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Phangan (Phangan)

Phangan

Phangan (Ko Pha Ngan) is an island in the Gulf of Thailand in Surat Thani Province, Thailand. Phangan is part of the Koh Samui Archipelago along with the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tau and smaller islands. The name comes from the Thai "ngan" – which means a sandbar. A large area of the island is occupied by tropical forests, the rest of the territory is rocky shores with sandy beaches, fields and plantations of coconut palms.

Phangan on map

Overview

Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand

What is Phangan famous for

The island has become famous for the three-day Full Moon music parties, held monthly on the tropical island, which is timed to coincide with the full moon and attracts a huge number of party-goers from all over the world.

Climate and weather

The rainy season in Phangan lasts from the end of September to December. Frequent rains in April and June. The dry season lasts from December to March, as well as from July to August – this time is well suited for holidays on the island. In the rainiest months (October and November), it is better to refrain from traveling to Koh Phangan.

What to see

Ang Thong National Marine Park on Ko Wua Talap of the Koh Samui Archipelago is an island archipelago, a visit to which does not leave anyone indifferent. From October to December, the islands are closed to tourists – the rainy season in Ang Tonga is very active. The best time to visit the islands is from January to the end of April. In February, you can see a rare natural phenomenon here – phosphorescent plankton.

Sail Rock is a famous diving spot on Koh Phangan. The bottom depth is 30-35m. This single reef within a radius of several kilometers is home to a huge number of fish: barracudas, caranx, platax and many other outlandish creatures are permanent inhabitants of the reef.

Sail rock, Phangan, Thailand

Hin Kong Bay is the tidal flats of Hin Kong Bay on the west coast of Phangan Island. The sea in the beach area is very calm and shallow, so it is a good place to relax with children.

The temple of Koh Tham (Wat Koh Tham) is a small mountain cave monastery in the wooded hills above Baan Thai, built in accordance with Thai forest traditions. There is a meditation center in the temple.

Temple of Koh Tham (Wat Koh Tham) Phangan, Thailand

The Chinese Temple of Mercy is the Temple of the Goddess of Mercy Guan Yin. There are many sanctuaries in this temple complex, each of which is dedicated to a particular deity or has a special meaning and purpose. There is a place of worship of the Chinese goddess Guan Yin, the multi-armed Shiva, the warrior god Guan Di, Hottei, a statue of Buddha and a lot of mythical creatures.

The temple of Phu Khao Noi (Wat Phu Khao Noi) is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Phangan, located in the Hin Kong Bay area. The place has a strong energy and will interest tourists who are in search of themselves.

Phu Khao Noi Temple (Wat Phu Khao Noi), Koh Phangan, Thailand

Wat Pho Temple is a Buddhist temple located near the Tong Sala Pier. It is famous all over the world for its herbal sauna for the treatment of diseases of internal organs and skin. Special herbal decoctions according to ancient recipes, which are prepared by monks, have a powerful healing and toning effect. After visiting the sauna, it is recommended to take a Thai massage session.

Laem Son Lake is a picturesque freshwater lake located in the western part of the island near Bovi Beach. A great place for a walk, a family picnic in the shade of palm trees and a casuarina grove. Fishing is prohibited in the lake, children's attractions and other entertainment work on the water.

Excursions

Travel agencies and private guides will help you get to know the island in a short time. The main types of excursions on Phangan:

sightseeing sea excursions

elephant riding

visiting the national park, hiking trails through the jungle

diving and snorkeling, sea safari

visit to the safari park

Koh Phangan Beaches

Koh Phangan, Thailand

From May to October, the tides are pronounced on Phangan. Low tide usually starts in the afternoon, the sea can go up to 200 meters. And on some beaches you can relax all year round: Ao Haad Rin Beach, where the Full Moon party is held, all the eastern beaches, Haad Kom in the north, Bottle Beach.

Thong Nai Pan Noi (Ao Thong Nai Pan Noi) and Thong Nai Pan Yai (Ao Thong Nai Pan Yai) are one of the most popular beaches, located in the most beautiful bay in the northeast of the island of Phangan. The entrance to the water is gentle, the infrastructure is organized, there is a massage parlor, bars, shops, equipment rental.

Ao Haad Salad is a beautiful secluded beach that is suitable for a quiet holiday. The entrance to the sea is quite sharp, the clear water allows you to see the beauty of the underwater world.

Ao Haad Than Sadet Beach is located in the east of Phangan. There is an observation deck and a small waterfall. The depth of the water near the shore allows you to swim even at low tide. There are bars and cafes on the beach, and sightseeing boats stop.

Ao Chalok Lam is a great place to connect with nature and the sun in silence. The beach is located in a bay in the north of the island near a fishing village. There is a deep sea here, there are no shoals at low tide, soft sand with shell rock.

Malibu Beach is a beautiful and popular beach with abundant vegetation. In the afternoon, most of the beach is in the shade. The shallow sea and sandy bottom make the beach convenient for families with children. There are shops, a pharmacy, massage parlors, and equipment rental within walking distance.

Ao Mae Haad beach forms a sandy spit at low tide, where it is good to relax with children. The beach is with coarse sand, the entrance to the water is long and gentle, there are many tropical trees on the shore. Suitable for a relaxing family holiday.

How to get

To get to Phangan, you first need to fly to Bangkok, then to Koh Samui or Surat Thani. A shuttle service is organized from the airports to the nearest piers, from which ferries to Phangan depart several times a day.

You can get to Phangan Island only by water. There are several berths on the mainland, from where ferries and speedboats depart for Phangan.

Thai cuisine

Traditional Thai cuisine

National Thai cuisine is one of the best exotic cuisines in the world. Chefs do not adhere to strict recipes, but improvise, focusing on specific conditions and tastes.

Thai food is characterized by a combination of several flavors: sour, sweet, spicy, salty and spicy. The national food usually consists of a hot soup and a second course including curry, fish, vegetables, sauce and gravy. All Thai dishes are usually spicy.

In Phangan, you should definitely try Tom Yam soup and fried noodles with eggs, beans, shrimp, fish or meat. White fish baked in salt and palm leaves and baked chicken with nuts, garlic, soy sauce and onions are very tasty.

Thai desserts are unique: dessert made of glutinous rice and mango pulp, coconut ice cream, sweet cheese balls will delight any traveler with their unusual taste.

Vacationers in Phangan should pay a visit to the local Phantip Food Market. From noon to midnight, you can buy exotic fruits, local Thai alcohol, and eat national food: Pad Thai rice noodles and fried rice.

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April 08, 2024

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