Koh Phangan is an island that’s world-famous for its full-moon and half-moon parties, many of which the place on its expansive beaches. Nicknamed ‘Samui’s Little Sister’, it only has about 10,000 residents but attracts around 30,000 travellers looking to enjoy the island’s hedonistic events.
Some of the island’s beaches are nothing short of idyllic, especially on its western coast. Getting around Koh Phangan can be a challenge as some roads aren’t as well developed as Koh Samui. Some beaches can only be reached by boat – this works in their favour as most of Koh Phangan remains quite natural.
Koh Phangan is around 100 km northeast of Surat Thani and 12 km north of Koh Samui. Most ferries travel between Koh Samui to the island’s main town of Thong Sala, but some boats dock and depart from Haad Rin, which lies around 11 km away.
A coastal road runs southeast to Haad Rin and connects you to Koh Phangan’s sleepy beaches such as Thong Nai Paan Yai and Noi. A northward road leads to Ao Chaloklum, while a third road runs west along the coast to Haad Yao, Haad Salad and Ao Mae Haad.