Destination Koh Phangan…
For over ten years now, Phangan island has made a name for itself as one of the stopping points on the international backpackers world tour and has also become synonymous with the full-moon parties on Haad Rin. These monster raves take place every month and have become world famous, attracting up to ten thousand revelers each time. However, it should be remembered that Haad Rin is just one small slice of island’s shoreline.
Koh Phangan at just 12-kilometers north of Samui, has always been in the shadow of its more illustrious neighbor. There is no airport and with very few big resorts or hotels, with a population of only 8,000 it could be overlooked by most visitors to Samui were it not for its notorious parties. As Samui has forged a path towards becoming an up-market, international destination. Phangan seems to have picked up the backpacker and budget market as well as becoming increasingly attractive to other travelers who have not found the changes to Samui quite to their tastes. The island has evolved into two separate sections; Haad Rin and everywhere else. Haad Rin has become a traveler’s hangout and party center kind of international backpacker ghetto, whilst the other beaches are tropical hideaways - laid back retreats with almost unspoilt beaches an stunning vistas.
The beachs that surround Koh Phangan are famed not only worldwide but also within Thailand as being some of the most beautiful in Thailand. King Chulalongkorn (Rama IV) was so fond of Phangan Island that he carved his initials into more than one of the rocks on one of his many visits to the province.
For more detailed information on Koh Phangan please visit our ‘Koh Phangan Guides’section. You can navigate your way around Koh Phangan or any other destination by using the fold out navigation on the left side of every page. Here you can easily find all of our Phangan hotels, or you can search by area such as Ban Tai Beach or Haad Rin, by star rating or any of our accommodation that suits your needs. We also have information on restaurants, things to see and do and nightlife in each of our destinations. Lost in Thailand presents…. Koh Phangan!