Ko Pha-ngan
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Ko Pha-ngan

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.

Le Divine Comedie
Le Divine Comedie
3.5 out of 5
The price is Rs1,580 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Situated on the beach, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Ban Thai Beach and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Thong Sala Pier. Tong Sala Beach and Thongsala Walking Street ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Quite and private, beach front. A fews parking space"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2021

Le Divine Comedie
Palita Lodge
Palita Lodge
3.5 out of 5
119 Moo 6, Haad Rin, Baan Tai, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani
Free cancellation
The price is Rs3,250 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Nestled on the beach, this Ko Pha-ngan resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Haad Rin Nai Beach and Haad Rin Nok Beach. Haad Yuan Beach is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.
4.3/5Excellent! (164 reviews)
"That it was on the ocean. However, there were days we could not go in the ocean due to the waves."

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020

Palita Lodge
Panviman Resort, Koh Phangan
Panviman Resort, Koh Phangan
5 out of 5
22/1 Moo 5, T. Baan Tai, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani
The price is Rs4,969 per night from 14 Jun to 14 Jun
Located in Ko Pha-ngan, this beachfront resort is in a provincial park and within 1 mi (2 km) of Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach and Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach. Bottle ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (414 reviews)
"Staff were fantastic"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2021

Panviman Resort, Koh Phangan
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13 Mar 2020

This was our second vist to the island and its was as good as we had remembered it, very chilled and good choice of food and prices. Something for everyone

4/5 - Good

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9 Feb 2020

Ko Pha-ngan is very hilly, you will need transport too see this beautiful Thai island which is just a 20 minute boat trip from Koh Samui

5/5 - Excellent

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28 Jan 2020

Wonderful relaxed friendly island.. bliss

5/5 - Excellent


28 Jan 2020

Koh Phangan is a beautiful island off Thailand and great to explore. I hired a moped for 250 THB a day and went around the island visiting the many great beaches and villages taking in the beautiful and breathtaking views. Fantastic place.

5/5 - Excellent

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12 Nov 2019

Renting a scooter from the hotel really opens up the island and helps a lot to so would defo recommend this but it can be done from reception, so its nice and easy

5/5 - Excellent

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1 Sep 2019

Lovely vibe island

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