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Introduction

Ko Pha Ngan - Had Yao beach

Ko Pha Ngan - Had Yao beach

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Ko Pha Ngan (also spelt Koh Phangan) was originally one of the primary backpacker islands in all of Thailand and famous for its monthly Full Moon Party. This place has everything many budget travellers want; cheap booze, cheap western food, cheap lodging and lots of crazy all night parties. For the kind of traveller that just wants to sit on a beach, get wasted and hopefully get laid this is their dream location.

The island has changed over the years and now attracts travellers of all ages. Many are the first generation of tourists now come back with their families. There is much more to do on Ko Pha Ngan than just get wasted and party. There are stunning waterfalls, beautiful hikes and a few cute temples to explore. Also every little cove and beach is very different and any kind of traveller, including the ones that just want a hammock to kick back and relax in, can find a place the fits them. Don't just spend the entire time sitting on a beach binge drinking buckets and looking at cute girls and boys, go explore!

There are numerous resorts and fantastic beaches away from Hat Rin on the southern side. For example, moving north from the port of Thongsala along the west coast are beaches such as Hat Yao and Hat Son that offer excellent entertainment and beautiful views. Mae Hat beach is simply stunning. Moving south from Thong Sala are beaches such as Baan Kai and Baan Tai with amazing views of Ko Samui in the near distance. When the lightening storms highlight the bigger island it is light show that one cannot miss. The eastern side of the island is more remote and the roads to reach it are hard but upon reaching your final destination there are beauties to behold. For example, Thong Nai Pan Noi has been listed as one the most beautiful beaches in Asia. And Sadet has an amazing waterfall that was visited by a past King of Thailand and has his initials burned into the rocks.

One of the quieter spots on the island is Ao Chalok Lam in the north of the island about 15 minutes from the port of Thong Sala and 30 minutes from the party beach of Hat Rin. Many people choose to party hard in the south and then relax in the less developed north.

So depending on what you like, Ko Pha Ngan can be the perfect spot or exactly the place to avoid. Make sure you plan your trip with that in mind.

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Geography

This small island has great beaches and reefs on its coasts and steep mountain from 400 metres to 600 metres in the centre. It is located about 100 kilometres from Surat Thani and 15 kilometres north of Ko Samui. There are no bridges connecting to the island and not airport on the island. Making it that the only way to access the island is by boat.

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Beaches

Chalok Lam Bay West

Chalok Lam Bay West

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South Part of the Island

West Part of the Island

  • Hat Yao is a long beach with many nice budget guesthouses and a few smaller bars and has a chill vibe.
  • Ao Mae Hat.

North Part of the Island

East Part of the Island

  • Hat Khuat is an amazing beach only reachable by boat.

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Sights and Activities

  • Nam Tok Than Sadet is an excellent set of waterfalls that countless Thai kings have visited.
  • Snorkelling: Enjoy great snorkelling at the beaches of Hat Thian and Ao Thong Nai.
  • Wat Khao Tham is a nice Buddhist meditation retreat centre in the hills of the island.
  • Elephant Trekking Camp: Experience some eco tourism with this group providing elephant trips and hikes near the beach of Ao Chalok Lam.

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Events and Festivals

Full Moon Party

Started in the 90s the Full Moon Party has grown in epic proportions. Some months have more visitors than others, but even on average over 10,000 people attend this all night beach party! Live it up and drink some buckets at the largest monthly beach party in the world.

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Weather

Like much of Thailand, Ko Pha Ngan has a warm tropical climate with high temperatures and humidity. Temperatures during the day average between 29 and 32 degrees Celsius (May - September being the warmest time) while nights are mostly around 24 or 25 degrees Celsius. Unlike much of Thailand though, there is not a very dry or very wet season. Rain is possible during most of the year and most of this falls during October (300mm) and especially November (400mm). Then from December to March, there are still heavy rainshowers possible, while from April it becomes drier regarding the amount of rain, but there are more days with rain (around 20 versus 12-14 during December to March), meaning less intense rain.

