For more than a decade, Koh Phangan has had no direct link to the mainland. That ended Thursday.
Seatran Ferry, which twice ran aground this week on its Koh Samui route, officially started ferry service at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, with boats leaving Don Sak Pier in Surat Thani for the Full Moon Party island.
The ferry will run four times a day.
Seatran Managing Director Patrakornthong Paitong said that the company restarted the route to offset losses incurred on the Don Sak-Samui route.
“We hope this additional route will help the company stay afloat,” she said.
Patrakornthong said the Phangan route should do very well now that the Full Moon parties have resumed.
Residents also are pleased, with locals saying it finally gives them another way to get back to the mainland.
For the past several years, residents had to travel to Koh Samui first to get back to Surat Thani.