A few questions for Johno or anyone else in the know. Thought it better to start a thread particular to these islands in which any other questions can be asked rather that sidetrack other threads. As I said previously in another thread I'm planning on driving down to Samui from Pattaya in June. While on Samui I also plan on going over to Koh Phangnan to watch the boys n girls doing their silly dances at the full moon party and then returning back to the mainland straight from there. So my plan is get the Don Sak - Samui ferry, a few days on Samui then get the Samui - Phangnan ferry before getting the Phangnan - Don Sak ferry. My GF has been reading on some Thai forums about how there is often 5 hours waits to get on the ferries - is this true ? If I book a ticket in advance am I guaranteed a place on the ferry the same as with a plane ticket or do I have to join the queue on a 1st come 1st on the ferry basis the same as anyone else just turning up ? How reliable are the ferries between Don Sak, Samui and Phangnan ? I'm quite pushed for time so dont want to hanging around for hours on end for ferries that might or might not take to sea. Any answers/thoughts much appreciated.