About Koh Phangan
Located in the clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Phangan is best known for its Full Moon party which takes place each month on Haad Rin Beach. However, the truth is, there’s much more to Koh Phangan! From shopping to health & wellness, fishing and more, Koh Phangan is a unique island that combines natural beauty, age-old tradition and modern trend. With Koh Samui and Koh Tao a stones throw away, Koh Phangan is a perfect getaway.
Five Zones of Koh Phangan
Zone 1: Koh Phangan’s commercial centre
You’ll first set foot on the island at Thong Sala Pier, the main port on the southwestern coastline. The Thong Sala Pier is not only the commercial centre of the island, but is the perfect place to find transportation, use ATM machines, purchase beach wear and stock up on Full Moon Party gear.
TIP: Don’t forget to a grab a bite at the Pantip Food Market, where the food stands tout traditional Thai favourites like papaya salad and coconut ice cream.
Zone 2: The Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan’s signature event
The party is held on the southeastern coast at Haad Rin and draws a large international crowd with its vibrant atmosphere, pounding music and... Kitesurfing!
Zone 3: Koh Phangan’s Natural Beauty
Yes, the island has a quiet side of life. Explore the Koh Phangan’s heritage and its breath-taking natural beauty. Did you know 40 percent of Koh Phangan is protected, so as to remain pristine and untouched? That’s because the island was once a favourite vacation spot of former Thai monarch King Rama V.
Zone 4: Into the Sea
You can explore a crucial part of Koh Phangan’s economy, the fishing industry. Take a look at the sleepy fishing village of Chaloklum Bay where squid is processed by hand and dried on racks in the sun. This is also the area where all the divers start exploring the underwater world around the island, for example Sail Rock – the best diving site in the Gulf of Thailand.
Zone 5: Ecotourism and Health on Koh Phangan
We show off the growing health and ecotourism industry on the island. From relaxing yoga retreats to healthy detox meals in vegetarian cafés, visitors have plenty of opportunities to recharge their batteries and enjoy a few soothing days of utter relaxation. Finally, take a look at how you can get in touch with your spiritual side on the island and enjoy the stunning temple and holy site, Wat Sri Tanu.