Content posted on Jul 19, 2017
10 Fantastic Beauty Places
in Koh Phangan
If you are planning to visit Koh Phangan, a famous island for parties. Vecay is telling you how to go to Koh Phangan and those must-visited places for your Vecay.

Before you decide how to travel to Koh Phangan, let we brief short introduction of Koh Phangan first. Koh Phangan and surrounding islands (Koh Samui and Koh Tao) are famous islands of Surat Thani province, a tourist province in Southern Thailand. Koh Phangan is the 2nd largest island meanwhile, Koh Samui is the biggest.
You can travel to Koh Phangan by 3 ways: 1) by Air 2) by Bus and 3) by Train

Keep in your mind that a longer time, a cheaper trip. Getting to Koh Phangan by airplane is the shortest and easiest way. Just book the flight from your country to Surat Thani province, Thailand. But, you may need to change to domestic flight in Bangkok obviously. When you arrive Surat Thani Airport, you can buy tickets including boat and bus directed to Koh Phangan at the Information Counter. We would recommend you to buy from Pantip counter. They would charge you around THB460 per person. This price includes ferry fare and bus ticket.
 
Travelling to Koh Phangan by bus is an alternative. You can buy ticket that include bus and ferry at Kao San Road - the bus routes directly to Koh Phangan whereas, you will arrive Koh Phangan about noon of the next day. In meantime, Lomprayah Catamaran and Seatran Discovery are ferry companies that also arrange the route from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. You also can book and see more information from their website.
 
If you would like to experience the natural beauty along the way to the destination, you should consider Train as a perfect adventure for your journey. There are several types of seat you can choose on train but, we recommend Second Class (Air Con or Fan) - Sleeper trains are the best as you get a table and sofa that turns into fairly spacious beds; the lower bunk is bigger so best. The best of course is Frist Class with a sink and double bunks in each room, good if you are travelling with a lot of stuff. It is worth booking ahead with a travel agent as the train is a popular choice of transport and fills up quickly during peak periods.
 
All trains for Phangan stop at Suratthani railway station which is a few miles out of town, so if you have to stay in Suratthani, it is cheapest to lodge near the station otherwise you must rent a Songthaew taxi. Most trains arrive in the morning and guides take you to buses which transport to the ferry port, approximately a 1 hour drive away.
If you arrive at the train station without an onward ferry ticket there are plenty of travel offices opposite the railway station, any of which can arrange the transfer to the pier. (All tickets can be conveniently booked in advance online at thairailticket)
 




1. Full Moon Party
 
Location: Haad Rin, Koh Pha Ngan, Surat Thaini, a province in Southern Thailand
 
Attraction: The Full Moon Party takes place every month throughout the year. Its attractions include fire skipping ropes, alcohol "buckets", and drugs. There is a very wide spectrum of music ranging from trance, to drum and bass, to reggae. The party takes place in many clubs along the Haad Rin beach.
 
Recommended Period: Next Full Moon will be held on Thursday 11 May 2017. Check Full Moon schedule from this (More information, Click Here)
 
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2. Half Moon Party
 
Location:  Baan Tai – a central area on Koh Phangan.


Attraction: The extraordinary selection of electronic music it showcases, presenting a wide range of cutting edge innovative music. (More information, Click Here)
 

Recommended Period: Next Halfmoon will be held on April 19, 2017. (More information, Click Here)

 
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3. Bottle Beach or Haad Khuad
 
Location: North part of Koh Phangan
 
Attraction:
· Diving is a popular activity at Bottle Beach. Scuba and snorkelling are offered from the resorts. While Bottle Beach has fish and related undersea wildlife, there are no coral reefs.
· Hiking on one of the many trails on the island. Hotels and resorts offer trekking tours and you can also do your own self-guided hikes. Hike to the highest point of the island, at 600 m.
· Go kayaking and explore the other nearby islands.
· Get a Thai massage on the beach which is often offered by hotels and resorts on the beach.
 

Recommended Period:  All season

 
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4. Haad Salad translated as ‘pirate beach’
 
Location: On the west coast of Koh Phangan just above the longer beach of Haad Yao - about 20 minutes by taxi or motorbike to reach Haad Salad from the main port town of Thongsala.
 
Attraction: Haad Salad Beach in the local dialect translates as 'pirate beach'. This is because the sheltered cove with its coral reefs and shallow bay was inaccessible by the Thai navy and hence made an excellent place for smugglers to hide. Nowadays the beautiful white sand beach and crystal clear waters of Haad Salad are no longer used by pirates but rather by those looking for a paradise beach holiday.
· Diving, Snorkelling
· Eating or Drinking
· Water/Beach Sports
· Kayaking
· Beach Volleyball
· Wipeout at Laem Son Lake
· Off the beach
· Mountain biking, kiteboarding
· Trekking, visit Wang Sai Waterfall
· Beauty / Health
· Thai Massage
· Beauty treatments, yoga
 

Recommended Period: All season

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5. Thong Nai Pan -Thong Nai Pan Noi & Thong Nai Pan Yai
 
Location: In the east and sunrise side of the island - both beaches are the image of paradise with softly curved white sand bays surrounded by mountains covered in rich tropical rainforest. To visit, there are two ways including travelling by minibus from Tong Sala port or taking taxi costing 100 baht per person leaving at 12.30 and 17.00.
 
