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Koh Phangan Holidays

Island paradise is a fitting description of this isolated Thai destination known for backpacking, great diving and a giant party with every full moon. 

Visit Koh Phangan to dive, backpack, learn to box, revel in a moon-lit beach party or simply relax. This tropical area is popular for people of all ages. Depending on your mood, visit the island’s north end for tranquil isolation or south end for wild parties.

Find the right diving for your skill level with dive operators in the northern village of Chaloklum. If you’re a beginner, learn the basics over sandbars in the Gulf of Thailand. Explore Sail Rock to see barracuda, batfish and possibly a whale shark. Consider an extended stay for concentrated training to earn advanced PADI certification.

When you’re not diving, enjoy numerous sandy beaches. Visit Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach for sunbathing, snorkelling or riding a water scooter. De-stress at a nearby yoga class.

The island’s vast jungle interior rises to 630 meters (2,070 feet). Hike to waterfalls or join organised activities of zip lines, canopy rope courses or elephant trekking.

The southern beaches of Haad Rin centre on party activities, with fire dancing, multiple DJs, body painting and beer by the bucket. Join the crowd revelling each month when the moon is full. The 2000 movie, The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was filmed in this area.

You can also participate in uniquely Thai activities. Watch, or better yet, train at a kickboxing gym. Attend a culinary school to learn the secrets of making delicious curries or pad Thai. Visit a distillery that creates spirits from tropical fruits.

Koh Phangan is 55 kilometres (34 miles) off the south-eastern coast of Thailand. Ferry from Don Sak or Surat Thani on the mainland in 2 to 3 hours or fly to Koh Samui, another popular Thai holiday spot, and reach the island via catamaran in 30 minutes. Taxis and mopeds are convenient transport options on the small island.

The best times for diving are March to October. Enjoy a mix of peaceful relaxation and party atmosphere on your Koh Phangan holiday.

Accommodation in Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is much loved by tourists, and offers a nice selection of places to stay. Expedia's Koh Phangan lodging guide makes booking a breeze.

If you feel like splashing out to make your island vacation truly special, make a reservation at one of its more high-end hotels and apartments, such as the Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas or the Chantaramas Resort and Spa. Those looking for cheaper accommodation should check out the rates at the Zoe Frenchy Resort and the Mai Pen Rai Bungalows, two of the island's less expensive choices.

Unwinding on a beach doing not much is nice and all, but there's nothing like opening yourself up to new experiences on your vacation!

Your trip to Ko Pha-ngan is just about to get really exciting. There are loads of things to do, such as:

Jump onto our Ko Pha-ngan things to do page for a full list of activities.


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High Life Bungalow
Reviewed on May 8, 2019
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High Life Bungalow

High Life Bungalow

     
    4.1 of 5
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Amazing views. Check in could have been smoother and friendlier. Bed to hard. Excellent pool with sea view. Some of the restaurant staff don't speak much English.

    PingChan Beachfront Resort P6,097
    Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019
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    PingChan Beachfront Resort

    PingChan Beachfront Resort

       
      4.7 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nice quiet beach. Good food at the restaurant. Overall a great stay.

      Dreamville Koh Phangan P1,632
      Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020
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      Dreamville Koh Phangan

      Dreamville Koh Phangan

      133 M1, Thongsala, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani
         
        3.9 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        The owner was great and helpful. The room sparkling clean, all amenities well arranged, cozy setting and good ambience. Kindly bring mosquito repellent since the concept around is back to nature. Location was easy to find and easy access. Near to Phantip Market, Family Mart + 7 eleven are in walking ...

        Seaboard Bungalows P2,379
        Reviewed on Jan 5, 2020
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        Seaboard Bungalows

        Seaboard Bungalows

           
          3.5 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great Sunset Beach, nice big bungalows, tasty Italian and Thai food at the Restaurant. Beautiful plants and flowers on the propriety as well as a beautiful lightning at night. 7/11 24 hour shop is very close as many other shops and restaurants. We enjoyed Very much our stay during the New Year ...

          Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas P9,096
          Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020
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          Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas

          Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas

             
            4.7 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The property setting with beautiful gardens and right on the beach was fantastic. The ocean view villa was spacious and well fitted with a big terrace with a jacuzzi pool and view of the sea. Near the hotel within short walking distance and a quiet road are a number of local restaurants if u don’t ...

            Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa P3,246
            Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020
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            Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa

            Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa

               
              4.7 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Spacious and quiet despite being a big hotel. Had our own pool villa.

              Panviman Resort, Koh Phangan
              Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020
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              Panviman Resort, Koh Phangan

              Panviman Resort, Koh Phangan

              22/1 Moo 5, T. Baan Tai, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani
                 
                4.6 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Brilliant. Couldn’t fault. Five star service. We had an amazing time here

                Buri Rasa Koh Phangan P3,606
                Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020
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                Buri Rasa Koh Phangan

                Buri Rasa Koh Phangan

                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Quiet location on the beach. Little shops around the hotel. Not the place to stay if you want night life.

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