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Driving normal car in ko Phangan

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Driving normal car in ko Phangan

Hi all,

Kindly I will visit ko phangan in June I will rent a Nissan Sunny car from Surat Thani airport

My hotel will be in Tong Nai Pan Noi beach and sure i will go around the island

I know that 4x4 cars is recommended in Ko Phangan

But could be possible also to drive a normal car with some extra care or a 4x4 car is a must as a normal car can't be used completely

Thanks and best regards.

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1. Re: Driving normal car in ko Phangan

Hi

A normal car can be used but some of the roads are pretty steep, pretty poor quality and would struggle getting the round the island

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2. Re: Driving normal car in ko Phangan

Hi,

It depends on the roads, certainly possible on the west side of the island.

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3. Re: Driving normal car in ko Phangan

Not sure if you can drive a normal car to Thong Nai Pan as I forget whether the road is sealed now or not. There are some BIG hills on Koh Phangan that a normal can wouldn't cope with. The only car ferry that goes to Koh Phangan is Raja.

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It is definitely possible to get around the island by normal car and even to Thong Nai Pan. In fact, many locals are now purchasing normal cars as the roads are getting better and better. Still, there are a few places that you would need a 4WD to get to, like Than Sadet and Bottle Beach. Otherwise it should be no trouble at all.

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5. Re: Driving normal car in ko Phangan

Ahmed M, why don't you just rent a 4X4 and not have to worry.

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6. Re: Driving normal car in ko Phangan

Thanks a lot dear all for your help

As per KhaolakYoga comment it seems that recently there are good improvements in the roads

And it is possible to use a normal car in most areas in the island without problem

Thanks much dear KhaolakYoga for the updated information.

Dear DodgerIrishinLondon,

I will stay in south Thailand for around 10 days

only 2 days in Koh Phangan

I will rent a car from the airport for all the period and if I rented 4x4 car the price will be double to be useful only for 2 days usage

So I'm asking because if it's possible it will good if not then I will be forced to rent 4x4 car for all period

Best regards.

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Hi all again,

I decided to rent a big car for my stay in the south

I have two options

1-Toyota Fortuner 2WD

2-Toyota Vigo 4WD

I like the Fortuner but it's not 4x4

So Is the idea in koh phangan to drive a big car even if it's not 4x4 or to drive a 4 wheel drive car?

Finally. Will Toyota Fortuner 2WD work well in Koh phangan and i can go every where?

Or I still need 4x4 so I should rent the Toyota Vigo 4x4

Thanks for the advice.

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8. Re: Driving normal car in ko Phangan

You will need a 4WD if you want to go everywhere (like Than Sadet, Bottle Beach, Haad Thian). If you just want to hit the more accessible spots than a 2WD will do.

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9. Re: Driving normal car in ko Phangan

Thanks Khoalak Yoga for you reply.

Best regard.

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10. Re: Driving normal car in ko Phangan

We rented a Toyota Hilux when we stayed in Koh Phangan last year, we put a couple of videos on our blog, scroll to the bottom of the writing and you'll see the road! - travelblog.org/Asia/…blog-776514.html.