Koh Phangan - Thailand

Everything You Need to Know About Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan, with an overall area of 167sqkm, is Thailand’s fifth biggest island. Located 70km from the mainland and just 12km from Koh Samui, Phangan does not have an airport and relies heavily on ferries from the mainland and Koh Samui.

Predominantly made up of granite, Koh Pha Ngan almost unspoilt beauty is accented by a hilly, lush tropical jungle interior, many idyllic, long white-sand beaches and over 20 nearby dive sites. The main disembarkation points are Thongsala and Haad Rin where you will find plenty of ATM machines and banks. While there are no Tourist Police on Koh Phangan the island’s police station is situated just outside Thongsala.

Transportation is mostly provided by ‘song teaows’, converted pickup trucks that ply the hilly roads and rental jeeps and motorcycles while private taxis can also be hired. Parts of Phangan – especially between Ban Tai and Haad Rin – are extremely hilly with not the best road conditions so caution should be exercised – especially at night and in adverse weather conditions.

Phangan’s main claim to fame is largely due to its many Full Moon Party, ‘Black Moon’ and just about any other moon beach parties, with the Full Moon celebrations attracting from 10,000 to 30,000 revellers at New Year’s Eve...

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  • 10 Best Things to Do in Koh Phangan

    This list of the best things to do in Koh Phangan will certainly keep you busy during your holiday at this charming, Read More»

  • 10 Best Restaurants in Koh Phangan

    Koh Phangan’s dining scene is in constant evolution following the sustained growth of visitors coming to the island for Read More»

  • 10 Best Night Spots in Koh Phangan

    This list of the 10 best night spots in Koh Phangan gives you some hints about where to go to enjoy a memorable night Read More»

  • Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan

    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 Read More»

  • Black Moon Party on Koh Phangan

    Held at the other end of the lunar cycle than the more famous Full Moon Parties, Black Moon Parties have more of a focus Read More»

  • Half Moon Party

    Unlike the Full Moon Party, the twice-monthly Half Moon Parties are underground, outdoor raves in their own right. Read More»

  • 10 Best Hotels in Koh Phangan

    10 Best Hotels in Koh Phangan

    The 10 Best Koh Phangan Hotels in our list are the absolute best places from which to enjoy this idyllic tropical island Read More»

  • 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Koh Phangan

    10 Best Luxury Hotels

    Many of the 10 Best luxury hotels in Koh Phangan feature first-class facilities including some of the tiny island’s top Read More»

  • 10 Best Budget Hotels in Koh Phangan

    10 Best Value Hotels

    The 10 Best Value Hotels in Koh Phangan are not necessarily the grubby backpacker hostels you might be imagining. This Read More»

  • 10 Best Hotels For The Full Moon Party

    The 10 Best Koh Phangan Hotels in our list are the absolute best places from which to enjoy this idyllic tropical island Read More»

  • 10 Best Beach Resorts in Koh Phangan

    As a tropical island, Koh Phangan is the perfect holiday destination for beach lovers. We have selected the most popular Read More»

  • Koh Phangan Hotels

    Koh Phangan Hotels

    Koh Phangan hotels and resorts at the best rates, from Five Stars resorts such as Rasananda Resort or Santhiya Read More»

  • Koh Phangan Beaches

    Koh Phangan Beaches

    The first image that springs to mind when Koh Phangan is mentioned is the Full Moon Party. But Koh Phangan by day is a Read More»

  • Haad Rin (Sunset & Sunrise)

    Haad Rin (Sunset & Sunrise Beaches)

    Haad Rin is a love-it-or-hate-it sort of town. For dedicated partygoers it’s probably the best place going but for those Read More»

  • Haad Yao & Haad Salad

    Haad Yao & Haad Salad

    The first thing that strikes newcomers who know that ‘Haad Yao’ means ‘Long Beach’ is that in fact it isn’t really that Read More»

  • Chaloklum Bay

    Chaloklum & Mae Haad

    A exceptionally beautiful part of the island, Chaloklum and Haad Mae Haad beaches are situated on the northwestern coast Read More»

  • Thong Sala

    Thong Sala

    Thong Sala has long played second fiddle to Koh Phangan Party Central, Haad Rin. Many people regard this port town as a Read More»

  • Ao Thong Nai Pan Noi & Yai

    Thong Nai Pan Noi & Yai

    These idyllic adjacent coves on the northeast of Koh Phangan are pictures of tropical charm itself. Thong Nai Pan Noi, Read More»

  • Koh Phangan Attractions

    Koh Phangan Attractions

    Koh Phangan’s attractions are self evident: its beautiful beaches, peaceful vistas and powder-soft sand along with a Read More»

  • Koh Phangan Activities

    Koh Phangan Activities

    Being an island, Koh Phangan is inextricably linked with water-based sports and activities. It’s a life on the ocean Read More»

  • Ang Thong Marine National Park

    Ang Thong Marine Park

    The setting for the eponymous 'perfect' beach in Alex Garland's book, Ang Thong really was once home to a group of Read More»

  • Koh Phangan Restaurants and Dining

    Koh Phangan Restaurants

    If there is one common denominator that runs throughout the island of Koh Phangan it’s that each of its beaches has Read More»

  • Haad Rin Restaurants & Dining

    Haad Rin Restaurants

    It may sound like a trite maxim but many visitors end up eating local food after having tried out Thai versions of Read More»

  • Haad Yao & Haad Salad Restaurants

    Haad Yao & Haad Salad Restaurants

    With plenty of restaurants and resorts lining the beach, dining out at Haad Yao and Salad doesn’t involve a lot of Read More»

  • Koh Phangan Shopping

    Koh Phangan Shopping

    One thing is for sure: Koh Phangan is a lot cheaper than Samui when it comes to shopping. And again, Thongsala is Read More»

  • Haad Rin Shopping

    Haad Rin Shopping

    Haad Rin is small enough to get around in within one hour on foot. The shopping here is noticeably cheaper than in Samui Read More»

  • Haad Yao & Haad Salad Shopping

    Haad Yao & Haad Salad Shopping

    As this end of the island is so tranquil you won’t find much in the way of shops here. The whole area only features two Read More»

Koh Phangan Information

Koh Phangan Information

World famous due to its Full Moon, Half Moon and many other hedonistic parties, Koh Phangan, ‘Samui’s Little Sister’ Read More...

Koh Phangan Map

Koh Phangan Map

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