Koh Phangan, Thailand: Best Things to do Koh Phangan, Thailand: Best Things to do

Koh Phangan, Thailand: Best Things to do

Known as the home of the infamous Full Moon Party, most people head straight to Koh Phangan for bright lights, bouncing music, and rocket-fueled drink ‘buckets’. But venture off the party path, and you’ll find an untouched jungle paradise where passionfruit vines grow alongside soft white sand beaches, and butterflies rest on fallen coconuts. Hike to epic viewpoints, snorkel in colorful reefs, or find moments of peace in hidden Buddhist temples; discover it all with all these top things to do in Koh Phangan, Thailand!

Things to do in Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is an island of many sides, with something for everyone: party people can dance the night away at the world-famous Full Moon Party, spiritualists will enjoy hiking to jungle-covered temples, and Thalassophiles have endless incredible beaches to choose from.

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Castaway Bungalows

It’s certainly more relaxed and natural than we thought, with empty beaches on the island’s fringes and dense jungle at the center. All this incredible nature and friendly local life are just waiting to be discovered if you stray off the main roads. 

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Tip: The Full Moon Party takes place every month in Haad Rin, on the east side of the island. Many other parties, like Half Moon, also take place throughout the year. However, if you’re looking for the ultimate holiday relaxation, head to the island’s west side. We stayed here for two weeks and only heard a late-night party once!

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1. Buddist Temples

Buddhism is the predominant religion in Thailand, meaning stunning temples are never far away from any town, beach, or mountain. Although you’ll find more impressive Buddhist temples on the mainland, there are still a few pretty ones on Koh Phangan that are worth visiting as an addition to your beach or waterfall trip. Some of our favorites were:

Wat Maduea Wan

One of the most unique things to do in Koh Phangan is to visit the hilltop temple of Wat Maduea Wan. The small red and gold temple sits at the top of a large trail of stairs, framed by huge 5-headed serpent statues.

things to do in Koh Phangan wat maduea Wan temple thailand

Although you don’t need to walk to the top of the stairs (the temple isn’t as impressive as the surrounding sculptures), make sure to look around for the visiting monks or take in the serene beauty of the lush jungle and durian trees. 

things to do in Koh Phangan temple statue thailand wat maduea Wan

We recommend visiting in the morning, as it is the most peaceful time to see the temple area. Please always be respectful, cover your legs and shoulders, and remove your shoes when entering the temple. 

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Kuan Yin Temple (Chinese Temple)

Kuan Yin Temple might be the most beautiful on the island, with an artsy, colorful style that feels distinct from other Buddhist temples. The complex has several levels and buildings, each with Chinese-style orange roofing (and vibrant turquoise detailing). You’ll also find gold Buddha statues, intricately carved dragon sculptures, and temple bells that jingle in the wind. (See the exact location of Kuan Yin)

things to do in Koh Phangan Chinese temple Kuan Yin

Although the temples are undoubtedly beautiful, the views are even more breathtaking. Look out over tropical forests towards the bay of Chaloklum. On a clear day, you can see as far as Koh Tao!

detail Chinese temple things to do in Koh Phangan

Entry fee and opening times: 40 THB (a very reasonable donation fee towards upkeep). The temple is open every day from 8 AM to 5 PM. It’s located along the main road to Chaloklum (five minutes before the village). The easiest way to travel is by scooter, but you can also reach it by Songthaew (shared taxi).

ornament door Kuan Yin Temple things to do in Koh Phangan

2. Phaeng Waterfalls

Nestled deep in the heart of the island, within the protected Namtok Phaeng Forest Park, are the stunning Phaeng Waterfalls — one of the best things to do in Koh Phangan!

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The first one is the Phaeng Noi waterfall, which sits at the bottom of the trail. This is the most popular and tallest waterfall on the island. It’s a truly impressive sight, with powerful water plunging from its rocky heights. 

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Tip: The waterfalls in Koh Phangan are very seasonal; at some times of the year, there will be no water at all! For this reason, it’s only worth visiting during the monsoon season (July – September). However, be aware that the rain makes the trail slippery, mainly because it’s not in great condition.

waterfall Koh Phangan Thailand

The Route

From Phang Noi, take a scenic walk uphill through the lush jungle, large tree roots, and ancient vines. Further up, discover Phaeng Yai, a smaller fall with a pool where you can enjoy a refreshing dip. 

At this point, the path veers off to Dom Sila viewpoint, where you’ll find panoramic views of the island. Mammoth boulders cover the peak, which you can sit on to enjoy the views, accompanied by beautiful butterflies that live among the canopy. 

viewpoint Phaeng Waterfall things to do in Koh Phangan

Important Visitor’s Information

  • 100 THB entrance fee to the park.
  • Wear good shoes suitable for a hike. Ideally, these should be closed-toe, as you’ll share the trail with small animals and bugs.
  • Bring your swimmers if you’d like to have a dip at one of the waterfall pools along the trail.
  • Although the trail isn’t long, it is steep. Make sure to bring plenty of water, a hat, and reef-safe sunscreen. Set aside a few hours for a more leisurely visit.

Note: You’ll pass ‘Zoo Cafe’ on the way to the waterfall parking, but please don’t visit the captured animals. If you’re passionate about animal welfare, consider visiting and supporting Phangan Animal Care for Strays (PACS).

trekking Phaeng Waterfall things to do in Koh Phangan

3. Thong Sala Saturday Market

After a day of beach hopping, end the day by satisfying your food cravings at the incredible Thong Sala Market. This huge market, which only occurs every Saturday, attracts all the best vendors and artisans from around the island; it’s one of the best things to do in Koh Phangan!

Thong Sala Saturday Market things to do in Koh Phangan

Grab a delicious veggie roll, peanut chicken satay, or a steaming Thai curry with freshly squeezed lime before checking out the clothing and accessories stalls. Above all, Thong Sala is a social occasion that brings people from all walks of life together to share food, music, and conversation.

dog cart Thong Sala Saturday Market Koh Phangan

4. Koh Raham, Koh Phangan (Best Beach Bar!)

Located right on the edge of Secret Beach, discover the coolest bar in Koh Phangan: Koh Raham! This artistic beach club has beautiful wood boards, recycled fishing nets, and tropical plants, creating the perfect environment for enjoying those slow island vibes. 

things to do in Koh Phangan Koh Raham Beach bar

Grab a fresh mango juice, sit back, and take in the surrounding views from the multiple beautiful seating areas. Afterward, walk through a small open hallway surrounded by plants to reach the second part of the beach club. Here, you can rent snorkel gear and access crystal-clear water just a stone’s throw away. 

Table Koh Raham things to do in Koh Phangan

Tip: The food and drinks could be better, and it’s pricier than other places, but it’s worth spending a bit extra for the atmosphere! However, we were surprised that they sell drinks in plastic cups (although you could bring your reusable bottle and ask them to refill it instead).

wooden platform beach bar things to do in Koh Phangan

5. Sunset Drinks Spots

One of the best things to do in Koh Phangan is to watch the magical sunsets. There are loads of bars and viewpoints selling fresh coconuts, ice-cold beers, and snacks to enjoy while you end the day in the most perfect way possible. Lay on the bean bags or hammocks, and look at the incredible sunset colors as the sun dips in the horizon. These were some of our favorite beach and viewpoint bars:

  1. Secret Mountain (viewpoint)
  2. Apichada (viewpoint)
  3. The Grounds (beach bar)
  4. Castaway (beach bar)
  5. Koh Raham, Koh Phangan (beach bar)
  6. Top Rock Bar (viewpoint)
  7. 420 Bar (viewpoint)
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6. Relax on the Island’s Best Beaches

Island life means endless fantastic beaches, and Koh Phangan is not short of some of the most stunning in the world. Depending on what you’re looking for, whether that’s partying, kite surfing, or hammock-swinging relaxation, there’s a beach for you.

Although most beaches have hotels and restaurants, it’s not particularly built up anywhere on the island. This allows you to appreciate the beauty of the soft white sand beaches.

Tip: Koh Phangan is covered in mammoth boulders jutting between palm trees. You’ll also find them on the beaches; more appear at low tide, making the coast extra scenic.

palmtree beach Koh Phangan thailand

North Koh Phangan

In the north, you’ll find beautiful, unspoiled beaches, which are also great for kitesurfing and watersports. Some of our favorites were:

  • Haad Khom: A soft white sand beach with plenty of areas to find shade under the trees. Take the taxi boat here from Bottle or Chaloklum for the day. Alternatively, stay overnight at the beautiful Coconut Beach Bungalows. (Book here)
  • Bottle Beach: This is the most challenging beach to reach, but the journey is worth it! You can get there by boat from Chaloklum Beach.
Bottle beach things to do in Koh Phangan Thailand
  • Malibu Beach: A slice of paradise! This small sand beach is home to palm tree swings and plenty of kite surfers. Next to the main leaning palm tree, you’ll find a cute small bamboo shack (not on Google Maps) where you can buy drinks. Please support them; we saw them doing a lot of good work cleaning the beach while we were there.
  • Ko Ma Beach: This unique beach is located on the northwest of the island. There’s also a small sand bank that you can walk across to another island.
Ko Ma Beach sandbank things to do in Koh Phangan Thailand

East and South Koh Phangan

The east part of the island is an absolute paradise, home to white sand beaches, hanging palm trees, and calm waters perfect for swimming. For this reason, families love this part of the island!

East beaches Koh Phangan Thailand

On the other hand, if you head further south, you’ll find all the buzzing beach parties and the infamous Full Moon Party. The beaches may not look their best during these times, but outside of peak times, they’re still beautiful and located close to many excellent restaurants, bars, and shops. 

Some of the best beaches if you’re staying on the east/south side of the island are:

  • Haad Rin Beach (south): This beach hosts the Full Moon Party once a month. It is divided into two beaches: Sunrise (the Full Moon location) and Sunset. 
  • Haad Sadet Beach (east): A small beach backed by a nature park teeming with beautiful plants, wildlife, and a small waterfall.
  • Thong Nai Pan Beach (east): Peaceful, soft white sand, turquoise water, and a few restaurants nearby. (Visit this beach on a day tour of Koh Phangan)

Note: Depending on the direction of the wind, plastics can wash up on the shore. As part of sustainable travel, do your bit by taking your trash away and picking up any other waste you see on the beach. If you want to help out even more, join an organized beach clean with other local volunteers.

restaurant Koh Phangan

West Koh Phangan

We found the nicest beaches on this side of the island (and the north). The water is usually a bit calmer, especially during low tides.

  • Secret Beach: Although this beach is definitely not a secret (!), it is incredibly beautiful. The small but perfectly formed strip of sand is connected to Koh Raham (Koh Phangan’s best beach bar) and is home to some fantastic marine life. We saw many enormous shells just washed up on the shore.
  • Salad Beach: A slightly larger beach with some great spots to eat, Salad Beach has a famous hanging palm tree, making it especially scenic. Please be careful in the water here, as we did see a sea urchin!
  • Hin Kong Beach: During high tide, there is almost no beach here. But at low tide, it’s a totally different place! During this time, a stunning sandbank appears, and crystal-clear, calm waters make it perfect for swimming. You’ll also find many bars for delicious drinks and food.
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7. Dance at the Lighthouse

Head to the most southern point of the island to a small lighthouse overlooking the sea. Sat majestically on top of the small peninsula, the lighthouse makes an excellent viewpoint at sunset. However, this scenic spot takes on a new character by night, hosting fantastic parties that go on until dawn (one of the best things to do in Koh Phangan for those looking to party!).

Lighthouse pathway things to do in Koh Phangan Thailand

To reach the Lighthouse, walk along a pretty wooden walkway along the coast, crossing over the token Koh Phangan boulders. The exact location of the walkway is here. Note: Although Google Maps says the walkway is temporarily closed, it was open when we went. 

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Where to Stay

There are a few places to stay in this scenic and off-the-beaten-path area. At the beginning of the walkway, you’ll see a lovely hotel called The Cabin, which is more of a resort hotel. (Here is the location

If you’re looking for something more remote and off-grid, choose the Lighthouse Bungalows located right on the peninsula edge. Live the island life as you listen to waves crashing around your cabin as you sleep. (Book here)

Beach wooden pathway

8. Tour: Ang Thong National Marine Park

To the west of Koh Phangan, explore the stunning marine national park of Ang Thong, an archipelago of 42 islands. The elevated peaks of the verdant island are home to incredible hikes, emerald lakes, and a monkey-filled forest — sloping down to unspoiled beaches and vibrant coral reefs.

Ang Thong National Marine Park rock blue water

Various tours to Ang Thong leave from Koh Phangan, taking 1 hour by speedboat (a little longer if traveling by regular boat). These tours offer various activities, from hiking to the island’s peaks to kayaking and snorkeling on the turquoise shores. An entry fee for the marine park is sometimes included in your tour and sometimes not, so always check before booking.

tour Ang Thong National Marine Park things to do in Koh Phangan Thailand

9. Parties in Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is known for its infamous island parties that often carry on until the early morning with music, lights, and plenty of dancing. Although Full Moon is the most famous, held monthly on the beach at Haad Rin, there are plenty of other options for your stay. For example:

  • Half Moon: A bi-monthly party in a ‘magic forest’ (reserve your tickets here)
  • The Lighthouse: Hosts regular parties from dusk until dawn (see all events)
  • Haad Rin Town: The town where the Full Moon Party takes place also hosts other parties throughout the week. Check out great food spots like Sand & Tan while you’re there.
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Tip: Check out Phangan Events to stay updated with the party schedule. On the same page, you can also book your Full Moon tickets in advance. As you travel, you’ll also see loads of parties advertised along the road. 

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10. Than Sadet Waterfall

Discover one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Koh Phangan, Than Sadet! This incredible waterfall, situated within Namtok Than Sadet National Park, is actually a series of 3 waterfalls named Thong Nag, Saampon, and Pho Darng. 

drone Than Sadet Waterfall things to do in Koh Phangan Thailand

We found Pho Darng the most beautiful, with multiple levels to explore upstream, swimming pools, and a pretty surrounding forest. Please note that the water level corresponds with the rain, so if it’s been dry for an extended period, there’s unlikely to be water. It is, however, just a short one-minute walk to the fall from the main road, making it super easy to get to.

Than Sadet Waterfall Tree Koh Phangan

If you’d like to continue, you can do a short 3 KM hike that passes all three falls and crosses over huge boulders. At the foot of the falls, you’ll find an estuary leading to two beaches connected by a small wooden bridge. Nearby, you’ll also find the inscription on the rock from King Rama V. of Thailand, who visited this spot in 1888.

Entry fee: You’ll need to pay a fee of 100 THB to enter Than Sadet National Park. This is paid close to Haad Tadet Beach. Keep an eye on weather conditions for water levels and wind, as when it’s very windy on the beach, a lot of plastic will be blown onto the shores.

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11. Bottle Beach Viewpoint + Bottle Beach

One of the best things to do in Koh Phangan is to visit Bottle Beach, one of the island’s most unreachable spots. This beautiful white floury sand beach feels like it’s at the end of the world; it’s the perfect place to relax for a few hours with just the sounds of palm trees swaying in the breeze. 

things to do koh phangan thailand bottle beach viewpoint

Look into the distance, and you’ll also see Bottle Beach Viewpoint, which has the best view of the island! It might be a bit of an uphill trek to get here, but it’s totally worth it for the jaw-dropping sight at the top.

koh phangan thailand bottle beach viewpoint

There are two ways to reach this viewpoint:

From the Beach

  • Start at Chaloklum Beach, and take a taxi boat to Bottle Beach
  • On arrival, begin your hike up to the viewpoint (1 km uphill. 40-60 minutes) 
Viewpoint sign Bottle Beach Koh Phangan
  • Walk through a beautiful forest before you emerge onto a mammoth boulder. Note: This is where the hike can get a bit sketchy, especially for those afraid of heights, as you’ll need to use a rope to climb along the narrow opening. 
  • On reaching the top, you’ll find incredible views over the coastline. The contrast between the lush greenery and the turquoise ocean is magical!
things to do in Koh Phangan Thailand trail bottle Beach viewpoint

Return: Use the same trail to get back to Bottle Beach. The descent will take a bit less time—around 30-45 minutes. If you want to stay overnight, there are a few hotels at Bottle Beach. Although they have mixed reviews, most people say it’s a fantastic experience to stay in this remote part of the island.

Palmtrees hill Koh Phangan Thailand

From the Parking Point

The alternative is to drive on your scooter or by car to this parking point, which was the option we chose. From here, follow the well-signposted trail to the viewpoint (15-20 minutes). 

Motorbike path Bottle Beach Viewpoint things to do in Koh Phangan Thailand

Unfortunately, you cannot drive down to the beach from the car park because the road is in terrible condition. Because of this, you only have these options:

  • Return hike from Bottle Beach (arrival by boat only)
  • Return hike from the car park to the viewpoint (no beach visit)
  • Park your motorbike in the car park, hike to the beach, and back up to the viewpoint (approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes).
coastline bottle beach viewpoint Koh Phangan Thailand

12. Hike to the Summit of Khao Ra

Are you looking for a more challenging hike in Koh Phangan? Try the Khao Ra Hike to the highest point on the island (627 meters)! The trail, which begins at the center of the island, makes its way north through the jungle, gaining elevation until you reach the summit of Khao Ra.

Along the way, you’ll pass by a small reservoir and many beautiful trees and plants before you reach an exposed piece of rock at the top. Here, you’ll find sensational views of the island!

Getting there and entry fee: Look for Khao Ra Bungalows on Google Maps (this is where the hike starts). Park your bike or car here and pay the entry fee of 20 THB. Bring plenty of water and snacks for the day, as it can be a hot and sweaty workout to the top!

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Although Koh Phangan is infamous for partying, it’s equally known for being fantastic for watersports. Its gentle turquoise waters are a haven for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and snorkeling, allowing you to peacefully explore the pretty beaches, headlands, and marine life close to shore. Because of the high winds, kitesurfing and windsurfing are also popular sports, especially on the north of the island.

kayak sunset things to do in Koh Phangan Thailand

Are you looking for something a little more thrilling? The diving is excellent on Koh Phangan, with coral reefs and a massive 30-meter underwater rock (Sail Rock) home to whale sharks, sting rays, and batfish, among other unique species. 

shell Koh Phangan thailand

Tip: If you’re into health and wellness, Koh Phangan is the right place for you! Most hotels have incredible on-site gyms and yoga studios, but if they don’t, you’ll always find one nearby. (See all spa hotels in Koh Phangan)

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14. Day Trip to Koh Tao 

Just one hour away by ferry is the beautiful island of Koh Tao, meaning ‘turtle island’. This tropical paradise is famous as one of the best dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand and is popular with both professional divers and first-timers. 

things to do in Koh Phangan Thailand Day trip Koh Tao

Take a day to explore the island’s beautiful viewpoints, palm tree-fringed beaches, and boulder-covered peaks — from which you’ll have uninterrupted views of the sweeping bays. For the best snorkeling experience, take a boat to the neighboring island of Koh Nang Yuan (generally included as a stop in most tours), where you’ll have the best chance of seeing turtles!

Did you know? It’s forbidden to take plastic bottles to this island (good news for sustainable travel!) 

Koh Tao Viewpoint things to do in Koh Phangan Thailand

Where to Stay

If you have more time, stay overnight in Koh Tao. This allows you to enjoy the island as it changes at sunset, lounging on one of the colorful bean bags at the many bohemian beach bars. 

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Hotels in Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan offers a good mix of accommodation options for all travelers. Whether you’re looking for a luxury beach resort for your honeymoon, a remote beach shack to get away from it all, or a lively hostel to make the most of the island’s party atmosphere, you’ll find something within your budget. Here are all the best options organized by area:

North/West Koh Phangan

The north is a fantastic place to base yourself on your trip. The beaches are beautiful, and the north-east side is exceptionally secluded if you want to get off the beaten path. Panburi village is a particularly great spot to relax and get away from it all.

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East Koh Phangan

The east side of Phangan is more raw and less built up, making for a more idyllic island experience. In fact, there are even still beaches here that are only accessible by boat.

Tip: If you wake up at sunrise (anywhere on the island!), you’ll only be able to hear the sound of birds and waves — it’s absolutely magical.

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South Koh Phangan

The south of the island is the most developed, with the most hotels, restaurants, and parties. The Full Moon Party and other associated parties take place in the southeast, so if you plan on getting tickets, this area is probably best for you to base yourself on.

We stayed on the southwest of the island at Siam Cookies Cottage, which had everything we needed and was beautiful!

How Many Days in Koh Phangan?

We recommend staying for at least three days to fully enjoy all the top things to do in Koh Phangan. However, you could easily stay here for up to a week if you’re looking for a more relaxing vacation. This gives you more beach time and allows for a day trip to the neighboring island Koh Tao or a tour to Ang Thong National Marine Park.

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How to Visit Koh Phangan

One of the most unique things about Koh Phangan, despite its large size, is that there’s no airport, which means it’s remained secluded from mainland Thailand. However, you can fly into the neighboring island of Koh Samui.

beach restaurant sunset bean bags Koh Phangan thailand

Koh Samui has an airport like you’ve never seen! The small building is open-air and made almost entirely of wood. It’s essentially a park housing cute cafes, souvenir shops, and even a massage salon. Best of all, there’s a wooden swing where you can sit and watch the airplanes take off right in front of you—incredible!  

The journey from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan is straightforward; it’s just a 45-minute ferry ride away. (Reserve your seat in advance)

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Alternative Airport: You can also fly into Surat Thani on the mainland and take the boat from there.

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By Boat

From Koh Samui

We took the return ferry from here. This ticket includes a taxi to and from Koh Samui Airport and your return boat to Phangan.

Tip: If you have to wait for your ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan, have a drink at ‘The Cafe’ (exact location here), which is right in front of the ferry point.

From Surat Thani

The journey from Surat Thani takes around 4 hours. First, you’ll need to take a bus to the port before taking the ferry to Koh Phangan (both transfers are included in one ticket).

How to get to Koh Phangan Thailand by ferry

Alternative Options

If you’re already traveling around the mainland on your Thailand itinerary, you may be arriving in Koh Phangan from one of these locations:

Bangkok to Koh Phangan

The easiest option is to fly from Bangkok to Surat Thani or Koh Samui. From both places, you can then take the ferry to Phangan.

However, if you want to book alternative transport from Bangkok to Koh Phangan, we recommend taking the night train or bus to Surat Thani (book your tickets here) and transferring from there.

