Ko Pha Ngan

What is Ko Pha Ngan known for?


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the island designated as national park and Ko Pha Ngan has more than 80 km 2 of relatively unspoiled rain forest with diverse flora and fauna. It is also considered a spiritual place, with numerous Buddhist temples around the island and a thriving spa, retreat, and meditation industry. Facilities Ko Pha Ngan has only 1 international primary school (International school), Si Panya School


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, 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


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, it's well signposted from the main road. * Visit Ko Maa off the northwest coast of Ko Pha Ngan. It offers one of the best snorkelling places on the island. Other places to do snorkelling are Haad Khom beach (very shallow water on the coast during low tide, be careful) and Haad Yao. * On the road between Thong Sala and Chalok Lam is a beautiful Chinese Temple (free) overlooking Chalok Lam Bay. * There is an elephant camp on the way from Baan Tai to Thong Nai Pan (300 baht for a 30 min ride. Also


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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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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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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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. 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

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


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with flaming batons, then don't venture too close to the fire poi swingers on the beach, as skillful as they may be, the fire sometimes gets out of hand and hits nearby tourists. "Fire Skipping Rope Jump through Fire Hoop" are dangerous games provided by a few of the beach bars. Take care when participating in these games, especially if you are drunk. If you plan to leave the island the day after the Full Moon Party, be aware that the boats are usually packed with other tourists who have


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reproductions. These galleries have reputations for affordable prices and fine quality artistic skills. * Eat thumb Delicious Thai Food (Image:Thai food.jpg) :''Individual listings can be found in Ko Pha Ngan's 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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