Famed the world over for its full moon parties, Koh Phangan has much more to offer and these insights will help you plan an unforgettable holiday to this Thai island.
Where to Stay
Stay by the coast to enjoy the island’s pristine shores. Haad Rin Beach is home to the monthly full moon parties, while you can also consider Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach where properties like Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas offer laidback getaways. Other options include Leela Beach, Chaloklum Beach and Srithanu Beach.
When to Visit
The peak season is from December to March and offers sublime weather. You can also enjoy stays at a Koh Phangan resort in the hot season from April to August; temperatures can soar but there’s plenty to do as well. The rainy season from September to November brings showers but not all the time and rates will be less too.
What to See
For sightseeing, visit key attractions in Koh Phangan such as the Kuan Yin Chinese shrine, Wat Koh Tham (Mountain Cave Monastery) and Namtok Than Sadet National Park. Super bargains and foodie delights await at the Thong Sala Night Market, while excursions to Ang Thong Marine National Park are not to be missed.
How to Get Around
Ideally, stay at a resort that will organise excursions for you be it on land or at sea. For local transport, you get songthaews which are converted pick-up trucks, while motorbike and bicycle rentals are available too. To get a coastal view of Koh Phangan or travel to nearby islands, there are longtail boats and luxury yacht options.