Koh Phayam is an island in the Andaman Sea. Located in Ranong province, Koh Phayam attracts visitors who prefer to be surrounded by basic natural environment. If you are that kind of a traveler, find the best way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Phayam.
Koh Phayam is located 35 km off the coast from Ranong Town, the capital of Ranong province. When traveling from Bangkok to Koh Phayam, you need to get to Ranong Town first and then take a boat from Ranong to Koh Phayam.
Best Way to Travel from Bangkok to Ranong
Traveling from Bangkok to Ranong is not that complicated as you have plenty of transportation options to choose from. The best way to travel from Bangkok to Ranong depends on your needs:
- the most comfortable way - taking a direct flight from Bangkok DMK Airport to Ranong Airport
- the cheapest way - taking an overnight bus as it helps you to save one night at hotel
- the most adventurous way - taking a train to the nearest station and then transferring to a bus
Just choose the way to travel depending on your preferences.
Flights from Bangkok to Ranong
At the moment there are 3 daily flights departing from Bangkok Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Ranong Airport (UNN). Two of these flights are offered by Nok Air, the third one - by AirAsia. Flights depart at 06:05, 11:40 and 18:30. The flight takes approximately 1.5 hour. You must choose one of 2 earlier flights if you are willing to reach Koh Phayam on the same day.
Flight deals and current schedule for this route can be found here:
Once you arrive at Ranong Airport, there are usually taxis waiting to take you to the city or directly to the pier.
It is also possible to fly from Bangkok to Chumphon Airport (CJM) which is located about 122 km from Ranong or Surat Thani Airport (URT) which is located around 220 km from Ranong and then take a bus or mini-van from there to Ranong, but it is really unpractical.
Bus from Bangkok to Ranong
When looking for the cheapest way to travel, taking an overnight bus from Bangkok to Ranong normally costs less than the flight and you save one night at the hotel. Of course, this option might be not suitable for light-sleepers.
Buses to Ranong depart from Bangkok Southern (Sai Tai Mai) Bus Terminal. The journey from Bangkok to Ranong takes about 8-9 hours.
When taking an overnight bus, you can catch the first morning ferry to Koh Phayam and spend your day on the island. Daytime bus departs around 9:00 and arrives at Ranong too late for catching a boat to Koh Phayam on the same day so you would need to overnight in Ranong.
Buses from Bangkok to Ranong are offered by the government bus company Bor.Kor.Sor. and several private bus companies - New Mitr Tour, Lignite Tour and Choke Anan Tour. Most of the departure times on this route are around 19:00, 20:00 and 21:00.
You can buy a ticket right at the bus station. However, it is safer to book tickets at least one day in advance as the number of seats on these buses is limited. Bus schedule can be checked and tickets can be booked here:
Buses normally stop at Ranong Bus Station but private companies can also drop you off at their offices in Ranong.
Train from Bangkok to Ranong
There is no direct train from Bangkok to Ranong because the nearest to Ranong railway stations are located in Chumphon and Surat Thani. If you are adventurous and want to experience train travel in Thailand, you can take Southern Line train from Hua Lamphong Railway Station to any of these cities and then transfer to a bus or minivan for reaching Ranong from there.
Check train schedules and book train tickets online here:
Bus from Chumphon to Ranong
You can take a bus or minivan from Chumphon to Ranong. The distance between these 2 cities is 122 kilometers. The trip takes about 2.5 hours and should cost about 150-200 THB. Taking a minivan is a bit faster but more expensive option. Minivan tickets can be booked here:
Bus from Surat Thani to Ranong
You can take a bus or minivan from Surat Thani to Ranong. Buses are available at Tarad Kaset 1 and minivans can be found at Tarad Kaset 2 in Surat Thani Town. The distance between the cities is 193 kilometers and the journey takes about 3.5 hours. The ticket should cost about 200 THB.
Boat from Ranong to Koh Phayam
Once in Ranong, you need to get to Sapan Plaa Pier for catching a boat to Koh Phayam. The pier is located around 6 km from Ranong Bus Station. You can get there by songtaew (local minivan) or motorbike taxi. A trip from the bus station to the pier by motorbike taxi should cost around 80 THB, by songtaew - around 15-20 THB.
When traveling from Ranong to Koh Phayam, you need to choose from a regular ferry boat and speedboat.
Regular ferry boat is less frequent and slower option as it takes about 2 hours to get to Koh Phayam. However, taking a ferry is significantly cheaper as it costs just around 200 THB per person.
Most of Speedboats running between Ranong and Koh Phayam are available during the high season only. Speedboats operate from 7:00 to 17:30 and depart about 10 times a day. The ticket normally costs around 350 THB per person and it takes about 45 minutes to get to Koh Phayam.
Ferry and speedboat tickets can be bought at the pier or booked online here:
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