Ko Pha Ngan

What is Ko Pha Ngan known for?


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are much nicer than most people know: fine hard corals with a good range of reefs and tropical pelagic fish. '''Sailrock''', undoubtedly the most famous dive site in the Gulf of Thailand. Between Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao, all the wonders of this exciting site can be explored by all levels of divers. This spectacular rock rises out of the water creating the best wall dive with a maximum depth of 40 m. Providing a great range of marine life, spectacular underwater scenery, rock formations


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are much nicer than most people know: fine hard corals with a good range of reefs and tropical pelagic fish. '''Sailrock''', undoubtedly the most famous dive site in the Gulf of Thailand. Between Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao, all the wonders of this exciting site can be explored by all levels of divers. This spectacular rock rises out of the water creating the best wall dive with a maximum depth of 40 m. Providing a great range of marine life, spectacular underwater scenery, rock formations


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'' and is also mentioned in the 2006 song Magick (Magick (Klaxons song)) by the new rave band Klaxons' (Klaxons) (but probably more as a reference to the 1996 novel The Beach (The Beach (novel)) than the island itself). The world renowned Full Moon Party is a monthly dance music festival set on Haad Rin Nok Beach scheduled every month at full moon. The event primarily features electronic music and attracts around 30,000 party-goers in a normal month. ref name Slate>

, Thailand. The '''Half Moon Party''' is an outdoor dance music (rave) event on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand held at the intervals between full moon and new moon, i.e. approximately twice a month. right thumb 200px The Half Moon Party in Ko Pha Ngan (Image:halfmoondeiz.jpg), Thailand. The '''Half Moon Party''' is an outdoor dance music (rave) event on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand held at the intervals between full moon


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rabies treatment, so this is important to avoid. Do not stare directly at the dogs (but do look at them every once in a while as it seems to deter them somewhat), and do not run. Try talking to them continuously in a calm and friendly voice ("what a good dog", etc.) and move slowly but surely, either away from the dog, or, if it's critical for you to pass, then as far away as possible from the dog's "home territory" (e.g., if it ran out of a house on the left side of the road, move along the right side). In an emergency, remember that they're probably as scared of you as you are of them, so any violent motion (like throwing something) will likely send them running back, but only temporarily. Do this only as a last resort. Connect '''Internet cafes''' are plentiful and typically also offer international calls, fax services, and flight confirmation. The connection and speed is generally good. Expect to pay 60 baht hr (1 baht min) for Internet in central locations. One baht per minute is typical for predominantly tourist-oriented shops, many of which also offer lower rates for pre-paid blocks of time. In travel agency Tan Tour (50 m to west of 7-Eleven next to the pier) the friendly owner Tomas is famous for not taking charging customers very seriously, so if you stay only a short time you can usually use the Internet for free, or for a longer time you will usually end up paying only 20 baht instead of 40-60 baht. Next door to the 7-Eleven in Thong Sala at the pier there is free (open) Wi-Fi for everyone in Sweet Cafe, so if you don't mind sitting in the sun you can use it for free. Also in the food court in the Thong Sala night market (actually open all day) there is free Wi-Fi for everyone. It's not difficult to find well-equipped, quiet, air-con Internet cafés that charge 60 baht hr. Shops that can accommodate users who want to hook up their own laptops can easily be found. Printing (black white) is usually 10 baht page (30 baht page for colour). When you venture away from the more developed beaches, expect to pay up to 3 baht a minute. It can be cheaper just for staying in touch (Skype Facebook) to buy a SIM card with a 1GB data package for 1 month for 214 baht (AIS DTAC), which is enough for mobile Internet, but be aware some beaches do not have a 3G signal (Haad Yuan Haad Tien, for example). '''Mobile phone SIM cards''' can be bought and topped-up all around island in many 7-Elevens. Mobile signal strength for DTAC (Happy) or AIS (1-2-Call) is good all around the island. Avoid using the TrueMove network which has very bad coverage. '''Overseas calls''' can be made from many agencies and Internet shops, as well as guesthouses hotels and the like. Most advertise a rate of 15 baht minute (or 25 baht minute to mobile phones). Pretty much every Internet place will have headsets for Skype use, which will be free if you don't have to call to a telephone. * Wikipedia:Ko Pha Ngan


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in Thong Sala at the pier there is free (open) Wi-Fi for everyone in Sweet Cafe, so if you don't mind sitting in the sun you can use it for free. Also in the food court in the Thong Sala night market (actually open all day) there is free Wi-Fi for everyone. It's not difficult to find well-equipped, quiet, air-con Internet cafés that charge 60 baht hr. Shops that can accommodate users who want to hook up their own laptops can easily be found. Printing (black white) is usually 10 baht page (30 baht page


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with Bottle Beach and Chalok Lam Bay these are the best beaches on the northern coast and the entire island. * '''Bottle Beach''' — Also called "Haad Khuat", one of the most isolated beaches on the island, on the north coast accessible by longtail boat from Chalok Lam (150 baht person) or by a 2-3 hr long, tough hike from Haad Khom beach (this hike named the beach due to the use of plastic bottles to mark the trail). There is also the road option, on one of the worst roads on the island


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. Not much else to do but snorkel here. * '''Thonglang Bay''' — Between Chalok Lam and Haad Mae Haad, this almost undiscovered bay offers a delightful and peaceful escape from the crowds. * '''Chalok Lam''' — Fishing village with a picturesque beach in a long beautiful sandy bay at the northern tip of the island. Not touristy because of few boats making the trip, and the western part of the bay has some of the most beautiful waters off the island with a nice narrow beach under palm


