Ko Pha Ngan – top things to do (Part 1)


Ko Pha Ngan is located in the Gulf of Thailand and is the premier backpacking destination in Southeast Asia. Traveling to this island, you should not miss to try these interesting activities.

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Swim in a natural mountain pool

Close to Haat Rin in the direction of Baan Tai, take a turn off to the right where you see the sign stating “river on stone” natural pool, and you will find yourself at the Sramonora waterfall. It is a little out of the way to get to, but definitely worth the trek. There is also a resort close by, with a little restaurant if you get hungry.

Go snorkeling

Go snorkeling (via Footloos)

They sell these trips all over the island. There will be tons variety. They usually run from 11 am-5 pm and include transportation by boat, snorkeling, swimming, and lunch for about 475-675 THB. You meet tons of people on them as well. There is also a tour called the Munchies Tour and another called the Reggae Tour and both include, as you might guess, marijuana. Be careful on these ‘green’ tours and with drugs in general as the drug laws in Thailand are quite strict with no allowances made for foreigners.

Lay in the sun

The real treasure in Ko Pha Ngan are the many idyllic beaches. This is a great place to sit around, get a tan, cool off in the ocean, and play games with your friends. Had Rin is the most developed beach on the island, as that is where the Full Moon Party is held. But, with over 30 beaches to choose from, you can have anything from touristy and developed, to deserted and secluded beaches all to yourself. The Thong Nai Pan beach is one of the best places, with white sand and calmer waters.

Lay in the sun (via Mami-Eggroll)

Do yoga

The island is also home to a couple of yoga schools where you can go to relax and revitalize your body. Depending on how much time you have and how serious you are you can go for a single lesson or stay there for six months learning to be a yoga instructor. You can drop in for a class for as little as 300 THB, or be more ambitious and get 10 class passes for around 2,500 THB.

Enjoy the famous Full Moon Party

The Full Moon Party is a giant rave with a lot of drinking, dancing, and partying. Each bar has its own sound system, so you’ll hear different music every few feet. The beach is lined with people selling alcohol and fire dancers putting on shows. Little booths are also set up, which sell glow-in-the-dark face paint as kids run up and down the beach hawking trinkets and glowsticks. It happens during the full moon every month. High-season parties see about 20,000-30,000 people, with the full moon around New Year seeing the most. If you miss it, there’s always the half moon party, quarter moon party, and black moon party. Really, every day is a party here.

(To be continued)

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