Koh Phangan is a beautiful island right in the Gulf of Thailand, famed for its full moon party held monthly. It is located between Koh Tao (35kms) and Koh Samui islands (15 km). The word "Ngan" means sand, possibly due to the island’s numerous sand bars. The primary economic activity for the natives was coconut farming and fishing. In the 1960's there was a lot of tin mining, but that collapsed during the 1970's. Tourism then took off as a major economic activity, up to date.
From Bangkok- Thailand's capital, you can either take a bus, train or plain and ferry to Koh Phangan.
Songserm also offers ferry transport services from Koh Phangan to nearby islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao.
The full moon on Koh Phangan is a beautiful site, and some tourists started organizing a party once a month when the moon was up. The party is usually held at the sandy Haad Rin Nok beach, attracting 10,000-30,000 tourists into the island every month. If you want to have a crazy, wild night of drinking and partying, this is the place to go. You will experience a once in a lifetime sensation of freedom and happiness away from the boredom and monotony of everyday life.
Fire eaters entertain people through
the night, even as the DJ's fire up the
keeping everyone on their feet all night.
Koh Phangan offers some of the most pristine and sandy beaches in Thailand. It's good to note that the best time to visit is between December and March when the water is high, clean and perfect for diving, snorkeling, and swimming. Some of these beaches are: Haad Khuat (bottle beach), Haad Salad,Haad Riin Nok (full moon beach), Haad Son (secret beach), Haad Riin (sunrise and sunset beaches) and Haad Moe Haad.
The Kun Yin is a Chinese temple with three buildings overlooking the Chaloklhum bay. The Kun Yin is the goddess of mercy, and the temple is surrounded by an interesting story of a woman's dream, and how it came to be built into a temple. The shrine is also a perfect spot for viewing Koh Tao Island since it is on a high mountain.
Koh Phangan is home to several waterfalls
from the beach whereby you can have a
time. The best time to visit the water falls
after rainfall when there is plenty of water
flowing. The most outstanding water falls
• The Thaan Sadet.
• Phaeng waterfall.
• Wang Sai waterfall.
• Than Prawet.
Located on the south coast of Koh Phangan, the Wat Pho sauna provides deep relaxation and detoxification for all who visit, especially after a night out partying in the full moon party. The sauna makes use of herbs which are vaporized, and the client breathes in the hot vapor, opening up the skin's pores which then release all toxins from the body, leaving you feeling fresh and rejuvenated. The sauna is nearby a fish pond and a shop selling herbal remedies.
You can get to Koh Tao by: