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About Koh Phangan

Sitting in the Southern Gulf of Thailand, Koh Phangan is a tropical beauty that attracts over 30 000 holidaymakers once a month for its full moon parties. Although its fame is derived from legendary beach parties, the island has so much more to offer than that alone, with its natural splendour the true standout feature. It offers a peaceful atmosphere and magnificent, pristine beaches to enjoy, while the jungled mountains are a dense, vivid green paradise for you to explore. Sister island to both Koh Samui and Koh Tao, this island is overflowing with stunning substance.

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THINGS TO DO IN KOH PHANGAN

1

Visit the Full Moon Party

Once a month Haad Rin Beach hosts an absolutely epic full moon party that attracts up to 30 000 holiday makers that travel to Thailand to get to its shores. Founded by a group of avid travellers amazed by the encapsulating beauty of Koh Phangan’s full moon, these parties see the entire beach packed with eager party-goers from all over the world. Drum and bass, trance, and hard house pump throughout the night as you can participate in fire skipping, watch fire eaters, or simply party the night into oblivion. The party atmosphere along with the mesh of different world cultures makes for a unique experience and one you’re not likely to forget (or remember) depending on how you like to party.

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Go for Sundowners at Amsterdam Bar

If you’re looking to have an amazing dining experience or just a drink with a view, look no further. Amsterdam Bar offers delicious cuisine, a broad array of drinks, and arguably the best sunset view in all of Thailand. The wooden deck outside is perfect for sundowners, where you’ll be able to see Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and the ever-beautiful Ang Thong Marine Park.

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Go Eat at the Night Market

Thong Sala Night Market is a wonderland of options for your taste buds. The food on offer ranges from authentic Thai to sushi rolls and western finger snacks. All the vendors sell amazing, locally sourced fresh food, so no need to worry, just indulge and enjoy the experience of market eating in Thailand.

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Rent a Motorbike and Explore

Easily the cheapest way to get around the island while on holiday,  the independence means you can go anywhere whenever the mood strikes. Travel the length and breadth of the island exploring temples, beaches, viewpoints and more. The island itself is quite hilly, so experienced riders will likely fare better than novices.

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Take a Cooking Class

Hello Islands fell in love with Thai food a long time ago, and the bond is as strong as ever. If you’re much the same, we recommend spending a couple of hours of your holiday to take one of the many amazing cooking classes available on the island. Learn how to cook, eat your delicious creations, and add another level to your knowledge of the local Thailand food culture. As always Hello Islands has our favourites, so check out Same Same in Haad Rin, C&M Study Centre, and Jang’s Thai cooking school.

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Chase the Waterfalls

There’s always something awe-inspiring about a waterfall, and in Koh Phangan, the same applies. The island has seven of its own, each definitely worth a visit for the nature lovers. Be aware though that some can dry up completely during the dry season. The seven are Paradise, Phaeng, Thaan Sadet, Thaan Prapaad, Sramanora, Wangsai, and Thaan Prawes waterfalls.

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Visit the Beaches

Koh Phangan’s beaches are incredible. White sand meets a crystal blue ocean, and there are over 30 to choose from. Haad Rin is the most developed and popular beach on the island, but there are many secluded beaches to discover where you will likely have it all to yourself. Sit back, enjoy your holiday with a cocktail from one of the many beach bars, or simply relax and catch a tan in the Thailand sun.

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Challenge Yourself

Prepare to feel physically inadequate as you challenge yourself to a Wipeout-style obstacle course! Challenge Phangan is designed to mimic the course from the TV show and offers timed laps, as well as a leader board featuring people from around the world. Located in Seetanu, Challenge Phangan is an unforgettable holiday experience, with impressive wipeouts guaranteed, and a day full of activity and laughs.

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Do Yoga

Yoga is very popular in Thailand especially on this island, with many yoga schools offering classes and courses if you’d like to stay for the six months it takes to become a yoga instructor. Relax and revitalise your body and mind, dropping in for a class can be as cheap as 300 THB.

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Tour the Temples

Thailand is covered with temples of various religions. Take in the cultural scenery of Koh Phangan by visiting some of the amazing temples on the island. These religious sites offer a window into Thai spirituality, as well as providing you with some great photo opportunities to add to the memories of your holiday.

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Thong Nai Pan

Stowed away on the northeastern side of Koh Phangan you will find the unbelievably stunning Thong Nai Pan. This double bay comprised of Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai is breath-taking, with the bays surrounded by an amphitheatre of steep rock invoking a secluded atmosphere. The sand is soft and white, the water is clear, and the memories to be made here of your holiday in Thailand will last a lifetime.

