About Koh Phangan
Situated off the eastern peninsular of South Thailand the beautiful island of Koh Phangan is a tropical paradise known for its pristine beaches, amazing sunsets, vibrant nightlife, authentic Thai cuisine and of course unique diving and nature reserves.
Coming to fame in the 80’s with word spreading internationally about a little party taking place on the islands most southern beach of “Had Rin” every full moon. Today the Full Moon Party is renowned as one of the biggest and most unique in the world with attendance swelling to over 15,0000 at the height of busy season. Since the 80’s Koh Phangan has continued to grow in popularity being the backdrop to multiple television shows and movies including “The Beach” staring Leonard Decaprio.
Today Koh Phangan is a bustling mix of holidayiers and travellers from all walks of life, a strange brew between the modern comforts of the 21st century and traditional Thai life. Home to internationally respected luxury hotels & resorts offing 5-star service, infinity pools, private beaches, health spas and rooms that you will never want to checkout of. That being said it’s not uncommon to find Bamboo Bungalows at the cost of $5 – $10 a night on the next beach.
Koh Phangan is like this the entire island over. Funky western cafes and bohemian coffee houses sit right alongside Thai huts selling authentic South Thailand Cuisine. Local pool halls filled with island natives sit just a few meters away from the entrance of fine dining restaurants. From the biggest parties in South East Asia to the fastest growing yoga/alternative community anywhere in the world to the family friendly water-parks, mini-golf courses & weekly Thai festivals & night markets. If your interests are more in line with fishing, diving, boat tours, trekking, archery or simply sunbathing with a cocktail on the islands white sands beside the mountains and green jungles Koh Phangan has something to offer any traveler.
Seen as a more authentic experience of Thai culture (compared with its sister islands Koh Samui & Koh Tao) Evolves home of Koh Phangan Thailand continues to grow in popularity every year. We hope to see you here.
Towns of Koh Phangan
Haad Rin (Koh Pha Ngan)
The Full Moon Party is Haad Rin’s main claim to fame. 10 thousand drunk tourists dancing on the beautiful southern beaches of Koh Phangan. Needless to say we are not located by or practice ceremonies in Haad Rin. There are some beautiful spots away from the sound of constant parties and the area is famous for a reason. Sunrise and sunset from the main beach of town is simply amazing.
Ban Tai Known for its smaller less crowded beaches Ban Tai is obviously is known as being “the Road to the FULL MOON PARTY” but there is plenty to do and explore if you take the time to look around you will some beautiful secluded beaches and hiking trails. Rent is typically a lot cheaper then in Haad Rin and Ban Tai is the home to many artists and long term islanders.
Thong Sala Is the beating heart of the island. The point where most tourists will get off the ferry from Surat Thani. Thong Sala is place to go for all your shopping needs with larger super markets and many smaller locally owned shops. There is of course an abundance of scooter hire shops, travel agents, bars, resturants and the Famous night time Pan Tip Markets that take place every night in heart of the town.
Sir Thanu Is the spiritual hub of the island overflowing with alternative and spiritual based workshops and schools such as Summa Kuruma & Agama. You’ll find a more than healthy slection of Vegatertian and Vegan restaurants, juice bars, tantra courses and smaller yoga schools. Flaked by the forest the beaches are mostly small and intimate making for a great place for those looking study and explore their spiritual side.
Haad Salad Called “the best kept secret on Koh Pangan” by the Huffington post Haad Salad is hoem to some of the most beautiful beaches on the whole island. Located on the north west side of the Kho Phangan Had Salad is the perfect place for couples or people looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the tourist districts.
Chaloklum Is famous for more than one reason and rightly so. Not only is it the home to the freshest seafood you will find anywhere in Thailand it has diving spots that rival anything you will find on the more famous Koh Tao. Popular with families and Thai tourist Chaloklum is the furthest north you can go on the island before the road snakes around and returns to Thong Sala