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All you need to know to visit Koh Phangan

Southern Thailand
650 km from Bangkok
Province of Surat Thani


Recomm. stay
3 jours minimum


Practical guide to go and visit Koh Phangan

Located between Koh Tao and Koh Samui, Koh Phangan is famous for its Full Moon Party ( that takes place the nights of full moon on Hat Rin beach. Many revelers go there these days and many of those who appreciate the island for its many other assets avoid the palce on full moon nights. Koh Pha Ngan beaches have nothing to envy to the one of the neighbours islands. With forests and waterfalls, or its temples ( some are in caves ), Koh Phangan has much appeal. less crowded ( except for Full Moon partys ) than Koh Samui and Koh Tao, Phangan get backpackers preference. The low tides, especially from June to September can make it hard to swim except on Thong Nai Pan Noi beach. Haad Salad, Bootle beach and the area around Koh Ma island are the best spots for snorkeling.
Koh Phangan is also close to two of the best dive sites in Thailand, Sail Rock and Chumphon Pinnacle and near the Ang Thong Marine National Park.
The months of October and November are particularly rainy in Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Samui, better focus on other months of the year to come here.
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Accommodations in Koh Phangan

In Koh Phangan, the Full Moon Party takes takes place in Haad Rin, so it is logically the part of the island where there hotels and guesthouses are the most numerous. Used to receive massive crowd, this is the place in Thailand where tehre are the most multiple-bed rooms. If you plan to come to Koh Phangan for the Full Moon, it is essential to book your room in advance. Hotels and accommodation on the island are literally mobbed. Room rates are often more expensive during the party also. The rest of the time, it is much easier to find a room in Koh Phangan and the island is much quieter. The cheapest guesthouses in Koh Phangan, are in Thong Sala but access to the sea there is not suitable for swimming. There are also some nice and cheap resorts inland. Anyway to enjoy Koh Phangan, rent a scooter but be careful the descending and ascending roads can be very tricky and dangerous especially during the Full Moon Party when you may cross drunk drivers on the road.

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My recommandations

People often ask me what accommodations I recommend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Koh Phangan.

Hotel in Koh Phangan

Ao Wok Tum

Hotel in Koh Phangan

Haad Rin

Hotel in Koh Phangan

Ao Ban Tai

Hotel in Koh Phangan

Ao Wok Tum

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Practical information about Koh Phangan

You can reach the island either by taking a boat from Chumphon or Surat Thani or by going to Koh Samui by plane and taking the boat to Koh Pha Ngan. Note that there are bus + ferry tickets offered by certain bus companies, especially from or to Bangkok (you can book tickets online here) but be carefull valuable things are often stolen from the luggage in the bus during the ferry trip or on night buses.

How to go to Koh Phangan ?

You can get to Koh Phangan island either by taking a boat from Chumphon or Surat Thani (Donsak pier) or taking a flight to Koh Samui and then a boat to Koh Phangan. Note that there are bus + ferry packages offered by some companies with departures from the Khao San Road district with Lomprayah (online reservations HERE) or from Bangkok South Bus Terminal. Nok Air and Air Asia offer packages from Bangkok including flight + transfer by bus or van to the pier and then ferry. Usually these are flights to Surat Thani but there are also options via Nakhon Si Thammarat or Chumphon. From Surat Thani, ferries depart from Donsak which is an hour and a half by bus from the city, the airport or railway station. The plane + bus + ferry packages via Surat Thani are often chosen by travelers because it is a good compromise between price and travel time. Flights to Koh Samui are expensive compared to other domestic flights in Thailand because Samui airport belongs to the Bangkok Airways which has a monopoly and intends to make it profitable. There are almost hourly ferrys that connect Koh Samui and Koh Tao or Koh Phangan. From Koh Samui, especially if you are aiming to stay at Haad Rin beach, I advise you to take the boat from Big Buddha Pier.

