Koh Phangan has more to it than the infamous Full Moon Party. Our Koh Phangan Quick Guide includes adventurous activities, great beaches, dining and more.
Although it’s best known for its monthly Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan has a lot more to offer than just wild nightlife. The island is mountainous, naturally beautiful and quieter and less developed than nearby Koh Samui, Koh Phangan is home to some of the Gulf of Thailand’s best beaches.
From inexpensive beachside bungalows to luxury resorts, a huge range of hotels and resorts are available on Koh Phangan, making this beautiful and quiet island a great choice for luxury and budget travellers alike.
Main Areas of Interest in Koh Phangan
- Thong Sala
Koh Phangan’s administrative centre and port, Thong Sala are where you’ll exit the ferry from Koh Samui or Surat Thani. Thong Sala is home to most of Koh Phangan’s administrative and safety-related centres, such as the island’s police station and international hospital.
- Ban Tai Beach
Stretching along much of Koh Phangan’s southeastern coast, Ban Tai Beach is a long beach that offers fantastic views of the sunset. A range of resorts, hotels and restaurants are located along the beach, making it a convenient place to stay.
- Ban Kai Beach
One of Koh Phangan’s more relaxing beaches, Ban Kai Beach is located between Ban Tai Beach and Haad Rin, home of Koh Phangan’s infamous full moon parties. Ban Kai is home to a good selection of hotels and resorts, as well as beachfront restaurants and vendors.
- Haad Rin Beach
Although Haad Rin Beach is best known for its Full Moon Party, this beautiful beach has a lot more to offer than just drinks and beachfront clubbing. Haad Rin offers a mix of natural beauty and convenience, with a great selection of restaurants, bars and shops close to the beach.
- Haad Yao Beach
Located on Koh Phangan’s quiet eastern coastline, Haad Yao Beach is a naturally beautiful beach that’s well known for its great snorkelling. Clear water and a reef located just off the beach make this Haad Yao one of the best beaches in Koh Phangan for snorkellers.
- Thong Nai Pan Beach
Quiet and clean, the twin beaches of Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai are great for sunbathing and enjoying Koh Phangan’s natural beauty. Thong Nai Pan Noi is the busier of the two beaches thanks to its deep water and relaxed beachside atmosphere.