While neighbouring Ko Tao gets most of the attention when it comes to diving and learning to dive, it is possible – and perhaps a good idea – to use Ko Pha Ngan instead. There are a number of reasons for this, but first and foremost using Ko Pha Ngan as a base will almost certainly mean smaller groups and, at least when diving the sites close to Ko Pha Ngan, less crowding underwater. While ... Read more about Diving on Ko Pha Ngan .
If you want to tone that beach bod to show off on one of Ko Pha Ngan’s many exquisite white-sand beaches, there are plenty of fun activities to do on the island that will build muscle and endurance. Here are our top picks for the best fitness activities on Ko Pha ... Read more about Getting fit .
The simple cottages, facilities and religious buildings at Wat Kow Tahm are spread over a tree-lined piece of land that tumbles down to wide boulders affording views across much of Pha Ngan’s south coast and beyond. While the vista is worth a quick trip up here, the temple is primarily a venue for meditation retreats conducted by English-language instructors. ... Read more about Wat Kow Tahm .
The only way to explore the islands dotting the sparkling ocean that surrounds Ko Pha Ngan is by boat. You can get to Ang Thong National Marine Park from here, do a spot of fishing or simply explore the more difficult to find beaches on Ko Pha Ngan itself, such as Bottle Beach and Haad ... Read more about Boat trips .
So you made it to Ko Pha Ngan, and after a few days of doing nothing but lying on the soft, white sand beaches with a cocktail in hand, it’s time to try something even more indulgent: a Thai massage. But you want something special, something that will melt away each and every knot in your body. Correct? Well read on to find the place that’ll suit you ... Read more about Thai massage .
Ko Pha Ngan’s spiritual pull draws yogis from all corners of the world to its pristine shores but where are the best classes on the island, and what's involved? Here's a selection of a few yoga schools and locations worth considering, so that you can easily choose which one is best for you and your schedule. Perched on a hillside overlooking thick jungle and set back about one kilometre from ... Read more about Where to do yoga on Ko Pha Ngan .
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 incredible panoramic views. Here are our top recommendations for must-visit viewpoints on Ko Pha ... Read more about Viewpoints .
At just 627 metres in altitude, the highest point on Ko Pha Ngan isn't really all that high – you're certainly not going to risk altitude sickness – but the views are great and climbing to the summit of Khao Ra makes for a fun half-day off-beach ... Read more about Khao Ra .
Those looking for some daytime entertainment on Ko Pha Ngan should head to Lake Hut to check out the Wipeout course. This fun water adventure park in Seetanu provides fun for all ages, with its intricate obstacle course floating on Laem Son lake, which was once a tin ... Read more about Lake Hut .
If you’re traveling on a tight budget, pool villas don’t tend to make the cut. But on Ko Pha Ngan, plenty of pools are available for outside guest use, so long as you buy a drink or meal in between dips. After all, sometimes the sun gets too much and the tepid sea water doesn’t cool you down enough, right? We’ve rounded up the best free (or almost free) pools on the island so that you can ... Read more about Best day guest pools on Ko Pha Ngan .
If you’ve just arrived on Ko Pha Ngan and you’re in need of a good beach read, you’ll be pleased to hear that the island is home to quite a few book shops, selling both new and used books, where you should be able to find a treasure or two to keep you happily swinging in a hammock for ... Read more about New and used book stores on Ko Pha Ngan .
I burst into bitter tears the evening we arrive, a day of eating raw food behind me. I want a hot shower, a pina colada at sunset and white-linen sheets to snooze under -- a blissful week of indulgence. But the bathroom door is jammed open to the menacing jungle, a toad hopping by is eyeing me as I douse myself in cold water and I won't be eating solid food for the next seven ... Read more about Ko Pha Ngan 7-day detox:Colonic fast .
Ko Pha Ngan is home to some of the most picturesque beaches in the world, with turquoise waves lapping on powder-white sand. With 32 beaches in total, some without proper roads to reach them, it's possible to find your own little piece of paradise not overrun with other travellers – you just need to know what you're looking for. We took a stab at this back in 2005, but the island has grown up ... Read more about Ko Pha Ngan's best beaches in 2013 .
It's around 02:00 at Greenpeace Restaurant in the heart of Ko Pha Ngan's Full Moon Party and Nat is up at the counter trying to pay the bill for our ... Read more about Thailand's Full Moon Party .
With a rapidly developing range of accommodation from ultra-basic thatch bungalows for 80B a night through to totally decadent luxury suites for 5,000B a night, Ko Pha Ngan truly offers something for everyone. If the choice doesn't leave you floundering to make a decision, you'll also have to choose the atmosphere you like best for a holiday: there's well over a dozen beaches with characters ... Read more about What's a good beach on Ko Pha Ngan? .