Koh Phangan Activities

What to Do in Koh Phangan

Being an island, Koh Phangan is inextricably linked with water-based sports and activities. From the challenging wakeboarding based at Chaloklum to diving trips to the debauchery of a booze cruise to fishing outings, it’s a life on the ocean wave when it comes to things to do in Phangan.

However, land-based activities include ATV riding, yoga and meditation and even archery. Thongsala and Haad Rin both have Thai Boxing schools while sundown games of beach football and/or volleyball are easily found at any fair-sized beach on the island.

If you’re adamant about staying in tip-top shape during your stay, both Jungle Gym and Arena Gym in Haad Rin have good facilities while the island’s only air-conditioned fitness centre is in Ban Tai. Being such an untouched spot, trekking on Phangan is definitely a challenging activity but trekkers should hire a guide as the risks of getting lost are quite high.

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First Bow & Arrow Club Koh Phangan

First Bow & Arrow Club is indeed what its name suggests – the first archery clubhouse on the island. A simple affair, the club is outdoors and offers instruction and membership. There are several combinations and setups to choose from plus a bar/bistro for after-sports relaxation. 

The club’s grounds are professionally kept, the prices are very reasonable and the bows and arrows in its collection are of top quality. There’s ample shade to protect you from the heat of the day and there are cold drinks available to help you refresh after each fun round.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am to 5.30 pm
  • Location: Chaloklum, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 274 0173
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Island-hopping to Ang Thong, Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan

Boat trips from Phangan to Ang Thong National Marine Park is definitely worth it. The island park has a hollowed-out interior that is home to several exotic species of fish and you can explore the surrounding waters by kayak. 

The climb to the top of the main island’s ridge affords some spectacular views of the emerald-green waters of the interior lake and some of the 42 surrounding islands. It takes less time to get to Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan and the waters there are teeming with colourful tropical fish.

Diving around Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is ideally situated for diving forays into the Gulf of Thailand. The reefs from Chaloklum and down the northwest coast are in good condition and it’s even possible to dive directly off the beach.

Sail Rock, one of the best diving sites in the Gulf at 15 to 40 metres below sea level features a dense variety of sea life and is only one hour away. Around Koh Tao you’ll find lots of turtles, leopard sharks and unicorn fish – to put it briefly, Koh Phangan is a diver’s paradise.

  • Location: Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

Kayaking in Koh Phangan

Most major beaches on Koh Phangan feature kayaks for rent and it’s well worth exploring the beautiful coastline in this manner. The best locations are on the calmer west coast but really any beach is a ‘go’ area if the sea is not so choppy.

It’s strongly advised not to go kayaking alone near sunset and please take note of the fact that going with a current means fighting it all the way back. Keep covered up from the sun and take plenty of water. Waterproof camera bags are for sale in Thong Sala and Haad Rin.

Trekking in Koh Phangan

Trekking in Koh Phangan is a great way to see the island's wild side. The island is pretty much perfect for trekking, bushwhacking, and even camping. The eastern coast is the best place for this adventurous activity as well as the central, mountainous part of the island – specifically Khao Ra, which stands at 630 metres and overlooks Chaloklum and Thong Nai Pan. 

The actual route is not too demanding but it’s easy to lose it, as is the case with a lot of trekking routes on the island. For this reason, it is recommended to hire a guide. Guides can be hired at Phaeng Waterfall National Park

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Wake Up! Wakeboarding

Wake Up! Wakeboarding is one of the surf camps for wake riders in Koh Phangan. When it comes to a challenging yet fulfilling activity, wakeboarding ticks all the boxes. 

Wake Up! bar is located near Chaloklum Beach and conducts its activities near the Chalokum Pier. The only professional wakeboarding outfit in the Gulf of Thailand, Wake Up! features English-speaking coaches, a full gamut of boards and equipment and a friendly bunch of people. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm
  • Location: Chaloklum, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)87 283 6755
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