Koh Phangan Wather

 

December to February

The cool season : temperatures can reach up to 30°C (86°F). Brief tropical rain showers occur mostly in December. This is the best season to visit Phangan.

March to June

The hot season : it becomes very hot – up to 40°C (114°F), with little or no rain. You will appreciate your air-conditioned hotel room during this time!

July to September

The pre-monsoon : it’s hot with occasional rains. More or less nice weather, depending on the years, september seems to be better

October and November

The rain season : it’s the monsoon, and you’ll see more rain than any other months, though it generally doesn’t rain every day, neither all day, nice hot days can even happen. It’s a good idea to take a raincoat, when going outside….

Koh Phangan Sport

Koh Phangan is most famous, notorious even, for it’s Full moon party, however, there are lots more to do on the island – and one thing is guaranteed – you will never be bored. Please click on the links below to learn mor about some of the island’s activities.

 

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

A relatively good visibility and extensive coral reefs has created good surroundings for diving in the waters around Koh Phangan and its neighboring islands. A little north of the island, you will find Sail Rock, famous for giving home to both whale sharks and barracudas.

If you would like to obtain an international diving certificate (PADI etc.), there are many schools with certified instructors to be find in Koh Phangan. Especially around Had Rin and Thongsala.

 

 

Mountain Biking

If you enjoy cycling, Koh Phangan is a good place for this activity. There are many off road routes to choose from, but remember to always use a helmet then as the roads can be rocky. Mountain bikes can be rented at several locations around Koh Phangan, such as various resorts and at a few stores in Thong Sala and Had Rin.

 

Boat Trips and Fishing Trips

A boat trip around the island is a relaxing adventure. You can also go on a tour to explore the stunning surroundings of Koh Phangan or / and enjoy the underwater life while snorkeling. Most hotels and travel agencies offer these boat trips so just look for billboards, brochures and signs. Prices vary depending on the type of boat.

Fishing tours are normally also offered by the same organizers. If you are lucky you might catch both mackerel and barracuda on your trip.

 

 

Kayaking or Canoeing

Another way to explore Koh Phangan is from the sea. Just rent a kayak or canoe and paddle out straight from the beach. The kayaks are available for rent on most beaches. Remember to use sunscreen when you are on the sea.

 

Wakeboarding and Kiteboarding

Wakeboarding is available at Chaloklum Bay in northern Koh Phangan. One of the companies that offer this activity is called Wake Up which have experienced and talented instructors. Kiteboarding (or kitesurfing) is available in Ban Tai.

 

Paintball

Paintball is an adrenaline-pumping activity available on Koh Phangan. Paintball Warfare offers a two rai (3200 square meters) field and it is situated close to Thongsala town, on the west coast.

 

 

Beach Volleyball and Beach Football

These two activities are popular in the late afternoon (after 3 PM) when the sun’s strength begins to wane.

 

Thai Boxing, Yoga and Brazilian Ju-Jitsu

The Horizon Muay Thai Boxing Camp is reachable by boat and this boxing camp is located relatively close to Haad Rin on the South part of the island. Horizon offer Thai Boxing training but also cooking classes as well as massage courses.
Well-established Jungle Gym offers everything from single training sessions to monthly courses for the long term visitors. Here you’ll be able to participate in traditional Muay Thai training or / and BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) classes. The gym also offer fitness classes, a gymnasium facility, yoga classes and also a juice bar.The Jungle Gym has two branches. One in Haad Rin and one in Thongsala, where you also will find the largest Thai Boxing arena in Koh Phangan.

 

Walking and Hiking

Koh Phangan is an island which is perfect for walking and hiking. You can combine sightseeing with exercise and get tanned at the same time. You can either go along the main road, or in more hilly terrain on trails, etc. However, you should always carry a map if you’re not familiar with the area. Please consider the following:

1. It is often really hot here. Bring plenty of water or make sure to buy it frequently at stores that you pass during the walk.

