cum High Speed Catamaran Ferry combo service. Following is the experience I had with Lomprayah from Bangkok to Koh Phangan, with online booking at www.busonlineticet.co.th. The whole journey from Bangkok to Koh Phangan takes about 14 hours.

1. Check in at Lomprayah Bangkok Khao San office
2. Strolling at Khao San to look for dinner place before going to departure point at 830pm
3. Boarding the bus leaving for Chumphon Pier
4. Bus stops at Ton Restaurant for break
5. Arrival at Chumphon Pier
6. Boarding Catamaran Ferry
7. Passing by Koh NaYuan and Koh Tao
8. Arrival at Koh Phangan Thong Sala Pier

 
 
1. Check in at Lomprayah Bangkok Khao San office
Check in at Lomprayah Khao San office started even before I checked in at 700pm. If you check in earlier, you can select your preferred seat. Seat selection is based on first come first served basis.
Lomprayah Khao San Check in
I was given a ferry ticket and orange sticker to tag on my luggage. This is for Lomprayah to recognise the passenger luggage while loading and unloading at island jetty.
Note: Do not worry of luggage mixing issue. Lomprayah has colour stick tag to store all Koh Phangan passengers luggage together. Similarly to Koh Tao and Koh Samui passengers luggage
Lomprayah Fery Ticket and Orange Sticker

2. Strolling at Khao San to look for dinner place before going to departure point at 830pm
After check in, you may leave your luggage at Lomprayah office before looking for dinner place at Khao San Road. There are great varieties and choices of foods available at Khao San Road.
Storing Luggage at Lomprayah Office
Strolling at Khao San Road for Dinner
Please come back at 830pm to gather at Lomprayah office. Lomprayah staff will lead the group of passengers to the departure point, which is just 5 minutes walking distance.
Waiting for Bus at Departure Point
Waiting for Bus at Departure Point

3. Boarding the bus leaving for Chumphon Pier.
Lomprayah buses arrive on time at 9pm for passenger boarding. The bus is high deck with 4 seats in a row layout as you can view from the picture below.
Boarding the bus
In Lomprayah Bus View

4. Bus stops at Ton Restaurant for break
At about 2am midnight, bus stops at Ton Restaurant for toilet and coffee break. The restaurant is somewhere in the middle between Bangkok and Chumphon. Food stalls are still in operation to serve customer in case you need some food or snack.
Location of Ton Restaurant
Resting area at Ton Restaurant

5. Arrival at Chumphon Pier
Drop off at Chumphon Lomproyah Pier at 5am. Benches, reclining seats and WiFi are available at the pier for resting and surfing internet while waiting for ferry in 2 hours later
Arrival at Chumphon Lomprayah Pier
Reclining Seats at Pier
Benches at Pier
WiFi at Pier

6. Boarding Catamaran Ferry
At about 7am, I started boarding Catamaran Ferry .
Queuing for Catamaran Boarding
View of Chumphon Lomprayah Pier
Catamaran Ferry is comfortable with air conditioning and spacious seat for resting. Besides that, it is stable thorough the journey even riding on the rough sea.
In-Ferry View

7. Passing by Koh NaYuan and Koh Tao
After 2 hour Catamaran Ferry journey, it finally passed by Koh NaYuan. At 930am, the Catamaran Ferry stopped at Koh Tao Mae Haad Pier, where 90% of the passengers alight.
Then another group of passengers boarded the ferry at Koh Tao Mae Haad Pier heading to Koh Phangan, Koh Samui or Surat Thani. At 945am, Catamaran Ferry continued the journey to next stop Koh Phangan Thong Sala Pier

8. Arrival at Koh Phangan Thong Sala Pier
At 1045am, I finally arrived at Koh Phangan Thong Sala Pier. Many tuk tuk and taxi are waiting at the Jetty to transfer guest to hotel.
Note: Try to avoid engaging the tuk tuk or taxi at the jetty, walk further to the main road to look for tuk tuk or taxi which are much cheaper. You can see the 7-Eleven and Lomprayah office at main road.

Arrival at Koh Phangan Thong Sala Pier
Main Road after Jetty