The beautiful island of Koh Phangan is a tropical paradise of coconut trees, white sandy beaches and inviting blue sea.
Visitors come for the Full Moon Party held in Haad Rin at the island’s southern tip each month, but plenty tranquil spots too, and a real sense of paradise. Scuba diving and snorkelling are popular and there are places to try yoga, Thai boxing or get a massage. Enjoying island life, exploring villages and watching the world go by is another excellent reason for visiting the island of Koh Phangan.
Scuba diving and snorkelling from Phangan offer the chance to visit several excellent sites including Sail Rock – one of the most famous dive dives in the Gulf of Thailand where whale sharks are often observed.
Most visitors enter Thailand from Bangkok and from there a number of options for travel to Koh Phangan are available:
Budget: The cheapest option to get from Bangkok to Koh Phangan is a bus/ferry combination. Buses and coaches head from Bangkok to Chumphon where you can transfer to one of several ferries for the ride across to Phangan. Total journey time is likely to be in excess of ten hours.
Flights: There are flights between Bangkok and both Koh Samui and Surat Thani. From both ferries connect to Koh Phangan. The most direct route is to fly with Bangkok Airways to Samui, then catch a ferry for the short ~45 minute ride across to Phangan. Suratthani on the mainland leaves a longer ferry ride to Phangan, but the advantage is that the Bangkok-Suratthani route is operated by budget airlines Air Asia and Nok Air so you are likely to be able to pickup a cheaper flight than via Samui.
Koh Phangan is an enjoyable place to visit at most times of the year with temperatures varying between 20 and 36 degrees celsius. The hottest season runs from mid-December till April. From May to September the weather is a little less consistent but still generally good, but moving into late October and November rain becomes heavy with the onset of the monsoon season.
Koh Phangan is a delight to visit at most times of the year apart from the monsoon season. For those who like to party, timing a visit with the world famous monthly Full Moon Party is a must.
Zoom through Phangan's jungle canopy along ziplines and enjoy an elephant ride through the rainforest on an action packed half day tour
Visit the incredible Angthong marine park archipeligo to enjoy kayaking and snorkeling, viewpoints and monkeys!
Trek through the jungle and ride an elephant, snorkel from a Thai longtail boat & visit Than Sadet National Park
Full day boat cruise from Koh Phangan to amazing Ang Thong Marine park, kayaking and snorkeling amongst the islands
Round island adventure including elephant trekking, kayaking and snorkeling around Tae Nai Island and visiting a hilltop temple
Ride a 4x4 ATV quad bike along off-road trails through the Thai jungle, and visit a nearby elephant camp for a memorable trek
Full day tour trekking up Khao Ra, highest peak on Koh Phangan, plus take an elephant ride, visit a Chinese temple and cool off in the Phaeng waterfall
Board a luxury 12.5M catamaran for a full, half day or sunset cruise round Koh Phangan, snorkeling and sightseeing around the island
Tackle the Phangan Wipeout obstacle course located at the island's only freshwater lake, and visit a jungle elephant camp
Go crazy at the Koh Phangan Black Moon Party on a 5D/4N package, including accommodation, elephant trekking and a boat trip
5D package combining accommodation, boat trip, elephant trekking and a visit to the famous Half Moon Party in Koh Phangan
Join Safari Boat for a full day adventure, snorkeling around the coral reefs surrounding nearby Koh Tao & Nangyuan
Been partying too hard? Time to get back in shape with a 3D/2N yoga and detox package, relaxing and re-energising amongst stunning scenery
Trek through the jungle of Koh Phangan, visiting a waterfall and elephant camp, accompanied by experienced and knowledgable local guides
Awesome full day rainforest adventure including visits to an elephant camp, Phaeng waterfalls, a canopy zip-line experience & snorkel at Koh Ma
Visit Thaan Sadet Waterfall, Thong Nai Pan Beach, a Chinese Temple & shrine, spectacular viewpoint, snake show and try elephant trekking!
Try archery and visit a jungle elephant camp in a half day action filled tour of Koh Phangan
Try snorkelling in Phangan's Mae Haad Bay, visit a temple, venemous animal show and enjoy an elephant trek through the jungle
Ultimate party package, exploring the Phangan rainforest, taking a boat trip, visiting a Schnapps distillery and experiencing the Koh Phangan Full Moon Party
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