Koh Phangan is an island that lies off the east coast of Thailand. It’s home to the infamous Full Moon Party. Urban legend has it that around 30 years ago Paradise Bungalows welcomed 20 or so travellers to their simple resort with a party lit by the full moon. Today it can attract up to 30 thousand neon painted partiers to Haad Rin Beach to dance until dawn. Its popularity has spawned more parties with names like Half Moon Party and Black Moon Party. While these parties may help extend revellers stay they don’t have the same draw. Outside of the few day’s pre and post a Full Moon Party the island returns to a normal holiday destination renowned for beautiful beaches, scenery and spiritual, health and wellness journeys.
Typical of the surrounding islands, the early inhabitants would have been fishermen and coconut farmers and not so typically, tin miners. Coconuts are still important to Koh Phangan’s industry, but tourism is now the mainstay. Resort development circles the 25 miles (40km) of coastline and there are numerous beach areas to choose from and explore. As a rough rule of thumb, the further away from Haad Rin, the quieter the area is likely to be. The interior is mountainous and covered with jungle and while resorts and retreats do perch higher up it's mostly inaccessible.
The marine reserve of Ang Thong lies within easy reach of Koh Phangan and makes a great day trip of beautiful scenery. Koh Phangan has many spiritual, health and wellness options that will nicely complement a relaxing rejuvenating holiday.
The closest airport is on the neighbouring island of Koh Samui. Numerous daily connections are available from Bangkok. From Koh Samui, it’s just a half hour ferry ride to Koh Phangan. Budget airlines land at airports on the mainland at Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani. These leave from Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok rather than Suvarnabhumi Airport. They do link to ferry services, but this route is the slower option.