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Ko Pha Ngan

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Ko Pha Ngan
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

The closest airport is Ko Samui (USM) which has frequent flights from Bangkok and Phuket, daily flights from U-Tapao and Singapore, and several direct flights each week from Chiang Mai and Kuala Lumpur. Transportation to the ferry dock is easy to find at the airport. Ferries depart several times a day with the last one around dusk.

By boat

From Ko Samui: There are at least 3 ferries a day from Ko Samui's "Big Buddha" pier directly to Haad Rin. Ferries also leave from Nathon and Mae Nam piers to Thong Sala several times a day.
Watch out for scammers at Koh Samui airport who try to sell you a bus/boat combo for an exorbitant price. Make sure to walk towards the exit of the airport where there is an Information counter and taxi stands.

By bus

The best way in by bus is by Governmnent Bus to the Na Dan ferry piers: these are the most direct, quickest, reliable, safest, and hassle-free services. Tickets for these services can be bought at Sai Tai Taling Chan (southern) government bus terminal in Bangkok.
Buses also arrive in Surat Thani, capital of Surat Thani Province, . From here you can buy a ticket for a Bus+Boat ride for the slow ferry (320 Baht for the 3 hour ferry and bus ticket to Don Sak) or the fast ferry (400 Baht for the 2 hours ferry + transportation to Don Sak pier). both ferries stop at Koh Samui first, and will drop you off at the pier of Thong Sala. Please note that both options will require you to change buses. This should be a quick and easy change over.

Key places to visit
Than Sadet-Ko Pha-Ngan National Park, Phaeng waterfall, The herbal sauna at Wat Pho, Elephant Camp, Ko Ma


Places to Visit

Than Sadet-Ko Pha-Ngan National Park

The park was established on December 31 1983 covering an area of 39.12 km², and enlarged to its present size on February 10 1999.The park is named after the river Than Sadet (lit. Royal River). The river forms the largest waterfall on the island, which was visited by several Thai kings, for example Rama V, who visited 14 times. Not far from the waterfall the river empties into the sea at Than Sadet Bay.Khao Ra is both the highest elevation of the park as well as of the whole island Pha Ngan, peaking at 727  above sealevel.

Phaeng waterfall

Visit the beautiful waterfalls and lookouts in the interior of the island. The best lookouts are Domesila viewpoint 15mins of hike from Phaeng waterfall in Phaeng National park (free of charge), there is another waterfall viewpoint 20mins of hike from Phaeng waterfall. From Bottle beach you can hike to the rocky viewpoint above valley with great views over northeastern part of island, hiking to the top should take 30-45mins depening on your condition. You can visit Wat Khao Tam viewpoint on the road between Thong Sala and Haad Rin which you can reach on motobike and then it's easy walk for few minutes to the temple with viewpoint at Ko Samui and southern coast of Ko Phangan. Another viewpoint is in Chaloklum on the road to Haad Khom, it's weel signed from the main road.

The herbal sauna at Wat Pho

The herbal sauna at Wat Pho with separated men/women rooms is a great relief after long party nights. It's near the 7/11 branch in Baan Thai, on the south-western side of the island. Always wear a sarong (over your bikini, for men it's OK to use shorts) - remember that you are on temple-territory and locals find nudity offensive. This is not a European sauna, sitting naked will get you into trouble. The cost for entering the herbal sauna is 50 baht and you can stay as long as you want, if you want towel price is 10B.

 Elephant Camp

There is a Elephant Camp on the way from Baan Tai to Thong Nai Pan (300B/30 mins ride, if you got different price you are being overcharged) and also next one close to chinese temple on the road from Thong Sala to Chaloklum (300B for 30mins ride (in the pricelist officialy 500B), very close is also archery site), take a photo or try trekking through the jungle.     

Ko Ma

Visit Ko Ma off the north-west coast of Ko Pha Ngan. It offers one of the best snorkeling places on the island. Other places to do snorkelling are Haad Khom beach (very shallow water on the coast during low tide, be careful) and Haad Yao.

Right Time to Visit

December - March