WEATHER IN KOH PHANGAN

The three official seasons in Thailand – hot, dry, and wet, are segments of a constant summer holiday. The hot season run from March through to June, with April and May reaching the highest temperatures throughout the year. The monsoon (wet) season is accompanied by heavy rains and occasional rough seas and can vary from year to year. It can start as early as May on the Andaman sea (Phuket, Phi Phi, and Koh Lipe) although it starts officially in June and continues into November. This starts much later on the Gulf Coast (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao) in October or November, and typically runs into January. Most days it will rain for between one and two hours a day (sometimes only ten minutes) and dry up almost immediately, although in the heat it is often a welcome visitor that seldom overstays. It can, however, be torrential when the rains do appear. December through February is categorised as the dry months, although to tourists it will most likely still feel hotter than “home”. Travel tip: Whenever you decide to grace this summer paradise, be sure to pack light, breathable clothing and plenty of high SPF sunscreen, as you will underestimate the sun at your own expense. At least there is sunlight in abundance for everyone to enjoy.

January falls in the dry season for Koh Phangan with minimal cloud cover and a few rainy days. You can expect 90 mm of rain to fall over seven days throughout the month, with the chance of rain decreasing as the month proceeds. As the weather changes, you can expect different types of rainfall, with light rain being most prevalent, and only a single thunderstorm occurring on average during January. The average temperature is a very manageable 26°C, with highs of 28°C and lows of 24°C.
February is one of the driest months of the calendar year for Koh Phangan, with a total of 30 mm of rain falling over five days throughout. Temperatures increase from January to an average of 27°C, with highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C. The reduced cloud cover means plenty of sunshine hours, an average of eight, in fact, while humidity is lower than usual as well. These conditions are ideal for holidaymakers looking to soak up the sun without worrying about rainfall.
March is the driest month of the year for Koh Phangan, with 30 mm of rainfall occurring over just four days throughout. The temperatures take a jump to an average of 29°C, with highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C, not offering much relief from the Thailand heat. Cloud cover is at its lowest and you can expect an average of eight hours of sunshine per day, with the 16th of March statistically being the clearest day of the entire year.
April is a month of rising temperatures in Koh Phangan, as the month starts highs are at 31°C, and by the time it ends they are a sweltering 33°C, with lows rising from 26°C to 27°C as the month progresses. Rainfall increases slightly from March to 80 mm of rain falling over five rainy days, with eight hours of sunshine still expected on average per day. The ocean is a warm 28°C throughout the month, where it will remain until September.

As cloud cover sees a steep rise in May for Koh Phangan, the rainfall increases to 160 mm expected over nine days throughout the month. Sunshine hours also drop to six, down from April’s eight, although that has not affected the sweltering Thailand temperatures, as this is the hot season after all. An average temperature of 30°C sees highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C. The increased rainfall during this month also means the humidity will be on the rise.
June sees a slight drop in both rainfall as well as temperature in Koh Phangan. The average temperature is at 29°C, with highs of 32°C and lows of 26°, while 100 mm of rain is expected to fall over nine days of the month. Sunshine hours per day remain at six, with cloud cover percentages in the 80’s all month. The ocean remains its reliable self at 28°C for the month.
July brings much the same as its predecessor, with temperatures remaining at an average of 29°C in Koh Phangan, although as highs stay at 32°C, lows drop a single degree to 25°C. The average rainfall increases ever so slightly to 120 mm expected over nine days of the month, with an average of six hours of sunshine per day. The ocean temperatures are consistent at 28°C.
August is part of the wet half of the hot season for Koh Phangan, and sees rainfall of 100 mm expected over ten rainy days throughout the month. Temperatures mimic that of July as an average of 29°C sees highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C. Six sunshine hours are due to the increased cloud cover, while humidity is in the upper percentiles due to the combination of heat and wet weather. The ocean is still a balmy and pleasant 28°C for the duration of the month.
September signals the beginning of the monsoon season for Koh Phangan as temperatures decrease slightly and rainfall increases. The average is down to 28°C, with highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C, while 130 mm of rain is expected to fall over 11 days of the month. You can expect six sunshine hours per day, still plenty of time to enjoy your destination as well as an amazing ocean temperature of 28°C.
October is in the middle of monsoon season for Koh Phangan, meaning heavy rainfall over many days. You can expect 290 mm of precipitation over 16 days of the month, with sunshine hours remaining at an average of six per day. The temperature dips slightly to an average of 27°C with highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C. The ocean’s temperature drops a single degree to 27°C during this month as well.
November represents Thailand’s wettest month by quite some distance, with 430 mm of rainfall over 15 of its days. The average temperature in Koh Phangan stays at 27°C, although highs drop to 29°C and lows remain at 24°C. Although this month is the monsoon season’s peak, it begins to clear up towards the end of the month, with rainfall becoming less likely as it progresses. Six hours of sunshine can be expected on average per day, with ocean temperatures at 27°C throughout the month.
December signals the transition from the wet to dry season as the skies begin to show their true-blue selves, rainfall decreases, and sunshine hours rise. Temperatures remain steady at an average of 27°C, with highs of 29°C and lows of 24°C, while 150 mm of rainfall over nine days and seven sunshine hours show that monsoon season is well and truly past. Ocean temperatures remain as reliable as ever at 27°C.
These are some of our favourite excursions in Thailand

