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Koh Phangan Koh Samui

Koh Phangan has long been "the" favorite destination for backpackers and ravers from all over the world. They still gather on the island all year long to join the different parties that made it famous, like the Full Moon Party happening every month for 20 years on Haad Rin Beach.

But the magical spirit of Koh Phangan makes it also perfectly suitable for those travellers looking for tranquil and wilder surroundings in a preserved environment.
The island also has heaps of quieter and undeveloped spots that will remind you of Koh Samui as it was 15 years ago...
With a pinch of luxury, if you're in the mood, as many new resorts offer for just a few years now, new services like swimming pools, air conditioned rooms and even Spas and health centers, bringing them closer to the hotel standard of Koh Samui...

Just like Samui, Koh Phangan has numerous heavenly white sand beaches all along its coastline, some of them reachable only by boat. But it differs from its elder sister with its wide mountainous jungle in the center of the island, a large part of it being actually classified "national park" by Thailand.
This preservation of almost half of its surface allows the island to keep its natural and untamed character and, above all, to avoid spoiling its wonderful land-scapes by an excess of buildings.

So, whether you like beach or jungle, silence or heavy party sound, Koh Phangan will satisfy you and your soul, and you will easily find out for yourself why this island is perfect for making the vacations of your dreams.

December to February

The cool season : temperatures can reach up to 30°C (86°F). Brief tropical rain showers occur mostly in December. This is the best season to visit Phangan.

March to June

The hot season : it becomes very hot - up to 40°C (114°F), with little or no rain. You will appreciate your air-conditioned hotel room during this time!

July to September

The pre-monsoon : it's hot with occasional rains. More or less nice weather, depending on the years, september seems to be better

October and November

The rain season : it's the monsoon, and you'll see more rain than any other months, though it generally doesn't rain every day, neither all day, nice hot days can even happen. It's a good idea to take a raincoat, when going outside....
Average temperatures (maxi & mini) in Koh Phangan.

Average Precipitations on Koh Phangan.
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Koh Phangan's history starts more than 2000 years ago, the first visitors were Malaysian sailors and sea gypsies, coming from the Malaysian peninsula, but its history really began only 600 years ago with the arrival of a groups of monks, impressed by the energy of the island, they built the first temple and maintained the spiritual energy of the place for centuries. They were followed much later, just 200 years ago, by Chinese immigrants who settled here and made the trade of coconut and the exploitation of tin mines (Laem Son Lake).
But Koh Phangan's history is prestigious as its is directly linked to the royal family, and the locals are proud of it. Infact, far before the tourists, His Majesty the King Rama V (1868-1910) had discovered the splendor of Koh Phangan and did visit it 14 times, especially Than Sadet waterfall, where you can still see the Royal sign inprinted in rocks. Their Majesties Rama VI, Rama VII and Rama IX (His Majesty the King, who has reigned for more than 60 years, now) did also visit Koh Phangan several times.
But since 20 years, the island has become a favorite holiday destination and islanders have changed their traditional way of living to adopt the tourism rhythm.

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The main street of Thong Sala, as seen from the pier.

The local market has loads of colorful fresh products.

Thong Sala is the administrative capital of the island. All public offices and banks are located there, as well as the piers for the boats and ferries departing for Koh Samui, Koh Tao and the mainland. The VIP bus 99 also leaves from there. It is located in the south west, 15 km from Haad Rin and 10 km from Chaloklum.
Check our special page on transport to Koh Phangan to have information on the companies and all the timetables.

If you want to go shopping, this is the best place to do it on Koh Phangan. The shops are similar to those in Haad Rin, but less expensive. The daily market takes place here as well, and many resorts come to buy their supplies. This is a daytime shopping area and in the evening the businesses close quite early (except for a few bars). Check our column on Shopping in Koh Phangan for more information on the subject.
This is also a great spot to catch a beautiful sunset.