2. Use mosquito repellent, especially on your ankles and calves where the mosquitoes often “attack” in order to suck blood. Keep in mind that the day-active Asian Tiger Mosquito can transmit dengue virus if you have really bad luck. Dengue fever can be a nasty disease which can result in high fever and bleeding, etc.
3. Make sure to come back before sunset. If you’re in the middle of the jungle when it’s getting dark so it can be hard to get back to your place. The sunset occurs between 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm, depending on the season.

4. Bring a good (but not too big) map of the island in order to avoid you from getting lost. You can also easily find attractions along the way, then.

5. Walk on the right-hand side of the road so you will face the traffic and avoid potential speed maniacs. Some people drive rather careless here, so caution is recommended.

6. Use sunscreen on bare skin if it’s sensitive. Many people get sunburned in Thailand due to inexperience. Burn blisters and bright red skin is neither healthy nor beautiful.

Have a great stay on this stunning island!

Koh Phangan Maps

Koh Phangan is located in the central part of the Gulf of Siam, as a district island in Suratthani province. Koh Phangan covers an area of 168 sqm with over 70% as mountains and tropical forest. It is about 100 kilometers from Suratthani mainland or just 20 kilometers from Koh Samui.

Ko Pha Ngan (or Koh Phangan, Thai: เกาะพะงัน, RTGS: Ko Pha-ngan, is an island in the Gulf of Thailand in South East Thailand. It is famous for its full moon party at Haad Rin Beach and as a backpackers destination. Ko Pha Ngan has two sister islands: the larger Ko Samui to the south and the smaller Ko Tao to the north.

 

  • Area: about 168 km
  • Estimated perimeter: 50 km EST. (10hrs average walking time)
  • Province: Surat Thani
  • From mainland: about 55 km
  • From Ko Samui: about 15 km
  • From Ko Tao: about 35 km
  • Population: 11,846 (2004)
  • Main town: Thong Sala
  • Highest Point: Khao Ra, 630m asl.

 

Koh Phangan Beach Guide

Had Rin Nok and Had Rin Nai

The most well-known beach on Koh Phangan is Had Rin and it actually consists of two beaches.
Had Rin Nok is situated in the southeast of the island and is considered as one of the best beaches on Koh Phangan as it is both wide and has white, fine sand. However, it has become very popular over the years and nowadays a large number of restaurants, bars and resort are located next to the beach.

The famous Full Moon Party is held here every month and about 10.000 people arrives here then (and up to 30.000 during the New Year’s party).
Had Rin Nai is situated in the southwest of the island and is also called “The Sunset Beach”. Boats and ferries from Koh Samui, Koh Tao and the mainland arrive here.

Ao Ban Tai and Ao Ban Khai

Ao Ban Tai and Ao Ban Khai are two long beaches situated on the southwest coast of Koh Phangan. The view is often extraordinary, especially at sunset. These both beaches are ideal for beach strolling, including a free view overlooking Koh Samui.

These beaches are also a good alternative to stay at if you are attending the Full Moon Party and want to accommodate in a more relaxed, peaceful and quiet place than Had Rin. You’ll get there easily by a motorcycle, scooter or songtaew (pickup taxi) and if you enjoy exercising, you can walk to Had Rin in an hour or two. If you are not familiar with the island, our suggestion is to use a map to orientate yourself.

 

In the West

Had Yao (West Coast)

Had Yao (or Hat Yao) is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and it is even considered as one of the best in Thailand by some people. It is about a kilometer long, rather wide and situated in the northwestern Koh Phangan.

It’s ideal for beach activities, water sports and smaller beach parties. Several good resorts and cozy restaurants are located here. The price ranges from budget to medium.

Mae Haad and Haad Salad

Mae Had and Had Salad beaches are located in northwestern Koh Phangan and both are really nice beaches. Relaxed atmosphere, lots of fish in the sea and white sand is what you can expect as a visitor. You’ll also find smaller shops and restaurants in the neighborhood.

