An island in the Surat Thani Province of Thailand's southeastern region, Koh Pha Ngan is a part of the Samui archipelago and is well-known for its full moon parties. It is also a popular destination in the country for backpackers, as they usually get low-cost accommodations when the full moon parties are not hosted. This island can be no less than a paradise for honeymooners and tourists seeking quiet surroundings far from the hustle-bustle of crowds.
Eating out in Koh Pha Ngan
You would savour the delicious Khao Man Gai comprising of rice and chicken, served with chilli and garlic sauce. Another popular dish in this region is Khanom Chin, which is a Chinese breakfast made of noodles and a spicy fish curry. The Tom Kha Gai is a mouth-watering soup, prepared using chicken and a small amount of coconut milk. For the best dining experience during your Koh Pha Ngan holidays amidst a tranquil beach, visit Bistro at the Beach restaurant.
Places to visit in Koh Pha Ngan
One of the most popular attractions on the island is the Kuan Yin Chinese Temple located on the road to Chaloklum, which is dedicated to the 'Goddess of Mercy'. Another fascinating temple worth visiting is the Wat Pho on the Ban Tai-Ao Thong Nai Pan road. If you can get an appropriate vehicle, head to the Khao Ra mountain and savour the most enchanting views of Koh Pha Ngan. For experiencing some tranquillity, you can visit the Haad Yao Beach located on the north-west coast of the island.
Fun activities in Koh Pha Ngan
If you are craving for some adventure after hours of lounging around on a beach, go trekking on the Khao Ra mountain or Phaeng Waterfall National Park. You can also enjoy diving in the popular sites nearby, such as Sail Rock and Southwest Pinnacle. The waters near Haad Salad and Haad Yao beaches would be ideal for snorkelling. For a fabulous shopping experience, visit the Tesco-Lotus supermarket located in the Thong Sala town.
Nightlife in Koh Pha Ngan
There are several bars and clubs scattered across various locations in Koh Pha Ngan, but the highest concentration is in a beach area known as Haad Rin. You can enjoy an exciting nightlife in this part of the world particularly during the full moon parties that happen monthly and half-moon parties that take place on a bi-monthly basis. You can enjoy some special shakes and dance to the tune of talented DJs at the Mellow Mountain.
Accommodation in Koh Pha Ngan
Options in accommodation vary in Koh Pha Ngan according to the preferences and budget sizes of tourists. There are luxurious beachfront villas for those who are not concerned about costs. For those with mid-range budgets, there are budget hotels available on this island. Backpackers can book cost-effective stays in well-equipped dormitories. You can get around on the island using taxis, Songthaews, longtail boats, car or motorbike rentals.
Festivals in Koh Pha Ngan
Christmas and New Year's Eve are celebrated with fireworks at certain places on this island. One of the unique festivals in Koh Pha Ngan is the Colormoon festival, which features live shows, competitions, and opportunities to shop for Thai products. Songkran or the Thai New Year is celebrated by locals and tourists alike, throwing water on anyone who comes their way. During the Loy Krathong celebrations, floats made of banana leaves and flowers are released in the waterbodies.
Best time to visit Koh Pha Ngan
From late December until the month of June, the island experiences its dry season with lesser rainfall and clear skies and is the best time to visit this region. Lowest2 offers cheap holidays to Koh Pha Ngan that not only include some of the best offerings of this island destination but also give you the chance to enjoy greater savings.
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