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Mae Had & Koh Ma, north west coast of Koh Phangan. Koh Phangan is blessed with beautiful beaches all along its coastline. Apart from the long beaches of Bantai and Bankai in the south-west, most of the others beaches of Phangan are small or medium coves, like the famous Haad Rin or the secluded Thong nai pan. Wherever they are, long or small, all are white sanded. Each is different from another and have its own charm. Check our special page about Beaches of Koh Phangan to have infos about them, their location and photos....

Sunset over Koh Taem and Angthong marine parc as seen from the south coast of Koh Phangan.

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Traditional wooden bungalow, with bamboo and palms. Threatened with extinction on Koh Phangan. Koh Phangan offers now a wide variety of accommodation from more simple to more sophisticated, on the beach or in the jungle, discover you holiday spot depending on your mood and your budget.
Even if times have changed since the first hippies have discovered Koh Phangan, the island is still far from the level of development Samui is. Here, the growth is slower and you can still find (for how long ?) bungalows in the same state they were 15 years ago as well as the easy life that goes with.
But don't worry, as Koh Phangan is "All-styles", it will be as easy to find a 2 to 3 dollars hut in family bungalows on the beach as a few tens dollars cottage by the swimming pool of one of the luxury resorts with AC, cable TV, and all facilities, recently opened in Ban Tai, Haad Rin, Haad Salad, Haad Yao or Thong Nai Pan.
Once in Koh Phangan you can walk along the beach to make your choice of the bungalow that suits you or decide right now and Pick your holiday accommodation among our selection of fine beach bungalows and resorts and even book online with our credit card secured payment system.
To do so, just check our special page Hotels & Bungalows in Koh Phangan.
If you prefer to stay in your own home instead of hotels, there are now many houses for rent in koh phangan, on the beach, with seaview or under the coconuts. For our selection, check our special page house rental on Koh Phangan

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Food stall selling different meals depending on the time of the day. A must of thailand culinary art. In Koh Phangan, there are plenty of bars and restaurants, offering, years after years, more and more international flavors with an ever increasing quality.
Many bungalow on the beach have good quality restaurants, but nothing will stop you from going out for dinner to taste all the specialties carefully served in the variety of restaurants set up everywhere on the island.

You can just as well enjoy a delicious thai curry with seafood or take delight with a sumptuous couscous (marocan stew), a beef in Bourguignon sauce or a tasty indian thali, without missing the traditional italian pizza, of course.

For a selection of fine restaurants on the island, please, check our special page on Restaurants on Koh Phangan.

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Buy clothes, souvenirs and bags, jewellery, and also... film processing and photos printing... It's an all-in-one shop. Whatever your seeking for, you'll have no pain to find it quite easily in the shop of Thong Sala and Haad Rin, or in the recently opend shops, all along the main road.
If you fancy the last CDs or DVDs, souvenirs, from the simplest sarong to the most stylish teck wood furniture, varied gizmo, beach games or video games, electronic devices, clothes to go party or to chill out on the beach, get "inked" or pierced, buy gold or silver jewelleries, classic or piercings one, you'll certainly find what you need here ! For wooden souvenirs from Thailand we advice you to visit Chiang Mai Art Déco in Thong Sala, at the corner of the main road and the road to Chaloklum, close to SamuiPhanganProperties real estate agency.

And last but not least, there are tens of shops selling home made Hammock, which we're sure you'll make good use of, during your stay...
Shops open all day long and close around 07:00pm, except some in Haad Rin opening late in the afternoon and remaining opened all night long.

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Koh Phangan, the beach, at sunset, once the coolness is there, the night is calling you... to party on, dudes !

Night life... Exactly what made Phangan famous all over the world ! Memorable parties, in the jungle or on the beach, and after-parties even more unforgettable ! Everyone knows in Koh Phangan, that those in Samui who really want to have "serious" party sessions, come HERE !... Check now our special page Full moon & other parties of koh Phangan, to get all the details, the places, the tunes and the dates ! And do not forget our page Night life in koh Phangan that also gives few addresses to help you spend nice evenings.

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