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  • Diving on Ko Pha Ngan
    3.5 stars

    Diving and snorkeling Ko Pha Ngan has a smaller, but no less active dive scene than the underwater mecca to the north, Ko Tao. Schools here offer trips to some of the Gulf's most popular dive sites of Sail Rock and the Southwest Pinnacle, which lie roughly halfway between Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao. ... read more

  • Trekking, waterfalls and mountains
    3 stars

    Certainly not most people's raison d'etre for visiting Ko Pha Ngan, but those who do take some time to explore the island's hinterland will find it full of surprises. Ko Pha Ngan's highest peak at 630m is Khao Ra and it's possible to climb up to the top in a half-day from both Chaloklum and Thong ... read more

  • Meditation retreat at Wat Khao Tham
    4 stars

    Run by an American-Australian couple, Wat Khao Tham is cave temple located near the top of a hill overlooking Ban Tai. The couple offer 10-day meditation retreats usually in the later-half of each month. Those interested can write or inquire in person. Schedule for 2006/2007 August 17-26, ... read more

  • Getting fit
    3.5 stars

    Ko Pha Ngan offers plenty of fun activities to do that will build muscle and endurance. Here are our top picks for the best get-fit things to do. Here are our top picks for the best fitness activities on Ko Pha Ngan. Phangan Bootcamp: Run by Swede Nadine, a former gymnast and current Muay Thai ... read more

  • Parties
    4 stars

    Full Moon Party For many travellers, a visit to Ko Pha Ngan wouldn't be complete without a night of unrestrained hedonism at the island's monthly Full Moon Party. The event has evolved from a relatively small affair in the early 1980's to become one of the world's biggest outdoor bashes, ... read more

  • Saturday Walking Street Market
    3 stars

    The Saturday walking street market offers up a range of local products to by, or just soak up the atmosphere. In Thong Sala, the main town on Ko Pha Ngan where the pier is, a Saturday walking street market pops up, well, every Saturday, with a relaxed vibe and stalls selling a range of items, ... read more

  • Free Diving
    4 stars

    No - not diving for free but diving without scuba! It's ideal for snorkellers who don't fancy tangling with all that equipment. Learn to hold your breath and dive to 40 metres. Monica and Eusebio are internationally recognised freedive instructors with great experience and they will teach you the ... read more

  • Wipeout at Lake Hut
    3.5 stars

    Located on Laem Son Lake, the Wipeout aquatic obstacle course combines with Lake Hut's restaurant and bar to be one of Ko Pha Ngan's most hilarious attractions. The course includes a rope swing, monkey bars, padded tubular rollers that spin as you run over them, a huge blow-up “iceberg” that ... read more

  • Boat trips
    3.5 stars

    Explore Ang Thong National Marine Park, check out Ko Pha Ngan's more difficult to reach beaches or try your hand at fishing. The only way to explore the islands dotting the sparkling ocean that surrounds Ko Pha Ngan is by boat; try visiting Ang Thong National Marine Park, doing a spot of fishing or ... read more

  • Thai massage
    4 stars

    Getting a Thai massage is a great way to really unwind and Ko Pha Ngan offers plenty of great places to do it -- here are a few. Tuk Massage: Tuk, affectionately known as “Magic Hands,” has built up a huge following on Ko Pha Ngan. Her massage hut, built directly in the middle of Haad Salad, ... read more

  • Yoga
    3.5 stars

    Ko Pha Ngan’s spiritual pull draws yogis from all corners of the world to its pristine shores. Where are the best classes on the island, and what's involved? Here's our pick of the island’s top yoga schools, so that you can easily choose which one is best for you and your schedule. The Yoga ... read more

  • Viewpoints
    4 stars

    Ko Pha Ngan is a great place to go for a drive, and many travellers enjoy doing a (semi-) perimeter of the island (roads on the east coast are not yet accessible) to check out its off-the-beach beauty. The island’s steep, hilly terrain not only makes for a thrilling ride, but also allows for some ... read more

  • Clothes and accessories shopping
    3 stars

    Ko Pha Ngan boasts a few colourful outlets that sell party and yoga clothes, handmade leather accessories, local designer T-shirts, and more. Here are our top picks. Here are our top picks for must-visit clothes and accessories shops on Ko Pha Ngan. Moontribe Progressive Fashion: This tiny shop ... read more

  • Khao Ra
    3.5 stars

    Khao Ra is the highest point on Ko Pha Ngan. The trail to get there is difficult to find, and with the return journey taking about two hours, it’s not for the faint-of-heart. But if you're keen to go, here's what you need to know. In the tropical heat, a two-hour trek means you'll need to take ... read more

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