Boat tour beach things to do in Koh Phangan Thailand

Phuket to Koh Phangan

Although traveling from Phuket to Koh Phangan may seem complicated (as the islands are on different sides of mainland Thailand), it’s actually very easy! Take the bus from Phuket to Surat Thani and then transfer onto the ferry/bus transfer to Phangan from here. It will take around 8 hours in total.

Getting Around

Once you reach the pier at Thong Sala, you’ll be greeted by many taxi trucks (songthaews), all trying to get your attention. Unfortunately, they work together to rip you off, often trying to charge double the price. Be aware of the standard rate by checking average prices here.

How to get around Koh Phangan Thailand motorbike

An alternative option is to walk a little bit onwards to the main road and wait for another taxi truck to arrive, which will allow you to make a fairer deal.

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By Motorbike

Driving around by motorbike is easily one of the best things to do in Koh Phangan. Nothing beats the sheer joy of zooming down open roads bordered by coconut trees and azure waters.

If you’re a beginner, the driving conditions are generally ok. However, be aware that some streets are steep. Because of this, especially if you’re a couple, it’s best to opt for a stronger bike. We recommend this motorbike rental for your trip!

driving a motorbike things to do in Koh Phangan Thailand

By Car

Unlike some spots in Thailand, renting a car in Koh Phangan is quite normal. However, please remember that parking will be an issue at most places. Otherwise, if you don’t want to hire a motorbike, you can always travel by taxi trucks and motorbike taxis (just make sure to always agree on a price beforehand!).

Note: You will need an international driver’s license while traveling around the island. Although we were never checked in Koh Phangan, we were in many other places in Thailand.

rent car Koh Phangan thailand

Best Cafes and Restaurants

Whether you’re looking for classic Thai dishes or Western favorites, Koh Phangan has great food options (all over the island). As mainly vegetarian eaters, we had zero problems finding what we wanted, from fresh tropical fruits at breakfast to delicious veggie curries. Some of our favorites were:

  • NENA Locanda Italiana
  • Ocean Vibes
  • Auntie’s Restaurant
  • Mama Kop
  • Kikekla
  • Indigo
  • Friendship Concept
  • What’s cup!
  • Banana Cafe’
  • Sand & Tan
  • Sage.
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Good to know: Cannabis is legal throughout Thailand, so keep in mind that you will smell this on terraces.

How Much Does Koh Phangan Cost?

Koh Phangan is one of the cheapest vacation islands, mainly because there is such an endless range of free things to do. Once you’ve paid for your transport and accommodation, all that’s left to do is enjoy the natural (and free!) beauty of the hikes, viewpoints, and beaches. 

Costs of Traveling in Koh Phangan

Travel on a budget in Koh Phangan, from $250 − $290 USD weekly per person, mid-range $600 − $1670 USD, and high-end from $1610 − $2440 USD. However, costs depend on factors like accommodation, transportation, and activities. We did not include flights. Check flight prices here

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Tip: Cut your budget by bringing your own snacks and refreshments on your adventures. However, remember that there is a lot of trash around the islands (mainly in the sea and on beaches). Please leave it cleaner than you found it!

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Best Time to Visit

Koh Phangan has consistently warm temperatures year-round, rarely dropping below 25 degrees °C. The only thing that changes is the rain levels, which start increasing in May and reach their maximum between September and November.

  • January to March: This is the best time for good weather; however, sunny skies bring with them more crowds, which can affect the prices of transport and hotels in Koh Phangan.
  • April to June: A local told us that these months are also fairly clear. There is slightly more risk of rain, but this time tends to be a bit cheaper.
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  • July and August: During these peak holiday times, the weather will be fine, but it’ll be more expensive (although less than Christmas!).
  • September to November: It generally rains at least once a day, although that means you’ll have guaranteed water in the falls. During this time (and at other times of the year, too), we recommend bringing a reusable poncho, as rain can come out of nowhere, especially with the jungle-covered mountains.
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