Bangkok Airways [Almost] Direct to Full Moon v. Plane, Bus, Ferry, Boat


BKK Airways Bangkok Samui Flight Review is part of the Reunion Tour Trip Report.

The year was 2009. En route to starting my MBA exchange at Fudan University in Shanghai, I made an obligatory stop for my first Full Moon Party (see The Pointless Global MBA: Take Two). Budget-conscious, I took a flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani and then a bus to the port in order to catch the ferry to Samui. Then I took a boat to Koh Phangan. It was a long, trying journey.

Not the air that I was expecting.

Because class was starting and because I didn’t want to be sent home before I arrived in China, I had to leave Koh Phangan the day before the official Full Moon party. To make up for it, I returned that same year in November. The second time I was wise enough to avoid flight, bus, ferry, boat combination by taking a direct flight on Bangkok Airways from Samui to Hong Kong.

Applying this knowledge to my trip in 2022, I flew from Bangkok to Samui on Bangkok Airways for $250 round trip. Here’s my brief review of this brief flight in pictures:

1:10 later.

TPOL’s TIP: $250 round trip is the typical price even if booking in advance. Flying Blue is available for redemption on Bangkok Airways but it is not a good use of points.

TPOL’s TIP: The days leading up to the party are better than the party itself. This was true in 2009 and it continued to be true in 2022.


If you’re going to the Full Moon party on a budget, make more money before you go and then spend it on a direct flight. Plane, bus, ferry, boat is not the way to go.

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