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Koh Phangan Holidays

Looking for a perfect island paradise? You’ll find it in Koh Phangan, situated in the Gulf of Thailand. Experience this idyllic tropical cocktail of stunning sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, lush green jungles and clear turquoise waters. Like all of Thailand’s many islands, Koh Phangan has its own unique character that will draw you back again and again.

You might wish to plan your Koh Phangan holidays around attending the legendary monthly Full Moon Parties held at Haad Rai, but the real focus of this beautiful island is its allure for relaxation. Luxurious Koh Phangan hotels and resorts are tucked away in quiet corners that offer delightful spa escapes and yoga retreats. Of course, even if you choose a retreat holiday, there will always be plenty of time for you to lie in a hammock with your book, enjoying the perfect Koh Phangan weather without a care in the world. Bliss.

The tropical island paradise of Koh Phangan

When you have had your fill of relaxation, why not hire a scooter and explore the forested interior? There are some very beautiful waterfalls away from the beach. There are hiking trails if you wish to enjoy the great outdoors and, if you’re feeling like some adventure then there are a number of zipline treetop adventure centres in and around Koh Phangan.

It is quite remote but the journey to Bottle Beach is worth the effort, whether by boat taxi from Chaloklum Beach or on a scooter if you are confident.

Spend a day snorkelling in secluded coves as you traverse the coastline by boat. Part of the Chumphon archipelago, Koh Samui to Koh Phangan is only a short boat ride, and some of the best diving in Thailand is to be found at Koh Tao, which is similarly very accessible.

It’s easy to reach Koh Phangan so why not consider including this destination in your next Thailand itinerary? After a few days of sightseeing and shopping in the vibrant capital city, you can travel from Bangkok to Koh Phangan by train and ferry. Alternatively, you can fly to the nearest airport on the neighbouring island of Koh Samui.

Destination Highlights
  • Explore Koh Phangan by scooter and tick off seven beautiful waterfalls scattered around the island, especially the stunning Phaeng cascade
  • Witness the variety and colour of Koh Phangan’s stunning birdlife, from the tiny Asian fairy bluebird to hoopoes and honey buzzards
  • Discover Koh Phangan’s most famous beach, which is also the most remote - Bottle Beach is at the northernmost point of the island
  • Take a day trip to Ang Thong Marine Park, including the stunning islands that were the original location inspiration for Alex Garland’s The Beach

Our favourite hotels

For your Koh Phangan holiday, whether you fancy being a stone’s throw from the beach, nestled closer to the rainforest. or having the ease of your own private villa, we can help you find your dream accommodation to rest your head in Koh Phangan.

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Anantara Rasananda Phangan Resort and Spa

Koh Phangan

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €2,039  pp

Anantara Rasananda Phangan Resort and Spa
Pool Villa Suite

Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort and Spa

Koh Phangan

H&J Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort and Spa
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The Beach Club and Haad Tien Beach Resort Koh Tao

Koh Tao

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €1,439  pp

The Beach Club and Haad Tien Beach Resort Koh Tao

Time Zone

+7 GMT

Currency

Thai Baht

Visa Information

Irish citizens do not need to obtain a visa for stays under 30 days.

Language

Thai - but English is widely spoken

Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations required.

Koh Phangan really is a nature lover’s paradise. The island is not that big – and can easily be explored. The waters around the island are crystal clear, and there are lots of great snorkelling and diving sites. But if you would rather stay on terra firma, get your walking shoes on and discover the many hiking trails, waterfalls and staggering viewpoints. Yoga and wellness centres are easily found around the island – so if you are looking to detox a little, this is an ideal destination. In contrast, don’t forget that this is the home to the original “Full Moon” party – and now you can celebrate the “Half Moon” and “Black Moon”.

  • a small bird perched on a tree branch

    Wildlife

    Thailand is undoubtedly a nature lover's dream location.

  • Thai Street Food

    Street food stalls are dotted throughout Thailand's streets in every city and town and offer a great way to taste authentic Thailand.

Select month

Average weather in January

Best travel weather

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Koh Phangan
29ºC
162mm

Average weather in February

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Koh Phangan
30ºC
55mm

Average weather in March

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Koh Phangan
32ºC
69mm

Average weather in April

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Koh Phangan
33ºC
68mm

Average weather in May

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Koh Phangan
33ºC
144mm

Average weather in June

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Koh Phangan
32ºC
94mm

Average weather in July

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Koh Phangan
31ºC
134mm

Average weather in August

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Koh Phangan
31ºC
123mm

Average weather in September

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
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Koh Phangan
31ºC
124mm

Average weather in October

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Koh Phangan
30ºC
273mm

Average weather in November

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Koh Phangan
29ºC
431mm

Average weather in December

Average travel weather

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Koh Phangan
28ºC
213mm
  • a man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera

    Clive

    Content Editor

    “If you are in need of some ‘me time’ then the island of Koh Phangan is the perfect place for you - there is no shortage of yoga centres or wellness retreats on Koh Phangnan.”

  • a woman wearing glasses and smiling at the camera

    Katie

    Brand & Advertising Campaign Manager

    “Thong Sala Night Food Market is on every night from 4pm - and you will have the opportunity to try pretty much any Thai food you could imagine for just a few baht. If you want a taste more familiar to home then worry not, you will also find an array of international cuisine here.” 

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Koh Phangan holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

  • Full Moon Parties

    If you’re planning to visit Koh Phangan then you will likely have heard of the hedonistic Full Moon Parties, which take place at the beach of Haad Rai each month during the full moon, obviously. But there are also parties taking place at beach bars for the Half Moon and Black Moon, so you are sure to be able to fit at least one of these free-spirited beach gatherings during your Koh Phagnan holidays.

Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Koh Phagnan holiday.

  • Be sure to taste Koh Phangan's special snacks. Called No Names, these spicy little fritters are served with a delicate dipping sauce and are perfect with a cold Chang beer or a coconut and pineapple milkshake – bliss. You’re sure to find some of these at the Thong Sala Night Market.

Types of Koh Phangan holidays

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Koh Phangan Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no airport on the island, so you can only get there by ferry. The nearest airport is Koh- Samui (USM) which has frequent flights from Bangkok (BKK) and Phuket, daily flights from Pattaya (U-Tapao), Singapore. Transortation to the ferry pier is easy to find at the airport.

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