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Getting There

Ko Pha Ngan is 100 kilometres from Surat Thani and 15 kilometres north of Ko Samui, making it easy to travel to and from.

By Plane

The nearest airport is Samui Airport (USM) on the island of Ko Samui. From there, you can catch the ferry to reach the island of Ko Pha Ngan. Samui Airport has domestic flights to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phuket and U-Tapao. There are also limited international flights to Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. The airlines that fly in and out of Samui Airport are:

The airport is not far from Big Buddha Pier, which is where most ferries to and from Ko Pha Ngan depart from. There are frequent transfers from the airport to the pier by minivan during the day.

By Boat

The only way to actually reach the island is by ferry. Almost all the ferries arrive in the south-west corner of the island at the port of Thong Sala, which is really only a jumping point to other beaches and there will be plenty of people trying to convince you to go to their resort. When leaving the island it is best to buy tickets for the ferry at the port and not from travel agents, because some travellers have been sold fake tickets in the past by travel agents. At the port it is possible to arrange a ferry, bus or train ticket combo back to Bangkok. There is also regular ferries to Ko Samui and the neighbouring island national park of Ko Tao.

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Getting Around

By Car

The best way to get around the island is to rent a motor bike or to jump in the back of a share truck. The roads can be bit rough making the driving slow at times.

By Boat

Many of the beaches on the northern part of the island will provide boat transport to and from the Full Moon Party on Hat Rin

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Eat

All of the beaches have a full selection of Western and Asian cuisine.

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Drink

Drinking is a big part of the tourist culture at many of the beaches on the island.

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Sleep

  • Coconut Beach Bungalows. - These are on a secluded beach on Koh Phangan. The European owner Joe speaks fluent English, and will help, with just about anything. He will pick you up, at the pier, on your arrival at Koh Phangan.

He also provides transport, to the full moon parties, for 200 Bahts. For information, booking and photos use the following link. Website: Coconut Beach Bungalows.

