There are many different Koh Phangan taxis which run both on land and water. This is the usual method that most tourists on the island get around, although renting motorbikes is also extremely common.
Getting from Thong Sala port – the normal disembarkation point for the vast majority of tourist arrivals – to your chosen beach is easy with a bevy of songthaew shared taxis and private vehicles waiting for customers.
Remember to haggle hard if any price seems inordinately high, but fares will rise during high season or late at night when there are few other options around, so do be aware of this before getting hot under the collar.
Songtaews on Koh Phangan
These are specially converted pick-ups which allow up to ten or so people to travel together, sitting on bench seats, making it the most cost effective means of transport.
Fares start from 50 baht, although Thongsala to Haad Rin has a usual price of 100 baht, which will go up once the last ferry boat has arrived. They drive throughout the day and night on the main tourist roads and you simply wave them down from the side of the road. Check with the driver he or she is going your way and always check how much the fare will be.
Minibus Taxis on Koh Phangan
There are more expensive air-conditioned taxis that run directly from Haad Rin Pier. If you prefer a cheaper option walk through the town until you find a songtaew. These can be booked by the majority of hotels, guesthouses or travel agents if you want to leave a particular beach and head back to the port.
Motorcycle Taxis on Koh Phangan
You can jump on the back of a motorbike taxi, making sure you check the price first and always ensure that you are provided with a helmet. Accidents do happen and every year there are a number of fatalities involving foreign tourists so don’t let yourself become a statistic.
Taxi Boats on Koh Phangan
If you are heading to some of the more remote beaches such as Haad Tien or Thansadet why not take a long tail taxi boat? From Haad Rin to Haad Tien usually costs around 200 baht although prices vary depending on the size of the waves and the amount of people and if it is too choppy the drivers will refuse to travel. You can hire speedboats and long tail boats to take you to further off destinations such as the Anthong Marine National Park or to the neighbouring islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao.