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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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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. 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


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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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. 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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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


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instead of taking pricier government bus which does not leave from KSR but requires you to go to a bus terminal. A very good option, a little pricier, is using the morning bus (06:00) and ferry combination from the Lomprayah company. A reputable company with an office near Khao San Rd and the option to book online through their website. The air-con bus is very new and the connection to the ferry gives the opportunity for a toilet break and to eat something. Leave early in the morning and arrive mid late afternoon on the island. One way is 1,300 baht. They also have a night bus. By train, boat, and bus An overnight train from Bangkok is an interesting option. Trains arrive in Surat Thani or Chumphon, and from there you can transfer by bus and then boat. Chumphon is the option if you're planning to stop at Ko Tao, but if you're heading straight to Ko Pha Ngan, consider Surat Thani. Both stations are on the southbound Hay Yai line, but arrival times in Chumphon (when using night trains) are annoyingly early in the morning. For example, the (recommended) express train number #85 arrives around 04:00 after which you'll have to wait about 3 hours for the ferry. On the other hand, if you continue down to Surat Thani you can sleep an extra 3–4 hours plus you will arrive in daylight. Considering the waiting time in Chumphon and the longer ferry trip you will eventually get to Ko Pha Ngan at about the same time. Combined train-bus-boat tickets can be bought direct from the official Advance Booking Counter at Hualamphong station in Bangkok, although if your train is late, and your boat is already gone then you will have to pay extra for the next boat. Thus the joint ticket may not be the best choice. If e-booking is not available or not suitable to you for some reason, train tickets may be reserved up to 60 days in advance and paid for by email. In reality, the Thai authorities are lax in returning emails and or will give the runaround, or flat-out refuse to reserve seats for non-Thais during peak travel periods (Dec-Jan and the Songkran holiday in Apr). If your heart is set on going by train, start early, be persistent, and have a backup plan to go by bus or plane. Upon arrival at the pier pick up a free guide book, ''Phangan.info'', with a lot of useful information for travellers (ferry timetables, prices of taxi boats, taxi trucks, where to eat, what to do see, party dates, maps, accommodations, and more). Get around By motorbike There are many rental locations all over the island. 100-125 cc motorbikes can be hired from 100 baht day for semi-automatic scooters (no clutch, just change gear up down, easy to operate after a couple of hours and saves some fuel compared to an automatic) to 150 baht day for fully automatic scooters; larger capacity models cost 300-700 baht day (700 baht for a big enduro motobike). These are asking prices before bargaining and any discount. If you rent motorbike for longer, you can get bigger discount. For example, for 3 days rental at 150 baht day you can bargain it to 120 baht day or from 100 baht day to 90 baht day. For 2 weeks the price drops even more, from 100 baht day to 75 baht day. There is good rental shop, Sak, with low prices just next to Nira's bakery in Thong Sala, a short walk from the pier with a couple of other rental shops with similar prices. Rentals are for 24 hours, so if you rent motorbike at 16:00, you have to return it before 16:00 the next day if you don't want to pay a surcharge. Motorbikes are rented without fuel, so you have to go first to petrol station (figure on about 40 baht per litre of 91 octane gasoline at big petrol stations), more in remoter places like jungle road to Thong Nai Pan 50 baht 1 l). Foreigners are asked to leave their passport as a deposit, or a copy of their passport and a large cash deposit (1,000-10,000 baht). You are strongly advised not to leave your passport. Renting through the place you stay might be a better option, but does not guarantee that you will avoid the bike repair scam. Some rental shops overcharge for every scratch or dent. They don't fix, but rather replace the whole part - so note damages to the bike on the rental contract. Be aware that your passport will be held until you pay the extortionate repair cost. You can negotiate the costs down from exorbitant to high, but keep your cool, don't yell and stay polite. This practice is very common all over the region. It's not unheard of that you are asked to pay for damage you haven't done. In most cases, it's the combination of very bad & dangerous roads and inexperienced or intoxicated driving that causes accidents. Some good advice is to take pictures of your bike as you rent it, but if the guy has your passport, this won't do any good. If you don't know what you're doing, stay on the safe side