Until Koh Phangan Airport is built everyone arrives by boat on Koh Phangan. From the main ferry pier of Thongsala you have a choice to either take a taxi all the way to Bottle Beach or take a taxi and a longtail boat. If you arrive by boat in Haad Rin you have to first take a shared taxi to Thongsala. If you are in Haad Khom (next to Chaloklum) you can trek to Bottle Beach. Below is more information on all these travel options.
The taxis directly to Bottle Beach take the Thong Nai Pan road that starts at Baan Tai. Just before the turning to Thong Nai Pan Noi, there is a road to Bottle Beach. This is an unpaved road with some steep inclines to negotiate. If you are renting a vehicle make sure it has 4-wheel drive. Only those experienced riding the rough terrain of Koh Phangan should attempt the Bottle Beach Road by motorbike.
Shared taxis to Bottle Beach wait at Thongsala pier for the boats to arrive. The taxis don’t leave until they have at least 3 or 4 passengers. You have the choice of paying more for a private rented taxi (about 1,000 Thai Baht) or wait for the next ferry to arrive and hope there are people wanting to share a taxi to Bottle Beach.
A place in a shared taxi to Bottle Beach should cost about 200 Thai Baht per person.
By Taxi and Longtail Boat
The more scenic route to Bottle Beach is via Chaloklum. You can get a shared taxi to Chaloklum from Thongsala and from there it is usually easy to hire out a longtail boat to take you along the coast to Bottle Beach. You can normally find others heading for Bottle Beach to share the cost of the long tail boat.
Here is the scheduled boat timetable:
Chaloklum to Bottle Beach: 9.30, 11.00, 13.00, 17.00
Bottle Beach to Chaloklum: 10.00, 11.00, 14.00, 17.00
There are scheduled boats leaving for Bottle Beach at 09:30, 10:30, 13:30 and 16:30.
The road from Thongsala to Chaloklum is flat and paved. The journey takes about 25 minutes. The boat journey from Chaloklum to Bottle Beach takes about 15 minutes. The boat hugs the coast and goes close to rocks poking up above the waters.
A shared taxi from Thongsala to Chaloklum costs 150 Thai Baht per person. A place in a shared longtail boat from Chaloklum to Bottle Beach costs 100 Thai Baht a person.
If you are on starting in Thong Nai Pan you have the choice to take a shared taxi to Bottle Beach, walk to Bottle Beach or take a longtail boat. The boat journey takes about 20 minutes and costs 150 Thai Baht per person. Ask at your resort in Thong Nai Pan or in the villages of Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai about longtail boats to Bottle Beach.
Trek from Haad Khom to Bottle Beach
The trek is about 2 miles in length and takes about 2 and half hours to complete. Haad Khom is the beach to the west of Bottle Beach. The trek goes over rocks and through the jungle across the headland that separates the two beaches.
It is a very rough trail and not to be attempted with heavy suitcases. Take plenty of water and set off in the morning. The trail is marked by plastic bottles tied to trees and bushes.
Don’t expect to meet many people doing the trek.