Ko Pha-ngan

Travel Guide
Ko Pha-ngan

Island paradise is a fitting description of this isolated Thai destination known for backpacking, great diving and a giant party with every full moon.

Visit Koh Phangan to dive, backpack, learn to box, revel in a moon-lit beach party or simply relax. This tropical area is popular for people of all ages. Depending on your mood, visit the island’s north end for tranquil isolation or south end for wild parties.

Find the right diving for your skill level with dive operators in the northern village of Chaloklum. If you’re a beginner, learn the basics over sandbars in the Gulf of Thailand. Explore Sail Rock to see barracuda, batfish and possibly a whale shark. Consider an extended stay for concentrated training to earn advanced PADI certification.

When you’re not diving, enjoy numerous sandy beaches. Visit Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach for sunbathing, snorkelling or riding a water scooter. De-stress at a nearby yoga class.

The island’s vast jungle interior rises to 630 meters (2,070 feet). Hike to waterfalls or join organised activities of zip lines, canopy rope courses or elephant trekking.

The southern beaches of Haad Rin centre on party activities, with fire dancing, multiple DJs, body painting and beer by the bucket. Join the crowd revelling each month when the moon is full. The 2000 movie, The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was filmed in this area.

You can also participate in uniquely Thai activities. Watch, or better yet, train at a kickboxing gym. Attend a culinary school to learn the secrets of making delicious curries or pad Thai. Visit a distillery that creates spirits from tropical fruits.

Koh Phangan is 55 kilometres (34 miles) off the south-eastern coast of Thailand. Ferry from Don Sak or Surat Thani on the mainland in 2 to 3 hours or fly to Koh Samui, another popular Thai holiday spot, and reach the island via catamaran in 30 minutes. Taxis and mopeds are convenient transport options on the small island.

The best times for diving are March to October. Enjoy a mix of peaceful relaxation and party atmosphere on your Koh Phangan holiday.

Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa - SHA Extra Plus
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa - SHA Extra Plus
5 out of 5
22/7 Moo 5 Bantai, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani, 84280
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Ko Pha-ngan. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (987 reviews)
Best value for money in Thailand
"Best hotel in koh phangan! Beautiful! Great service!"

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2021

Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa - SHA Extra Plus
Rin Beach Resort
Rin Beach Resort
3 out of 5
94/2 M.6, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani, 84280
Stay at this 3-star beach resort in Ko Pha-ngan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
3.4/5 Good! (117 reviews)
Avoid . Too much theft.
"It’s a shame as the hotel it’s self was not bad and in a nice location. However the amount of theft within the hotel put a big dampener on our travels. The first night our room had been robbed and also on the 3rd night. According to locals theft at this place has been on the rise and is thought to ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2020

Rin Beach Resort
Phangan Bayshore Resort
Phangan Bayshore Resort
3.5 out of 5
141 Moo 6, Haad Rin, Bantai, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani, 84280
Stay at this 3.5-star beach resort in Ko Pha-ngan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (242 reviews)
"I was really surprised when we got there that it was rated a 4-star resort. The standard rooms are very spacious but they need remodeled badly as there is a musty smell. The staff was wonderful and showed us 4 different room possibilities because of the smell. We switched to a less musty smelling ..."

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Phangan Bayshore Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Bay Villas Koh Phangan
Bay Villas Koh Phangan
5 out of 5
33/15 Beach Road, Haad Salad, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani, 84280
Stay at this 5-star luxury villa in Ko Pha-ngan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and private pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
3.9/5 Good! (10 reviews)
"Lovely Villas and amazing view,We are enjoy the Sunset everyday in the pool..I definitely love to stay again and also suggest anyone who want a perfect villas with your friend and family you should rent here, ... LOVE IT :) Thank you !"

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2019

Bay Villas Koh Phangan
Coco Lilly Villas
Coco Lilly Villas
3.5 out of 5
2/40 Moo 4, Ko Pha-ngan, Suratthani, 84280
Stay at this 3.5-star villa in Ko Pha-ngan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a free ferry terminal shuttle. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
"Very nice, clean and cozy. Joe was so kind and helpful."

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2017

Coco Lilly Villas
Silan Residence
Silan Residence
3 out of 5
37/9 Moo 7 Chaloklum Beach, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani, 84280
Stay at this 3-star beach villa in Ko Pha-ngan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Lovely, relaxing, convenient villas near the beach
"We enjoyed very much our stay at Silan Residence. We liked the location (quiet north of Koh PhaNgan, near beach and fishing thai village), nice pool, good ambience (surrounded by greenery) and convenient villa (all equipped and nicely decorated). It was perfect for our 4 night stay. We woould love ..."

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2020

Silan Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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