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There are over 20,000 hotels and other types of accommodations and room types in Thailand. At Thailand Holiday Group, we can offer bookings at any of the ones available. To make it easier for you, we have selected a variety of 4 and 5-star hotels. These are hotels listed that we know well (both physically and personally with the hotel management) and we are confident in their excellent level of service, cleanliness, and hospitality. We can assure you of the right fit of hotel prices in the places you wish to stay with your kids of varying child ages or by yourselves and the amenities and services you will need like free wifi, flexible or free cancellation policies, free parking, events or activities per night of your stay, babysitting services, or kids activity room. With THG, where to stay in Koh Phangan will not be a problem for you at all. Talk to our travel specialists in-person to prepare Koh Phangan holiday packages to suit your flight and room preferences, with access to deals for all-inclusive Koh Phangan hotels. Join the growing number of our satisfied and fulfilled clients and sign up with THG for your trips now!
Why is it a good idea to book hotel rooms in advance?
A. Price – As the date of accommodation approaches – the price goes up. B. Value: No doubt you can find hotels to stay in, even at the peak of the season even if you arrive without a reservation. Eventually, you will find where to sleep. The main question is what will be the location, the price and what value will you get? It is known that the best hotels, the ones that give you the highest value for your money – are perceived months in advance.C. Time. Every day in your holiday costs. If you arrive at the destination without prior reservation you will be required to start hopping around (with luggage and bags) between possible hotels – a process that will rob you of precious time, time better spent by the ocean, In the pool, massage or any other activity. D. Possibility of cancellation/change at no cost until close to the date of arrival.
Koh Phangan, Thailand sits within the Gulf of Thailand near Koh Samui and has a global reputation for being the go-to destination to visit for Full Moon Parties for the past 30 years. More than a backpacker destination, Koh Phangan Thailand has many amazing holiday accommodation options, ranging from low-cost hostels in the city centre or around the party neighbourhoods to bungalows, budget hotels, higher-end hotels, private luxury villas and beachfront resorts, where you can easily find a restaurant with helpful service and amazing food and drinks. Beach lovers will not be disappointed even during the high season because Ko Phangan is scattered with many fantastic beaches, with each offering its own unique characteristics. The aquamarine waters are clear which makes Koh Phangan Thailand beaches excellent snorkelling and scuba diving places to stay, and the reason for Koh Phangan’s tag as an island paradise. THG holiday deals assure you of a pleasant and fantastic holiday and the best experience at the best place of your choice.
Where to stay in Koh Phangan Thailand will depend on what kind of holiday atmosphere you are seeking. There are some places that are very popular for nightlife-active people looking to party whereas there are other places less developed for those wanting serenity and relaxation.
There are no airports on Ko Phangan. A new airport had been started with construction but activity has been suspended due to some infringement issues.
Haad Rin Beach in Koh Phangan Thailand became popular as the fame of the Full Moon Party soared all over the world, from North American to European countries like Ireland. Since the event is held just before or during the rising of the moon, which becomes like a high season, around that time travellers converge on Haad Rin each month just to be among the revellers and participants of the world-renowned Full Moon Party. Most people, especially party people, call the Full Moon Party the best experience in their Ko Phangan vacation.
Haad Rin Beach is a very popular area to stay in and is comprised of two beaches, one of which is Sunrise beach, the location of the Full Moon festivities. There are plenty of wonderful dining places and low-key beach bars and an overall backpacker holiday vibe for any person there for the exhilarating nightlife. The area has a full range of accommodation options from hostels and bungalows to hotels.
There is a pier in Haad Rin Beach for island hopping or boat trips around the island, however, it is still under repair.
Baan Tai is a gorgeous beach in Koh Phangan Thailand and lively after dark with lots of beach bars and clubs to keep you entertained with great food and drinks. Lots of hotels and bungalows are available in this beach area. The Dreamland Resort, one of the famous places to stay on the island is found here. Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort, an eco-chic natural hideaway is located on Baan Tai Beach as well. Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort rooms are on the cliffside of the beach, with a shuttle service for its guests. Relaxing Ayurvedic spa treatments on teakwood rooms, cliffside on the stunning Baan Tai, Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort seems to have the deals with the best combination of features!
