About Koh Phangan

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Located north of Koh Samui in the southern Gulf of Thailand, Koh Phangan is Thailand’s fifth largest island.  Archeological evidence of human activity dates back 2000 years, but the island had no official settlements until about 1400AD when passing monks, recognizing Koh Phangan’s tranquility and spiritual significance, settled in Wat Phu Khao Noi just outside Thong Sala.   From that time on, Koh Phangan has been recognized by the Thai people as a place of beauty and spirituality.  The island has been visited by four Kings seeking to connect with its peaceful spirit.  King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) visited more than ten times between 1888 and 1909 and left his royal seal engraved on a rock at Thaan Sadet Waterfall.

Koh Phangan has become famous for full moon parties, but the island is also becoming an internationally recognized destination for its yoga retreats and eco-tourism.  Outside of Thong Sala and Had Rin the island’s quiet, lightly developed nature is a refreshing contrast to the frenzy of Koh Samui.  Surat Thani Province has been classified by the Tourism Authority of Thailand as an “Eco-Tourism Zone”, and Koh Phangan is conveniently located for day trips (or overnight stays) to destinations around the province.  Much of Koh Phangan’s interior is designated as National Park land, and more than 90% of the island’s tropical rainforests are virtually untouched.  With an an abundance of wildlife on land and in the sea, Koh Phangan is a nature lover’s paradise.

Our house is located on the north-west corner of the island, about 15-20 minutes drive from the town of Thong Sala, where ferries arrive from Koh Samui and Surat Thani. A three minute drive to the west of our house is Koh Maa and Mae Haad Beach. To the east is Chaloklum Village with restaurants, pubs and convenience stores (see the Location page for a map showing the house location and major landmarks).

Visit the KP Photos section for pictures of Beaches and views from around Koh Phangan.

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For more information about Koh Phangan, please visit http://www.kohphanganthailand.com/about-kohphangan/index.htm

For Lomprayah Ferry schedules visit http://www.lomprayah.com/ (click on ‘Route’ to see ferry schedules to/from different locations)

For SeaTran Ferry schedules visit http://www.seatrandiscovery.com/EN/time_table.html


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