Koh Phangan Attractions

What to See in Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan’s attractions are self evident: its beautiful beaches, peaceful vistas and powder-soft sand along with a dense jungle island interior are all aces in the island’s pack of cards. Along with this obvious draw, the spiritual side of the island is manifested through its 20 temples, each with its own serene and unique atmosphere.

There are no cinemas on Koh Phangan but if you are in need of an adrenalin rush then check out the Muay Thai kickboxing competitions where there are no need for actors or stuntmen – it’s the Real McCoy, knockouts and all. 

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Yang Na Yai Tree

Yang Na Yai Tree is a monstrous tropical rubber forest tree in Koh Phangan, which many locals claim to be the 'tallest tree in Thailand'. The tree is from the Dipterocapus Alatus resin tree family and stands by the side of the road nearby Wat Pho.

The tree has an impressive girth of some 14 metres. It's definitely a good photo opportunity and a great thing to stumble upon while exploring the island. A smaller but no less impressive neighbour is diagonally opposite this impressive natural landmark.

  • Location: Baan Tai, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
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Khao Ra

Khao Ra or Ra Mountain towers over the island and affords great scenic views. There’s a central ‘road’ running over the island’s crest from Ban Tai to Thong Nai Pan Beach on the island’s northeastern side. The only trouble is it’s not finished, heavily rutted and unlit in places.

In any case, it’s best to take an appropriate offroad vehicle such as a dirtbike, 4x4, or taxi even. Do not attempt to drive a 'normal' car up Khao Ra, especially in the rain!

  • Location: Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
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Muay Thai in Koh Phangan

Muay Thai is a Thai national sport that offers quite an entertaining feature on Koh Phangan. Regular Muay Thai or Thai kickboxing competitions do not always take place in the same location on Kho Phangan. Rather, locations are chosen by drawing lots.

If you want to know where and when the next fight night will be, go to the nearest boxing stadium and ask. Both Haad Rin and Thong Sala have impressive Muay Thai setups. Several stadiums can be found around the island, including Jungle Gym in Haad Rin.

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Phaeng Waterfall

Phaeng Waterfall is one of the largest waterfalls on Koh Phangan, easily accessible and really only worth visiting after steady rainfall during the monsoon season. Phaeng Waterfall belongs to Thon Sadet - Koh Phangan National Park.

Phaeng Waterfall's cascade comprises 2 levels and offers many trails that lead to various viewpoints in the mountain. Guides for hire are available at Phaeng Waterfall National Park.

  • Location: Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
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The Kuan Yin Chinese Temple

The Kuan Yin Chinese temple stands on the road heading north from Thong Sala to Chaloklum. This temple is actually made up of 7 different buildings – each attractive and with extensive views out over the countryside and nearby Chaloklum Bay. There’s an impressive ‘dragon drum’, several vividly coloured pagodas, a large golden Buddha image and wind chimes throughout.

The grounds are dotted with frangipani and bougainvillaea and several golden warriors guard the inside entrance. The Kuan Yin, or Guanyin ‘Goddess of Mercy’ image has its origins in Chinese Taoism and in some cases is asexual or even male, sporting a moustache. It was originally meant to be a lighthouse to aid fishermen, and donations to build the edifice were so generous that a combination of lighthouse and temple was erected.

  • Location: Chaloklum, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
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Wat Pho

Wat Pho is a popular attraction on Koh Phangan and it retains its tranquillity even when relatively crowded. Attracting many health enthusiasts, an inexpensive herbal sauna and massage centre is the main draw at this temple.

The extensive grounds are made up of rudimentary buildings, and there's a large lily pond in its grounds. Many who have visited Wat Pho on Koh Phangan claim it's probably the best massage destination on the island.

  • Location: Baan Tai, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)80 699 9738
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Wat Phu Khao Noi

Wat Phu Kao Noi (meaning ‘temple of the small mountain’) is the oldest temple on Koh Phangan. It's also the most tranquil location on Koh Phangan due to the many retreats held there.

It is an attractive, shady place with a devoted atmosphere and during retreats, visitors are requested to maintain a respectful silence. Visitors are requested to park outside the grounds and not pose with any of the Buddha images. Dress respectfully. Wat Phu Khao Noi and its environs also have impressive vistas over the island.

  • Location: Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 238 276
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