Note that since Air Asia's direct flight Chiang Mai - Surat Thani has been moved and take off in the evening, it is no longer possible to connect their flight with a ferry to Phangan island. The best option, except if you're ok to spend the night in a hotel in Surat Thani< /a>, is to take 2 seperate flights with a stopover in Bangkok. Plan enough time between the 2 flights and take a flight from Bangkok which leaves from the same airport as the one where your flight from Chiang Mai will land (there are more flights to and from Don Muang). I would say count 2h30 between the 2 flights if you do not change airport. If you take the same company for both flights, they will probably be able to transfer your checked baggage automatically during your stopover if you specify it when checking in at the company's counter.

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My selection of tours & activities in Koh Phangan

Discover Koh Phangan on a 4x4 Koh Phangan

Discover Koh Phangan on a 4x4

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Discover the natural beauty of Koh Phangan island differently on a day that will focus on local life and atmosphere. Departure from Koh Samui possible.

Open Water Diver course and certification program in Koh Phangan Koh Phangan

Open Water Diver course and certification program in Koh Phangan

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Dive the best dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand in one day! You will go to South West Pinnacle, Samran Pinnacle, Sail Rock and Shark Island.

Try Scuba Diving (1 or 2 dives) in Koh Phangan Koh Phangan

Try Scuba Diving (1 or 2 dives) in Koh Phangan

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Dives trip all levels from Koh Phangan island.

How to get around in Koh Phangan ?

In Koh Phangan, the songthaews are kings and quite expensive if you take them alone or not with other passengers. You can hail them on the road or find them in Thong Sala at the road and the roundabout in front of the docks. There are several routes depending on the destination but all go and stop in Thong Sala which is the capital of the island. Apart from them, there are a few motorcycle taxis but the best to get around in Koh Phangan is to rent a scooter. There are many many bikes renters. Always check the bike condition before taking it and don't hesitate to take pictures to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Festivals in Koh Phangan ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Koh Phangan. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
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Full Moon Party

This festival generally takes place in the month of Several times a year

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Other places to see in Koh Phangan

Wat Khao Tham Koh Phangan
Wat Khao Tham
small temple on a hill which is especially interesting for its peaceful atmosphere among the trees and the view it offers on the area particularly beautiful at sunset. It is also a meditation center that regularly hosts foreigners.
Wat Pho Koh Phangan
Wat Pho
and its little herbal sauna open every afternoon. It welcomes you for a ridiculous price of 10 baht. The temple itself has nothing exceptional.
Phaeng Waterfall Koh Phangan
Phaeng Waterfall
the most impressive waterfall in Ko Phangan. It is located in Thansadej National Park but at the end of the dry season, there is just than a trickle of water and it is much less impressive. Try to come earlier or during raining season.
Koh Phangan Giant Tree Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan Giant Tree
This is definitely not a must visit in Koh Phangan but if you are going to enjoy the little Wat Pho herbal sauna, the Giant Yang Na Yai tree is really not far away, less than 5 minutes walk and really impressive.
Wang Sai Waterfall Koh Phangan
Wang Sai Waterfall
Less known waterfall in Koh Phangan but which thanks to an artificial pond has enough water all year round to bathe. There is also a recreation center with an amber tree.
Wat Thong Nai Pan Koh Phangan
Wat Thong Nai Pan
This small temple is worth a visit, especially if you are staying on Thong Nai Pan beach, for its chedi built with thousands of empty beer bottles. Its interior with the light passing through the colored glass is amazing! The temple is located at the end of the beach and is easy to access by walking.

Weather & climate in Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan has a tropical savanna climate. The island has only one month of true dry season (February). The climate is hot and humid for most of the year but the island is on average less humid than Phuket. The rainiest months are October and especially November. The rest of the year, given the tropical climate, showers are brief. The best moment to come to Koh Phangan is from January to April but Koh Phangan is also enjoyable during the months of July and August. At this time of the year Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao are the islands of Thailand where the weather is the best. The months of October and especially November (sometimes until mid-December) are not recommended for a stay in Ko Phangan.

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When to go to Koh Phangan ?

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How to ask in Thai to go to Koh Phangan ?

I want to go to Koh Phangan / Yak paï ti Koh Phangan.
Where is Koh Phangan ? / Koh Phangan you ti naï ?
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