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All about Koh Phangan
About Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan or another way or writing it is Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Pha-Ngan which is sometimes how you see it written on maps. The Thai spelling is เกาะพะงัน. Its an Island in the region of the Gulf of Thailand within a group of Islands called the Samui Archipelago which is in the province of Surrathani this area is also has well over 40 other small Islands dotted around the area.. The Island was discovered around 2000 years ago and monks built temples on Koh Phangan about 1400 years ago. They say that Koh Phangan was discovered by the monks and they were the first to settle on the Island.
The Island is the fifth biggest island in Thailand with a size of about 168 km² and is about 60 km from the mainland Thailand and 15 km to its sister Island Koh Samui and about 35 km away from another popular Island in the area Koh Tao. A large percentage of Koh Phangan is covered by coral reef fringed beaches, coconut groves and tropical dense rainforest.
The Island has a population of around 12,000 and the the main town and port of entrance is Thong Sala. The biggest town and the main tourist resort of the Island is Haad Rin, this is also the place where they hold the once a month full moon party which is a famous party in this region and all of Asia.
Koh Phangan is one of Thailand’s up and coming destinations for property investment, business and tourists. 70% of Koh Phangan is dedicated to national park, which means the Islands will always keep its natural and tranquil feeling along with its beautiful natural jungles. This makes Koh Phangan a real paradise, a perfect place to spend a holiday and escape the your real life and find a new inner self. White sandy beaches, jungles, waterfalls, chillout bars and of course delicious Thai cuisine. The Island has hundreds of yoga retreats, massage parlours and plenty of places to find real relaxation.
Koh Phangan has been honoured over the decades with visits from four different kings of Thailand including the reigning monarch, H.M. King Bhumibol (Rama IX).
Koh Phangan has a nice selection of good quality hotels. Some of the 5 star resorts are very high quality and have everything you need as a resort. Places like Panviman Resort Koh Phangan and Rasananda - Pha Ngan Island Resort are both beautiful located and offer excellent servcies and facilites.
The Island of Phangan has about 20 or so luxury villas to rent. The luxuries and facilities of these villas are excellent depending on how much you spend per night. Having a villa on Phangan as your own private holiday home is truly a wonderful experience and the best way to have a vacation on Koh Phangan and Thailand. All the essentials are here like shops, markets and fresh fish. But some of these villas come with a private chef which adds to the experience of renting a villa in Thailand. Other services can also be taken at the villas like a massage, yoga lessons and much more. One site I will mention that has a nice selection of villas is Phangan Villas Thailand
Get to Phangan
To Get to koh Phangan you will need either a flight, train or bus to Koh Samui. Of course train and bus will both bring you to Surrathani from there you will bus to Donsak port where you find boats to Koh Phangan. Arriving in Koh Samui airport you can get bus, taxi to Bangrak pier or Maenam pier where you will find daily boats to Koh Phangan.
Lomprayah bus and ferry service operate from Bangkok to Koh Phangan - See Lomprayah
Bangkok airways is the best flight company to use to get to Koh Samui.
Koh Phangan has a great selection of beaches and most of them are not over crowded and completely natural. Koh Phangan beaches are probably some of the best in Thailand.
Being a small Island , Koh Phangan has good number of bungalows located right on the beach and all are good rates. With some basic facilites, the beach bungalows on Phangan come in all shapes and sizes. A recommend place is Sabaii Bay Resort located just outside Thong Sala on Nai Wok beach. These bungalows are great value for all.