Things To Do In Koh Phangan Guide

The Complete 2018 Travel Blog

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Things To Do In Koh Phangan Guide

{The Complete 2018 Travel Blog}


Koh Phangan, also known as the home of “The Original Full Moon Party” will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Anyone with a fatal attraction to an uninhibited lifestyle will find it hard to resist the temptations found on this Southeast Asian tropical island of hedonism.


For this reason alone, Koh Phangan has been transformed throughout the years into the popular Thailand backpacker sanctuary that is recognized as today.


However, wild party atmosphere aside, Koh Phangan offers backpackers a unique splendor that should definitely not be missed.

With a profusion of outdoor adventures and a wide range of activities to explore continue reading this blog to find out The Best Things To Do In Koh Phangan along with everything else you need to know.

How To Get To Koh Phangan Thailand?

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Ferry

There’s no airport on the island of Koh Phangan so you will have to take a ferry via Surat Thani on the mainland, or a ferry from the neighboring island of Koh Samui.

Unlike Koh Phangan, Koh Samui does have an airport.

Therefore, you can easily fly into here and then catch the ferry to Koh Phangan.

Round ferry trip tickets are about 600 baht.

Once you arrive the ferries will drop you off in either Thong Sala or Haad Rin depending on the particular ferry company.

If you do so happen to arrive in Thong Sala, you can easily arrange a 15 minute Tuk Tuk ride to Haad Rin.

The Tuk Tuk ride should cost you between 50-100 baht.

Pro Tip

  • There are plenty of travel companies located throughout Thailand that can assist you with your reservation so no need to worry about booking in online.
  • Just be sure to book one to two days ahead of time to avoid sold out tickets, especially around the time of the Full Moon.
  • Expect to wait at the ferry for around an hour before departing to Koh Phangan.

BUS

If flying is not your thing then there are several travel companies that offer bus and ferry combo services to Koh Phangan.

Bangkok to Koh Phangan, a very common route of travel is around is 1300 baht per ticket and takes around 14 hours.

The price of the ticket also includes the ferry.




Things To Do In Koh Phangan

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Full Moon Party

During the week of the Full Moon Party you can literally feel the energy of the island steadily rising, as everyone is anxious with anticipation to experience this legendary event.

You’ll begin to notice hordes of people pouring in from around the world into the soon to be over crowed town of Haad Rin for this once in a lifetime party experience.

Click Here For Everything You Need To Know About The Full Moon Party

SABAI BAR AT HAAD SALAD VIEWPOINT

Due to the steep mountainous landscape, the island offers several spectacular viewpoints.

A particular favorite of ours is the Haad Salad viewpoint which features the Sabai Bar, offering a great way to sit back, relax and really take in the experience.

You might even find some unexpected goodies up here to help you relax even further.

RENT MOTOR BIKES

 Considering the island doesn’t have too many iconic landmarks like Phi Phi Islands “Maya Bay” and “Phi Phi Viewpoint“, there is still an undeniable distinguishing beauty about Koh Phangan.

However, considering the island is quite large you will need to rent motorbikes in order to explore all of its wonders.


This can be a bit daunting to navigate for those with a fear of heights, while for others this just adds to the adventurous nature of Koh Phangan.


However, unlike destinations like Phi Phi Island, Koh Phangan is best explored on a scooter.

Boasting stunning vibrant jungles, a beautiful selection of beaches topped off with some pretty remarkable panoramic viewpoints, a motorbike adventure through this island is nothing short of amazeballs.

WATERFALLS

Make sure you stop off and visit Koh Phangan’s marvelous array of waterfalls.

Most of them require a bit of hike so be sure to bring your sneakers.

Regardless, the view is well worth it in the end.




Koh Phangan Day Life

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Slip N’ Fly

 Although not your traditional day party, the Slip n’ Fly waterpark simply doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.

If extreme sports are your thing, then this is going to be one of your favorite things to do in Koh Phangan.

The main attraction of the park is a water slide resembling that of an Olympic Ski Jump that sends you hurling into the air.

While at the same time leaves you praying not to belly flop in front of the crowd of spectators eagerly waiting that next splash.

Hang out here for the day with some friends while enjoying some cold drinks and endless laughs as everyone attempts to conquer their fears of the gargantuan water slide that awaits.

Koh Phangan Nightlife

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SUNRISE BEACH

The beach clubs really do know how to get the party going and keep it sufficiently lit all night long.

With the latest and greatest in both Hip Hop and EDM courtesy of the various loud and rambunctious beach bars, there’s not a chance you won’t get lost in the madness as you party the night away.

Especially with an endless selection of bucket stands aligned along the beach, another cheeky drink to keep you going is never too far away.

Eden Garden Party

 Concealed among the massive rocks is the stunning Haad Yuon Bay, and its hidden gem, Eden.

The journey begins with a questionable boat ride from Sunrise Beach for a non-negotiable price of 300 baht per trip and ends with you trekking across a raggedy bridge and above some massive rocks.


However, once you arrive visitors utterly fall in the love with the free-spirited bohemian vibes of Eden.


Held on every Tuesday and Saturday this is one of the most unique parties in Southeast Asia.

Maybe it could have something to do with all those wonderful goodies and treats that Eden offers its visitors…




Where To Stay In Koh Phangan

Haad Rin is the place to be when visiting Koh Phangan, no questions asked.  Whether it is the Full moonHalf-moon or Dark Moon, the town of Haad Rin will offer you the most excitement during your stay.

The town can basically be split into two sections, Haad Rin Nok and Haad Rin Nai.

Haad Rin Nok and is home Sunrise Beach, which is responsible for Koh Phangan’s wild party reputation.

Offering a booming nightlife with a stretch of various beach bars and clubs that will keep travelers partying hard until the early hours of the morning.

On the other side, Haad Rin Nai is home to Sunset Beach, which offers a more relaxing and calmer vibe and is great for escaping all the raucous of craze filled fire shows and drunken festivities of its counterpart.

The two beaches are only a 10-minute walk from each other, so don’t lose any sleep over if you can only find accommodation near Sunset Beach.

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SUNRISE RESORT

136 MOO 6 HAAD RIN, KOH PHANGAN, 84280, THAILAND


Sunrise Resort puts the entire full moon party at your doorstep offering a prime beach location and upscale rooms at a more than fair price.

What We Love

  • Clean, comfortable and modern conveniences
  • Quality aircon and refrigerator
  • Absolute prime waterfront accommodation located in the best area to stay in Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party
  • Beautiful swimming area
  • Welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff.

 

Things To Consider

  • A bit pricey for budget backpackers
  • Noisy location

CLICK HERE TO CHECK PRICES ON AGODA.COM

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SEA GARDEN RESORT HAAD RIN

137 Moo6, Haad Rin, Bantai, Koh Phangan, Suratthani, Ko Pha-Ngan, 84280, Thailand


The perfect Full Moon party accommodation for budget travelers interested in upgrading from a hostel, while staying within budget.

If you have been desperately searching where to stay in Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party at an affordable price then this one of the best priced deals around.

In regards of pricing this is best place to stay in Koh Phangan for backpackers on a budget.

What We Love

  • Located just two minutes away from Sunrise Beach (aka the party beach)
  • Free breakfast every morning
  • Surprisingly quiet considering it’s location
  • Quality aircon and refrigerator
  • Value for money

 

Things To Consider

  • Weak wifi connection in rooms located to the rear of the property.
  • Underwhelming bathroom.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK PRICES ON AGODA.COM

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FAMILY HOUSE RESORT 

94/5 Moo 6 Haad Rin, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand


Family House Resort provides standard yet well maintained rooms/bungalows at an affordable rate.  If you want to party but, still be far enough away from the party to get some much needed rest and relaxation, then this is the place for you.

 

Things We Loved

  • Located just steps away from Sunset Beach (aka The Quiet Beach)
  • Comfortable bed
  • Well maintained room
  • Quiet location
  • Budget friendly prices
  • 2-minute walk from Haad Rin ferry port

 

Things To Consider

  • Lack of WIFI in most rooms
  • Underwhelming bathroom

CLICK HERE TO CHECK PRICES ON AGODA.COM




FAQs - Koh Phangan

What Is The Best Place To Stay In Koh Phangan For Backpackers?

Backpackers looking for hostel accommodation should be sure to check out Slumber Party Hostel.

This is the premier party hostel on the island and is a great place to make new friends for solo backpackers.

Though this party hostel is located roughly 20 minutes from Sunrise Beach, the epicenter of Haad Rin nightlife, Slumber Party does host their own party festivities and events.

However, be aware they are a bit more low key then what you will find at the beach parties of Haad Rin.

Pro Tip

Although I still much prefer Haad Rin for backpackers because you are in the middle of the action, Slumber Party does off a nice alternative for those looking to stay elsewhere.

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Where To Stay In Koh Phangan For The Full Moon Party? 

The best place to stay in Koh Phangan for The Full Moon party is anywhere in the town of Haad Rin.

All the action goes down on Haad Rins Sunrise Beach so if you looking for prime location for the wildest night of your life you will not want to stay anywhere else.

What are the Koh Phangan Island food prices?

Koh Phangan has some of the cheapest food selections we have seen on any of the popular Thai islands.

Similar to elsewhere in Thailand, there is delicious street food widely available throughout the entire island and typically cost under 100 baht.

However, unlike other islands like Koh Samui or Koh Phi Phi, quality restaurant meals can be found for a minimum on Koh Phangan for under 120 baht.

Additionally, Thai food will more than likely be the cheapest food option no matter where you go.

Pro Tip

The Pad Thai in Koh Phangan, was some of the cheapest we had stumbled upon throughout out our Thailand backpacking trip.

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What is the Koh Phangan Nightlife like?

As the setting of arguably the wildest beach party in the world, it’s safe to say that Koh Phangan nightlife should not be taken lightly.


The wildest Koh Phangan nightlife can be found just days before the Full Moon Party.


During which the island hosts several lead up events including a waterfall, jungle and pool parties that the vast majority of the party population attends.

The remainder of the Koh Phangan party crowd can be found galavanting throughout the Haad Rin nightlife scene.

Consisting of nothing but beach bars and bucket stands the Haad Rin nightlife hosts some of the most chaotic and promiscuous party destinations in Thailand.


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