 

In the North

Chalok Lum

Chaloklum is located in the middle north of the island and it was originally a small fishing village and it’s still a hub for fishermen and their fishing boats. They still catch small squid (called plamuk in Thai language) and dry them on racks next to the beach pier and jetty.

Had Khuat

A short walk from Chaloklum brings you to the paradise like Had Khuat (or Bottle Beach in English). If you want to avoid this short jungle trek, small passenger boats are also operating between these beaches. The beach itself is stunning, but it is not the best choice for anyone who wants to enjoy the sunrise or sunset due to the location.

 

In the East

Thong Nai Pan Noi – Thong Nai Pan Yai

These are two very beautiful beaches situated in the northeastern part of the island. The road taking you there is partly a roller coaster alike dirt road, but it can definitely be worth the “hassle”. Although tourism has increased even in this area of the island, you will not find that many beach chairs and beach vendors here.

A rather slow but safe alternative is to get here by boat from Had Rin.

Had Yao (East Coast)

A relaxed beach in the South-East of the island and only accessible by walk or by a taxi boat or / longtail boat.

Had Yuan

We would also like to recommend Had Yuan (or: Hat Yuan) in the southeast of Koh Phangan, three kilometers north of Had Rin. This beach is a nice and much more quiet experience for the one who already spent a week or so in Had Rin and is looking for a more peaceful atmosphere.

Koh Phangan Thai Boxing

History of Muay Thai

Various forms of kickboxing have long been practiced throughout Southeast Asia. Muay Thai or Thai Boxing can be traced back several hundred years to its ancestor Muay Boran which was used by Siamese military fighters in battle. This form of unarmed combat utilized the hands, elbows, knees and shins and was hence referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs”. This effectively gave the practitioner the ability to debilitate opponents with any combination of the eight limbs.

As time progressed the practice of Muay Thai was later kept up largely by Buddhist monks who were the keepers and teachers of all arts both practical and spiritual. As most Thai men lived as a monk at least once in their life they were exposed to the art and its popularity grew among the common people. As well as continuing to function as a practical fighting technique for use in actual warfare, Muay Thai became a sport in which the opponents fought in front of spectators who went to watch for entertainment. These contests gradually became an integral part of local festivals and celebrations held at temples.

Muay Thai gradually became a possible means of personal advancement as the nobility increasingly chose skillful practitioners of the art and invited them to come to live in the Royal palace. Their job was to teach muay to the staff of the royal household, soldiers, princes and the king’s personal guards.

The ascension of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) to the throne in 1868 ushered in a Golden Age not only for the whole country of Thailand but for Muay Thai as well. The king himself took a great personal interest in the art of Muay Thai. The country was at peace and muay functioned as a means of physical exercise, self-defense, recreation, and personal advancement. Specific rules were established for the sport and fighters began to wear modern gloves to ensure safety.

Today Muay Thai continues to be a popular part of Thai culture. It is recognized as the national sport and is proudly practiced thought the country.

 

Muay Thai Training

Muay Thai has four distinct styles that are taught in different regions of the country. The northern style known as Muay Pra Nakorn emphasizes speed particularly in kicking. Because of its faster speed, it is also known as “Ling Lom” or windy monkey style. In the northeast there is Muay Korat which utilizes the fighter’s strength in all techniques. Muay Lopburi is taught in the center region and focuses on emphasized movements while Muay Chaiya is taught in the south and centers on posture and defense using more of the elbows and knees.

Although located on the island of Koh Phangan in the south of Thailand, at Kobra Stadium Master Kongpipop teaches the northern style of Thai boxing. Along with his techniques he instills the values of patience, personal discipline, confidence and respect for self and others. He believes that the fundamentals are the foundation for any great fighter and requires his students to master each step of training before proceeding to the next. Beginner students will focus on learning to use upper and lower body techniques. Once mastered the intermediate student will then learn to apply these basics to real fighting situations.