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Amaresa Resort130/22 Moo 6HOTEL-
Bang Namkem88/2 Moo1GUESTHOUSE73
Buritara Resort and Spa Koh Phangan113/3 Baan Chaloklum, Koh Phangan Surat ThaniHotel-
Charm BeachBantai Beachhotel76
Coach BungalowAo Ban Kaiguesthouse80
Da Kanda Villa Beach Resort19 Moo 1 Thongsala beach Koh Pha-NganHOTEL-
Dancing Elephant Hostel95/16 Moo 6, Haadrin Village Baantai,SuratthaniHostel82
Easy Life Bungalows54/5 moo 84280 Koh PhanganGUESTHOUSE82
Fairyland Club Resort119/3 M.6 T. Bantai Ap. Koh Phangan SurathaniHOTEL-
Fubar Hostel123/13 Soi Tonson SuratthaniHOSTEL82
Gallery Dormitory94/70 Moo 6, Haadrin, Ko Pha Ngan Haadrin Village,Surat ThaniHostel61
Haad Son ResortHaad Son 85 Moo 8hotel-
Haad Yao Villa53/3 moo 8apartment-
Haadlad Prestige Resort64/3 Moo 8 (or P.O. 59), Haadlad(salad) Beach, Unit 2A 1294 Sut-ti-san-vi-ni-chai Rd.Hotel66
Home Beach BungalowsMoo14 /8GUESTHOUSE73
J.B Hut54/2 M.8 Haad Yaohotel83
Jayas Dormitory94/34 Moo6 Haadrin bantai Ko phanganHOSTEL76
Joon Bungalows147 Moo 1guesthouse82
Lighthouse Bungalows84280 Kopha-ngan SuratthaniHotel84
Long Bay Resort58/5 Moo 8, Haad Yao Koh PhanganHotel76
Loyfah Nature Resort14/1 Moo 8 Srithanu beach SuratthaniHotel-
Lucky Resort59/4 moo8hotel-
Mai Pen Rai BungalowsThan Sadet BeachGuesthouse83
Malibu Beach Bungalows65/1 Moo.7 Chaloklum Bay Surat ThaniHostel82
Milky Bay Resort102 Moo 1, Ban Tai Beach SuratthaniHotel81
Morning Star ResortKoh Phangan Baan Tai BeachHotel-
Munchies ResortHotel-
My Phangan Resort17/5 Moo 4 Baan Kai Baan TaiHotel87
My Way62/8 moo SuratthaniGUESTHOUSE-
Orchad House14 Moo 1, Bantaiguesthouse-
Panviman Koh Phangan22/1 Moo 5 Thong Nai Pan Noi Bay Bantaihotel-
Phangan Beach Resort112/1 Moo 1, Ban Taihotel81
Phangan Bungalows144 Moo 1Guesthouse77
Phangan Chai Hotel44/65 Moo1 Koh Phangan, Suratthani, Thailand, 84Hotel-
Phangan Hostel94/66 Moo 6HOSTEL72
Phangan Rainbow BungalowsBankai BeachHostel-
Pinks Bungalow14/1 Moo 1Guesthouse61
Salad Buri Resort60/2 M.8 , Haad Salad Koh Phangan , SuratthaniHotel-
Santhiya Resort and Spa22/7 Moo 5 Bantai Koh PhanganHotel-
Seaboard Bungalow53/1 moo8 Haad Yao Suratthaniguesthouse-
Secret Hut54/4 moo2 SuratthaniHOSTEL79
See Through Boutique Resort85/6 Moo.8,Haad YaoHotel-
Silvery Moon Bungalow37 Moo 4 Bantaiguesthouse-
Smile Beach Resort64/31 Haad Salad SuratthaniHotel78
Sun Cliff Bungalows ResortHaadrinHotel-
Than Prapard ResortThan Prapard The east side of island, on a way to Thoi Nai PanGuesthouse-
Tharathip Resort73 Moo4 Koh PhanganHotel-
The Hostel Koh Phangan130/11 Haad Rin Beach Koh Phangan,Surat ThaniHOSTEL85
Utopia Resort Koh PhanganMoo 7, Baan 85/2 Chaloklumhotel89
Fantasea ResortChalok Lam Bay-
Reggae VillageMoo. 8, 64/15 Haad Salad, Koh Pha Ngan, SuratthaniGUESTHOUSE74
Top Hill Bungalows130/20 Moo6Hotel-
Havana Beach Resort47/5 Moo5, Thong nai pan yai, A.Baan taiHotel-
