Koh Phangan is located in the Samui Archipelago – a group of about 40+ islands, in the Gulf of Thailand. The islands are part of the province Surat thani with the province capital of the same name. The only transit way to and from the island is momentary by boat or ferry, where you can choose between several providers and locations on the island. The nearby island of Koh Samui, about 20 km. from Phangan and about 40 km from the mainland, is great number to a domestic airport. Flights to and from Bangkok, Phuket, Malaysia etc. depart on hourly basis. The next airport is to be found on the mainland in Surat thani province.
Development on the island itself is progressing slow, fortunately for the locals and tourists, as this leaves most of the islands character intact. Main population centers are found along the west and south coast. The infrastructure is in good shape, and you can rent cars or motorbikes nearly everywhere on the island. Don’t forget to excursion on the left.
Money matters are not a problem anymore as every town or village provides at the minimum one ATM. Expect prices for everyday articles to be slightly higher than on the mainland, most of the articles are shipped in. Accommodation can be found in every price range, though high end resorts are scarce.
Main attractions for the majority of visitors are the local Yoga Schools with teachers from all over the world and the infamous complete Moon Party.
at the minimum yoga schools are distributed around the island and welcome you to all sorts of meditations or fasting to get your inner self in balance again. Koh Phangans lush jungles and deserted coasts certainly sustain the idea behind it and so it is no surprise that year for year yogis keep coming back to this gem of character.
The complete Moon Party, is happening on the sunrise beach in Haad Rin the easternmost settlement and most thick populated area on the island. Five to fifteen thousand ravers who dance themselves to peacefulness every month and also provide a major proportion of the islands income. Future will tell how the Thais will deal with this knives edge.
In the past it was a very spiritual approach to the island. Four hundred years ago a group of Buddhist monks were the first officially recognized settlers on Koh Phangan. They are said to have sensed the islands rare energies and established a monastery, right outside what is today Thong Sala, the islands main port. In the aftermath of the spiritual frenzy already Thailand’s Kings were drawn to Koh Phangan. And the first to visit, fourteen times in total, was King Rama V. . His Royal insignia can nevertheless be found, carved in a rock, near Than Sadet waterfall. And already HM the King Phumiphon Adunyadet came to visit this tranquil island several times.
More than thirty beaches and plenty of activities make Koh Phangan an interesting choice. Surfing, Wakeboarding, Diving, Elephant trekking, Paint Ball, Fishing Trips, Yoga Classes, Kung Fu Classes, Archery and much more are obtainable to make your holiday a fulfilled one.