We decided to go to Koh Phangan, an island in southeast Thailand, famous for its nightlife, especially the Full Moon Festival, which is taking place every month. We flew from Dubai to Bangkok, with Emirates Airlines, a 6-hour flight, even less if you are lucky. We travelled during the night, so everyone was sleeping, except me. I can never sleep on flights, even when I was a Cabin Crew and had my break in the Crew Rest Compartment, I would just lay down, resting my eyes, but I couldn’t fall asleep, probably because I knew I had to wake up in a little while. Anyway, once arrived in Bangkok, we had to transfer from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK - International) to Don Muang Airport (DMK - Domestic). The distance between the airports is of 47 km.
There are 2 ways to get from Bangkok to Koh Phangan, either by flying to Koh Samui, the closest airport and then taking a 20 minutes ferry or the longer version, by flying to Surat Thani, followed by a bus and boat transfer. First option is faster, but much more expensive, so we decided to go with option number two, which took us around 8 hours in total but was less than half the price. Normally, it should take much less than that, but we were very “lucky” 🙂 (you will understand later).
So, we took a domestic flight with AirAsia to Surat Thani, which lasted about 45 minutes. In the airport we were given a sticker, which we had to wear in order to be guided towards the correct bus. It took us about 2 hours to get to Donsak Pier, by bus. That’s when we missed the ferry, by 5 minutes, talk about luck, and had to wait another 2 hours for the next one. The last leg of our journey was the ferry ride between Donsak pier and Thong Sala pier in Koh Phangan, of about 2 hours and a half.
It was a long and exhausting trip from Dubai to Koh Phangan. We wanted to experience both options, so on the way back we came directly from Koh Samui to Bangkok. Just to give you an idea of the price difference, the long trip from Bangkok to Koh Phangan, costed 119 $ for 2 persons, while from Koh Samui to Bangkok, the 1-hour flight was 290 $ for 2 persons.
Tired and wishing for the day to end, we checked into our first villa, where we stayed only one night. The next day was pouring rain, but we had to look for accommodation, as that particular villa wasn’t available anymore for the upcoming days, even if we wanted to stay longer. We rented out a scooter for about 5 $ per day (it will be even less if you rent it out for a longer period of time) and started visiting hotels and villas around the island. After a challenging search through the rain, we decided to stay at Haad Son Resort.