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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.

Accommodation in Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is well-loved by travellers, and boasts an excellent selection of places to stay. Expedia's Koh Phangan lodging guide is your go-to place.

If you enjoy a little bit of luxury, check out the rooms and rates at the Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas or the Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa, two examples of the island's more luxurious lodgings. Alternatively, if you'd prefer to save your money for other activities, the AmaresA Resort & Skybar and The Beach Village - Hostel are two excellent budget options.


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Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa £54
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa

Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa

22/7 Moo 5 Bantai, Koh Phangan
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 912 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Nestled on the beach, this Koh Phangan resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach and Bottle Beach. Tharn Sadet Waterfall and Than Sadet Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    Panviman Resort, Koh Phangan
    Panviman Resort, Koh Phangan

    Panviman Resort, Koh Phangan

    22/1 Moo 5, T. Baan Tai, Koh Phangan
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 349 reviews
      5.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Koh Phangan, this beachfront resort is in a provincial park and within 1 mi (2 km) of Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach and Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach. Bottle Beach and Tharn Sadet Waterfall are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Buri Rasa Koh Phangan
      Buri Rasa Koh Phangan

      Buri Rasa Koh Phangan

      55 Moo 5, Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Koh Phangan
         
        4.7
        of 5, from 335 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Nestled on the beach, this Koh Phangan resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach and Bottle Beach. Tharn Sadet Waterfall and Than Sadet Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas & Spa by L'Occitane
        Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas & Spa by L'Occitane

        Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas & Spa by L'Occitane

        69/13 Moo 4 Naiwok, Koh Phangan
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 107 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Koh Phangan resort is within a 10-minute walk of Ao Plaay Laem Beach, Wok Tum Beach and Nai Wok Beach. Hin Kong Beach and Thong Sala Pier are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          The COAST Resort (adult only 16+) £46
          The COAST Resort (adult only 16+)

          The COAST Resort (adult only 16+)

          117/21 Rin Nai Beach, Koh Phangan
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 293 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Nestled on the beach, this Koh Phangan resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Haad Rin Nok Beach and Haad Rin Nai Beach. Haad Yuan Beach and Haad Leela Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
            Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas

            Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas

            5/5 Moo 5, Thong nai Pan Noi Beach, Koh Phangan
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 199 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Nestled on the beach, this Koh Phangan resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach and Bottle Beach. Tharn Sadet Waterfall and Than Sadet Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              Cocohut Beach Resort & Spa
              Cocohut Beach Resort & Spa

              Cocohut Beach Resort & Spa

              130/20 Had Rin Nai, Sun set, Leela, Koh Phangan
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 99 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Koh Phangan, this beachfront resort is connected to a shopping centre and within a 15-minute walk of Haad Rin Nok Beach and Haad Rin Nai Beach. Haad Leela Beach and Haad Rin Pier are also within 10 minutes.

                Sunset Beach Club Hotel & Spa
                Sunset Beach Club Hotel & Spa

                Sunset Beach Club Hotel & Spa

                120/9 Moo 6, Bantai, Koh Phangan
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 25 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This Koh Phangan hotel is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Haad Rin Nai Beach, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Tharn Sadet Waterfall and Ban Chalok Beach.

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