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2Days 1Night : Ko Pha-ngan

Planner : Ko Pha-ngan 2 Day

Period : 2 Days 1 Night

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  • Day 1

     :  Ko Pha-ngan

    Ko Pha-ngan

    Ko Pha-ngan Ko Pha-ngan is one of the most famous islands in the world. It is well known for the Full Moon Party held every full moon at the beach of Hat Rin. A large number of tourists from all over the world visit the island, especially in the summer. Apart from beautiful beaches and amazing blue water, you can explore the natural beauty of numerous natural attractions such as waterfalls and mountains and discover the local lifestyle of coconut farmers and fishermen in the village of Ban Chalok Lam. As the island offers visitors all types of tourist attractions, it is a must-visit destination for both Thai and foreign tourists.  Ko Pha-ngan is located approximately 100 kilometres from Surat Thani City. It has a total area of 168 square kilometres. The island, together with the island of Ko Tao, is part of Ko Pha-ngan District, which is the smallest district of Surat Thani Province. The island is dominated by mountainous terrain and has beaches, sand dunes and coral reefs.  In the middle of the island are mountains running north-south. Plains cover only one-fourth of the total area and are mostly found on the west side of the island. On the east side of the island lie coastal mountains. Besides, the island has several bays where boats can dock in some seasons. Furthermore, the monsoon season of the island begins in October and lasts till January. Tourists are not recommended to pay a visit to the island during this time. Ko Pha-ngan has been inhabited by human for a long time. It is assumed that the first settlers on the island are the Malays from Nakhon Si Thammarat or from Pattani who immigrated to the island and were mostly fishermen. The evidence of this assumption is the names of some places on the island. For example, according to a former Ko Samii District Chief Officer, Ko Pha-ngan was formerly known as “Ko Raham”, literally meaning the shadowy island. In addition, the names of some other nearby islands such as Ko Wua Ta Lap and Ko Lao Yu are originally from the Malay language. Furthermore, there is another story of the origin of Ko Pha-ngan’s name. It is believed that the name is derived from “Lang Ngan”, a local word used to refer to sand dunes that emerge from the sea when the tide is low. Moreover, the first syllable of the word Pha-ngan in Thai was originally spelt without Sara-Ah, the short Ah vowel. However, after when Ko Pha-ngan was made a minor district or King Amphoe in 1970 and later a district in 1977, the Thai government decided to officially include Sara-Ah within the name. As a consequence, the island’s Thai name has two variations, i.e. one with Sara-Ah and one without Sara-Ah.  Furthermore, the island was visited by four kings of the Chakri Dynasty, namely King Chulalongkorn, King Vajiravudh, King Prajadhipok and King Bhumibol. All inscribed their name on a rock near Than Sadet Waterfall, to which, interestingly, King Chulalongkorn paid a visit 14 times.  Aside from the famous Full Moon Party, the island has a good reputation for snorkelling and diving. Visitors can go snorkelling to explore the natural beauty of coral reefs around the island. As an alternative, you can get on a boat which will take you to amazing dive sites near the island. The most popular sites are “Hin Bai” and “Samran”, where different kinds of colourful corals lie, waiting for divers to discover its beauty. Also, these sites are home to a variety of fascinating sea animals, e.g. clownfish, harlequin shrimps and parrotfish. Besides, a one day trip to Ko Tao, which also possesses several perfect dive sites, is available.  Ko Pha-ngan’s major attractions: 1.Thong Sala 2.Hat Rin 3.Ao Thong Nai Pan 4.Hat Mae Hat 5.Than Sadet Waterfall National Park How to get to the island: From Surat Thani City, drive or take public transport to a ferry pier in Don Sak. A ferry ride from the mainland to the island takes three hours and a half. In addition, during peak season (December-April), those who wish to visit the island are recommended to book a flight at least one to two days before travelling.  Tips for tourists: 1.You are not recommended to rent a motorbike if you are not familiar with roads on the island. Some roads are steep and some are unpaved with holes. Riders should ride carefully; otherwise it is better to rent other types of vehicles.  2.At the Full Moon Party, beware of pickpockets and snatchers. There will be lots of people at the party so take care of your belongings, especially, cameras, phones and purses or wallets. Besides, don’t drink too much, particularly if you have to ride a motorbike or drive back to your hotel.  3.For those who would like to visit Khao Ra Peak, be ready for the adventure and don’t forget to prepare your own medicines, food, bottles of water, sleeping bag and proper clothes. Also, to go to Khao Ra, all visitors must be accompanied by staff.           

