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Koh Phangan Buck List – Top 10 Things you must do

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Can’t decide what to do? Phangan Explorer has the ultimate Bucket List of Koh Phangan right here!

1. Try a ‘Roti’

This tasty delight is the perfect treat, which pleases all taste buds. It is made with crepe batter fried on a hot pan with any ingredients of your choice. E.g. banana and nutella, peanut butter, mango…

Street food at very cheap prices, around 50thb, will definitely leave you wanting more.

2. Emerge yourself at the temples

The Chinese Temple in the Hills near Chaloklum Beach, Northern Koh Phangan

Try a bit of Thai culture when strolling around the Buddhist and Chinese temples. These are beautifully erected with the history and culture intertwined.

Click here – Go to our temple page to see the locations around the island.

3. Say hello to the fish

Koh Phangan has world-class snorkeling and diving spots. So take your snorkel and mask and dive into the warm sea.

4. Paint yourself up at the parties

Get creative and express your wild side with the UV fluorescent paint you can buy from any small shop.  Full Moon Party and Half Moon Party have the UV lighting everywhere so see your artwork come alive. Paints and brushes around 100thb.

5. Experience a Thai massage

This is a unique massage, and you have come to the best place to get one. Stretching, pulling and twisting your body into some interesting positions, with the aim of you feeling free and energised.

Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions. The recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the giver and receiver, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked.

6. Cooking courses

One of the most flavourful and mouth watering cuisines, you should definitely get an insight into a thai kitchen. Surprisingly easy dishes to make, you will build up your culinary skills to impress your friends and family.

7. Adventure into nature

Waterfalls and jungle is plentiful in Koh Phnagan, being over 70% protected National Park. Seeing the immense-ness of the diversity of different flora and fauna and surrounding yourself into nature will leave you feeling complete relaxed.

Phaeng Waterfall is a dramatic waterfall in a jungle area with a steep hiking path & a popular lookout point.

Phaeng Waterfall is the largest and probably the easiest waterfall to access, even by bicycle. It is part of Thansadej National Park and consists in Phaeng Noi Waterfall when you arrive just after fifty meters after the park entrance and Phaeng Yai Waterfall bordered by a path which 200 meters before the top crosses a path at the left that leads to Dom Sila Viewpoint.

This one is quite tourist, however it is a good day out for the whole family. The waterfall can be seen at different levels, depending one how high you want to climb. Therefore even if you are feeling lazy, you can still see this beautiful spectacle.

There is also a restaurant at the location for some tasty Thai dishes.

Click here – See waterfalls page.

8. Be a Spectator of spectacular sunsets

Watch the fireball of a sun dip into the horizon of the sea, lighting up the sky with magical colours, makes a beautiful end to a day. Can be seen from rooftop bars, beaches or a beachside restaurant.

This can be sighted at any spot on the West coast of the island.

Best viewed with clear skies and a direct line for the sun to disappear into the water. More often then not, the weather in Koh Phangan is perfect for sunsets, will only very few clouds. However, it is seasonal here so do your research for the best times to visit the island.

9. Visit the highest point of the island

Want a new profile picture? Khao Ra with 360 views of the Koh Phangan is the place to do it. The trek is quite strenuous so bring your trainers, but well worth the sights when you reach the top.

Click here – to find out everything for this adventure.

10. Lounge out at the infinity pools

Also another great spot for picture taking. Spent the day relaxing in style with good music, sunshine and chilled vibes. Not to be missed!

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Things to do in Koh Phangan

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Did you come here to party? Or are you looking for a little spiritual enlightenment? Big fan of the marine life? Or do you want to get lost in the Jungle? Well friend, Koh Phangan really has something for everyone. And you’ve come to the right place.


The Beach

Yes this one is pretty obvious, but we have 35 beaches! Some secluded, others full of life why would you not see them all? for example, In the south, a fine white beach stretches from Thongsala all the way to the rocky outcrop that marks the start of the Haad Rin Peninsula. Most of this beach is referred to as Baan Tai Beach. The portion of the beach nearest Haad Rin is marked off by a small creek and is called Bankai. Near the centre of Baan Tai Beach is a small pier where you can organize boat transfers or fishing trips. On both sides of the pier are some great stretches of beach.

Much of Baan Tai is peaceful beach fringed with coconut palms. The water is blue and in the distance you can see Koh Samui. Most nights of the year there is a wonderful sunset.

