Koh Phangan (Ko Pha Ngan)
Phangan - Koh in Thai means Island - is located in the Gulf of Thailand, approx. 700 km. south of Bangkok, 60 km. to the shoreline of Surat Thani Province and just 20 km. to Samui.
Phangan covers a surface area of 168 km² and its hinterland is characterized by limestone hills and spectacular granite boulders, fully covered by evergreen dry forest and coconut trees.
The weather is pleasant all year around: climate is typically tropical with temperatures ranging from a minimum of 22-23°C during the local rainy season (November-December) to a maximum of 34-35°C on April-May (summertime).
The best period for visit Koh Pha Ngan is from January to August.
Fishing boats in Chaloklum Bay
Phangan's dried squids is well-known in Thailand
Koh Phangan was isolated from the mainland until the end of the Second World War: its main economy was based on fishing, coconut production and a basic agriculture (Pha Ngan's soy-bean is well-known in the Kingdom).
In the early '80 the island became a worldwide famous backpacker destination. Today Koh Pha Ngan is Thailand's top tourist destination: every year more than one million tourists discover the island's tropical beauty and its white and unspoiled sandy beaches.
Long Tails at Thong Nai Pan Yai
Thong Nai Pan
Beach Resort in Thong Nai Pan
Since 1977, Koh Pha Ngan together with Koh Tao forms the
Koh Pha Ngan District - Amphoe - in Surat Thani Province.
Thong Sala, located on the west coast, is Phangan administrative centre and island's main pier. Other island's popular destinations are Ban Tai, Haad Rin, Chaloklum and Thong Nai Pan.
Tourists waiting at Thong Sala pier