Visit the beautiful Thai Islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan.
Travel by bus from Bangkok to Chumphon, where you'll jump on a high speed catamaran to the beautiful Thai Islands. First stop is Koh Tao, an island famous for its amazing snorkelling/diving and a chilled out backpacker vibe. Hop off here and relax for a few days or continue straight to Koh Phangan and get the party started! Koh Phangan is famous for Full Moon Parties, Black Moon parties, Half Moon parties, and generally just finding any excuse to party!
After you've been to Koh Phangan you can choose to either return to Bangkok or continue to Phuket.
- Koh Tao: a turtle shaped island, famous for amazing diving, gorgeous beaches, and seasonal visitations from the gentle giants of the sea, the Whale shark.
- Koh Phangan: White sand beaches, diving, and yes… the famous Full Moon Party.
Your Bucket Pass has a couple of options available. These must be clearly communicated at the time of booking or the default pass “Bangkok - Koh Phangan – Bangkok” will be issued.
- Island Option: Visit Koh Tao Island and Koh Phangan, or just Koh Phangan.
- Finish Option: Return to Bangkok or continue to Phuket.
Please let us know in the comments when booking which of these options you would prefer.
The Bucket Pass includes your transport to get you to Koh Phangan and back to Bangkok or on to Phuket.
The cost of accommodation is not included in your travel pass and this pass is not guided.
How it works
Although the minimum days to complete this pass is 3 this pass is valid for 12 months so you can stay as long as you like on Koh Tao and Koh Phangan.
When you arrive in Bangkok you will need to visit our Stray Bangkok office at least 48 hours prior to the date you wish to travel so we can issue your tickets and brief you.
If you are short on time and travelling in peak season we recommend you book your dates 7 days in advance to guarantee your seat.
If you are travelling on the Bucket Pass for the Full Moon party or on a Thai public holiday you need to book a few days in advance and you may need to pay a surcharge of US$7 (direct to the Stray Bangkok office) as the prices increase during these periods.
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Due to COVID-19 all Stray trips are suspended until 1 November 2020. A new timetable will be available 1 August 2020. Please check our Service Updates page for more information.
Please visit the Stray Bangkok office at least 48 hours prior to travel. We will issue you a voucher to present to Lomprayah when boarding the overnight coach to the islands.
Departure from the Lomprayah Bus Station in Bangkok is 9.00pm, but please be waiting at 8.30pm. This is an overnight bus service. To make the ride more comfortable, we recommend packing an overnight bag with easy access to a light sweater or shawl in case you get cold and bringing ear plugs and an eye mask. It is also a good idea to bring some snacks.
Depart Chumphon at 7.00am on the high speed ferry to Koh Tao Island, world famous for its scuba diving. Continue reading the 'Koh Tao to Koh Phangan' section if you are travelling directly to Koh Phangan today.
Those who have prearranged to hop off in Koh Tao will get off here (remember that you must hold an ongoing ticket to Koh Phangan before you hop off). As you’ve arrived early in the morning, you have plenty of time to make the most of your day. Stop for a hearty breakfast in one of the restaurants right on the beach near the boat landing, before heading out to explore the island.
There are plenty of walking trails to great viewpoints around the island, with the Nangyuan viewpoint hike being one of the most popular. Join a snorkelling tour or hire a long tail boat with your friends to take you to some of the smaller, quieter beaches and bays. Koh Tao is renowned for its diving and ranks amongst the top locations in the world to get dive certified. No matter what you get up to during the day, Sairee Beach on the western side of the island is the top spot to catch the sunset with sundowner in hand and where you’ll find the parties ramping up later in the evening.
You’ll depart from Koh Tao on the 9:30am ferry to continue on to Koh Phangan, arriving at 10:45am with the rest of the day to explore this beautiful island or chill out and relax before the party gets started.
During the day, you are free to be as active or relaxed as you like. Most beaches have places to hire snorkelling gear, kayaks, scooters or even taxi boats that will take you to some of the more secluded bays only accessible by water. If you’re ready to kick into holiday mode, grab a book and hit the beach at your accommodation and feel your cares slip away.
The famous Full Moon Party takes place on Haad Rin beach, but there’s always something exciting happening regardless of if the Full Moon Party is on or not. Just ask some of your fellow island visitors where the action is that night!
You have a lazy morning on the island before you jump on the high speed ferry at 1.00pm to return to Chumphon (via a brief stop in Koh Tao). Then you’ll catch the bus from Chumphon to Bangkok, arriving back in Bangkok at 12.30am. It’s best to prearrange your Bangkok accommodation for this evening as you will be returning just after midnight.
Travelling from Koh Phangan, you depart at 12.00pm by high speed boat to Don Sak Pier (on the mainland) then connect with a coach that will take you directly to Phuket, arriving at 6:30pm. Located in the Andaman Sea on the other side of Thailand, this area is best known for the many islands and cliffs that dramatically jut out of the stunning blue-green water.