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The Best Guide to Koh Phangan

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Why Visit Koh Phangan?

Koh Phangan is an island which is the midst of a very subtle but noticeable change. The once remote backpacker island which came alive once a month for the hedonistic full moon party is starting to become upmarket and package tour friendly. Roads are being tarmaced, old shack lodging replaced by expensive complexes and upmarket eateries are appearing.

Koh Phangan Overview

Thankfully Koh Phangan is still 15 years behind Koh Samui and the masses have not yet fully arrived. The islands atmosphere is still backpacker and chilled but the small stretch of water separating Samui and Phangan will not hold back the flood of tourism, visit Koh Phangan now before the exotic undiscovered feel is completely lost.

 

Practically Koh Phangan is so much better than it's larger brother Koh Samui in almost every sense, the deserted beaches to the north win hands down. As the seas are less crowded there is more marine life and coral has not been trampled on by careless tourists. The roads are much quieter and safer to drive on, though not all roads have been tarmaced yet. The vibe is more relaxed with less old western new chasing for Thai brides. Oh, and the island hosts the largest beach party in Asia every single month.

Koh Phangan is possible the best beach island in the Thailand Gulf, it has a careful balance between tourist amenities while still a paradise destination. The two main towns of the island, Laem Hat Rin and Thong Sala both lie on the south coats of the island with tourism spreading along the eastern coast.

 

The centre of the island is dominated by large mountains and very dense jungle coverage, this has partially limited the development of the north as the main road passes through these steep hills and is still dirt track in sections. The highest mountain on the island is Khao Ra and from the summit of 630m there are spectacular panoramic views over the island. The northern beaches are regarded as the best of Koh Phangan but there are numerous other great beaches along the western side.

 

The two towns offer all expected facilities of a tourist resort with a range of restaurants bars and shops. Thong Sala has a excellent food market which mainly caters for Thai's but provides the best value and tasting food on the island.

Top Activities During a Holiday to Koh Phangan

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When to Go?

When to Go to Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan Travel Guide to when to go

Where to Stay?

Where to Stay on Koh Phangan

Where to stay on Ko Phangan and best beach

Need a Hotel?

Koh Phangan hotel

Get the best hotels
for the cheapest price

Bottle Beach

Bottle Beach Koh Phangan

Beautiful beach to the
north of the island

Sail Rock

Sail Rock

The best diving location
in the Gulf of Thailand

Full Moon

Full Moon party Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan travel guide to the full moon party

Food Market

Food Market Koh Phangan

The only place to eat while staying on Koh Phangan

Koh Tao Day trip

Koh Tao Tour day trip

A guide to the stunning island of Koh Tao as a day trip

When to Go?

When to Go to Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan Travel Guide to when to go

Where to Stay?

Where to Stay on Koh Phangan

Where to stay on Ko Phangan and best beach

Need a Hotel?

Koh Phangan hotel

Get the best hotels
for the cheapest price

Bottle Beach

Bottle Beach Koh Phangan

Beautiful beach to the
north of the island

Sail Rock

Sail Rock

The best diving location
in the Gulf of Thailand

Full Moon

Full Moon party Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan travel guide to the full moon party

Food Market

Food Market Koh Phangan

The only place to eat while staying on Koh Phangan

Koh Tao Day trip

Koh Tao Tour day trip

A guide to the stunning island of Koh Tao as a day trip

When to Go?

When to Go to Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan Travel Guide to when to go

Where to Stay?

Where to Stay on Koh Phangan

Where to stay on Ko Phangan and best beach

Need a Hotel?

Koh Phangan hotel

Get the best hotels
for the cheapest price

Bottle Beach

Bottle Beach Koh Phangan

Beautiful beach to the
north of the island

Sail Rock

Sail Rock

The best diving location
in the Gulf of Thailand

Full Moon

Full Moon party Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan travel guide to the full moon party

Food Market

Food Market Koh Phangan

The only place to eat while staying on Koh Phangan

Koh Tao Day trip

Koh Tao Tour day trip

A guide to the stunning island of Koh Tao as a day trip