Koh Phangan Travel Guide



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The island of Koh Phangan is one of Thailand’s true tropical gems. Blessed with golden beaches and secluded bays, visitors from all over the world come back year after year to soak up this unique Thai island culture.

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Hotels & Resorts

Whatever your budget, Phangan has a full range of options. From simple bungalows and beach huts to mid-range and 5 star hotels.

Beaches

Blessed with golden beaches and secluded bays, Koh Phangan is a picture-postcard paradise island.

The most popular of the beaches, Haad Rin and Chaloklum Bay always have a scattering of sun worshippers but there’s also quiter, more secluded beaches and bays.

HAAD RIN

Home of the famous Full Moon Party. Two beaches, one on each side of Cape Rin, which sticks out like a thumb from southeast corner of the island.

The east side has the best beach which is good for swimming and you can also snorkel along the coral reefs at both ends of the beach.

The west side has a wider selection of bungalows and it doesn’t really matter which side of the cape you stay on since it’s only a short walk from one side to the other.

HAAD TIEN

10 minutes by boat on the east of Haad Rin. The beach is remote with only 2 bungalow resorts: Haad Tien Resort and Sanctuary.

THONG NAI PAN

18 km of beautiful unspoiled beaches tucked away amongst beautiful capes and coves, consisting of two bays, Thong Nai Pan Yai and Noi.

CHALOKLUM BAY

A a large, attractive bay with several nice beaches. On the East End, enveloped in its own cove, is Khom Beach. Further west along the main beach areseveral more faciities.

BOTTLE BEACH

One of the most popular hideaways on the island, tucked along a secluded cove on the nothern shore.

Can be reached by hiking 3 km along an inland trail or by taking a boat from Chaloklum Bay.

NAI WOK BAY

Just a short walk from Thongsala in case you wish to stay near town. There are plenty of bungalows both on the beach and up the hillside to choose from.

MAE HAAD

Good snorkelling place along the coastel coral reefs and around the off shore islet of Koh Ma. There are several bungalows and a small village, Ban Mae Had, located 3 km from Ban Chaloklum.

Sports and Activities

Surrounded by the crystal clear waters of The Gulf of Thailand, naturally Ko Phangan is a favourite spot for scuba diving.

A huge variety of marine life and some fantastic coral reefs offer divers unrivalled adventures.

Learn To Dive

As the tourism industry has grown, so has the diving scene in Phangan.

There are now several operators around the island offering day trips to local dive sites and a full range of diving courses from beginner and upwards.

Local sites include Ang Thong Marine Park and the world famous Sail Rock.

FULL MOON BEACH PARTY

Koh Phangan’s monthly Full Moon Party is the world’s best known beach party, with international DJ’s lining up to have the honour of playing.

SCUBA DIVING / SNORKELLING

Along with the neighbouring island of Koh Tao, Phangan is one of Asia’s best known diving destinations. Some of the local dive sites include…

SAIL ROCK

Without doubt, one of the best dive sites anywhere in Thailand. A superb site offering depths down to 40m and areas include the famous chimney; a vertical shaft that rises up from 18m.

ANG THONG MARINE PARK

Over 40 islands to explore! Some great swim-throughs and some of the best condition coral reef anywhere in Thailand. With a variety of depths, this is also a good snorkelling spot.

KOH MA

At the northern tip of Phangan, Koh Ma has the best reef dives around the island.

KOH TAO

Just north of Koh Phangan, the neighbouring island of Koh Tao is a very popular diving spot. Great opportunity to see large turtles and the magnificent whaleshark…!!!

Nightlife

One thing that the people of Koh Phangan pride themselves on is their hospitality.

With a large selection of restaurants and bars, you’re spoilt for choice all over the island.

BARS, RESTAURANTS & NIGHTSPOTS

There’s no better recommendation for a nightspot than from those who have been there…

So where are the good nightspots, restaurants and bars in Koh Phangan..? Come on guys, you’ve been there, let us know!

RECOMMENDED NIGHTSPOTS:

Weangthai Restaurant

Bang Charu Beach – Superb selection of Thai and Western food set in a great location overlooking Bang Charu beach. Local team of chefs can create dishes to suit your own tastes.

Sandy bay Restaurant

Haad Yao Beach – Beachfront location, very popular spot for all visitors. Family owned business with a friendly atmosphere. Superb fish and seafood!

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