Photo: Looking over Than Sadet.

It’s not uncommon on Ko Pha Ngan to meet someone who intended to come to the island for a few days and ended up staying months, if not years. The island seems to have a hold on people that goes beyond the Full Moon Party and the white sand beaches. Still, there are plenty who come for just a few days and then take off to see other islands that make up the Gulf of Thailand’s archipelago. So the question is, how long is the perfect amount of time to spend on Ko Pha Ngan for you? Let us break it down for you.

We reckon the answer to that question is: a while.

We reckon the answer to the question in the title is: a while.

In one day, it’s possible to take an enjoyable boat trip from Ko Samui to some of the island’s most beautiful beaches. In addition, there are many people who take “party boats” from Ko Samui to Haad Rin beach for the Full Moon Party, staying even less than one day.

Two to four days
This amount of time is ideal for those who are just looking to get a taste and feel for the island. During two to four days, you can enjoy plenty of beach time, and perhaps even some fun on the island’s famous Phangan Wipeout or zipline adventures. You may also squeeze in a cooking course or a muay Thai lesson.

Five to seven days
If you plan on coming over the Full Moon Party period, many hotels require that you stay for a minimum of five days. If you devote this amount of time, you’ll be able to try a dive course at one of the island’s many dive centres.

10 days
Many people come to Ko Pha Ngan to try one of the island’s wealth of detox programmes. Though many of the detox centres do offer three-day programmes, the recommended amount of time for a detox is at least seven to 10 days. We can recommend firsthand the Sanctuary for its wonderful cleanses.

Come for the beaches, stay for the cleanse.

Come for the beaches, stay for the cleanse.

30 days
If a whole month on an idyllic tropical island isn’t enough in itself to entice you, this is also the perfect amount of time to complete a yoga workshop at one of the island’s many yoga centres — and maybe a detox too.

Staying for a month will also allow you to take a long-term rental for your accommodation, meaning a better deal… and you’ll also be able to get to know the local crowd. Who knows, you may just become one of them…

Last updated on 10th October, 2013.

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Where are you planning on heading to after Ko Pha Ngan? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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