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Ko Pha-ngan
Travel Guide

Ko Pha-ngan showing a sandy beach and general coastal views as well as a small group of people

Island paradise is a fitting description of this isolated Thai destination known for backpacking, great diving and a giant party with every full moon.

Visit Koh Phangan to dive, backpack, learn to box, revel in a moon-lit beach party or simply relax. This tropical area is popular for people of all ages. Depending on your mood, visit the island’s north end for tranquil isolation or south end for wild parties.

Find the right diving for your skill level with dive operators in the northern village of Chaloklum. If you’re a beginner, learn the basics over sandbars in the Gulf of Thailand. Explore Sail Rock to see barracuda, batfish and possibly a whale shark. Consider an extended stay for concentrated training to earn advanced PADI certification.

When you’re not diving, enjoy numerous sandy beaches. Visit Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach for sunbathing, snorkelling or riding a water scooter. De-stress at a nearby yoga class.

The island’s vast jungle interior rises to 630 meters (2,070 feet). Hike to waterfalls or join organised activities of zip lines, canopy rope courses or elephant trekking.

The southern beaches of Haad Rin centre on party activities, with fire dancing, multiple DJs, body painting and beer by the bucket. Join the crowd revelling each month when the moon is full. The 2000 movie, The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was filmed in this area.

You can also participate in uniquely Thai activities. Watch, or better yet, train at a kickboxing gym. Attend a culinary school to learn the secrets of making delicious curries or pad Thai. Visit a distillery that creates spirits from tropical fruits.

Koh Phangan is 55 kilometres (34 miles) off the south-eastern coast of Thailand. Ferry from Don Sak or Surat Thani on the mainland in 2 to 3 hours or fly to Koh Samui, another popular Thai holiday spot, and reach the island via catamaran in 30 minutes. Taxis and mopeds are convenient transport options on the small island.

The best times for diving are March to October. Enjoy a mix of peaceful relaxation and party atmosphere on your Koh Phangan holiday.

Sunset Hill Boutique Resort
Sunset Hill Boutique Resort
3.5 out of 5
81/15, Moo 8, Haad Chao Phao, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani
The price is $27 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 12
With direct access to the beach, this Ko Pha-ngan hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Haad Chao Phao Beach, Laem Son Lake, and Haad Yao Beach. Ban Chalok Beach ...
4.3/5Excellent! (163 reviews)
"Great sunsets at the bar by the pool and massages were great and a value. Elaine at the front desk was extremely helpful getting us set up with excursions and going out of her way to clear up any issues."

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

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Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
22/7 Moo 5 Bantai, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani
The price is $75 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Nestled on the beach, this Ko Pha-ngan resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach, and Bottle Beach. Haad Than Sadet Beach ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (989 reviews)
"Spacious and quiet despite being a big hotel. Had our own pool villa."

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
5 out of 5
5/5 Moo 5, Thong nai Pan Noi Beach, Baan Tai, Surrathani, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani
The price is $310 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Nestled on the beach, this Ko Pha-ngan resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach, and Bottle Beach. Haad Than Sadet Beach ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (255 reviews)
"The property setting with beautiful gardens and right on the beach was fantastic. The ocean view villa was spacious and well fitted with a big terrace with a jacuzzi pool and view of the sea. Near the hotel within short walking distance and a quiet road are a number of local restaurants if u don’t ..."

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
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