The resorts are spread out and the road is some distance from the coast.Moreover there is a coral reef about 200 meters from the coast. This means that during the low tidal seasons (May to October) the water is shallow until the reef. It is great to paddle in but is not the beast beach for swimming.

During the windy months Baan Tai becomes the best place for kite boarding in Koh Phangan. So if you like to party at night and do extreme sports during the day Baan Tai is the ideal destination.

The Parties and Events

While Koh Phangan is worldwide famous for its Full Moon Party in Haad Rin, Ban Tai has its call in the party and nightlife.

Indeed, you’ll find plenty of parties to choose from in Baan Tai. The bigger outdoor parties over the area or closeby are the Half Moon Party, Jungle ExperienceBlack Moon Culture and Shiva Moon Family. Nearly every week you’ll find these parties coming back or other party nights like Ku Club and Loi Lay Floating Bar.

For those who prefer live bands there are also bars such as Outlaws Saloon and BM Bar that have a fun live music venues.

The Restaurants and Bars

Baan Tai is probably the area in the island with the greatest variety of places to eat and drink. You’ll find are cheap, local restaurants serving Thai food as well as Western cuisine. There are also beautiful seaside restaurants and bars like La Casa Tropicana or more exclusive restaurants such as Fisherman’s Restaurant where you can get great food enjoying a beautiful sunset. For those who prefer fast food there are plenty of places to get pizzas, burgers and fish and chips such as The Food Factory opened 24/7. For those looking to experiment Eastern cuisine you’ll find the best Russian restaurant Friends Cafe and the brand new delicious Silk Way serving Uzbek cuisine.

Nearly all the resorts, hotels and hostels have their own restaurant which are worth checking out check like the Milky Bay Restaurant or the Moondeck Restaurant at Chantaramas Resort and Spa.

For those wanting to self-cater the supermarkets of Thongsalaare just a few minutes away too.

Baan Tai has a lively nightlife with many beach bars like Infinity Beach Club as well as fun bars where you can play pool, showcasing live music and great variety of beers like BM Bar. You are never far away from a bar that suits you.

Island Tours

Koh Phangan is a pretty big island, fourth largest in Thailand in fact. The best way to see it and the surrounding ones is to book one of the island tours! Go by boat, jeep, or bike, these companies will show the best of Koh Phangan.

While Koh Phangan is known for it’s crazy parties like the infamous Full Moon Party, it is also famous for its massages and wellness centers.

Thai massage is of course the signature massage in Thailand, being originally performed by the monks to heal the body and mind. Indeed, Thai Massage is an ancient healing practice that combines acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures.

However, you can find many other types of massages such as the aroma oil and a full range of skin treatments in the numerous spas around the island. Enjoy a massage or a full day spa package to leave you refreshed, and recharged.

Here are our recommended places on Koh Phangan to get your body relaxed.


Water Sports

If your looking for a little adrenaline rush, or want to see why Koh Phangan one of worlds best Scuba diving spots, check out our friends with the water sports below. Make the most of your trip in Thailand!


The best of Mind Body and Soul

Koh Phangan is a true heaven for yogis around the world. You should know that Koh Phangan is a famous destination for Thailand yoga holidays, as well as Thailand yoga teacher training programs. More than a deeply relaxing island, Koh Phangan yoga retreats will deliver a unique experience to remember forever. Take your time to marvel at the endless sunny beaches or the lush coconut forests.


We could honestly keep going on, there are too many options. Browse our site and find something that’s good for you!

Read our other guides for more info about Koh Phangan:

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Haad Salad

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Hin Kong

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Thong Nai Pan

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Haad Yuan

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How to Go Green – [Sustainable Business Practices]

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Green Cross (GC) is an environmental conservation organization on Koh Phangan. Funded since 2008, it survives purely from donations and the kindness of volunteers. Over these years they have regular meetings to focus on what needs to be actioned into interesting projects that can be participated by all.

Here at Phangan Explorer, we are very conscious about environment conservation of our planet and especially of keeping our island – Koh Phangan – beautiful for future generations to continue to enjoy.

Beach Cleaning

Many beach cleans are organized all through the year.

In 2012, Green Cross brought the idea and help set up the initiation of the million dollar beach cleaning machine to be brought to Haad Rin Beach for after the Full Moon Parties. Now that beach is spotless all year round.

In Feb 2017, a mass of beach cleans of 12 beaches, with 24 leaders, was completed in one day, collecting a successful 100 black bags of rubbish from the shore lines.