Zen BungalowsAo Seethanu Seethanu beachApartment-
Charung Bungalows110/6 Haad RinGuesthouse-
Copacabana BungalowsBang Nam Kem Road Ban Kai BeachApartment76
View Point Resort42/4 Moo 7 ChaloklumHotel-
Haad Rin House70/1 Moo 6, Haad Rin Koh Pha Ngan, Surat Thani, 84280HOSTEL-
Leela BeachLeela Beach Haad RinGUESTHOUSE-
Lime n Soda Beachfront Resort31/10 Moo 1 Thong SalaHOSTEL85
Red Cube HostelMoo 1, Taladkao Road, Thongsala,Surat Thani, 84280 Koh PhanganHOSTEL-
Full Moon Hostel137/17 Moo 6HOSTEL-
Lazy House91/13 moo 6HOSTEL84
Da Kanda Villa Beach Resort19 Moo 1 Ban Tai BeachHotel-
Charung138 /moo 1 Haad rinGUESTHOUSE-
The Party Hostel152/2 moo6 haad rin koh pan gan surat thaniHOSTEL79
Palida Garden ResortWatprayai Mu 1Hotel-
Phangan Lodge GuesthouseAo Banga nam kenGUESTHOUSE65
Hacienda Beach ClubAo Ban TaiGuesthouse-
Best Western Phanganburi Resort120/1 Moo 6 Haaa Rin Nai BeachHotel-
Shiralea Backpackers Resort58/18 Moo 8 Haad Yao WestHOSTEL81
Peach Guesthouse10/6 Moo 6 Haad Rin Sunset BeachGUESTHOUSE74
Royal Nature Resort32/9 moo 4 Ban KhaiApartment-
SuksabaiMoo 6 Sunset BeachApartment-
Rin Bay ViewSunset Beach Haad Rin NokGUESTHOUSE75
Nice Sea Resort19/3 moo. 8 Srithanu Beach Koh Phangan, Surat thaniHOTEL-
Thai Dee Garden ResortMoo 6, Haad RinHOTEL80
Yan Dormitory n Bar97/54 Moo 6 Haad RinHOSTEL71
Sabaii Bay100/56 Moo 1GUESTHOUSE-
Bottle Beach ResortBottle BeachGUESTHOUSE-
Baan Tai - BackpackersBan Tai Rd.HOSTEL87
Bancha SamanoraBancha WaterfallGUESTHOUSE75
Moonstone Hostel94/67 Moo 6 BanTai HaadrinHOSTEL87
Seetanu Bungalows81/3 moo8 koh phanganGUESTHOUSE84
Dancing Elephant - Tao95/23 Moo 6 Baantai Haadrin villageHOSTEL-
Dancing Elephant- Nanda95/18 Moo 6 T. Baantai Haadrin villageHOSTEL-
Paradise Homestay Haad Rin32/1 moo 9HOSTEL-
Suan Inn28/2 Moo6GUESTHOUSE-
Om Ganesh Hostel130/1 t bantai ampha kohphangan om ganesh sun set side haad rinHOSTEL74
Bed N Bar132/8 Moo 1 Haad Rin- sunset beachGuesthouse-
Exotic ResortSrithanuHotel-
Bed 'n' Bar135/1 m.6 t.bantaiHOSTEL78
Ringside112/39 moo 1HOSTEL86
Dancing Elephant - HQ94/76 Moo 6 Baantai Haadrin VillageHOSTEL78
HQ Hostel94/76 Moo 6 BaantaiHostel-
Green Peace BungalowsAo Baan Kai 101/2HOTEL76
Palio (Haad Rin) Hostel149 Haadrin Mu 6 Bantai KohphanganHOSTEL74
Paradise HomeMoo23/7 Haad Rin BeachHOTEL-
Haad Yao Bay View Resort & Spa57 Moo.8 Tambon. Koh PhanganHOTEL-
Reefers Hostel55/6 Moo 8 Haad YaoHOSTEL-
Hard Road Cafe111 Moo 1 Bantai Koh PhanganHOSTEL84
Center Backpackers95/2 Moo 6, Haad Rin Baan Tai, Koh PhanganHOSTEL-
Baan Talay Guesthouse74/1 moo 6Guesthouse73
Black N White GuesthouseHaad Rin NokGUESTHOUSE-
Lazy House Shenanigans94/25 Moo 6 Tambon Ban Tai Hadd RinHOSTEL-
Bamboo Hostel Haad Rin94/81 Moo 6, Haad RinHOSTEL-
Mickey Hostel95/1 Moo 6 HaadrinHOSTEL-
Seventeen Hostel96/4 Moo 6 HaadrinHOSTEL-
Thaniza Beachfront Resort117/11 Moo 6 Bann Thai, Rin BeachHOTEL78
