Ko Pha-nganThailand

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Visit 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.

Top hotels in Ko Pha-ngan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Rs5,482
per night
16 Dec-17 Dec

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. Tharn Sadet Waterfall ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,159 reviews)

"We stayed here for 3 nights and absolutely loved it! The resort is gorgeous, the staff was very friendly and helpful and the views were phenomenal. The breakfast buffet every morning was delicious with lots of variety in a wonderful open air setting. There were 3 different restaurants on the property ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2019

Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
Sunset Beach Villas
Sunset Beach Villas
3 out of 5
110/6 Moo 6, Haad Rin, Ban Tai, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani
Rs1,852
per night
18 Dec-19 Dec

Nestled on the beach, this Ko Pha-ngan hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Haad Rin Nai Beach and Haad Rin Pier. Thongsala Walking Street and Tharn Sadet Waterfall ...

3.8/5Good! (48 reviews)

"This property is right on the beach where sun sets. Amazing friendly staff and all the services. The villas are beautiful and with the outdoor shower was my favorite addition to the villa. I have had an unforgettable time there, and was to stay only 2 nights but i came back after another island visit ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2018

Sunset Beach Villas
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
5 out of 5
Rs19,252
per night
17 Dec-18 Dec

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. Tharn Sadet Waterfall ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (245 reviews)

"The property location is perfect being on the beach in the centre of the bay and next to a village with an array of shops and restaurants. The service was impeccable with the staff remembering your names and eager to assist. The management were visible and every day too and happy to discuss your ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2019

Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas

Popular things to do in Ko Pha-ngan

Ban Chalok Beach
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Ban Chalok Beach

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Ban Chalok Beach, a popular beach in Ko Pha-ngan. Discover the beautiful sunsets and spas in this relaxing area.

Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach
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Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach

4.5/5(16 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach, a popular beach in Ko Pha-ngan. Stroll along the seaside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach
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Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, a popular beach in Ko Pha-ngan. Stroll along the seaside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Salad Beach
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Salad Beach

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Salad Beach, a popular beach in Ko Pha-ngan. Stroll along the seaside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Haad Rin Nok Beach
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Haad Rin Nok Beach

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Haad Rin Nok Beach, a popular beach in Ko Pha-ngan. Discover the beautiful sunsets and spas in this relaxing area.

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. Stroll along the seaside or discover the beautiful sunsets in this relaxing area.