No-Plastic Please

Anti-plastic posters and reusable bags were distributed in the areas of the shops of 7/11. These mini-marts endlessly give out unnecessary amounts of plastic to customers each day. These can then be seen littered around the island – making it an eye-saw. Therefor this action is to reduce the quantity.

Paper and bamboo straws

Introducing paper and bamboo straws. Doing research into pricing, availability, companies and distribution into Koh Phangan businesses.

Collaborating with Trash Heros 

Trash Hero Koh Phangan does: cleanups every 2nd Sunday afternoon. They also sell refillable Trash Hero bottles which can be purchased all over the island.

No-meat Month Challenge 

As we know, reducing your consumption of meat can reduce your carbon footprint. Therefore Green cross had allocated one whole month for people to stop eating meat for, via FB posts. Crazy I know! However ever little helps our planet.

Green Cross Business Approval

However through mass tourism we know how hard it can be to keep the island green. Therefore we have made the Green Cross Approval stamp for our businesses to reward Sustainable business practices with recognition for their contribution and effort into environment conservation.

Businesses have to abide by the following criteria:

  • Join at least 1 annual Beach Clean
  • Use metal/bamboo/ paper/ biodegradable straws
  • Give plastic bags only if customers ask
  • Switch to post-consumer waste (PCW) paper, paper products, and packaging
  • Use biodegradable cleaners
  • Recycling waste

‘Post-consumer waste (PCW) are products that by producing them did not involve the production of another product.’

What can I do? Be an ECOTOURIST!

This included being responsible traveler to natural areas to conserves the environment, and sustain the well-being of the local people, and also educating others.

Responsible travelers promote paradigms and practices that attempt to minimize the detrimental effects – whether economic, social, or environmental– that poorly managed travel can have on a given destination.


Easy things you can do:

  • Pick up rubbish when you see some
  • Say no to plastic bags
  • Use re-useable water bottles
  • Only go to the animal sanctuaries, not farms!
  • Reduce meat consumption – once a week?
  • Bring own metal straws – or better – just say no!

With your contribution, we can collectively help with keeping mother nature as pure and glorious as possible and saving Koh Phangan for others to enjoy for many years to go!

Detoxes, Fasting and Colonics – What are they?

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Detoxes, Fasting and Colonics – What are they?



What is the difference between a fast, a cleanse and a detox?

Good question!

A detox is any process that helps you remove toxins from your system.

A cleanse is any process that makes one clean.

A fast is a period of time without ingesting any food.

All 3 terms are used to describe detox programs!



“The best gift you can give your body, mind and spirit!”



Why do it?

Over time our bodies become overloaded with toxins. These toxins can accumulate through what we eat and drink, the air we breathe, what we put on our skin or even by the way we think!

Although the human body is designed to eliminate toxins, it can quickly become clogged up and store harmful waste in the cells and joints. However through flushing your systems with detox programs Phangan Explorer describes below, you can gain all the health benefits from within a short time.


Bathe in its Benefits:

  • Weight loss
  • Improvement of digestion
  • Reducing risk of diseases
  • Improved concentration
  • Increase body performance
  • Deeper sleep
  • Clearer skin
  • Balanced emotions
  • and many more …



Detox Programs

They may include:

Consultation and Guidance

Fasting – This can vary with types and duration.


Detox Herbs

Hydrotherapy Sessions

Thai Detox Massage

Morning Meditation

Gentle Yoga Class

Herbal Steam Sauna

Saltwater Pool

Support and Supervision




“Detoxification and cleansing fast programs are a time-proven system to rid the body of toxins and other unwanted waste.”





Depending on the type of detox, it is a restricted diet usually eliminating highly processed food and replacing them with food and supplements with super food and supplements.

This can be from raw foods – fruit, veggies, nuts.

Also they may give you some unheard of foods like, Psyllium powder, lymph juice
Don’t forget the super foods; spirulina, wheat grass shots.

Usually you will be given plenty of liquids and unlimited herbal teas to flush through you, and trick you mind into thinking its full.



Detoxes vary in length – we recommend 3-7 days, to feel the real effects on your body. However you do what you feel is right for you.





Clean out your colon!

The colon is essential in our detox pipeline, which is the tunnel connecting the liver (the main detoxifying organ of the body) to then pass the toxins out of the body. But if the colon is plugged, it’s like flushing a toilet clogged with toilet paper; everything backs up – resulting in sickness and disease. Eww!


What is the difference between a Colema, Colonic Irrigation and an Enema?


