For beach loving people, the islands of Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Pangan, Koh Tao and Krabi are heaven on earth. These sandy islands of Thailand can be explored and enjoyed in a relatively short time and does not require a long Vacation Leave from work. So if you plan to get out of the country this summer or anytime soon, you may consider visiting the best of Thailand beaches located in Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Pangan, Koh Tao and Krabi.
Flight Details for this Trip
Cebu Pacific offers 2x a week non-stop flight from Manila to Phuket. Hence, we start and end our beach-y adventure in Phuket. Other options include Manila-Phuket and return Bangkok-Manila or Manila-Phuket and return Krabi-Manila via Kuala Lumpur. What I have tried though is starting in Phuket and ending in Phuket as well.
Route for this Trip
Manila to Phuket by air. Phuket to Koh Samui by land and sea. Koh Samui to Koh Phangan by sea. Koh Phangan to Koh Tao by sea. Koh Tao to Krabi by sea and land. Krabi to Phuket by land. Phuket to Manila by air.
How to Get to Phuket from Manila
Cebu Pacific has non-stop flight every Friday and Monday from Manila to Phuket.
How to Get to Koh Samui from Phuket
There is a direct flight from Phuket to Koh Samui via Bangkok Airways but the fare is as expensive as Manila-Phuket. So what I did was to take a ferry and van via Lomprayah Ferry. I booked my ticket through a travel agency. What is nice booking with a travel agency is the fact that you can ask as many questions as you like to them. It’s a lot of help when planning a trip. The ticket includes both van and ferry transfers. Travel time from my hotel in Patong, Phuket to Donsak Pier, Surat Thani is 6 hours. From Donsak Pier to Koh Samui is roughly an hour by ferry. Lomprayah provides both the van and ferry tickets. They also provide free hotel transfers from Koh Samui Pier (called Nathon Pier) to any hotel within the island.
How to Get to Koh Phangan from Koh Samui
I took Lomprayah Ferry. I booked through a travel agency. Travel time from Nathon Pier (Koh Samui) to Koh Phangan (Thong Sala Pier) is less than 1 hour.
How to Get to Koh Tao from Koh Phangan
Take Lomprayah Ferry. Travel time from Thong Sala Pier (Koh Phangan) to Koh Tao (Mae Haad Pier) is roughly 1 hour.
How to Get to Ao Nang, Krabi from Koh Tao
Take Lomprayah Ferry from Koh Tao to Krabi (Ao Nang). Travel time is roughly hours by sea and land. The trip includes both sea and land journey.
Schedule of Trips from Phuket to Koh Samui
There are 2 daily trips departing Phuket for Koh Samui, 10AM and 12:30PM. When booking your ticket, include also hotel pick up. They charge additional amount for this but its alright as the hotel pick up service is from Lomprayah. Hence, you can be guaranteed you wont miss your trip. I was picked-up in my hotel 7AM. Note that Patong Beach to Phuket town is roughly an hour and the pick up service is shared van.
Schedule of Trips from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan
There are 4 daily trips departing Koh Samui’s Nathon Pier for Koh Phangan: 11:15AM, 1:30PM, 5PM and 7PM. When booking a ticket, request for hotel transfers already so you wont bother yourself on how to get to Nathon Pier and getting to your hotel once you arrive at Thong Sala Pier, Koh Phangan. Note that the ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan comes from Donsak Pier. Hence, it will only drop off and pick passengers in Koh Samui.
Schedule of Trips from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao
There are 3 daily trips from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao: 8:30AM, 1PM and 5:45PM. When booking your ticket, request for hotel pick up in Koh Phangan and hotel drop off in Koh Tao. Note that the ferry will only drop off and pick up passengers in Koh Phangan.
Ferry schedule may change from time to time but relatively reliable.
Why Visit Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Krabi
Simple answer: because of the beaches, the food, the happenings and the people.
Beaches here are comparable to the best beaches in the world. Thai food is one of the world’s most loved. Happenings here, be it beach party, full moon party, half moon party, waterfalls party, forest party, pool party or any party for that matter are always an “event to remember” and Thai people are just lovely.
Part 2 – Suggested Itinerary and Places to See and Things to Do