Attraction: Enjoy swimming at the beach all year round with enough waves to start surfing. In addition, there are bars and restaurants available at the beach. Tourists who like waking up early can enjoy sunbathing here. Tong Nai Pan Yai Beach is longer than Tong Nai Pan Noi Beach with more option for accommodation. There is also a hiking trail for climbing up the mountain and waterfall. Around PhaNganIsland, the rain forest is stil in good condition.
 

Recommended Period: All season

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6. Chinese Temple
 
Location: South of Ao Chaloklum beach near the road leading to Thongsala
 
Attraction: Chinese temple Guan Yin on Koh Phangan consists of three separate buildings, and inside the main building there is the statue of the goddess of mercy Guan Yin decorated with candles, incense, ceramic figurines and flowers. The next part of the complex with other Taoist deities is intended for meditation, and the third for the donatation. Not far from main structure visitors can see the figure of a smiling Buddha, who as the legend for good luck and financial prosperity you need. There are three main festivals during the year which are dedicated to Chinese Buddha, in January, May and August. Every year thousands of pilgrims and tourists from around the world visiting a Chinese temple Guan Yin in Koh Phangan to pray, meditate, or simply admire the magnificent religious building in the Chinese style. Especially love this temple women, children and men, such as trade-related, because they patronize Guan Yin. Chinese temple has some viewpoints with magnificent views of the surrounding landscape till Ao Chaloklum.
 

Recommended Period: Open public daily during daytime with free entrance; however, voluntary donations are welcome even in a few baht

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7. Chaloklum Beach
 
Location: On Ao Chaloklum - two and a half kilometers long, with the main village of Chaloklum right in the center.
 
Attraction: The village of Chaloklum is a popular place for house rentals and there is all sorts of accommodation available, from fisherman's shacks and purpose built bungalows to A/C residences with satellite TV. As it has a large Thai community, it's possible to live here pretty cheaply with loads of good noodle stalls, cheap seafood and fresh local produce at Thai prices. At either side of the village there are some nice stretches of beach, good for swimming when the tides are high (December to March), but during lower tidal seasons, you may have to time your swim to the daily high tides. The sand is more yellow and slightly coarser on the more exposed North and East coasts. The sea can be fairly choppy in high winds as the weather comes across the Gulf of Siam and breaks on the surrounding mountains. Most of the coral reef in the main part of the bay is now dead due to the extensive fishing that has gone on in the area, but the waves that break on the reef can be plenty big enough for a bit of body surfing. Due to its Northerly location, neither sunset nor sunrise can be seen from this beach.
 
Recommended Period: All season

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8. Haad Rin
 
Location: On the southern tip of Koh Pha Ngan, an island in the Gulf of Thailand with two main beaches: Sunset Beach (Haad Rin Nai) to the south and the larger Sunrise Beach (Haad Rin Nok) to the north. (More information, Click Here)
 
Attraction: The famous Full Moon Party takes place on Sunrise Beach each month. Most of the nightlife in the town is centred on beachfront spots. The original beach bars, Drop-In Bar and Cactus Bar attract the largest crowds, with nightly drinks promotions and fire shows. Here, popular chart tunes, R&B and club classics entertain the crowds. A famous feature of the Haad Rin are the nightly fire shows put on by individuals at the Cactus and Drop-In bars. Various individuals specialize in the arts of Poi and Staff, performing mind-boggling and beautiful tricks to entertain the crowds. The firesticks are ropes twisted around sticks and soaked in diesel which, when burned, emits choking clouds of toxic stench. Many tourists are inspired by the shows and opt to take up daytime lessons before joining the evening fire shows. (More information, Click Here)
 
Recommended Period: All season

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9. Phaeng Waterfall
 
Location: In Thansadej National Park, located in the center of Koh Phangan island. It is the largest and probably the easiest waterfall to access, even by bicycle.
 
Attraction: Phaeng Waterfall is part of Thansadej National Park and consists in Phaeng Noi Waterfall when you arrive just after fifty meters after the park entrance and Phaeng Yai Waterfall bordered by a path which 200 meters before the top crosses a path at the left that leads to Dom Sila Viewpoint. Like all waterfalls in Thailand, the more advanced in the dry season (November to May) you are, the less water there is. This explains why you don't see a lot of water on our pictures which were taken in the beginning of March. But the pound at the top always has enough water to bath. The path to Domsila Viewpoint, 200 meters after the intersection with the trail along the cascade is steeper but there is a ramp rope to help you climb it and you will not regret the effort because there you have a great view on a quarter of the island. Especially beautiful if the weather is clear. If you feel like it you can keep going through the forest to the top of Khao Ra, the highest mountain in Koh Phangan. (More information, Click Here)

Recommended PeriodAll season

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10. Koh Mah
 
Location: Koh Mah is a small island connected to Koh Phangan by a sandbar on Had Mae Had beach.
 
Attraction: Koh Mah is a small island connected to Koh Phangan by a sandbar on Had Mae Had beach. Easily accessible, Koh Ma has only a few bungalows. Many people refer to this island as "Paradise" and find it extremely hard to leave. Koh Mah is surrounded by an amazingly colourful, living reef. It's an ideal location for snorkeling or learning how to dive. The island itself is lush, with papaya and coconut to help yourselves to. If you want to climb to the top of the island, we recommend you bring yourselves a sturdy pair of walking boots!
 
Recommended PeriodAll season (More information, Click Here)

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