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Ko Pha-nganThailand

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.

Top Hotels in Ko Pha-ngan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
High Life Bungalow
High Life Bungalow
2.5 out of 5
59/2 Moo 8, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani

Located in Ko Pha-ngan, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Haad Chao Phao Beach and Haad Yao Beach. Salad Beach and Mae Haad ...

4.1/5Very Good! (62 reviews)
Fantastic location

"Amazing views. Check in could have been smoother and friendlier. Bed to hard. Excellent pool with sea view. Some of the restaurant staff don't speak much English."…"

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

High Life Bungalow
PingChan Beachfront Resort
PingChan Beachfront Resort
3.5 out of 5
10 Moo 5, Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach, Ban Tai, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani
The price is $123 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Ko Pha-ngan hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach, Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, and Bottle Beach. Haad Than Sadet Beach ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (86 reviews)

"Nice quiet beach. Good food at the restaurant. Overall a great stay."…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

PingChan Beachfront Resort
Dreamville Koh Phangan
Dreamville Koh Phangan
3 out of 5
133 M1, Thongsala, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani
The price is $33 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pantip Food Market and Thong Sala Pier. Raja Ferry Port and Nai Wok Beach are also within 10 ...

3.9/5Good! (9 reviews)
Place like home

"The owner was great and helpful. The room sparkling clean, all amenities well arranged, cozy setting and good ambience. Kindly bring mosquito repellent since the concept around is back to nature. Location was easy to find and easy access. Near to Phantip Market, Family Mart + 7 eleven are in walking ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Dreamville Koh Phangan

Popular places to visit in Ko Pha-ngan

Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach
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Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach, a popular beach in Baan Tai. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Salad Beach
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Salad Beach

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Salad Beach, a popular beach in Ko Pha-ngan. Stroll along the seaside or discover the beautiful sunsets in this relaxing area.

Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach
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Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, a popular beach in Baan Tai. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Haad Rin Nok Beach
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Haad Rin Nok Beach

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Haad Rin Nok Beach, a popular beach in Baan Tai. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Bottle Beach
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Bottle Beach

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Bottle Beach, a popular beach in Ko Pha-ngan. Discover the beautiful sunsets and spas in this relaxing area.

Mae Haad Beach
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Mae Haad Beach

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Mae Haad Beach, a popular beach in Ko Pha-ngan. Discover the beautiful sunsets and spas in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Ko Pha-ngan

Classic Thai Yachts Sunset Boutique Cruise to Ang Thong Park
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Classic Thai Yachts Sunset Boutique Cruise to Ang Thong Park

$105
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Day Trip to Angthong Marine Park by Speed Boat from Koh Samui
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Day Trip to Angthong Marine Park by Speed Boat from Koh Samui

$61
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Koh Phangan to Koh Samui by Seatran Discovery Ferry
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Koh Phangan to Koh Samui by Seatran Discovery Ferry

$12
Per adult
Surat Thani Don Sak Pier to Koh Phangan by Seatran Discovery Ferry
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Surat Thani Don Sak Pier to Koh Phangan by Seatran Discovery Ferry

$19
Per adult
Koh Samui to Koh Phangan by Seatran Discovery Ferry
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Koh Samui to Koh Phangan by Seatran Discovery Ferry

$15
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Festival Pass Ticket - Slip N Fly, Koh Phangan
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Skip the Line: Festival Pass Ticket - Slip N Fly, Koh Phangan

$23
Per adult

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