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Phangan Island

Koh Phangan Facts

  "Koh" translates to "island" in Thai
  In Thai language: เกาะพะงัน
  Island size: About 168 km²
  Location: Gulf of Thailand
  Coordinates: 9°43′0″N 100°0′0″E
  Province: Changwat Suratthani
  Distance from Bangkok: ≈ 700 km
  Distance from Koh Samui: ≈ 15 km
  From main land: About 60 km
  Population: ≈ 14,000 (officially)
  Main town: Thongsala
  Most popular beach: Had Rin
  Highest elevation: Khao Ra - 630 m
  Time zone: ICT - UTC+7
  Country calling code: +66

Important Numbers

  Police emergency: 191
  Tourist Police: 0 7742 1281
  Tourist Police - Emergency: 1155
  Fire Department: 0 7727 2400
  Koh Phangan Hospital: 0 7723 8315

  Phangan info in Thai language is found here
  Book your Phangan hotel or bungalow here

Getting There

From Bangkok

By bus or train to Suratthani province, and then a ferry from one of the piers in Donsak with either Seatran or Raja Ferry (two local ferry operators). You can buy a joint ticket in Bangkok, for example on Khao San Road. You can also get here with the Lomprayah Catamaran from Chumphon via Koh Tao. Lomprayah also has comfortable buses from Bangkok to Chumphon. (more information is found in the Samui information) If you are going from Samui you have a lot of alternatives; Catch a express boat, catamaran or a small ferry from Nathon, Maenam, Big Buddha, Bangrak or Bo Phut. Or, if your in a hurry, a speed boat from Maenam or Bo Phut is perfect. Please check with any travel agency or just go to the piers and buy the ticket there.

From Koh Samui

There are two major ferry operators. The ferries departures from two different piers in northern Samui:

  Lomprayah - Catamarans from Maenam Pier.
Time of departure: 8:00, 12:30 and 17:00.

  Seatran Discovery - Ferries from Bangrak Pier.
Time of departure: 8:00 and 13:30.

Beach tree
A BEACH TREE - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

A Koh Phangan Map

You'll find an overview map of Koh Phangan island here

The Environment

Plastic waste kill birds, turtles and other innocent animals. Please throw plastic bottles and other waste where it belongs, in a waste bin. And please, do not collect shells, stones or corals.

Please keep Koh Phangan clean and respect the natural resources on the island

Palm trees
BLUE SKY AND PALM TREE - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

About this Island

Koh Phangan is located in the Gulf of Siam a little North of Koh Samui. About 75 % of the island is mountains covered by tropical jungle. The coconuts are still produced and exported here and an important income, together with the growing tourist industry and fishing. There are several coconut fields here. In the south end of Ban Tai there is a big coconut storage. There are great Koh Pha Ngan links in our link section.

Enjoying the sun at Had Rin Beach
SUNBATHING AT HAD RIN - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org


Koh Phangan was for about twenty years, somehow, a hideaway for backpackers in Asia. Today you will find all kind of "farangs" (tourists) from all over the world on this tropical island; Party peoples (going to the Full moon Party), young (and old) "love birds", globetrotters, families, divers or just people looking for a place where they can enjoy total relaxation . But Koh Phangan is still "less exploited" than its larger sister island Koh Samui and some beaches are almost "empty" in low season. This is still a place where you can find a peaceful holiday with a book in a hammock in a very easy going bamboo resort.

Little girl on Koh Phangan
HAPPY GIRL, AO WOK TUM - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

Koh Phangan Photos

  Send us your best Phangan pics here
  Take a look at photos sent to us here
  Our own island photos is found here

The Full Moon Party

This party is one of the most famous and visited beach parties in the world. It is held monthly at Haad Rin Beach in Southern Phangan. You will find further information about this event here Book your Full Moon Party trip in advance here

At the night boat
THE NIGHT BOAT TO SURAT - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

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Fishing longtail boat on Koh Phangan

Beaches in Phangan

Most beaches on Koh Phangan are great for swimming and snorkeling. Here is a concise list of the most popular beaches and bays:

The Southern Beaches

Had Rin Nok and Had Rin Nai

The most popular beach on Pha Ngan. Here you will find the famous Full Moon Party. Had Rin is actually two beaches (Had Rin Nok and Had Rin Nai) and the East side is often considered as the most beautiful beach, but also the more crowded one.

Palm trees on Koh Phangan
PHANGAN PALM TREES - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

Ban Khai, Ban Tai and Ao Nai Wok

These beaches are located in the South East of the island, East of Thongsala. You will find cheap accommodation and some beach bars here. Stunning sunsets can be seen over Koh Samui.

Had Yuan, Had Thien and (Eastern) Had Yao

These three beaches are located North of Had Rin Nok. Relaxed places only accessible by foot or by a taxi boat etc.

Other beaches in the South are: Had Yang, Had Khontee and Had Leela.

The Northeastern Beaches

Ao Thong Nai Pan Noi, Ao Thong Nai Pan Yai

Considered to be two of the most beautiful beaches on Phangan. Great for swimming and relaxing. The road there can however almost be described as a roller coaster dirt road, but it works.

Had Kuat (Bottle Beach)

Also a amazingly beautiful beach in the North West of the island, surrounded by tropical mountains and coves. Reachable by taxi boat from Ao Chaloklum. Other beaches in the North are: West Had Sadet and Had Nam Tok (waterfall island).

A fisherman on Koh Phangan
FISHING ON KOH PHANGAN - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

The Northwestern Beaches

Ao Chaloklum

A little more than 2 kilometers long and located in the absolute North of the island. A fishing village but also good for swimming and snorkeling when the tide allows it.

Had Mae Had, Had Salad, West Had Thien

Three beaches located North of Thongsala. You will find many diving schools here. Also some nice resorts and restaurants.

Sunset over Had Yao
HAD YAO SUNSET - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

Had Yao (East side)

If you are looking for a paradise beach, look no further. This beach is one of the most inviting in the region. It is a wide, one kilometer long beach which made it perfect for sports like beach volleyball etc. You will also find many good accommodations and restaurant facilities here.

Other beaches in the North East are: Had Khom, Had Thong Lang, Had Kruad, Had Son, Ao Chao Phao, Ao Sri Thanu and Ao Hin Kong..

The Masons Arms
THE MASONS ARMS - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

  Koh Phangan accommodation is found here
  Full Moon Party information is found here

Guide Books

We do recommend the book; "Thailand's Islands and Beaches" by Lonely Planet. Great information! You'll find it here

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