General Information of Koh-Phangan

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Activities in Koh-Phangan

If you don't want to be lazy in your hammock or on the beach all day, there are many different activities you can do on Koh Phangan.

PartiesThe parties on Koh Phangan follow the cycle of the moon: full moon, half moon, black moon, half moon and back again. Each month Fire artists at full moon the beach of Haad Rin is transformed into a huge party zone during the Full Moon Party . Blacklights, fluorescent colours and thousands of people dance and party under the light of the full moon. Big sound systems on the beach play everything from psy-trance to house and techno and from RnB to drum 'n bass. Starting 15 years ago the Full Moon Party made Koh Phangan famous. Because it is one of the most famous dance events in the world, you should definitely experience it. Click here for Full Moon Party dates.

The very popular and well organized Half Moon Party takes place twice a month, a week before and a week after the Full Moon Party and is held on a beautiful location in the Ban Tai jungle. There is a big dancing arena, two bars and food stalls all nicely decorated with sculptures, light projectors, neon-art and UV decorations. Expect quality progressive and trance music, a good vibe and a perfect sound system. The Black Moon Party is held on the beach of Ban Tai and each month attracts up to 1,500 people. You can expect a nice beach party with a lot of UV decorations, fire artists and fireworks. The party is much smaller than the full moon party but therefore has a more intimate atmosphere. The music played is mainly progressive and trance. Click here for Half Moon Party and Black Moon party dates. Around full moon you can expect many bars on the island to organize parties. By clicking on the map on the homepage you get a more detailed description of the nightlife in the different areas: the Northwest, Southwest and Haad Rin. In the Northeast and Southeast there is hardly any nightlife.

DIVINGWhat many people don't know is that from Koh Phangan you have shorter trips to the most attractive dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand like Sailrock and Anghthong National Marinepark. Koh Phangan is also a perfect place to learn diving. The courses here are offered for some of the best rates in the world and the waters in the bays around the island are shallow which makes it easy for you to take your first breath from a regulator. Whether you want to do a PADI course or go fun diving, through us you can book it in advance. Click here if you want more information about diving or you want to book a PADI course or fun dive in advance through us.

Trekking
Koh Phangan has many nice trails and view points so is ideal for some adventurous walking and climbing. Check one of the free guide books for maps and suggestions. See also above at “National parks & waterfalls”.

Mountain biking
The road along the coast from Ban Tai to Haad Chao Phao is relatively flat and all concrete. If you go further north to Haad Yao, Chaloklum and Mae Haad the road has a couple of big and sometimes pretty steep hills. Going of the road or on dirt tracks can be an adventure but be careful and we recommend you to wear a helmet. Mountain bikes can be hired at many different places.

Snorkeling
If diving is a bit too adventurous for you, then snorkeling is a nice way to get a glimpse of the beautiful underwater world around the island. There are many great snorkel spots on the island, especially on the Northwest coast. One of the best spots is around the little island of Koh Ma ('Horse Island'), off Mae Haad beach at the Northwestern tip of Koh Phangan.

Boat trips / kayaking
Boat trips around the island or to other islands can be arranged at most resorts and travel agencies. Kayaks can be rented at most resorts and at beaches. A boat trip is a great way to see the island from another side. By boat it is possible to go to nice secluded beaches or snorkelling spots.

Wakeboarding & Kiteboarding
Wakeboarding is offered by Phangan Adventure in Chaloklum. They also offer many other activities like kayaking-, sailing- and big game fishing trips, sunset boat trips and mountain bike trekking. Kiteboarding or kitesurfing is offered by Cuttlebone Kiteboarding Center near Ban Tai.

Elephant Trekking
Just outside Chaloklum you can enjoy an elephant ride through Koh Phangan's jungle.

Paintball
Just outside main town Thong Sala you can find “Paintball Warfare” where you can play paintball in the jungle with a group of friends. The neighbouring restaurant Big Mango serves good food and occasionally organises a party.

Thai boxing
Koh Phangan has three Muay Thai stadiums in Thong Sala, one in Haad Rin and one in Thong Nai Pan where regularly events are being held. Go there to experience a night of Thailand's most popular sport. You can learn the art of Muay Thai yourself at the Jungle Gym in Haad Rin and Thong Sala.

Fitness
If you like to exercise, some resorts offer fitness equipment. You can also go to the Jungle Gym in Haad Rin or Thong Sala.

Apart from all the activities above you can also do a cooking or massage course at some places. A daily returning activity for everybody is of course is having food. Thai people love cooking and enjoy eating together. Their food is delicious and has an enormous variety so try it!.

DAYTRIPS to:
Ang Thong National MarineparkAng Thong National Marine Park
Ang Thong ('Golden Basin') is an archipelago made up of around 40 small, mostly uninhabited islands with limestone cliffs, caves, beautiful beaches, a giant emerald saltwater lake (also known from the movie The Beach) and dense tropical rainforest. You can either book an organized day- or camping trip or hire a speedboat with a group (usually minimum of 6 people) and plan your own trip.

Koh Tao
Koh Tao is a well known destination among divers. The waters around the island offer very good diving and snorkelling. There are daily boats between Thong Sala and Koh Tao and the trip takes around 2 hours. What many people don't know however is that from Koh Phangan you have shorter trips to the most attractive dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand and the classes here are usually less full which means more attention for each individual student. Koh Phangan is also a perfect place to learn diving. Click here if you want more information about diving from Koh Phangan or you want to book a PADI course or fun dive in advance through us.

Koh Samui
Take a half hour boat trip to big sister island Koh Samui to go shopping at touristy Chaweng Beach or to visit the Samui Butterfly Garden, Snake Farm, the Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo or the golden Big Buddha statue at Bophut.

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