Moon Paradise Bungalows130 Haad RinHOTEL-
Venus Resort145 Moo 6 had rin nokHOTEL76
Lucky Hostel Koh Phangan94/64 m.6, Haad Rin Tambon Ban TaiHOSTEL-
The Smile Resort Hinkong15/1 moo 6 Hinkong BeachGUESTHOUSE-
Lazy House Hostel152/2 moo 6 Haad RinHostel-
Ling Sabai BungalowsGuesthouse-
Moon Dance Hostel94/103 M 6 Baan TaiHOSTEL-
Dewshore ResortMoo1 Ban Tai Koh PhanganGUESTHOUSE78
Bananas Dormitory Haad Rin130/32-33 Moo.6 Haad Rin BantaiHOSTEL-
Nap InnMoo6 156/1 Haad RinGUESTHOUSE-
Lee Garden ResortAo Ban Kai, Koh Pha NganGUESTHOUSE-
Phangan Cove17/14 Moo 8HOTEL-
Our House Koh Phangan90/16 Moo 6, Soi Tommy Haad RinHOSTEL-
Bhai Resort & Sail Rock Divers15 Moo 7 ChaloklumHOTEL-
Phatcharee Resort64/12 Moo2 Bantai,Hostel-
Su CasaSoi Krung Thai Thong SalaGUESTHOUSE-
Aunya Hostel Haad Rin94/68 Moo 6 Haad RinHOSTEL-
Family House Resort95/3 Moo 6, Haad Rin, Baan Tai, Koh Phangan Surat ThaniHOTEL-
Echo Beach BackpackersHad Rin Baan TaiHOSTEL81
Bangsom House32/6 moo 4 Baan KhaiGuesthouse-
Beer BungalowsBan Kai BeachGuesthouse-
Starlight Haadrin Resort111 moo 6 t. BaantaiGUESTHOUSE-
Men BungalowThong SalaHostel-
The Beach Village Backpackers100/5 Moo 1 Baan Tai BeachHOSTEL-
Phangan Orchid Resort118 Moo 4 Tumbon BantaiGUESTHOUSE-
Blue Marine Resort1106 Haad Rin BeachGUESTHOUSE-
Mangos Bar & Hostel18/3 M.4 Bankai BantaiHOSTEL-
Tanouy Garden Resort32/3 Moo 4HOSTEL-
For You GuesthouseSoi Krung Thai Thong SalaGuesthouse-
Hacienda Backpackers99/39 Moo.1, Ban Tai RoadHOSTEL77
Electro Hostel145/26 Soi Tommy, Haad Rin Full Moon Party Beach, Koh PhanganHOSTEL81
Nomads Hacienda Backpackers100/3 Moo 1 BantaiHOSTEL-
Bamboozle Hostel94/37 M.6 Bantai Koh Phangan Suratthani 84280HOSTEL-
Full Moon Hostel137/19 MOO. 6 HAAD RIN NOKHostel-
Hard road villa3/4 MOO 111 BantaiHostel-
Hard Road Villa111 Moo 1 Bantai koh phanganHOSTEL-
The Nomad House111/12 Moo 1 Ban TaiHOSTEL-
The Ship Hostel90/13 Moo 6 Baan TaiHOSTEL-
Hacienda Resort & Beach Club100/3 Moo.1 Baan Tai Surat ThaniHOTEL71
Mangrove Villa133 Moo 1 ThongsalaGUESTHOUSE-
Mems Place Hostel132/10,Moo.1,Thongsala-BaanTai Road Baan HinsongkHOSTEL-
Neptune’s Villa110/1 Moo.6 Baan TaiHOSTEL77
Bantai Resort8 moo 6 Ban Tai BeachHOTEL-
But Different Hostel (Haad Rin)130/33 M.6 BantaiHOSTEL-
The Rock130/4 M00 6 Haad Rin NokGUESTHOUSE-
Le Divinne Comedie14/8 Moo 1 - Tham Bum Baan TaiHOTEL-
Pitstop Hostel & Villa5/3 moo 2, bantaiHOSTEL-
SandeeBackpackers99/102 Thong SalaHostel-
My Travel Homestay8 moo 6, Haad rinHOSTEL-
Sandee Backpackers99/102 Moo.1 Thong Sala Near big a supermarketHOSTEL-

Finding lodging can be difficult a few days before a Full Moon Party, especially at Hat Rin. It is recommended to show up a few days before the full moon party to secure some lodging. The beaches further from Hat Rin almost always have lodging of some kind.

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