Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan

Phangan is an island in the Gulf of Thailand, belongs to the province of Surat Thani, Thailand. Widely known for its monthly party "Full Moon Party" on the beach "Haad Rin".
Koh Phangan is part of the Koh Samui Archipelago, which includes two major Islands Koh Samui and Koh Tau, as well as many smaller Islands. The island is dominated by mountainous terrain. Most of the territory is occupied by tropical forests. There are several small waterfalls. Part of the island is used for agriculture and coconut plantations. The coast is mostly rocky, but there are bays and sandy beaches. Area - 125 km2, the approximate perimeter of the island 40 km from the Highest point of the island is the mountain Khao RA, 630 m. The mainland is 45 km away. Nearby Islands / distance-Samui (15 km), Tau (35 km). The main town of Thongsala.
Some Islands of Thailand are considered a Paradise for young people. Phangan is just the best for the night life. It is remote from the mainland of Thailand at 45 km, and very close (15 km) from it is the popular Samui. Phangan is not crowded, medium size (168 km2), tourist infrastructure is developed only in some parts of the island, but there are magnificent beaches, clean water, toning air. Most of the territory-a mountainous area with impassable tropical forests. But the underwater world is very rich in a variety of strange fish and plants, because no wonder Phangan is one of the best places for diving and snorkeling. For the rest of young people all conditions on the West coast on the beach of had Rin. It is here that the world-famous monthly party Full Moon Party is held, attracting up to 30,000 people from different parts of our planet. The party is held on the full moon and officially lasts one day, although in fact the festivities begin 3 days before the party and last 3 days after it, i.e. in fact it lasts for a week.
There is a ferry service between the mainland, nearby Islands and Koh Phangan. The Central port is located in Tongsala. There is also a port in the Haad Rin area, where you can sail to the neighboring island of Samui. Koh Phangan can be reached in several ways. The first way, the fastest, but also the most expensive - by plane Bangkok Air to Koh Samui, then 15 minutes by bus and half an hour by boat (ticket purchased at the airport). The second-the aircraft companies AirAsia or Nokair to the city of Surat Thani. From him on the bus and then the ferry (the ticket can also be purchased at the airport). The alternative to the ferry is the night boat. It's a big boat, sailing all night. The third option - by bus from the center of Bangkok and then by boat. The main transport used on the island are motorbikes and scooters, which are easy to rent. Most of the roads are concrete, two-lane. Partly in poor condition-roads pass through the mountains and often have a strong slope and sandy surface, washed away by showers. Because of this, the most common injuries among tourists are the consequences of falls from motorcycles. Local Tuk-tuks are mostly different from those used in the capital of Thailand, Bangkok, and are pickups equipped with a roof and benches. But on the island they are not common and mainly serve entertainment. Hotels provide services for the transportation of tourists, but often use for this purpose not equipped pickups. Some beaches of the island can only be reached on foot or by boat. Mostly boats sail from Haad Rin beach and the fishing village of Chaloklam.
This island is suitable for holidays all year round. Day temperature ranges from + 29 to + 32 degrees Celsius, and at night falls to +24 – +26 ahhh! The coldest and rainiest months are September-January. The highest rainfall occurs in October and November. The second rainy season falls in may and June. High tourist season is considered to be July and August. In General, precipitation is not very abundant and long.
Almost all the coast of the island is occupied by beaches. These are long sandy braids or small coves separated by a rocky coast. Almost any beach can be reached by road. But there are several bays where tourists are taken by boat. All beaches are free, tourists can even freely visit the beaches at large hotels. The shore is distinguished by sand: fine white or larger yellow, as well as depth. Some become very shallow at low tide. An unforgettable experience can be enjoyed by diving and snorkeling. In the area of the island of MA there are several particularly picturesque places. Diving schools are open all along the coast. Together with the instructors, you can learn to dive and admire the coral reefs and tropical fish. Not far from Ao Chaloklum beach there is a Safari Park. Its main attraction is elephants. They can go out and watch the stunts. Several times a day arrange a show with snakes and crocodiles. Small monkeys and squirrels live in the Park. All animals can be fed, so you should buy fruits and nuts in advance. The Park is open from 8 am to 6 PM daily. Of the architectural attractions of tourists are attracted by two temples: Phu Khao Noi and Guan Yin. These are old operating temples located on the slope of the mountains. In addition to the unusual architecture, tourists from the terraces of the temples can admire the views of the island. The island itself is a single landscape monument with beautiful and unique sunrises and sunsets.
For guests of the island offers a large selection of hotels and houses. You can rent cheap wooden bungalows or stay in large hotels . The affordable rental housing for about 400 baht. Most of the expensive hotels are located on the South coast. The closer to the Northern edge of the island and the higher into the mountains, the housing becomes more affordable. Some wooden bungalows may not have hot water and air conditioning. In high season, as well as during the full moon Party, the prices in the hotels increase. At this time, you should book a room in advance, or have to spend the night on the beach or in very expensive rooms. Local residents rent houses both monthly and daily. The island is small, crossed by many roads, so the hotel can be chosen anywhere.
The international school of si Panya was opened on the island in 2012. It is a primary school for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 12. Training takes place within the framework of the British National Program.