World famous due to its Full Moon, Half Moon and many other hedonistic parties, Koh Phangan, ‘Samui’s Little Sister’ actually only has about 10,000 fulltime inhabitants yet up to 30,000 visitors have been known to flock to the island for the New Year’s Full Moon Party. The island is highly reminiscent of Koh Samui some 20 years back and its beaches nothing short of idyllic. Getting around can be a problem as some roads are extremely dangerous while some beaches can only be reached by boat but this works in their favour because as a result overdevelopment has not yet encroached on Nature on Koh Phangan.
Koh Phangan is 100km northeast of Suratthani and 12km from Koh Samui. Some boats dock and depart from Haad Rin but most ferries steam to the island’s main town, Thongsala where modern conveniences are easily found. From Thongsala, a 10km coastal road runs southeast to Haad Rin and branching off this road a dirt road (soon to be tarmac) heads over the island’s spine to 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.