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Ko Pha-ngan

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Free Cancellation
P2,959
per night
14 Apr - 15 Apr

Nestled on the beach, this Ko Pha-ngan resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach and 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach. Bottle Beach ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,221 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
5 out of 5
P10,853
per night
7 Apr - 8 Apr

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! (252 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
Haad Yao Bay View Resort and Spa
Haad Yao Bay View Resort and Spa
3 out of 5

Located in Ko Pha-ngan, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Haad Yao Beach and Salad Beach. Mae Haad Beach and Koh Ma are also ...

3.4/5 (364 reviews)
I would go again and again

"Amazing place for great price. Had a room right on the ocean with massage hut on the beach about 50 feet away. Very friendly and helpful staff. Good food. Great location."…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

Haad Yao Bay View Resort and Spa

Top activities in Ko Pha-ngan

Koh Phi Phi to Koh Phangan by Ferry, Lomprayah Coach and Catamaran
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Koh Phi Phi to Koh Phangan by Ferry, Lomprayah Coach and Catamaran

P1,613
Per adult
Krabi to Koh Phangan by Lomprayah Coach and High Speed Catamaran
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Krabi to Koh Phangan by Lomprayah Coach and High Speed Catamaran

P1,462
Per adult
Snorkel Tour to Koh Nangyuan & Koh Tao by Speed Boat from Koh Samui
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Snorkel Tour to Koh Nangyuan & Koh Tao by Speed Boat from Koh Samui

72% of travellers recommend
P3,025
Per adult
Snorkel Tour to Koh Nangyuan & Koh Tao by Speed Boat from Koh Phangan
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Snorkel Tour to Koh Nangyuan & Koh Tao by Speed Boat from Koh Phangan

P3,037
Per adult
Classic Thai Yachts Sunset Boutique Cruise to Ang Thong Park
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Classic Thai Yachts Sunset Boutique Cruise to Ang Thong Park

100% of travellers recommend
P5,324
Per adult
Iyengar Yoga Koh Phangan
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Iyengar Yoga Koh Phangan

P696
Per adult