Ko Phangan

Everything you Need to Know About Ko Phangan

Although justly famous for its Full Moon parties, Ko Phangan has a lot more to offer visitors than all-night dancing. There are few day trip options from Koh Samui, apart from sailing cruises, so at least an overnight stay is recommended.

Ko Phangan is at least 10 years behind Samui in terms of development, which lends the island a lot of charm, and some would say it's more picturesque than Samui itself. The main tourist beach Haad Rin is busiest on Full Moon nights, but is well worth a visit the rest of the month too for its chaotic jumble of bars, clubs, restaurants and handicraft shops. The locals - expats and Thais alike - are a friendly bunch and help make the atmosphere a lot more laid back than frenetic Chaweng. Their attitude is that every night is a party night on Haad Rin, which pretty much sums it up.

The main selling point for the rest of the island is pristine undeveloped beaches, with only a handful of bungalows. The most upmarket of these is Tong Naipan, thanks to the presence of the island's most luxurious resort, Panviman. At the other end of the scale, Haad Salad and Haad Kuat both have very cheap and basic bungalow resorts and attract many long-stay backpackers. Haad Tien is very shallow and pebbly, and is home to the Sanctuary Spa and Wellness Centre which offers a range of fasting, yoga and treatment packages and has an excellent vegetarian restaurant.

Where to Stay in Koh Phangan

This popular 191sqkm island is situated north of Koh Samui. Attractions include beautiful beaches around the island, and a hilltop temple called Wat Khao Tham ideal for meditation. Read More...

Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan

Hedonists still flock to the world's biggest beach party every month. The music from the multiple sound systems is mostly ear-splittingly loud trance and house. Read More...

Koh Phangan Beaches & Cool Places Koh Phangan Beaches

It's the simple beach life which continues to attract visitors each year along with the island's reputation for full moon parties and hedonistic approach to life. Read More...

Ko Phangan Attractions Koh Phangan Attractions

Koh Phangan is still remarkably beautiful. Most of its beaches are pristine and quiet and its hilly jungle interior is largely untouched. Read More...

Ko Phangan Bars and Restaurants Koh Phangan Restaurants

Although justly famous for its Full Moon parties and all-night dancing, Phangan also has some cool spots to eat, drink, dance or simply chill out. Read More...

Ko Phangan Nightlife Koh Phangan Nightlife

The Full Moon party at Haad Rin hogs the limelight but it seems any excuse is used to hold an all-night party. Some of the best nightlife takes place in isolated coastal bars. Read More...


Ko Phangan Shopping Koh Phangan Shopping

Haad Rin and Thong Sala are the island’s shopping hubs. Haad Rin goes for flash whereas Thong Sala is the place to pick up handicrafts, textiles, souvenirs and good market items. Read More...

Ko Phangan Activities Koh Phangan Activities

Water activities are at premium on Phangan Island. Boat trips, fishing, diving and snorkelling all top the list but trekking in the centre of the island is fast catching on.  Read More...

Ko Phangan Information Koh Phangan Information

Songthaews (pick up trucks converted into buses) await passengers disembarking from any ferry at Haad Rin or Thong Sala. It's a fast, efficient, service and prices start at around 20 baht. Read More...

Koh Phangan Map Koh Phangan Map

Our interactive map (and satellite views) displays all available hotels with photos, facilities as well as attractions, landmarks and other items of interest with links to relevant information pages. Read More...

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