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Sala:''' * '''Thong Sala''' — The island's "capital" and main ferry port. * '''Ao Nai Wok''' — A quiet bay with a long white sandbar in front of it. It is the first bay to the north of Thong Sala (just 7 min walk) and one of the best areas for sailing, windsurfing or kayaking. This is due to its orientation to the wind all year long and the proximity of the two wild little islands, Ko Tae Nai and Ko Tae Nok (approximately 10 min paddling in a kayak to Tae Nai) * '''Sri Thanu''' — A volcanic peninsula to the south of Haad Son and Haad Yao with bays and beaches. * '''Haad Son''' — A beautiful bay with a beach. * '''Haad Chao Phao''' — A small quiet beach on the western shore of Ko Pha Ngan. It has some resorts and bungalows offering budget rooms with full facilities. Has several beach bars and restaurants where you can have dinner and drink while the sun is setting. To go there from the main pier by taxi takes around 15 min and 20 min by motorbike. If you need a real escape, here it is. Also has a Moon Set Party at the Pirate Bar. The party is arranged regularly a few days before the Full Moon Party. * '''Haad Yao''' — A long white sandy beach just north of Haad Chao Phao, slightly more developed with more beach bars, a 7-Eleven, ATMs, and restaurants, but clean nice sea and snorkelling further from the beach with accommodations from 150 baht. Maybe the best beach on the west coast. * '''Haad Salad''' — An idyllic cove with several high-end resorts on the northwest corner of the island. * '''Haad Mae Haad''' — Wide sandy beach joined to Ko Maa, a national marine park, by a sand spit. Has some of the best diving and snorkelling on Pha Ngan. There is a small village and a variety of resorts, restaurants, and bars. Nice snorkelling: you'll need to go over the first, dead reef to see the coral. Make sure you get in and out during high tide as crossing the dead reef when the tide is receding can be difficult and painful. Not much else to do but snorkel here. * '''Thonglang Bay''' — Between Chalok Lam and Haad Mae Haad, this almost undiscovered bay offers a delightful and peaceful escape from the crowds. * '''Chalok Lam''' — Fishing village with a picturesque beach in a long beautiful sandy bay at the northern tip of the island. Not touristy because of few boats making the trip, and the western part of the bay has some of the most beautiful waters off the island with a nice narrow beach under palm trees. * '''Haad Khom''' — 20 min walk east of Chalok Lam on a steep concrete road or a few minutes ride from Chalok Lam you will find a nice quiet beach with clean seas and soft white sand where you can relax and do some of the best snorkelling on the island. There are only around 5 accommodations with good prices (from 150-300 baht for a bungalow), so the beach is not crowded. Only the one closest to Chalok Lam, CBB, has 24 hr electricity, the others use diesel generators. Together with Bottle Beach and Chalok Lam Bay these are the best beaches on the northern coast and the entire island. * '''Bottle Beach''' — Also called "Haad Khuat", one of the most isolated beaches on the island, on the north coast accessible by longtail boat from Chalok Lam (150 baht person) or by a 2-3 hr long, tough hike from Haad Khom beach (this hike named the beach due to the use of plastic bottles to mark the trail). There is also the road option, on one of the worst roads on the island, but the taxi ride is so expensive that is always better go to Chalok Lam and take a longtail boat from there. Very relaxed quiet beach with few accommodations but very reasonable prices (from 250-300 baht bungalow). Nice long and wide soft white sand beach and good clean water for swimming even during dry season. There is only one disadvantage. Due to its isolation, there are no ATMs or 7-Elevens or local restaurants so you have to buy everything for inflated prices at your accommodations (e.g., 90 baht for fried noodles). But what you pay for meals you will save on accommodation and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches on island. * '''Thong Nai Pan''' — Scenic area on the northeast part of the island that includes the neighbouring beach resorts of Ao Thong Nai Pan Yai and Ao Thong Nai Pan Noi, twin bays with two fantastic beaches. Thong Nai Pan Yai is the bigger one. The area caters to families with children, and singles and couples who are looking for unspoiled beaches, tranquillity and peace. Here you get safe swimming all year except during the November monsoon which normally ends around the middle of December. Both beaches have a variety of restaurants ranging from inexpensive Thai to top international cuisine. * '''Haad Thien''' — Home of the Sanctuary Resort, a hip, up-scale resort with a nice vibe. * '''Haad Yuan''' — A nice sandy beach on the southeast corner. A hop away from Haad Rin if you would like to get away from the party crowd. * '''Haad Rin — (''Hat Rin'')''' — The most touristy crowded village, with all the services any traveller needs and the home of the famous '''Full Moon Party'''. The biggest party scene on the island (along with Baan Tai). One of the few beaches during dry season where is possible to swim. * '''Ban Kai''' — Between Ban Tai and Haad Rin this beach offers an idyllic setting, just minutes from the Full Moon Party. Sea also quite dirty and very mountainous terrain. * '''Ban Tai''' — Facing Ko Samui, the longest stretch of uninterrupted beach on the entire island. Understand Climate Wikipedia:Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan

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'''Ko Pha Ngan''' (or '''Koh Phangan''', ) is an island in the Gulf of Thailand in southeast Thailand in Surat Thani Province. It is part of the Samui Archipelago (Mu Ko Samui). It is famous for its Full Moon party at Haad Rin Beach (Haad Rin) and as a backpacker (backpacking (urban)) destination. Ko Pha Ngan has two sister islands: the larger Ko Samui to the south and the smaller Ko Tao to the north.

* Estimated perimeter: 40 km (estimate—10 hr average walking time) * From mainland: about 55 km * From Ko Samui: about 15 km * From Ko Tao: about 35 km * Main town: Thong Sala * Highest Point: Khao Ra, 630 m

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