This unguided pass takes you to get to the beautiful Thai islands and the home of the Full Moon party, Koh Phangan. Travel by bus to the coastal city of Chumphon, considered by both travellers and Thais as the gateway to Southern Thailand. Jump on a high speed ferry to Koh Phangan, travelling via Koh Tao Island (famous for its amazing diving) and hop off for a while, relax and chill, or just head straight there for the party and return to Bangkok.
Stray operates an adventurous hop-on, hop-off guided bus network across New Zealand and Southeast Asia. With your pass you will enjoy comfortable private transport and a knowledgeable guide who will assist you with booking accommodation and activities. Stray has designed a route that will take you to the ‘must do’ places along with some more intriguing off the beaten track destinations. With multiple departures per week, you have the freedom to hop on and off along the route to spend time exploring the places you love. Simply book yourself on and off the bus with an easy to use online booking tool. It’s a fun, friendly, hassle free way to ensure you get more out of your travels.
Bangkok to Chumphon
Please visit the Stray Bangkok office at least 48 hours prior to the date you wish to travel. We will issue you a voucher to present to Lomprayah when boarding the coach to the islands. If you plan to hop off on Koh Tao Island on route to Koh Phangan you must advise the office at least 7 days in advance. Depart at 9.00pm (be waiting at 8.30pm).
Chumphon to Koh Phangan (via Koh Tao)
Depart Chumphon at 7.00 am on the high speed ferry to Koh Phangan (passing via Koh Tao, famousfor its diving). Those who have prearranged to hopoff in Koh Tao and
hold an ongoing ticket to Koh Phangan may do so. The rest will continue on to Koh Phangan arriving at 10:45am with the rest of the day to explore this beautiful island, chill out and relax before the party gets started.
Koh Phangan to Bangkok or Phuket
Option 1 - Return Bangkok:
Jump on the high speed ferry at 1.00 pm to Chumphon (via a brief stop in Koh Tao). Then catch the bus from Chumphon to Bangkok, arriving back in Bangkok at 12.30am.
Option 2 - Return to Phuket:
Travelling from Koh Phangan you depart at 12.00pm by high speed boat to Don Sak Pier (mainland) then connect with a coach that will take you directly to Phuket, arriving at 6:30 pm.
Your return option must be specified at the time of booking and cannot be modified once issued. If a Phuket return was not specified at the time of booking the voucher will be issued as a Bangkok return.
- Unguided bus transport
- High speed ferry
For all Stray passes accommodation is not included in your pass. Prices vary depending on location and season, but expect to pay from USD $5 for a shared room to USD $24 for a twin or double (up to USD $60 for top end private rooms in the main cities). You don’t need to bring a sleeping bag but a sleeping bag liner/inner can be good.
We use our own mini-coaches for much of the route, which means we can go where we want and ensure safety, reliability and service. However, be prepared to take on any form of transport as you will be on buses, boats, trains and tuk tuks! Your train, bus and longboat transport is included in your pass as well as entrance fees as listed under "Activities". Your guides will help you book accommodation and additional activities, and give you commentary on the local history, wildlife and culture of the area. You can hop on and off the Stray bus anywhere en route at the recommended night stops and as often as you like, as long as you verify your trip changes online or with our reservations team.
On the Bucket pass you will be travelling with local public transport without a guide.
Meals are not included in the price of the pass. Western food is sparse outside the main centers so be prepared and open minded about eating local food. At our stops we will recommend tasty restaurants but when you get into local villages and homestays be prepared to eat simple local fare, with maybe the odd wild-card ingredient (which is part of the fun). Supermarkets are not the norm, but we will point out places where you can stock up on food for the day. Depending on what you eat, you can spend USD5 - 15 a day on food. Please note vegetarian meal options may at times be limited but there is always rice, noodles and soups, and excellent fruit and vegetables are plentiful at the local markets.
Visit the friendly Stray Bangkok office at least 48 hours prior to the date you wish to travel. Here you will be issued with a voucher to present when boarding
your coach to the islands. You will need to confirm your return destination and date of travel with our Stray Bangkok staff at time of booking.If you are short on time and travelling in peak season we recommend you book your dates 7 days in advance to guarantee your seat.
ISLAND OPTIONS: The standard Bucket Pass includes a same day ferry from Chumphon to Koh Phangan. If you’d like to hop off at Koh Tao Island on route this can be arranged. You must advise the Stray Bangkok Office at least 7 days prior to travel with the number of days you wish to stay on Koh Tao so a modified voucher can be issued. If you decide to hop-off without notifying Stray, the additional sectors will be at your own cost.
If travelling on the Bucket Pass for the Full Moon Party or on a Thai public holiday, it’s best to book at least 7 days in advance. There will be a surcharge of US$7, payable direct at the Stray Bangkok office, as local prices increase during these periods.
Top reasons to go with Stray!
- Discover Where No One Else Knows
Pioneering into the remote Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodian landscape is a daily occurrence on Stray. Some of the villages you will visit are so off the beaten track they aren’t even on the map! We also ensure you tick everything off your Southeast Asia “must-do” list - those great destinations we all know and love.
- Go Guided
One of the best things about travelling with Stray is our local and western tour leaders. They amplify your Southeast Asia experience with invaluable knowledge, support and local insight… plus they can book accommodation, activities and connections on your behalf. You won’t get this on public transport!
- Make Friends For Life
It might be a cliché, but you will meet like-minded travellers and you will make life-long friendships. Stray attracts adventurous people of all ages, with a common attitude of exploration, open-mindedness and trailblazing.
- “Stray” Safe and Stress Free
Relax in the knowledge that our experienced crew have done the hard work for you. We have worked out the best routes, times to depart and must-do inclusions. Need help with something? Our Tour Leaders are there for guidance and support. Lastly, we use our own mini-coaches for the bus travel, which means not only we can go where we want, we can ensure safety, reliability and a high quality, comfortable service.
Frequently asked questions for Stray!
- Is it a full on party bus or a nature bus?
Stray's main priority is the culture and nature. What you do in the evenings is your choice but we do have a couple of big nights out on the circuit if you're keen. It is important to respect the local culture and customs at all times.
- What is the average age of travellers on Stray?
Stray is not an age but a mind set. If you enjoy being active and meeting people you are of the right age for Stray.
- Is it ok to travel alone on Stray?
Absolutely, you will find friends and roommates and we can make your trip fun and hassle-free
- Can I hop off and hop on the bus anywhere or just at the overnight stops?
You can hop off at any place around the circuit.