Varivana Resort Koh Phangan is among the latest resorts in the area. This amazing resort, described as “where the mountain meets the sea,” has a complimentary shuttle service to Thong Sala Pier. The accommodating service and helpful staff of Varivana Resort Koh Phangan ensure a relaxing stay. One of its features is the Rooftop Restaurant & bar with the 28-m long infinity pool giving you an amazing mountain and ocean view to enjoy the spectacular Thailand sunset.
Varivana Resort Koh Phangan, albeit relatively new, has been reviewed excellent for its wonderful location, cleanliness, helpful and accommodating service and value.
Thong Sala has been gaining popularity amongst foodies because it has some of the finest restaurants in Koh Phangan Thailand, attracting higher-end guests with many resorts and hotels to choose from, so there is not much chance of having to make a long wait. Amazing service from the restaurant helpful staff with delectable food and some restaurants are near the beach, around 1 km from Thong Sala pier. There are a few cozy spots, some with spacious dining areas, and even a beer garden to chug your drinks to the jukebox music in the background, said to be the best place among restaurant deals!
Srithanu is a traditional port area with white sandy beaches, calm waters and interesting rock formations. It has a more quiet and relaxing area with upmarket resorts and hotels. There are even choices of garden bungalows! Most people would find this a pleasant holiday vibe. Most people call Srithanu in Ko Phangan call the best place to study yoga. And yes, hence, you can easily find centers or clinics for a wellness service beyond yoga, like detox through diets and saunas. For vegans and health buffs, you can be sure of more than one restaurant with vegan-only menus, or a restaurant with vegan options.
Haad Yao is one of the best spots in Ko Phangan for snorkelling and diving with its clear waters and coral reefs on Ko Phangan. You will find some wonderful bars and restaurants with helpful service but it is not a party area so even during the high season, it doesn’t get too crowded. People stay here for holiday deals that allow them to enjoy nature and relax.
Haad Sala is a calm laid-back beach of Ko Phangan surrounded by tropical jungles, excellent for diving and snorkelling with a full range of accommodations to suit all budgets. This area of Ko Phangan is popular for families seeking accommodation deals with helpful service that is family-friendly for a wonderful stay!
Mae Haad is more upmarket than other parts of Ko Phangan, with a good selection of restaurants and a few luxury beachfront resorts with great helpful service on the white sand beach. Mae Haad is also good for snorkelling and small-scale fishing on longtail boats.
Former fishing village Chalok Lam in Ko Phangan has a long shoreline and quiet relaxed atmosphere. There are many outdoor dining options and accommodations to suit all tastes and budgets. The resorts in this area of Ko Phangan are spacious, still with helpful service and amazing deals!
Chaloklum’s beach can be muddy at low tide and is partly sheltered due to the offshore retaining wall that was built to protect some of the fishing boats. This is a very quiet area and the resorts tend towards being quite spacious. The centre of the bay has a pier for the fishing fleet and this is also where you’ll find many of the best eating options with restaurants from cozy with a garden to large with beachfront views.
Thong Nai Pan is one of the best places to stay on the island if you want to see striking natural beauty and wildlife in the nearby forest and waterfalls. The area has lots of bars and restaurants that cater to a higher-end market.
Ao Chao Phao is one of the most peaceful places on the west coast of Koh Phangan. The beautiful sunsets and softly curved bay are why this beach has become popular for travellers to stay on the island. It is also where the family-run Sunset Cove Resort is found.
Haad Yuan Beach, also called a “paradise beach” on the east coast of Ko Phangan is a long strip and takes only a short boat ride from the Haad Rin area.
This part of Ko Phangan features amazing rock formations as well as the numerous palm trees dotting the beach of the striking turquoise waters. There are those who consider Haad Yuan Beach the most beautiful beach on Ko Phangan and one of the quietest beaches. It could be because it is not easy to reach, which makes it retain a paradise-like environment perfect for a relaxing visit.
There are reasonably priced bars and restaurants on the beachfront where helpful staff serve delicious food you can eat on the terrace while enjoying the photographers’ dream of a view on Haad Yuan beach in Ko Phangan.
