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Koh Phangan Holiday Guide

Koh Phangan is a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand, and forms part of the Samui Archipelago along with the neighbouring islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao.

An idyllic Asian beach destination, Koh Phangan attracts visitors with pure white sands and a laid-back lifestyle, with many younger travellers lured by the island’s well-known nightlife and party scene. Set on a small southeast peninsula and best known for its legendary monthly full moon party, the hedonistic resort of Haad Rin Nok – also known as Sunrise Beach – is home to a booming strip of techno clubs and beach bars, as well as a varied selection of budget hotels, backpacker hostels and mid-range resorts. On the other side of the peninsula, the opposite beach of Haad Rin Nai – or Sunset Beach – is an altogether less frenetic affair, with more emphasis on boutiques and restaurants than bars or clubs.

Holidays in Koh Phangan are not all about dancing until dawn. The island offers a vast array of land and water-based sporting activities, from hiking, biking and zip-lining to sailing, windsurfing, kiteboarding and kayaking. It’s a major scuba diving and snorkelling destination too, with courses for those who wish to become PADI-certified, and trips out to world-renowned dive sites like Sail Rock and Chumphon Pinnacle for the already-qualified.

For nature-loving visitors a walk from Haad Sadet beach to the Than Sadet Waterfall National Park is a must, as is a boat trip to the Ang Thong National Marine Park which lies between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. The island is also home to some stunning beaches, several of which – like Bottle Beach on the north coast – are only accessible by boat. This wilder section of coastline is home to some exclusive four and five star beach hotels and luxury spas, as well as plenty of casual bungalow resorts and family friendly properties.

Koh Phangan does not yet have a functioning airport of its own, although one is currently under construction. All visitors arrive by sea, either from the neighbouring island of Koh Samui 15 km away, or from the mainland port city of Surat Thani. Both have airports which receive flights from the Thai capital Bangkok, plus a number of other domestic and international destinations.

The main port and administrative centre of Koh Phangan is the town of Thong Sala, where you’ll find banks, pharmacies and the main post office, as well as numerous restaurants, internet cafes, hotels, backpacker hostels and bungalows. The waterfront is home to a string of coffee shops, boutiques and street stalls, and every Saturday evening there’s a walking street market offering a good range of handmade souvenirs, plus a variety of delicious street food.

Whether you’re seeking sun and surf followed by a pulsating night on the dancefloor, or an altogether more peaceful escape, Expedia will help you book the right Koh Phangan holiday for you.


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Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa £58
Reviewed on 13 Jul 2019
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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

    The service was great. Very clean facility. Good location

    Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas £205
    Reviewed on 5 Aug 2019
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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 location is perfect being on the beach in the centre of the bay and next to a village with an array of shops and restaurants. The service was impeccable with the staff remembering your names and eager to assist. The management were visible and every day too and happy to discuss your ...

      Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas & Spa by L'Occitane £107
      Reviewed on 24 May 2019
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      Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas & Spa by L'Occitane

      Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas & Spa by L'Occitane

         
        4.6 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This place was amazing. I am sure there are more places nicer but out of my price range. We stayed in the seaside villa with a pool. It had everything and great sunset also. Will add that to my list of favorite place on this island.

        Panviman Resort, Koh Phangan £98
        Reviewed on 6 Feb 2019
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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

          A fantastic property on a breathless peace of shore. The service are impaccable. They simply enable you to

          The COAST Resort (adult only 16+) £67
          Reviewed on 23 Feb 2019
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          The COAST Resort (adult only 16+)

          The COAST Resort (adult only 16+)

          117/21 Rin Nai Beach, Moo 6, Bantai, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani
             
            4.4 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Excellent staff, great beach, room was great, food was good. All around great hotel. Reception staff was wonderful.

            Cocohut Beach Resort & Spa £52
            Reviewed on 9 Jun 2019
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            Cocohut Beach Resort & Spa

            Cocohut Beach Resort & Spa

               
              4.2 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Fantastic hotel with a fantastic beach! Very good service, we got a room upgrade to a bigger bungalow when we checked in! The beach and the pool were great, too bad they were building next to the restaurant and it was a bit noisy when we had lunch there. Breakfast is okay, could have more fruit. ...

              Maehaad Bay Resort £57
              Reviewed on 29 May 2019
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              Maehaad Bay Resort

              Maehaad Bay Resort

                 
                4.3 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great hotel comfy and clean rooms, nice swiming pool (with a few dangerous spots off the stairs), all was great except the food which was disgusting.

                Sunset Beach Villas
                Reviewed on 21 Dec 2018
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                Sunset Beach Villas

                Sunset Beach Villas

                120/9 Moo 6, Bantai, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani
                   
                  3.9 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This property is right on the beach where sun sets. Amazing friendly staff and all the services. The villas are beautiful and with the outdoor shower was my favorite addition to the villa. I have had an unforgettable time there, and was to stay only 2 nights but i came back after another island visit ...

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