Koh Pha Ngan
Experience an Island Awakening
Sitting tranquilly in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Pha Ngan is sister island to Koh Samui in the south and Koh Tao in the north. A more relaxing escape than Koh Samui or Phuket, the island is certainly becoming more developed and is already famous for its Full Moon Party, when thousands of party-goers flood the beach of Haad Rin for a huge celebration each month.
Keen divers and snorkellers will love Koh Pha Ngan's vibrant underwater world, with its luminescent coral reefs and abundant marine life. For deep dives, take a trip to Ang Thong National Marine Park or famous Sail Rock. More sports on Koh Pha Ngan that involve the water include sailing, kayaking, paragliding, windsurfing, wakeboarding and kite surfing.
The wild eastern coastline and pristine jungle interior offer some wonderful opportunities for walking excursions. Take the winding trail to Khao Ra, the highest point on the island, or visit the Phaeng Waterfall for a dazzling view over the south and west of the island.
You can also enjoy plenty of opportunities to learn ancient Thai traditions during your time on Koh Pha Ngan: take a Thai massage course, learn the secrets of fabulous Thai cuisine or get fit on a Muay Thai (Thai boxing) course. A good place to go is 'The Sanctuary' at Haad Tien Beach, offering sessions of meditation, Reiki, astrology, belly dancing and tai chi.
- Light up the Night: If you're coming to Koh Pha Ngan for the night life. Haad Rin Nai is the place to stay. Perhaps the most notorious party on the planet, the monthly Full Moon Party, attracts people from all around the globe. You have to see it to believe it!
- Sweat it Out: If your idea of a good time iws working up a sweat, put your hiking boots on and venture to the eastern coast. The terrain is well suited for this activity, and camping is also an option.
- Than Sadet-Ko Pha-Ngan National Park: Named after the river that forms the largest waterfall on the island, this has been visited by several Thai kings.
- Herbal Sauna: After a long party night you'll find instant relief at the herbal sauna at Wat Pho, based on the south-western side of the island in Baan Thai. Remember that you are on temple-teritory and should dress appropriately; nudity will get you into trouble!