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Koh Phangan

Off the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Phangan offers unspoiled beaches, amazing mountain trails, and the famous full moon parties. The island is accessed by ferry from Koh Samui and Surat Thani. Koh Samui Airport is the more popular entry point with flights ushering in visitors from Bangkok.

Several major beaches on the island draw sea and sand-hungry crowds. The beaches of Chaloklum, Haad Salad, and Thong Nai Pan are a few of the noteworthy ones, but it is Haad Rin Beach that is the most famous. It is here that the monthly full moon parties are held with music, dancing, and fire twirling. Quieter beaches such as Thong Sala are found further north.

Like any beach or island destination, diving and snorkeling are popular activities. Fishing, hiking, Muay Thai, and yoga are other recreational pursuits available on the island, and an elephant camp provides the opportunity to ride one of the gentle giants.

There is a place for everyone on Koh Phangan. Accommodation offerings range from simple beach bungalows to luxury resorts. Getting around the island will be rather simple with motorcycles and songthaews, or pickup trucks, providing transport throughout the area. Due to the island’s modest size, a day tour is recommended by many for a chance to get a grasp on the local land.

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