A Guide to Visiting Koh Phangan Not During the Full Moon
Thailand is a hotspot for tourists from around the world. Koh Phangan is compatible with all types of travelers, from beach bunnies to thrill seekers. Families, couples, and backpackers all congregate in the gorgeous city of Koh Phangan to take part in the food, culture, and parties. There is much more to this fantastic city than just the full moon party, making it the perfect destination to visit all month long. Here is our guide to visiting Koh Phangan not during the full moon.
Strap on your boots for a hike to the highest point of Koh Phangan! Rising to an elevation of 627m, this hike is a moderate challenge and takes about three hours to complete. Once you reach the top, sweeping views of the island will take your breath away. Just make sure to go when it is not cloudy so you get the best views!
Ang Thong National Marine Park
Take a day trip from Koh Phangan to explore this pristine archipelago of 42 protected islands. Witness 400m limestone cliffs and exotic wildlife as you explore this isolated park. You can also head out into the water for snorkeling and kayaking to make for a spectacular day!
The Challenge Phangan
Do you have a daring streak that you want to put to the test? The Challenge Phangan obstacle course combines ziplines, monkey bars, rolling barrels, balance beams, swings, and more to give you a heart-pumping challenge! Take it on with some friends and have a hilarious day of face plants and successful stunts!
Rent a motorbike
See the island like a local by renting a motorbike. Explore every little road, park, temple, and beach that is off the beaten track. You never know what little gems that you may find! Just make sure that you have plenty of gas and to take corners very slowly so you don’t crash!
The waters around Koh Phangan offers some of the best (and least crowded) diving sites in the area. There are many tours available that will take you out to experience the crystal-clear water with darting colorful fish just a hands-width away. If you have the chance, try to go to Sail Rock as it is known as the best diving site of the island!
Hit the beach! You are on an island after all. You can soak in the sun at the popular hotspots or head to a more isolated location. Chaloklum Beach rarely has a lot of visitors if you would like to bask in silence OR alternatively you could trek to Bottle Beach! It will take about an hour and a half of serious trekking through the jungle to get there, but it has been dubbed as one of the best beaches on the island!
Would you like to take a brand new skill home after your visit to Koh Phangan? Try taking a class! There are fantastic classes led by locals on everything from learning how to cook traditional Thai food to setting your mind at peace with yoga. Find something that resonates with you and delve deep into the culture!
Thong Sala Night Market
You have spent the whole day exploring, so naturally you are hungry! Thong Sala is the perfect place to grab dinner. Steaming bowls of traditional Thai food are waiting for you. Plus, it is cheap! You may also spot vendors selling souvenirs and other goodies that you can take home at the end of your trip. Don’t be afraid to barter with them.
Half Moon Party
If you really can’t resist the urge to party, then you don’t have to wait for the full moon. You can still get in on some of the rave craziness at the Half Moon Party. It is a smaller, less publicized version of the Full Moon Party. The energy of the moon will be lingering in the air, ready for you to partake!
Visiting Koh Phangan not during the full moon is just as spectacular as during. Kind people, unique culture, delicious food, and incredible natural beauty is around every corner. Whether you spend your days lounging on the beach or hiking up a mountain, you will leave having experienced a marvelous adventure.
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