Koh Pha Ngan tourist information Thailand

Gulf of Thailand island of Koh Phangan has acquired legendary status in the global backpacker stakes, partly owning to the monthly Full Moon Parties at Haad Rin – the world’s biggest beach rave – but also thanks to the cult novel The Beach by Alex Garland and the subsequent Hollywood blockbuster of the same name.

While Koh Phangan has retained its hedonistic appeal for the Full Moon Party, there are plenty of other reasons to visit the island that pure overindulgence. Koh Phangan is blessed with some of the best beaches in Asia, has a raft of fun activities including diving, snorkelling and kitesurfing to try, and boasts world class hotels, spas and treatment centres.

Bungalows & resorts

The island of Koh Phangan is not merely the preserve of basic beach huts with some of the biggest names in Asian hospitality opening high-end resorts to rival Phuket or Koh Samui...more

Beaches

Koh Phangan has some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand whether you are seeking out tranquility away from the crowds, want to snorkel at offshore reefs or party until dawn...more

Nightlife & bars

Koh Phangan is one of the best places to let your hair down in the world with a range of chic lounge bars, Irish pubs and - of course - the hedonism of the irrepressible Full Moon Party...more

Getting here

Getting to Koh Phangan is a relatively simple if time-consuming prospect with international flights arriving at nearby Samui International Airport and ferries from the mainland...more

Visiting Koh Phangan from Koh Tao

Haad Rin first grew into the public imagination during the 1970s when long-haired hippies began a beach party to coincide with the full moon, and the occasion has grown beyond all recognition with up to 300,000 people coming here to shake a tailfeather once a month.

However, many people are becoming extremely put off by the commercial nature of the event and choosing to forego the entire Full Moon experience and relax in ‘real Koh Phangan’ beach resorts such as Haad Kuad, Haad Thiand or Haad Yuan.

No matter whether you love or hate the Full Moon Party bedlam, there is certainly a different corner of this picturesque island that is sure to capture your imagination and win over your heart.

And more affluent holidaymakers are coming to Koh Phangan to enjoy the bevy of boutique resorts that have opened up in recent years. Visitors are no longer only offered simple beach shacks, with five star establishments boasting private beaches, health clubs and eco-friendly villas.

Getting to Koh Phangan is a little tricky as there is no air terminal on the island so visitor are left between expensive flights to nearby Koh Samui and then a short ferry, or a long bus/train to the mainland port of Surat Thani and a boat from there.

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