Recommended Excursions

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Top Beaches

  • Bottle Beach
  • Haad Rin
  • Haad Yao
  • Hat Sadet
  • Mae Haad
  • Thong Nai Pan

Bottle Beach, also known as Haad Khuat, is referred to as one of the best beaches in the WHOLE of Thailand, which is in caps because it’s the damn truth. It is a secluded, and irrepressibly beautiful beach, attracting a more relaxed holiday crowd. There are a few bungalows and a restaurant in case all the beauty awakens your appetite.

A peninsular beach area and a town famous for the full moon parties on Sunrise Beach, Haad Rin is an idyllic one kilometre stretch of beach that attracts a myriad of beach goers. The long, curved beach is not short on activities, as well as bars and restaurants. The cove is flanked by volcanic peninsulas and overlooks a spectacular sunrise right in the middle of the horizon.

Along Koh Phangan’s west coast lies this beauty of a beach, Haad Yao. It’s well-kept due to its popularity with holidaymakers in Thailand and has many bars and restaurants for you to peruse. There is also a lovely reef along the bay, about a 400m swim, which makes snorkelling here ideal.

Hat Sadet beach is an isolated slice of paradise within a national park on Koh Phangan’s east coast. This laid back, perfect holiday feel, white sanded beach has little to no cell phone reception so make sure to plan ahead. It is also very close to the Than Sadet waterfalls, another popular attraction on the island. This beach has significance to the people of Thailand as it has been visited by three of the country’s kings, each of whom has carved their names into rocks on the side of the main waterfall near the beach.

Mae Haad is a quiet, gorgeous, and laid-back beach with resorts, bars, and restaurants stretching a single kilometre backwards. Many people’s vision of a dream beach holiday, this picturesque coastal haven is also fantastic for snorkelling adventures, as there is a small colourful coral reef 20 metres off shore, with a great variety of fish and sea urchins to swim amongst. The deeper sea, off the coast, holds more amazing wonders, as you’ll be able to see giant shoals of fish, and if you’re lucky, some tiger striped barracuda.

Now considered to be the Riviera of Koh Phangan, Thong Nai Pan is a stunning beach with fine, white sand and beautiful jungled mountains enveloping it. This beach is perfect for older couples or families as it’s unlikely that there will be a boisterous atmosphere, much better suited to kicking back and soaking up the rays of the Thailand Sun. There are a few restaurants and bars to satisfy your appetite for whatever suits your fancy while you enjoy your holiday…

Where to Eat & Drink

Restaurants & Bars

For all that Koh Phangan offers, its beachside dining will leave you speechless. The combination of incredible views and delicious cuisine make for an atmospheric and unforgettable night out, with sand between your toes and the Thailand sky overlooking the festivities.

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FISHERMAN'S

Fisherman's

Seafood dining on the beach always adds an extra element to your holiday experience. The gorgeous sunset view provides an excellent setting for a romantic evening out, with the food guaranteed to enhance the mood. Opened by a local fishing family who have fished the area for many generations and have an exceptional knowledge of local seafood in the quality of the dishes.

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LUNA LOUNGE

Luna Lounge

With a beautiful fusion of Western and Thai meals delectable enough to grace any five-star menu, Luna Lounge is a lauded gem in Koh Phangan. Although it’s pricey, you pay for quality you won’t find elsewhere on the island. UK trained chef Gordon runs the kitchen, and the results speak for themselves, a must-do if you’re looking for a slightly more intimate atmosphere while on holiday.

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ALEX

Alex

Alex restaurant is a see-what-you get kind of place, and that’s perfect, as what you see is people who love cooking authentic Thai using amazing fresh produce. The restaurant, owned by a German couple and situated near Haad Salad, is simple and remarkable all at once, with your taste buds being the greatest benefactors.

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TREE HOUSE BAR

Mae Haad Tree House

A culinary hilltop escape, and the perfect place to relax and enjoy the incredible natural surrounds. The entire restaurant was hand built by the owner, a Thailand local giving it a very authentic feel. With decks overlooking the beautiful Mae Haad beach this is the perfect place to just stop and relax. They serve both Thai and western meals, while their cocktails are legendary on the island.

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