Train & Stay Packages

There are many resorts and bugalows on the island. We feature Phangan Beach Resort in Baan Tai as part of our Train & Stay Package. You can get special room rates while you training with us at Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium.

 

 

 

Half Day Island Tour Koh Phangan

The Eco Safari Nature Adventure is a great way to see Koh Phangan’s interior and this island of outstanding natural beauty

The day was just perfect. One word THANK YOU FOR THOSE MOMENTS.
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Itinerary:

-Transfer by Minivan from your hotel 09.15 -09.30 am
-Snorkeling at Koh Maa Island
-Relaxing on the Mae Haad Beach
-Visit beautiful decorated Thai Temple
-Delicious Thai Buffet Lunch in the restaurant
-Try your robin hood skills at archery
-Visit elephant park to cuddle with elephants
-fly through the jungle on Canopy Ziplines
– Depart back to your Hotel

Program Include

  • Round trip transfer from hotel
  • Continental breakfast
  • Soft drink on board and lunch
  • Tour guide
  • Snorkeling equipments, life jacket
  • Accident insurance
  • Entrance fee to the park

Daily Tour Ang Thong Marine Park

Angthong Marine Park Ang Thong National Marine Park is a fascinating archipelago of 42 islands. It is north west of Koh Phangan 50 minutes away. Our well-organized day-trip departs from Thongsala (meeting and booking office Tan Tour between the piers) aboard a speedboat every Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Explore with us caves, hidden lagoons ,white sand beaches and Emerald lake. Snorkeling among the shallow coral gardens makes this trip very popular and fascinating. National Marine Park Angthong, translates as ‘golden bowl’, occupies almost 250 sq km and includes 50 sq km of limestone islands and karst topography which rise from the sea as dramatic rock cliffs and bizarre rock formations.

You can benefit of our long experience of private cruises and being well known here in Koh Phangan Island for providing first class service. Quality, flexibility and personal service is our concept!

Itinerary:

08.00-08.20 Transfer from Hotel to Maenam pier.
08.45 Check – in at the pier and enjoy your continental breakfast.
09.00 Board the speed boat to Angthong National Marine Park.
10.00 Arrive at “Koh Wao” or “Koh Tay Plow” for snorkeling with a lot of fish and wonderful corals.
12.00 Go sightseeing around the National Marine Park.
12.30 Adventure by kayaking around the wonderful nature of the Angthong NationalMarine Park
or climbing up to the mountain’s top to take a look the fantastic panorama of the Marine Park.
15.00 Depart from the Angthong National Marine Park.
16.00 Arrive at Koh Samui and transfer to hotel.

Program Include:

  • Round trip transfer from hotel
  • Continental breakfast
  • Soft drink on board and lunch
  • Tour guide
  • Snorkeling equipments, life jacket
  • Accident insurance
  • Entrance fee to the park

Around Island Trip Koh Phangan Safari Boat Adventure

Ride the Safari Boat with unforgettable memories and awesome inspiring photos and enjoy a day out with your friends. The trip runs daily and includes a light breakfast, delicious buffet lunch, drinks, snorkel and mask, monkey and elephant show and English speaking guide. Taking you to the nicest beaches and snorkeling sites around Koh Phangan Island.

Itinerary:

Transfer from your residence 8:00-8.30 am

– Meeting point Thongsala for light breakfast
– Chinese temple near Chaloklum village
– Elephant camp, Elephant show & Monkey show
– Haad Khom – snorkeling with soft corals and fishies
– Bottle Beach – buffet lunch in seaside restaurant
– Thong Nai Pan beach – relax, swimming..
– Thansadet Beach and easy walk to waterfalls
-Transfer back to your residence at 16.00 pm

Program Include

  • Insurance
  • First aid kit
  • Hotel transfers
  • Professional guide
  • Light breakfast
  • Buffet lunch
  • Soft drinks & fresh fruit
  • Silicone mask & snorkel
  • Life jacket

* Customers from Thong Nai Pan beach will be charged 300 THB per person for pick up and drop off service.