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas: 5-star family-friendly Villas and Suites – all with private plunge pool, beachside & poolside restaurants offering delectable cuisine with helpful service, plus the island’s only wine cellar with sea views situated on Thong Nai Pan Beach, ideal offerings not just for the children but for the adults as well, great features for Ko Phangan holiday packages.Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa: 5-star child-friendly luxury Thai traditional wooden suites and villas on the northeast coast of Ko Phangan, Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort and Spa is an interesting experience for the children with its ec0-chic ambience and facilities catered by helpful staff. The Cabin Beach Resort:4-star child-friendly and modern beachfront suites with an industrial loft design located along the secluded Leela Beach.Buri Rasa Koh Phangan: a cosy family-friendly 4-star beachfront resort with a spa near Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach.Sunset Beach Club Hotel & Spa: 4-star family-friendly hotel with 58 guest rooms, swimming pools and spa on Haad Rin Nai Beach.Panviman Resort Koh Phangan: Luxury child-friendly resort set on a hillside overlooking Thong Nai Pan beach, Thong with rooms, cottages and villas with free-form pools. One of the best hotels to stay on the island, the Panviman Resort Koh Phangan is conveniently located in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand, very near the Full Moon Party places.Cocohut Beach Resort & Spa: Family-friendly secluded resort with 94 well-appointed villas, suites and bungalows set on Leela Beach. These hotels and resorts have room amenities and facilities that will ensure your family trip to be fun per night, like the free wifi, free cancellation policy and free parking.
Popular luxury hotels with the highest traveller ratings in Ko Phangan are:Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas: 5-star 64 Villas and Suites – all with private plunge pool, beachside & poolside restaurants, plus the islands only wine cellar with sea views situated on Thong Nai Pan Beach.Santhiya Resort & Spa: 5-star luxury Thai traditional wooden suites and villas on the northeast coastKupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas and Spa by l’Occitane: Stylish retreat near Thongsala with luxurious rooms, villas and apartments and a full-service Spa by L’Occitane. Panviman Resort: Luxury resort set on a hillside overlooking Thong Nai Pan beach, Thong with rooms, cottages and villas with free-form poolsBuri Rasa Koh Phangan: cosy 4-star beachfront resort with spa near Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach. Popular with families.
Here are some of the most popular pet-friendly Koh Phangan accommodations as rated by guests:Havana Beach Resort: It is a 3-star pet-friendly resort with 50 rooms and suites and an outdoor pool on Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach.Seaview Sunrise: budget price pet-friendly beachfront accommodation on Haad Rin beach. Suan Sawan Ocean View: This is a 4-star pet-friendly hotel featuring well-designed villas with panoramic sea views. Thong Nai Pan Beach Residence: budget price pet-friendly 2-star hotel offering cosy rooms in the heart of Thong Nai Phan Yai Beach
Some popular choices with full-service spas are Santhiya Resort & Spa, Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas and Spa by l’Occitane, Summer Luxury Beach Resort & Spa and Sunset Beach Club Hotel & Spa.
Koh Pha Ngan can also boast of hotels that can provide budget-conscious guests comfort and convenience and enjoy the island’s beauty at the same time. These hotels have been ranked superb to exceptional by guest reviews.Mayara Pool Villas. Located in Haad Thian West, this budget hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool and rooms with a patio, a garden and views of the sea.The View Villa. With similar features and amenities, this hotel has been rated by guests to have awesome sunset views.Sunset Paradise Villa. This beachfront hotel has its own restaurant in addition to the other similar features.Retro Mountain Koh Phangan Tent. A garden and free private parking are offered to the guests of this hotel besides the common amenities and features.Villa Pandora. Described to be simple but elegant by guest reviews, with an outdoor swimming pool and free private parking.Nibbana Villa. Offers a private beach area and an outdoor swimming pool with free pickup services from the airport and nearby piers.Baan Sook Jai. With an outdoor swimming pool, a garden and free private parking, guests also have access to a balcony.Somewhere Only We Know. It is a very private and small resort of two spacious and private villas and its own private bar and restaurant serving farm-to-table organic food.Zen Villa at Aspire Villas. Features a private pool, balcony overlooking the pool and free private parking.Le Balcon, Haad Yao. Air-conditioned bungalows with free private parking. Close to the beach and guests can take in the sunset on the balcony.
