What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we say Koh Phangan?
Let me guess…….The Full Moon Party
Whilst Koh Phangan certainly is most famous for hosting the epic Full Moon Party each month – and Slumber Party are certainly famous for being the BEST PLACE to pre-party during the week – there is a side to the island that people sometimes don’t even realise exist. Also, with COVID-19 still in effect, there has never been a better time to visit this slice of paradise.
Here are some of our top things to do on Koh Phangan when it’s not the Full Moon party week.
Rent a Bike
Firstly, before hitting up any of our favourite spots we recommend renting a bike. The reason being is that most of the best spots on Koh Phangan are more easily and cheaply accessible when riding a bike. Additionally, with it being an island there aren’t any public transport options available so you’ll likely rack up some hefty taxi costs to get to some of the spots.
Koh Phangan is home to some of the best beaches in the whole of Thailand and it would be criminal not to check them out! Our Koh Phangan team recommend –
- Haad Rin – Arguably the nicest beach when it’s not being used for the Full Moon Party! Think clear blue water and white sandy beaches, with some bars to grab a drink as well if you want 😉
- Koh Ma – Awesome spot for the sunset and has a cool sandbank for those Insta pictures
- Bottle Beach – You can access this beach either through a hike for the adventurous type or via a cheap 100b longtail boat for those wanting an easy ride! Again, this is also one of the nicest spots on the island and the journey to get there makes it even more enjoyable
- Zen Beach – Another amazing spot to watch the sunset, and as the name suggests, it’s home to some of the yoga/hippy community. So if you want a good sunset spot and don’t mind a rendition of Kumbaya My Lord then this is the spot for you!
Classes and Detoxes
You might already be aware but Koh Phangan has a huge wellness side to it and is home to some of the best yoga and wellbeing centres in Thailand. It has become a popular destination for people wishing to begin a new journey in their life. The island offers anything from yoga, detox weeks, silence camps (yes, as it sounds, days or even weeks without making any noise!) through to dancing classes, voice control and some even more weird and wonderful classes.
If you are looking to learn something new, or even relax after a heavy Full Moon Party week, Koh Phangan can certainly cater for it. Check out the Srithanu area which is home to most of these activities.
Koh Phangan has some of the best viewpoints you can imagine. Our team recommends;
- Koh Ra – Koh Phangan’s famous mountain range, it’s a big hike but the views are totally worth it. We advise setting of early in the morning so you can avoid trekking in the day time heat. Take lots of water, a fully charged phone and don’t wear flip flops!
- Bottle Beach – We’ve already mentioned it, but doing the hike to get to the beach means that you’ll be greeted with an amazing viewpoint as well. Win Win!
- Apichada – Located on the east side of Baan Tai, this viewpoint will give you views of Koh Phangan and also Koh Samui.
Saturday Night Market
Based on the old town style street in Thong Tala, the Saturday Night Market is nice way to spend an evening after a day of sunbathing or exploring. The market offers a range of tasty meals, mouthwatering snacks as well as a range of clothing, jewellery, electronics and random souvenirs. If you’re in Koh Phangan on a weekend you can’t miss it!
Snorkeling and Diving
Although Koh Tao is seen as the mecca of diving in Thailand – and it certainly is – Koh Phangan also has some great spots. There are a lot of dive shops in the Haad Yao area, all of them heading to Sail Rock which is the best dive spot to visit in the area!
Angthong National Marine Park
Ang Thong National Marine Park is a pristine archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand. It features towering limestone mountains, thick jungle, white-sand beaches, waterfalls and hidden coves and lakes to explore. The protected area of more than 100 sq km of land and sea has a rich biodiversity. Snorkelling, hiking, sea kayaking, diving, and simply relaxing are the main activities to enjoy at Ang Thong.
Yes, we know we said that this was a guide to Koh Phangan when it wasn’t the Full Moon Party, but did you know that there are a range of parties that happen each month. Although COVID may claim the life of some of these parties, we recommend the following parties; OXA Beach Party, Loi Lay Floating Bar, Lost Paradise, Half Moon Party.
With a range of parties (usually) on offer, there definitely is a place to drink and dance if you want to.
So there you have it, those are our tips to enjoying the island when it’s not the Full Moon week. Although were aren’t operational just now, don’t forget that Slumber Party Koh Phangan run tours and our team are always on hand to offer any advice on the best things to vist.
PSA: Whilst we have you, don’t forget about our life-changing One Bed One Meal Program, aimed at donating meals to the local community for every night that you purchase with us. Please see our One Bed One Meal Page for more information and our Terms and Conditions and also our One Bed One Meal Update Blog Post