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    Mae Haad Beach

    Mae Haad Beach is located at Moo 7, in Chalok Lam village, PhaNgan district. It is 15 kilometers away from the city municipal. The beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of PhaNgan.                 Mae Haad Beach is a door to Tao Island or you can say that it is the center of the Island as Mae Haad beach is where the port is located. All boats have to stop over here before heading to other islands. There are ticket booths for boat transportation including single and return tickets to go to Kao Sarn road. This beach is also where community, shops and public buildings are located. The turtle statue is the symbol of Tao Island.                   To visit, contact rented boat service at Thong Sala with fees of approximately 50-100 baht.

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  • Day 2

     :  Ko Pha-ngan

    Haad Rin

    HaadRin is located at Moo4 in Ban Tai sub-district in PhaNgan district, 12 kilometers away from the city municipal. It is one of the most beautiful and popular beaches of PhaNgan Island. The beach is 2 kilometers long divided into two by the earth’s crust calledHaadRinNai and HaadRinNok. Tourists can travel by a long-tailed boat from Thong Sala Town and Ban Kai with fees of 30 baht and 20 per person respectively. It costs approximately 50 baht to travel by car from Thong Sala. It is told that the HaadRin used to be full of little gnats. People who got in the beach around the evening used to get bitten by them. Nowadays there are not many of gnats; the reasons might be whether the place is too crowded or is filled with parties that they need to escape. Though HaadRinNai is filled with clear seawater and white sand, it is not suitable for getting in as there are lots of sharp rocks which can be dangerous if you walk on foot. Besides, it would not be so much fun if you have to wear sandals every time you wading in. HaadRinNok is a little bit far away. Both beaches give you the feeling of being in other countries. There are many resorts around this area. The price is considered high as this area is one of the most popular location for tourists. The world-famous Full Moon Party takes place on HaadRnNok each month where people come and enjoy dancing. HaadRinNok during the low season can be really calm and quiet almost similar to other normal beach. There are not many tourists around during the day time; mostly they come back at night. This is why people here relax during the day and wake up at night. There is plenty to keep you occupied atHaadRinNok whether partying in the Full Moon Party or relaxing and enjoying the beautiful white sands at the beach.  

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    35 Min. ( Approx. 18.02 Km.) More Details
    Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach

    Thong Nai PanYai Beach is located at Moo5, in Ban Tai sub-district. It is 23 kilometers away from the town. It is the second most beautiful beach after Rin Beach. The beach is divided into two areas which are Tong Nai Pan Noi Beach (North) and Tong Nai Pan Yai (South). Both locations are quiet, but low-price hotels can be found mostly at Tong Nai Pan Yai Beach. Tong Nai Pan Yai Beach is filled with delicate white sand surrounded by mountains and rain forests which cannot be accessed on foot. To visit, travellers need to travel by car through laterite road. At the present, the concrete road is under construction. Visitors can also arrive at the beach by boat from Rin Beach or Chaloklum Beach. Visitors can enjoy swimming at the beach all year round with enough waves to start surfing. In addition, there are bars and restaurants available at the beach. Tourists who like waking up early can enjoy sunbathing here. Tong Nai Pan Yai Beach is longer than Tong Nai Pan Noi Beach with more option for accommodation. There is also a hiking trail for climbing up the mountain and waterfall. Around PhaNganIsland, the rain forest is stil in good condition. To visit, there are two ways including travelling by minibus from Tong Sala port or taking taxi costing 100 baht per person leaving at 12.30 and 17.00. After getting off ferry boat from Don Sak, SuratThani, when you arrive at Tong Sala port, you will notice a minibus stop to Rin Beach. Ask for a pick-up car to travel to Tong Nai Pan Beach or take a boat from Tong Sala, Rin Beach and Manam Beach.     

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    Chao Mae KuanIm Shrine

    Chao Mae KuanIm Shrine is another sacred location of PhaNgan Island located at Moo 7, in Chalok Lam Village, PhaNgan sub-district, PhaNgan district, SuratThani province. The shrine was constructed following the dream of KhunMalawan. When she came to KohPhangan for a ceremony to present the robes to the priests, she dreamt that Buddha told her to build a lighthouse for sailors living at Chalok Lam beach. MrsMalawan then returned to Bangkok to raise the funds and later the building was completed in 1992.Once you are at the Chinese Temple, you can see the nice view of PhaNgan Island. This is one of the best views on the island. To visit, Chao Mae KuanIm Shrine is located at Moo 7, in Chalok Lam Village. It is approximately 9 kilometers away from Thong Sala. Tourists can take a minibus Thong Sala-Chalok Lam Village costing 30 baht per person.        

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