There are currently 2 ferry departures a day from Big Buddha Pier in Koh Samui, travelling on a single route: Big Buddha Pier in Koh Samui to Haad Rin Pier in Koh Phangan. These ferry services are amongst the basic ferry services operating from Koh Samui using large slow wooden boats. This service is most popular with younger travellers whose final destination is Haad Rin, the location of the Full Moon Party.
Ferry Services from Big Buddha Pier
- Please note: The services shaded in grey are not currently operating.
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Buy Ferry Tickets from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan
Use the Search Box below to buy your ferry tickets from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan online:
Tickets on the Haad Rin Queen service from Big Buddha Pier to Koh Phangan are not bookable in advance, although tickets for the ferry services from the nearby Bangrak Seatran Ferry Pier can be booked in advance online using the Search Box above as well services from Na Thon and Maenam.
About the Haad Rin Queen
The ferry operator at the Big Buddha Pier is the Haad Rin Queen. The Haad Rin Queen ferry is a wooden hulled boat with a seating area downstairs and an upper deck with seating around the edge of the deck. These ferries have a single toilet and drinks are sold on the upper deck. The Haad Rin Queen is propelled by an old-fashioned petrol engine with a long shaft connected to propeller and the ferry moves relatively slowly compare to more modern boats operating between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. The Haad Queen ferry is also unstable in rougher seas with the result that some passengers may feel seasick if there are small and medium sized waves and the ferry will stop running altogether if there are big waves. This is a cheap service though, at 200 THB per person, and a usual service for people heading to Haad Rin as it is only one of two ferry services which travels direct to Haad Rin. With the exception of the once a day in good weather service offered by the Thong Nai Pan Express, all ferries to Koh Phangan arrive at Thong Sala which a 200 THB shared taxi ride away from Haad Rin.
Location of the Big Buddha Pier
- Big Buddha Pier is located in Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320 on the road off the main ring road around Koh Samui which loops around the top right hand corner of the island via Fisherman’s Village, Bangrak Pier, Cheong Mon Beach before rejoining the main ring road near Chaweng.
Arrival in Koh Phangan
- The Haad Queen ferry from Big Buddha Pier arrives in Phangan at Haad Rin Pier, a short walk from Sunrise Beach where the famous monthly Full Moon Party takes place.
About Big Buddha Pier
Big Buddha Pier is the smallest passenger ferry pier in Koh Samui with few facilities. There is a covered seating area, a small stall selling drinks and snacks and a toilet. Tickets can only be purchase on arrival at the pier on a first come first serviced basis from the desk inside the building to the left hand side of the start to the long wooden pier. There are, however, a number of shops and restaurants on the main road near to entrance to the pier, as well as places to rent motorbikes at the rate of 200 THB per day.
If you have time to spend at Big Buddha Pier waiting for the next departure then you may take advantage of the beach right to the pier which has clean white sand and is safe for swimming. There are resorts with beach front restaurants and bars right next to the pier. The beach itself is somewhere some people choose to stay when in Koh Samui and rather than get bored or frustrated waiting for a ferry you should relax and enjoy your surroundings.