and stick with songthaews (Thailand#Songthaew). Avoid riding at sundown, when the bugs are out en masse, and result in brief periods of riding blind, while you desperately try to clear your corneas. Try not to go home with a "Thai tattoo", this can either result from your tender body sliding along a bitumen road at high speed with few clothes on, or from the inside of your leg touching a hot exhaust pipe. Also keep in mind that many, if not most, travel insurance policies will not cover motorcycle accidents, especially if you do not have a Thai drivers license. Care is needed if attempting to go over the notorious Haad Rin hills, the roads on the east side of the island, and north of Haad Yao. Especially the "Hill of Tears" (first steep ascent from Thong Sala towards Haad Rin) needs caution. Use low gear only and have your passenger walk. This is still quite good concrete road where you need only use brakes compared to mud roads on the northeast part of the island to Bottle Beach, which are the worst on the island with many potholes. Drunk driving in the West is illegal (not on Ko Pha Ngan, where police don't check). On Ko Pha Ngan it's suicidal. Better to sit in the back of a taxi than having a smash-up at night and ending up dead or in the hospital. Wear a helmet. Police will fine you 200 baht for non-compliance and set up roadblocks occasionally (before noon in Thong Sala, for example). When driving, stay within your limits. The slower you drive, the less it's gonna hurt. It is also possible to rent small Suzuki 4WDs, however, you will find that you can circle the island in a day. By songthaew Songthaews (Thailand#Songthaew) criss-cross the island asking from 100 baht a ride, if you share the taxi with other people. You can and should bargain for a lower price, especially if your destination isn't that far. The taxi driver cartel tries to fix prices at 200 baht a ride. Do not accept the price at the pier and walk rather 300 m to the roundabout in Thong Sala where there is a taxi station with normal prices. From Thong Sala to Baan Tai Khai or Chalok Lam should be priced around 100 baht person, Haad Rin 150 baht person, Haad Yao Salad 150 baht person, Thong Nai Pan or Had Sadet 250 baht. It is important to note that ALL taxi service on Ko Pha Ngan is provided by songthaew (pick-up truck). Should you choose to go with a freelancer on a motorbike or in a pickup, make arrangements quickly, quietly and pay surreptitiously. Usually is the best option to save money and be flexible and avoid using songthaews at all is to rent a motorbike after arriving in Thong Sala as you will be probably leaving from this pier. You can later return the motorbike here and it can save you a lot of money. If there are two of you and you pay 150 baht person for one taxi ride, your total expenses to from beach will be 600 baht. For that you can have a semi-auto motorbike rental for 6–7 days or a fully automatic for 4–5 days and you are free to ride anywhere between arrival and departure and it's also the best way when looking for accommodation instead of taking taxi and walking around with a lot of baggage. By boat Cruise the bays with your snorkelling gear until someplace takes your fancy. The round-the-island, all-day boat trip is a great way to see some of the best beaches in the island. See thumb Salad Beach on Ko Pha Ngan (Image:Salad Beach Phangan.jpg) * Than Sadet-Ko Pha Ngan National Park The park (free of charge) is named after the river Than Sadet (literally, "Royal River"). The river forms the largest waterfall on the island, which was visited by several Thai kings. Very difficult to reach on motorbike, one of the worst roads on island. Down at the sea at Than Sadet Beach, there are a few places to stay. * Visit the beautiful waterfalls and lookouts in the interior of the island. The best lookouts are Domesila viewpoint, a 15 min hike from Phaeng waterfall in Phaeng National Park (free of charge). There is another waterfall viewpoint a 20 min walk from Phaeng waterfall. From Bottle Beach you can hike to the rocky viewpoint above valley with great views over northeast part of island, hiking to the top should take 30-45 min depending on your condition. You can visit Wat Khao Tam viewpoint on the road between Thong Sala and Haad Rin which you can reach on motorbike and then it's easy walk for few minutes to the temple with viewpoint at Ko Samui and southern coast of Ko Pha Ngan. Another viewpoint is in Chalok Lam on the road to Haad Khom, 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 one close to The Chinese temple on the road from Thong Sala to Chalok Lam (300 baht for 30 min ride. On the price list it's officially 500 baht). Very close is also an archery range. Do thumb Full Moon Party (Image:Full Moon Party.jpg) * 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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than a million passengers annually. The airport has two terminals (Domestic & International). The International terminal is located about 50 metres north of the domestic. Samui Airport is located near the Big Buddha Pier where ferries depart to Ko Pha Ngan. High speed ferries to Koh Tao and Chumphon depart from the Maenam Beach Pier, located approximately 6 km north-west of the airport. Image:halfmoondeiz.jpg right thumb 200px The Half Moon Party in 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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