Usually associated with non-stop crazy parties, pristine beaches and scenic surrounding landscape, Koh Phangan is visited by hordes of people all year round. This tiny island, in southeast Thailand, has a lot on offer. Read on and find out about this charming Thai destination.
Offering visitors the best of sun and sand, some of the popular beaches in Koh Phangan are Malibu Beach, Leela Beach (Haad Seekntang), Haad Rin Nok, Thong Nai Pan Yai, Bottle Beach (Haad Khuat), Haad Khom, Koh Ma and Secret Beach. Most of these beaches are ideal to enjoy different water sports, such as snorkelling, swimming and scuba diving.
Moon parties are a major draw card for the island. Full Moon Party, Half Moon Party and Black Moon Party are some of the most popular celebrations here. Held from dusk to dawn, these parties are full of excitement and fun, and promises a great time to the guests with the best of food and drinks. Internationally renowned DJs can be seen here performing for the guess.
The west coast of Koh Phangan is home to rich and vibrant coral reef and attractive lagoons. Waterskiing, wakeboarding, kitesurfing, jet-skiing, kayaking, surfing and swimming are among the popular water sports on the island. Owing to its rich marine life, snorkelling and scuba diving are the biggest hits among the visitors. Special diving schools and training institutes are operational across the island for those willing to venture deep in the waters.
Koh Phangan is a perfect spot for both physical and mental relaxation. Visitors can enjoy different recreational activities as well as participate in yoga and meditation sessions. Scattered across the island are several spa, beauty and treatment centres offering perfect relaxation and rejuvenation amidst the scenic surroundings. The island is home to different yoga centres including Orion Healing Centre in Sri Thanu, Agama Yoga Retreat also in Sri Thanu, and Blooming Lotus Yoga.
Whether it is the Thai dishes, Russian cuisine, French delicacies, Italian delights or Asian fare, Koh Phangan has it all! Crusty pizza, grilled fish, sushi, shrimps, jungle curry, spring rolls and chicken schnitzel are among the most popular dishes available on the island. For those willing to explore the richness of the street food culture of Koh Phangan, make your way to the famous Panthip Market and other traditional beachside shacks and eateries.