Ko Pha Ngan or Koh Phangan, is a small island located in the Gulf of Thailand. The island is world famous for the Full Moon Party that takes place here every month on full moon at Haad Rin Beach (ranked as no. 1 wild party in the world by Reader Digest). But don’t worry if you can’t manage to visit the island at the time of a full moon, because there is always the Half Moon Party, the Quarter Moon Party, the Dark Moon Party and so on. The chances are if you stay on this island for more hen a few days you are bound to run into a party. The high-season parties often attract about 20,000-30,000 people. But that doesn’t mean that party is the only thing his island has to offer. This picturesque island filled with natural resources can also offer remote tranquil beaches, natural waterfalls, abounding activities such as hiking, diving and many more.
Accommodation can be expensive around the Haad Rin Beach are and during the full moon season. But on other times you can even find a beachside bungalow starting from around 550B. Another cheap option for travelers is to stay at a hostel. Dorm rooms could cost around 150-500B per night.
Local meals hear cost 50-60B and are fresh and hygienic. If you eat at a tourist restaurant, then it will cost you about 100-170B per meal for Thai food, and about 230B Western food.
Currently No direct flight connecting Bangkok to Koh Phangan. You can get there by air via Koh Samui Airport, Chumphon Airport or Surat Thani Airport. Among these three Chumphon Airport is the best option as it has direct daily flight connections with Bangkok’s Don Meueng Airport that offers budget flights. It’s also possible to take a boat from the three places mentioned above places to reach Koh Phangan.
Khao Ra is the tallest mountain of the island that offers the best view on the island. Hiking the mountain is not easy and could take 2/3 hours only to climb, but the lovely view along the way and at the top is well worth it. However, make sure to take plenty of water (at least 1.5 liters of water per person) and some snacks with you.
To Get There?
there are several trails to get there but they can be a bit difficult to find. It is best to go to Phaeng waterfall take a guide with you. But if you want to go by yourself, then the most commonly used trail is ‘Khoa Ra Bungalows trail’. Go to Khao Rha Retreat & Guesthouse and take the narrow path between the bungalows, from there keep following the signs and make sure not to go off the road. View more
Hat Khuat or otherwise known as Bottle Beach is the islands most well-known and beautiful beach. This beach is a rather relaxed alternative to this wild party island. You can spend your day here swimming and snorkeling or even strolling along its palm fringed golden shoreline. This place is hard to access by land that is why most visitors prefer to stay the night at one of the several bungalows along the beach.
To Get There?
You can take a boat taxi from Chaloklum to reach this place. View more
Phaeng Waterfall is the islands largest and easiest to access waterfall. There are actually two waterfalls called, Phaeng Noi and Phaeng Yai. The waterfalls are protected by a National Park. It takes a short hike to reach both waterfalls, first Phaeng Yai and then Phaeng Noi a few meters up from the park entrance. The waterfalls has much less water during the dry season. It takes only a 15-minute climb up to reach the fantastic Domsila Viewpoint from the waterfall.
To Get There?
Take a Taxi or Tuk Tuk to reach the Phaeng Waterfall National Park. Is on the Chaloklum Road. View more
Wat Phu Kao Noi, the oldest temple on the island, is said to be the most tranquil location on Koh Phangan. The temples beautiful surroundings and peaceful atmosphere provides a healing experience. Furthermore, the ocean, the hills, the mountains even the sister island of Koh Phangan can be seen from outside the temple. The temple is open all day but the best time to visit the temple is during the morning when the monks are around.
To Get There?
Wat Phu Khao Noi is situated near the hills of the island near Wok Tum, it is located between Thong Sala and Ban Tai The. View more
This night market is the best place for foodies. Although shabby looking during the day his place becomes a food haven during the night. The Market also sells different kind of items such as souvenirs, clothing and accessories, groceries, decorations and pretty much everything.
Opening Hours: Every Saturday from 5am-10am
To Get There: Just take a Taxi or Tuk Tuk to Thong Sala, you can easily find the night market from there. View more