Ko Pha-ngan

Travel 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.

Mandalai
Mandalai
3 out of 5
Fully refundable
The price is £25 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Nestled on the beach, this Ko Pha-ngan hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ban Chalok Beach, Haad Thong Lang Beach and Haad Khom Beach. Mae Haad Beach and Salad Beach ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (39 reviews)
Beautiful hotel- make sure you get beach access!
"This hotel is extremely beautiful and in perfect location. We had a really nice time there and enjoyed the place. The only problem is that if you book here in Hotels.com you can’t guarantee the room with the beach access and it’s really disappointing to see one thing in the pictures and to get something ..."

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Mandalai
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa - SHA Plus
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
The price is £68 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
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 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (986 reviews)
This place is worth it!
"Amazing hotel. Loved the pool, the views, the proximity to two beaches in walking distance. A cute nearby beach shack cafe called the Wave has great third wave coffee."

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2021

Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa - SHA Plus
Summer Luxury Beach Resort and Spa
Summer Luxury Beach Resort and Spa
4 out of 5
The price is £68 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in Ko Pha-ngan, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 2 mi (3 km) of Tong Sala Beach, Ban Thai Beach and Raja Ferry Port. Thong Sala Pier ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (83 reviews)
Really good 4* .
"I was apprehensive as read some negative reviews. However everything was prefect. Pool was great. Food was very good. Staff super friendly. Room huge. There is no beach per se but we knew this and pool more than compensated. If you want beach you merely walk 5 minutes either direction from waterdront. ..."

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2020

Summer Luxury Beach Resort and Spa
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.
Centrally located on the island,near the Pier,15 min west coast,20 min Fullmoon
Centrally located on the island,near the Pier,15 min west coast,20 min Fullmoon
Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani Province
The price is £41 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan
Situated in Ko Pha-ngan, this romantic villa is within a 10-minute walk of Pantip Food Market, Raja Ferry Port, and Nai Wok Beach. Tong Sala Beach and Thong ...
Centrally located on the island,near the Pier,15 min west coast,20 min Fullmoon
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. Thong Sala Pier and Haad Rin ...
3.9/5 Good! (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 18 Jul 2019

Bay Villas Koh Phangan
Silan Residence
Silan Residence
3 out of 5
The price is £49 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan
Situated in Ko Pha-ngan, this beach villa is within 2 miles (3 km) of Ban Chalok Beach, Haad Khom Beach and Haad Thong Lang Beach. Mae Haad Beach and Koh Ma ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Lovely, relaxing, convenient villas near the beach
"We enjoyed very much our stay at Silan Residence. We liked the location (quiet north of Koh PhaNgan, near beach and fishing thai village), nice pool, good ambience (surrounded by greenery) and convenient villa (all equipped and nicely decorated). It was perfect for our 4 night stay. We woould love ..."

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2020

Silan Residence
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.

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