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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
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
5 out of 5

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (255 reviews)

"The property setting with beautiful gardens and right on the beach was fantastic. The ocean view villa was spacious and well fitted with a big terrace with a jacuzzi pool and view of the sea. Near the hotel within short walking distance and a quiet road are a number of local restaurants if u don’t ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
The price is Rs4,968 per night

This Ko Pha-ngan resort is located by the ocean, nestled on the beach a short distance away from Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach and Bottle ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,235 reviews)

"Spacious and quiet despite being a big hotel. Had our own pool villa."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
Panviman Resort, Koh Phangan
Panviman Resort, Koh Phangan
5 out of 5
22/1 Moo 5, T. Baan Tai, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani

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! (411 reviews)

"Brilliant. Couldn’t fault. Five star service. We had an amazing time here"…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Panviman Resort, 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(24 reviews)

Nothing says holiday 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.

Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach
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Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Nothing says holiday 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.

Salad Beach
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Salad Beach

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Nothing says holiday 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.

Haad Rin Nok Beach
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Haad Rin Nok Beach

4/5(5 reviews)

Nothing says holiday 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(4 reviews)

Nothing says holiday 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(10 reviews)

Nothing says holiday 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.

Reviews of Ko Pha-ngan

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5/5 - Excellent

Tony

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

28 Jan 2020

Wonderful relaxed friendly island.. bliss

5/5 - Excellent

Dave

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

1 Sep 2019

Lovely vibe island

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