I have a flight at 20:00 why should I take the ferry at 12:30 from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui. [farparents tip]

This topic is written for people who will be staying in Phangan and have a return flight to Koh Samui the next day.

From Koh Phangan to Koh Samui, there are many boat providers people can choose from.

But if you are not a packager and book your vacation via a big and trusty travel company,

they usually book the ferry with the trusty ferry companies for you, which has passed their safety and standard checks.

To avoid any inconvenience and problem that might occur. As most people booked their travel via a travel company, then

Let’s inform you about the timetable of the most standard and common-use provider.  Ferry Provider P (alias). Which most travel consulting companies pick for their clients.

Refer to the very updated schedule. The Ferry Provider P operates the ferry from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui at only 8:30 12:30 and 16:30 on the day.

Many people are informed that the ferry across the islands takes time only 30 min. Yes, it is true.

But you have to consider that the ferry can be delayed when the weather is aggressive on the departure day

and no one knows what the weather looks like many days in advance.

If there are big waves, your ferry cannot park at the piers and must wait until the waves are small enough.

The second thing to consider is when you arrive in Koh Samui after a 30-minute ferry drive.

The ferry staff will not let you go immediately,

but they first transfer all the 1000 luggage from the ferry then you as a passenger.

This process takes another 20 minutes. Especially in high season, this thing will occur very often.

The third thing is there will be many bus transfers at the pier picking up their passenger leads to good road blocking, this process takes another 20 minutes.  

The road from Samui Pier to the airport can be a traffic jam, especially in high season from Feb – Mar and Jul – Aust.

This process can take another 50 minutes. If the day is Monday, Wednesday, or Friday,

it will take more than 1.2 hours because of the night market at the Fisherman’s Village.

If you have an international flight on that day, as per the airline’s recommendation, you need to arrive at the airport 2 hours before the flight departure.


It takes 30 + 20 + 20 + 72 + 120 = 262 around 4:30 hours

Always assume, that it will not be smooth.

Now let’s discuss if you have a return flight from Koh Samui at 20:00. Which ferry time should you take?

Most people who have a 20:00 return flight complain about the travel consulting

and why the consulting booked the ferry at 12:30 for them and not the 16:30 ferry.

Very easy: 16:30 + 4:30 hours equal to 21:00  Case Closed! With new flight buying for the route.


Now you wonder if you pick the 12:30 ferry then you have to wait at the airport for many hours?

Luckily, the airport is located very near the biggest center of Samui namely: Chaweng

You can check in at the airport first, and put all your luggage in there.

Then take a taxi to the city to have a meal or shopping. The round trip taxi between the airport and the city costs about 600 Bath.

I am sure 600 Bath is much better than 60,000 Bath for new route flight buying.

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