Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan

The Island Koh Phangan is located in the south -east of Thailand and is part of an archipelago of three main islands: the ‘ island of Koh Samui which is south of Koh Phangan and that it is 20 km and the ‘ island of Koh Tao in the north which is 45 km away. On the ‘ island of Koh Samui is this an international airport that with about forty daily flights connecting Bangkok, Phuket , Krabi , Pattaya and major destinations in South- East Asia.

Koh Phangan is the fifth largest island of Thailand with an area of 170 square miles of which 90% is covered with tropical forests unexplored. The Island is part of the province of the city of Surat Thani which is just 700 km from Bangkok. The journey that separates Surat Thani to Ko Phangan is two and a half hours by ferry.
This little Island is part of over 50 small Islands part of Samui Archipelago which includes Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. All these Islands are known as coconut islands and Koh Phangan is famous for the once a month full moon party. The Island has a total area of 125 km2 and its highest point is Khao Ra which is 630m.

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Koh Phangan is about 70 kilometers from the mainland Thailand and its part of the Surrathani province. The Island is about 1:30mins from the mainland Donsak, Thailand with the fast catamaran speedboat. It’s about 25 min boat ride from Koh Samui, which acts as the main air link to Phangan because Phangan does not have an airport yet, so Koh Samui os the closest airport.
Koh Phangan has about 10,000 inhabitants, of which the majority of Chinese origin. There are also many Thais coming from different parts of Thailand who have moved on to the Island to work in the field of tourism. The towns are: Thongsala , Chaloklum , Baan Tai and the village of Haad Rin . Thai monkeys used to collect coconuts as a main source of income on the island: coconut plantations, fishing and tourism. Every month, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan produce more than one million coconuts which are then shipped to Bangkok. To collect the coconuts they use monkeys trained to do this work. Koh Phangan is always been a spiritual place. The island in the past had been visited by four kings of Thailand. King Rama V visited more than ten times, staying near the waterfalls of Thaan Sadet . In the last few years ithas also been visited several times by the current King Bhumibol . The Island was uninhabited up to 600 years ago, when Buddhist monks came and settled on Koh Phangan finding a peaceful and spiritual enlightenment, they settled in what is now the Buddhist temple Wat Phu Khao Noi near the town of Thongsala .

The first tourists who landed at Koh Phangan in the late 80s , they were hippies and young people with backpackers (backpackers ) who left India to discover new mystical destinations. At the time the lack of paved roads and facilities to accommodate up to people, Haad Rin was the only beach to be visited, this is because it was easily accessible from the nearby island of Ko Samui and why the only one to be equipped with simple bungalows built of wood and bamboo style still very much present on the island.It is precisely by hippies in the late 80’s that is born of the famous Full Moon Party a big party with music that is held once a month during the full moon night .
The Island is the fifth largest Island in Thailand and is 167 square kilometers. 90% of Koh Phangan is un-spoilt tropical forest and surrounded by white sandy beaches and because of its granite structure there are many small mountains around the Island which make it a perfect place to trek or camp. The wildlife on Koh Phangan has a large selection of species from monkeys to lots of exotic birds, lizards, insects and hundreds of different types of butterflies. There is also an amazing underworld that surrounds the Island with over 10km’s of natural coral. Over 20 top dive sites are located around the Island.Koh Phangan is an Eco-tourism destination with a great selection of activities to do in the wild jungles.
The Island has a wonderful selection of restaurants, bars and clubs to visit along with some of the best beaches in the Gulf of Thailand.