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Let's go crazy! But Ko Pha Ngan is not just about parties

Ko Pha Ngan is a small island off the Central Gulf Coast of Thailand which is world-famous for its crazy full moon parties. But don't just pack your glow sticks, a Ko Pha Ngan vacation rental makes an ideal base for your next Thai retreat. The beaches are fringed with coconut palms, and you could explore the Than Sadet-Ko Pha Ngan National Park, or take a sauna at Wat Po. It's what vacations are all about. But if you do want party, head to the buzzy beach town of Haad Rin, the epicenter of the island's legendary full moon parties, where thousands party on the beach until dawn.

Things to do

Do go chasing waterfalls on Ko Pha Ngan

While you won't find the water parks and family attractions you find on Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan has a more natural appeal. The Than Sadet Waterfall National Park is named after the small river that runs through it. Splash in the Phaeng Waterfall or hike to its peak, which has a temple and sweeping sea views over to Ko Samui. If that sounds like too much effort, you can also kick back and relax in the public saunas of Wat Pho, for that quintessential Thai experience.


Life's a beach—a pretty darn perfect one

With sun, sea, and soft white sand, Ko Pha Ngan offers the classic Thai beach experience. Come and sling a hammock between a brace of palms, grab a book and enjoy all the relaxation Thailand offers. While the number of people on the island swells during full moon, especially on Haad Rin beach, there are many quieter coves to explore. Feel the sand between your toes at the twin bays of Thong Nai Pan, on the northeastern coast of the island. It has 2 safe, sandy beaches that are great for swimming and snorkeling, while party hounds head to Haad Rin, a buzzy backpacker haunt.


Get a famous Ko Pha Ngan tan all year round

Ko Pha Ngan is a popular vacation destination all year round. Like much of Southeast Asia, the year is split into wet and dry seasons. But even during the wet season, the sun still shines and showers are usually short and sharp, so don't let that put you off. The climate is tropical, with temperatures regularly hitting 80 and 90 degrees, so pack lots of sunscreen. The busiest time to visit Ko Pha Ngan is during full moon, when the island's legendary full moon parties draw the crowds and Ko Pha Ngan vacation rentals get booked up in advance.

Natural features

Find Thai Islands in the (Gulf) Stream

Surrounded by the glorious warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Ko Pha Ngan is a small island reached by boat from Surat Thani on the mainland. An island awash with coconut palm trees, it's probably not the first place you think of when it comes to hiking trails. In the center of the island is the Than Sadet Waterfall National Park, which is crisscrossed by hiking trails that lead up to the eponymous waterfalls. Once a favorite hangout of the Thai royal family, the falls are linked by a 2-mile trail. It's almost worth leaving the beach for!

How to get there

How to get to and around Koh Phangan

The nearest airport is in Ko Samui (USM), located 12.9 mi (20.7 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Ko Pha Ngan, TH?

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