Holidays To Koh Phangan: Guide + Hotels

Koh Phangan Photo credit: Robert Nyman
Koh Phangan.
Photo credit: Robert Nyman

Koh Phangan is the classic tropical beach paradise that lives in our collective minds, where long immaculate white sandy beaches are lined with gently swaying palm trees. The dream includes incredible sunsets and sunrises, amazing hiking trails and a whole ocean of magnificently crystal clear water for bathing, diving and a whole range of other water sports. Accommodations here range from awesome luxury resorts to rustic bungalows that lack amenities but are overloaded with charm. Even though there are a lot of visitors to this magic spot, (somewhere between 10 and 30 thousand people show up for the famous monthly Full Moon parties!) this jewel offers a grand variety of undiscovered and uncrowded corners, hidden beaches, off trail nooks and quiet accommodations.

 Photo credit: alonlaudon
Photo credit: alonlaudon

To Do
Although it is a little island measuring only some 40 kilometers across the center, there is a lot to do on Koh Phangan. This is a great location for backpackers and the island is criss-crossed with paths that wander from the coast into the lush interior jungles. Many visitors rent small motorcycles to get around, but for those wishing to enjoy alcohol, safer transportation is available in the form of songthaew, the inexpensive local truck taxis. The spectacular Than Sadet Park in the center is filled with waterfalls that provide dramatic bathing opportunities, and the coastline includes both sandy beaches for lounging and rocky shorelines perfect for snorkelling. Koh Phangan has some great deeper water sites too and is often a way point on the trip north to the island of Ko Tao, which is a scuba diver’s paradise.

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