New Thailand Entry Requirements From 1st July 2022
Please see this post at thaiembassy.com for full details.
- As of 1st July 2022, international travellers no longer need to apply for a Thailand Pass when coming to Thailand.
- Foreigners and Thai nationals are not only required to show proof of either a vaccination certificate or a negative RT-PCR or professional ATK test 72 hours before travel. This applies for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.
- Unvaccinated/non-fully vaccinated individuals are required to show a negative RT-PCR or Professional ATK test within 72 hours prior to travel. If unable to provide proof of negative pre-arrival test, professional ATK testing at the point of entry will be required.
- COVID travel insurance is no longer mandatory. However, it is still recommended to have travel insurance while travelling in Thailand.
It is wise to check into your visa situation through your home country’s embassy or consulate before departing, as each country may have different rules and regulations.
If you are coming from outside of Thailand, then the first step on the journey is to get to Bangkok or Phuket. Once in Thailand, you have a number of options depending on your preference, time, and budget. More than likely, your trip will be comprised of more than one option below.
Koh Phangan By Plane
From Bangkok or Phuket
The most direct way to Koh Phangan is to fly from Bangkok or Phuket to Koh Samui Airport (USM). From there, you can purchase a joint ticket that includes a shuttle from the airport to the pier and the ferry to Koh Phangan.
Another option is to fly from Bangkok to Surat Thani Airport (URT) and take the ferry to Koh Phangan. You can buy your joint ticket at the Surat Thani Airport.
There are two ferry options – fast speedboat ferry or slow ferry. From Surat Thani Airport to Koh Phangan, the fast ferry takes approximately 3 hours 15 mins and the slow ferry takes 5 hours 15 mins.
From Koh Samui pier to Koh Phangan, the speedboat journey takes approximately 30 minutes and the slow ferry journey takes 1 hour 30 minutes.
Lomprayah is a speedboat service that provides joint tickets from Koh Samui and Surat Thani airport to Koh Phangan.
Raja Ferry is a slow ferry service that provides joint tickets from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Phangan.
Please check their websites for the most up to date schedule.
Koh Phangan By Bus
Overnight buses leave Khaosan Road in the evening about 6pm and in the next morning arrive at Surat Thani, then take a boat. Bus and boat combo tickets can be arranged by travel agencies on Khaosan Road.
Various bus/van companies provide connections between Phuket and Koh Phangan.
Lomprayah us one company that provides joint tickets from Phuket to Koh Phangan. The ticket includes the bus from Phuket to Donsak Pier in Surat Thani and the ferry from Donsak Pier to Koh Phangan.
Koh Phangan By Train
An overnight train from Bangkok has a bed, and is a comfortable way to get Koh Phangan. Trains stop early morning at Surat Thani. Then, buy a bus and boat ticket to Koh Phangan. Train tickets from Surat Thani back to Bangkok should be reserved in advance especially in high season.
Check the latest prices and schedules via the service link on the website of The State Railway of Thailand.
Koh Phangan by Taxi
You may also choose to hire a private driver or taxi to take you from Bangkok, Phuket or anywhere in Thailand to Surat Thani. From there, you can take a ferry from Donsak pier to Koh Phangan.
Getting to Ananda Yoga & Detox Center
Once you make it to Koh Phangan, there will be taxis waiting for you at the pier. Tell a driver that you want to go to “Ananda” on Hin Kong Beach, and they’ll know where to take you. Fare will range from 200 Baht in low season to possibly 400 Baht in high season.