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.

Tiki Beach Koh Phangan
Tiki Beach Koh Phangan
2 out of 5
145/11 Moo 1, Baan Tai Beach, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani
The price is AU$38 per night from 4 Dec. to 4 Dec.
Nestled on the beach, this Ko Pha-ngan hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tong Sala Beach and Thongsala Walking Street. Raja Ferry Port and Thong Sala Pier are ...
Tiki Beach Koh Phangan
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa - SHA Plus
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
The price is AU$117 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 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. Haad Than Sadet Beach ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (989 reviews)
"Spacious and quiet despite being a big hotel. Had our own pool villa."

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020

Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa - SHA Plus
Phangan Bayshore Resort
Phangan Bayshore Resort
3.5 out of 5
The price is AU$81 per night from 20 Dec. to 20 Dec.
Nestled on the beach, this Ko Pha-ngan resort is within a 10-minute walk of Haad Rin Nok Beach, Haad Rin Nai Beach and Haad Rin Pier. Haad Leela Beach and Haad ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (242 reviews)
"I was really surprised when we got there that it was rated a 4-star resort. The standard rooms are very spacious but they need remodeled badly as there is a musty smell. The staff was wonderful and showed us 4 different room possibilities because of the smell. We switched to a less musty smelling ..."

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020

Phangan Bayshore Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Silan Residence
Silan Residence
3 out of 5
The price is AU$54 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
Situated in Ko Pha-ngan, this beach villa is within 2 miles (3 km) of Ban Chalok Beach, Haad Khom Beach and Haad Thong Lang Beach. Mae Haad Beach and Koh Ma ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Lovely, relaxing, convenient villas near the beach
"We enjoyed very much our stay at Silan Residence. We liked the location (quiet north of Koh PhaNgan, near beach and fishing thai village), nice pool, good ambience (surrounded by greenery) and convenient villa (all equipped and nicely decorated). It was perfect for our 4 night stay. We woould love ..."

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2020

Silan Residence
Bay Villas Koh Phangan
Bay Villas Koh Phangan
5 out of 5
Situated by the sea, this luxury villa is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Salad Beach, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mae Haad Beach and Koh Ma. Thong Sala Pier and Haad Rin ...
3.9/5 Good! (10 reviews)
"Lovely Villas and amazing view,We are enjoy the Sunset everyday in the pool..I definitely love to stay again and also suggest anyone who want a perfect villas with your friend and family you should rent here, ... LOVE IT :) Thank you !"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2019

Bay Villas Koh Phangan
Coco Lilly Villas
Coco Lilly Villas
3.5 out of 5
Situated near the beach, this villa is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Thong Sala Pier, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Salad Beach and Haad Rin Nai Beach. Haad Rin Nok Beach ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
"Very nice, clean and cozy. Joe was so kind and helpful."

Reviewed on 5 Nov. 2017

Coco Lilly Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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