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Ko Pha-nganThailand

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.

Top hotels in Ko Pha-ngan

Chantaramas Resort
Chantaramas Resort
4 out of 5
The price is P1,945 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Nestled on the beach, this Ko Pha-ngan resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Ban Thai Beach and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Haad Rin Nok Beach. Tong Sala Beach and Haad Rin ...

4.2/5Very Good! (260 reviews)

"The staff are very accommodating, resort is very nice."…"

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Chantaramas Resort
High Life Bungalow
High Life Bungalow
2.5 out of 5

Located in Ko Pha-ngan, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Haad Chao Phao Beach and Haad Yao Beach. Salad Beach and Mae Haad ...

4.1/5Very Good! (62 reviews)
Fantastic location

"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."…"

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

High Life Bungalow
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
5 out of 5
The price is P7,622 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Ko Pha-ngan resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach and Bottle Beach. Haad Than Sadet Beach ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (255 reviews)

"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 ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Ko Pha-ngan

Bay Villas Koh Phangan
Bay Villas Koh Phangan
5 out of 5

Situated by the sea, this luxury villa is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Salad Beach, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mae Haad Beach and Koh Ma. Bottle Beach and Thong Sala ...

3.9/5Good! (10 reviews)

"Lovely Villas and amazing view,We are enjoy the Sunset everyday in the pool..I definitely love to stay again and also suggest anyone who want a perfect villas with your friend and family you should rent here, ... LOVE IT :) Thank you !"…"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

Bay Villas Koh Phangan
Silan Residence
Silan Residence
3 out of 5
The price is P1,435 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Situated in Ko Pha-ngan, this beach villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Ban Chalok Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Haad Khom Beach and Mae Haad Beach. Koh Ma and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)

"The Silan Residence is a hidden gem, placed on a small clean piece of beach with crystal clear water. Large bungalow type propertys with loads of space. Think 7 beachfront. Across the road are more beside reception. I was in a one bedroom with ample space spotless clean, topped off with chairs and ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Silan Residence
Coco Lilly Villas
Coco Lilly Villas
3.5 out of 5

Situated near the beach, this villa is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Thong Sala Pier, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Bottle Beach and Salad Beach. Haad Rin Nai Beach and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (8 reviews)

"Very nice, clean and cozy. Joe was so kind and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2017

Coco Lilly Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top things to do in Ko Pha-ngan

Classic Thai Yachts Sunset Boutique Cruise to Ang Thong Park
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Classic Thai Yachts Sunset Boutique Cruise to Ang Thong Park

P5,187
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Vacation Photographer in Ko Pha Ngan
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Vacation Photographer in Ko Pha Ngan

P12,235
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Angthong National Marine Park Kayaking Adventure
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Angthong National Marine Park Kayaking Adventure

P4,441
Per adult
Koh Phangan to Koh Samui by Seatran Discovery Ferry
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Koh Phangan to Koh Samui by Seatran Discovery Ferry

P564
Per adult
One Day Road Trip (Pickup area between Haadrin - Thong Sala)
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One Day Road Trip (Pickup area between Haadrin - Thong Sala)

P786
Per adult
Full Moon Party Ko Phangan Thailand
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Full Moon Party Ko Phangan Thailand

P35,788
Per adult
Haad Yao

Haad Yao

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Thong Sala

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