Here are some of the best beachfront Koh Phangan hotels as rated by guests:Beyond The Blue Horizon Villa Resort: Intimate 3-star beachfront hotel with an outdoor pool overlooking Haad Yao Beach with sea view villas.Havana Beach Resort: This is a 3-star family-friendly resort with 50 rooms and suites and an outdoor pool on Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach.Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas: 5-star 64 Villas and Suites – all with private plunge pool, beachside & poolside restaurants, plus the island’s only wine cellar with sea views situated on Thong Nai Pan Beach. Also offering free cancellation to its guests.Santhiya Resort & Spa: 5-star luxury Thai traditional wooden suites and villas on the northeast coastKupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas and Spa by l’Occitane: Stylish retreat near Thongsala with luxurious rooms, villas and apartments and a full-service Spa by L’Occitane. Panviman Resort: Luxury resort set on a hillside overlooking Thong Nai Pan beach, Thong with rooms, cottages and villas with free-from poolsThe COAST Resort: Adults-only 4-star resort with 78 chic modern rooms located on Haad Rin Nai, close to Sunrise beach where the Full Moon parties are held.The Cabin Beach Resort:4-star modern beachfront suites with an industrial loft design located along the secluded Leela Beach. Le Divine Comedie: 4-star unique informal boutique beachfront hotel with an outdoor pool, a swim-up bar & gulf views set on Baan Tai Beach.Baan Thamarchat: An exclusive 4-star concept of 5 beautiful private tropical villas with chic decor and pools, with a private celebration room or yoga shala facing Hin-Kong lagoon.
A good number of hotels, luxury and budget hotels in Koh Pha Ngan offer free cancellation options to their guests. Anantara Rasananda Hotel, Koh Phangan Pavilions, Sand in My Shoes Beach Loft, Suan Sawan Ocean View Hotel, The Great Escape Chalets, Summer Luxury Beach Resort and Spa, Saladburi Resort, Thong Nai Pan Beach Residence. Among the budget hotels with free cancellation are The Hill Village, Thongtapan Resort, Bottle Beach 1 & 2 Resorts, Thai Terrace Bungalow.
The Full Moon Party has been called the Number 1 Party in Asia, featuring the now-famous Buckets service, a bucket full of moderate liquor combined with energy drinks. This event was started in the mid-1980s by tourists who felt that they saw the most beautiful moon at Koh Pha Ngan and decided to arrange a party in Haad Rin Beach to celebrate the night of the full moon. Since then, it has become a regular activity that now counts 10,000-30,000 revellers monthly. As the full moon rises, the mood escalates to a full dance and music vibe, the music from all genres satisfying everyone, with jugglers, fire-eaters and a fireworks display, the frenetic energy dies down only as the moon rests to let in the sun.
Koh Pha Ngan might seem more expensive than other Thailand destinations, but there are ways to actually have a fun and enjoyably satisfying stay in Koh Pha Ngan. Getting there is the biggest hurdle. Coming from other countries of Asia and the rest of the world, the travel costs would take the biggest chunk of the budget. Once in Koh Pha Ngan, one can find quite affordable but comfortable and even luxurious accommodations. The cost of living is not high, too. From three days to a week or longer, one can take the opportunity of experiencing this tropical beauty of nature.
Koh Pha Ngan is said to be a very safe place to visit. Dangers, accidents and misfortunes usually arise from irresponsible behaviour, carelessness, lack of preparation or prudence. Motorbike accidents are quite often, and guests do not lack reminders and notices for caution like wearing a helmet, no drunk driving, being alert for coconuts, sand and water on the road and no speeding. Travellers and guests are cautioned about the use of drugs because of the island’s reputation for this vice for a time. It is not tolerated nowadays and the government has implemented harsher penalties and even jail time. Trekking and rock climbing are advised to be done with a guide. Theft and petty robbery are uncommon on Koh Pha Ngan. Otherwise, with all things considered, Koh Pha Ngan is safe to visit and enjoy for a few days to several weeks.
