Koh Phangan (or Koh Pha Ngan or Ko Phangan) is nothing less than a tropical island paradise in the Gulf of Thailand. The water is a brilliant aquamarine, warm under the hot tropical sky and home to swimmers in Speedos, snorkeling boats headed out for the day, softly crashing waves and fuzzy green islands jutting up towards the blinding white-hot sun. Neon pink flowers drip off trees and onto hammocks where sweaty children sleep; the sand is as soft as cheese. Fresh fish are grilled just steps away from the shoreline, and beers go down quicker than you can say, “I never want to leave.”
Located off the eastern coast of Thailand, Koh Phangan is a popular destination for backpackers for its inexpensive accommodation and wild beach raves, the most famous of which is the full moon party that goes down once a month on Sunrise Beach in Haad Rin. Elsewhere on the island you will find remote bungalow hotels, jungle trails to ocean overlooks and sea kayakers pulling into coves for a picnic lunch of fresh pineapple and Phad Thai. Transportation around the island is as easy as flagging down a passing songtaew, which is basically a covered pick-up truck with two benches in the back. See Koh Phangan pictures on the photos tab of this guide to understand what like is like on the island.
Koh Phangan Weather
The weather on Koh Phangan is tropical and humid. There are two seasons on Koh Phangan; the raining season and the dry season. The best time to visit is during the dry season (November thru March). The raining season is (May thru October) and is still not a bad option to visit as you will find rays of sunshine throughout the day.
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Things to do in
The action on Koh Phangan is centered on the white sand beaches and warm tropical ocean that begs you to come take a dip at all times of the day. Boat and sea kayak rentals are everywhere, and you can go out to fish, snorkel, SCUBA or just sightsee. Hiking trails lead to sweeping views of the Gulf of Thailand, and hammocks lead to finished novels and a celebratory nap. Dinner is often fresh seafood and tropical fruits, washed down with a frou-frou cocktail or a Chang beer.
Koh Phangan Beaches:
Throng Nai Pan Noi – Remote beach in the northeast with high-end accommodation
BottleBeach – The most remote beach on Koh Phangan. Reachable only by boat.
Mae Haad – Bohemian vibe at this beautiful northestern beach
Haad Yao – West coast beach good for families and chillin’
Chao Phao – West coast beach on Koh Phangan – good for families.
Nai Wok – West coast of Koh Phangan. Affordable, but bad for swimming.
Ban Tai – Quiet beach on the south shore of Koh Phanang
Sunrise Beach – Located on the east side of Hadd Rin and where the hold the Full Moon Party.
Haad Yuan – Popular east coast beach on Koh Phangan
Haad Yang – Remote east coast beach on Koh Phangan
The difference between the more secluded spots on Ko Phangan and the party centers is striking and almost feels like two separate islands. Land on Haad Rin during the monthly full moon or new moon beach parties and the wild atmosphere will slap you in the face, sell you a seashell necklace and give you a bucket of alcohol to drink. Long strands of Christmas lights, glowing body art and flaming paper lanterns mean that the beach is lit- just like the crowd. With fire twirlers, flaming jump ropes and limbo sticks, the rave is ON and the beats go all day and all night- after all, this is the world’s largest beach rave. Got your glow sticks?
Even outside of the full and new moon parties, this big beach is pretty wild and rockin’- but if you want secluded romance and a quiet Koh Phangan experience, you can have that too. Just avoid Haad Rin.
Meditation Retreat Koh Phangan – Wat Kow Tahm offers a 10 day silent meditation retreat for those serious about meditation. The retreats usually start around mid month.
Koh Phangan Accomodation:
Bungalows in Koh Phangan
Seaboard Bungalows - located directly at one of the most beautiful beaches of Koh Phangan (and probably also at the most beautiful part of it ). Tel.+6677 349 159
VIVA on the Beach Hotel is located on the beautiful bay of Chaloklum, Koh Phangan. A new structure organized to meet the needs of every backpacker and tourist from each country, from single rooms to self catering apartments with over 150 m2 equipped with all the most modern comforts.Tel: +66 (0) 77374355 Fax: +66 (0) 77374366
MY PALACE GUESTHOUSE offers reasonable price of AC and Fan guesthouse room. Located at Baan Tai, it is easy access to every Party Venue; Half Moon Party, Black Moon Party, Shiva Moon Party, Full Moon Party .+66(0)77 238 163 , Mob : +66(0) 869428209 http://mypalacephangan.com
Sunset Cove: secluded cove, amazing sunset, excellent food, bungalows, friendly staff
Havana Beach Resort: beautiful rooms, relaxing atmosphere, pool, free WiFi, quiet area
HarmonyBeach Resort: charming and comfortable, laid back, excellent food, nice rooms
Mandalai Hotel: boutique hotel in Chaloklum, quiet, great ocean views. 61/1 Moo 7, Chaloklum Road, Koh Phangan
Salad Beach Resort: basic bungalows on relaxed beach, lovely views, happy environment
Sarikantang Hotel: big rooms with hammocks, right by the ocean, near HaatRinBeach
Dolphin Bungalows - Located on the north eastern tip of Koh Phangan. Stylish and bohemian vibes come from this spot on the east end of Nai Pan Yai beach.
Bamboo Beach Huts - Excellent budget option on Nai Pan Yai beach.
Jungle Hut Bungalows - Located on Haad Yao beach, this is a friendly family run budget option.
Dreamland Resort - Located on NaiPanYaiBeach. website: http://www.dreamlandresort.net/
https://www.facebook.com/phanganguide - koh phangan facebook annd hotels guide
http://phanganproperty.blogspot.com/ - phangan property land and house on koh phangan
http://phanganguide.blogspot.com - koh phangan beaches guide
http://www.kohphanganbooking.com - the best koh phangan hotels and accommodation
http://www.phanganist.com/ - The online Party list is excellent, dates maps everything. The Magazine is cool a lot of stuff in there...
http://www.phangan.info/ - good site for local informaiton. Can also be used for booking Ko Phangan Bungalows and cottages.