Koh Pha Ngan weather has three classifications: the short monsoon season, the dry season and the hot season characterized by frequent rain showers. The dry season from December to March is Koh Pha Ngan’s tourist season. The weather is hot and bright and not quite humid, which is perfect for sun-lovers. March to around September, humidity is high and rains are frequent but short-lived. This would be the best time for budget travellers. September to November is not safe on an island because of the flooding and winds that disrupt connections.
Ferry boats crisscross between Koh Samui, Suratthani and Koh Pha Ngan. It takes 2 1/2 hours from Surat Thani to Koh Pha Ngan and 45 minutes from Koh Samui. A shorter alternative is the speedboat, which takes only 20 minutes from Samui to Pha Ngan, although that would cost higher.
Koh Phangan (or Koh Pha Ngan) is famous for its monthly Full Moon Party at the crescent-shaped Haad Rin Beach. Since its beginning in the mid-1980s, it now attracts up to 30,000 guests from all over the globe. Koh Phangan is smaller than Koh Samui and has no airport so the only transport to and from are the ferries. Despite the surge of tourists for the Full Moon Party, Koh Pha Ngan is generally very quiet, with some amazing sceneries and not as touristy as Koh Samui. There are many luxury hotels, boutique hotels, beach resorts and budget accommodation options too, which offer the basic amenities and features for a comfortable stay, including free cancellation policies. Meals are delicious with many fresh choices, with a market accessibly right in the town. Koh Pha Ngan’s beaches are short of spectacular and give travellers a feeling of bliss in paradise. Many roads are still unpaved but this condition adds to a feeling of authenticity in Koh Pha Ngan. Most accommodations, restaurants and beaches are within reach. The other half of the island is as yet less developed and untouched but still has a few beautiful beaches and good restaurants to please one’s spirit and palate. Koh Samui is Thailand’s second-largest island, next to Phuket. It is among the islands of the Ang Thong National Marine Park which is a marine paradise where swimming, snorkelling and kayaking are the regular activities The island has long had a reputation as a honeymoon hotspot and so can offer more choices on where to stay, with a lot of free cancellation options, too. It has some amazing beaches, but its popularity causes crowded or busy beaches where a relaxed bask in the sun would be difficult to attain. Food choices are varied and numerous but tourist-priced, except for the weekly food markets in some areas where mouth-watering dishes can be had at cheaper costs. F0r a laid back and relaxed vacation, Koh Pha Ngan wins over Samui, thumbs down. There are small towns with interesting restaurants and bars, however small, giving the island a quaint character. There is none of the hustle and bustle of touristy places. The beautiful beaches are mostly clean with soft sandy shores. Many a hotel or resort in Koh Pha Ngan were made to blend with or complement the surrounding jungle and greenery, making for an authentic tropical getaway. A bucket list to unwind and relax will always have Koh Pha Ngan in the itinerary, and Koh Samui for hectic day-and-night activities.
Koh Phangan is an island of Surat Thani province of southern Thailand, in the Gulf of Thailand. It has earned the banner of the Full Moon Party island since it began on Haad Rin Beach in 1985. Ko Phangan has two sister islands, Koh Samui to the south and Koh Tao to the north of the island.
Koh Phangan does not have an airport. You will have to fly in through Bangkok or Phuket or Koh Samui, from where you will have to take a ferry boat trip.
You can catch a flight to Koh Samui, which only takes 55 minutes and then take a ferry from there. There is no airport on Koh Phangan, so the closest airport is Koh Samui. Or catch a bus to Surat Thani port then take a ferry to the island from there. The whole trip should take around 8 hours including transfers.
The ferry boat trip from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan takes 40-45 minutes.
The fastest way from Bangkok is to catch a flight to Koh Samui and then take a speed boat or ferry to Koh Phangan. This entire trip will take about 3-5 hours. Another option is by train or bus to Surat Thani City then take a boat or ferry to the island.
Koh Phangan is approximately 125 square kilometres.
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