Colonic Irrigation – a type of enema that injects large amounts of water under controlled pressure through the rectum high into the colon for cleansing purposes. They are performed in clinics and require supervision from a trained therapist. Some treatments add things to the water such as peroxide or even herbs.


Enema – are useful for a quick fix. Particularly when temporarily backed up. However they only flush loose fecal matter in the lower part of the colon.


Colema – circulates more water than an enema and reaches all portions of the colon. The water is circulated by gravity, not a machine, and is therefore generally more effective, comfortable and safe.



Gross Fact – A sluggish bowel can retain pounds of old toxic and poisonous fecal matter (10-20 pounds is not unusual, and up to 65 pounds has actually been reported)



Detoxes in Koh Phangan



Koh Phangan has many centers that hosts detox programs.

After completing a detox program, you will leave feeling, rejuvenated, vibrant, knowledgeable, self-empowered and dedicated to live a healthy life. You will not regret it!

How to get to Koh Phangan [Boat Times]

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Boat Times to Koh Samui

We know it’s a headache planning transport to and from the airport, especially from an island with 5 different boat companies, 5 different piers, all with a variety of times!

That’s why Phangan Explorer has made it easy for you to book boat tickets yourself, if wanting to go to Koh Samui International Airport via Koh Phangan, so take a look at the ferry timetables.



The Piers: 


Koh Phangan 2 Piers:


Haad Rin

Thong Sala




Koh Samui 5 Piers:

(With average minibus taxi transport times from Koh Samui International Airport)


Big Buddha – 5 minutes

Bangrak – 5 minutes

Maenam – 30 minutes

Nathon – 40 mintues

Lipa Noi – 55 mintues





Check travel on Thai Public Holidays

Book tickets in advance!




Haad Rin Queen Ferry:


50 minutes

To Koh Samui (Big Buddha Pier)



Koh Phangan (Haad Rin Pier) – Koh Samui (Big Buddha Pier)

9:30, 11:40, 14:30, 17:30


Koh Samui (Big Buddha Pier) – Koh Phangan (Haad Rin Pier) 

10:30, 13:00, 16:00, 18:30



Lomprayah High Speed Ferries:


To Pralern Pier and Nathon Pier

20-30 minutes


From Koh Phangan (Thong Sala):


To Koh Samui (Pralern Pier) 20 minutes

11:00, 16:20

To Koh Samui (Nathon Pier) 30 minutes

07:20, 12:00, 14:30


To Koh Tao 1-1.15hr

08:30, 13:00, 18:15



From Koh Samui (Pralern Pier):


To Koh Phangan (Thong Sala) 20 minutes

08:00, 12:30


From Koh Samui (Nathon Pier):


To Koh Phangan (Thong Sala) 30 minutes

11:15, 13:30, 17:30



Seatran Discovery:

30 minutes

To Bangrak Pier


Koh Phangan (Thong Sala) – Koh Samui (Bangrak Pier)

8:00, 10:30, 16:00


Koh Samui (Bangrak Pier) – Koh Phangan (Thong Sala)

8:00, 13:00, 16:30




Raja Ferry:


To Lipa Noi Pier


Koh Phangan (Thong Sala) – Koh Samui (Lipa Noi)

07:00, 12:00, 14.00, 17:30


Koh Samui (Lipa Noi) – Koh Phangan (Thong Sala)

09:00, 12:00, 14.00, 18:00




Songserm Ferry:


45 mintues

To Nathon Pier


Koh Phangan (Thong Sala) – Koh Samui (Nathon Pier)

07:00, 12:30


Koh Samui (Nathon Pier) – Koh Phangan (Thong Sala)

11:30, 17:30



Phangan Explorer making your travel easy! 



6 intense adrenaline sports to do in Koh Phangan

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 6 intense adrenaline sports in Koh Phangan  

Make the most of your tripStart Living! 


Want to start living life to the max?

Do something filled with adrenaline to push you out of your comfort zone!


Surrounded by glistening flat seas, luscious mountains and valleys, and will the sun dazzling down; Koh Phangan entices adventure and exploration for all ages, interests and experience!



Adrenaline – Feel the Rush!

When you feel fear, your heart starts pounding. Adrenal glands dump the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline into the bloodstream – adrenaline rush! Your body is now activating at a heightened state of physical and mental alertness. All of it reminds you that you are alive!

However it is that same element of fear that stands between a thrill and just plain fun. Phangan Explorer wants you to live life to its fullest potential!


Here are some examples to give you that burst of human jet fuel to rejuvenate your spirits!

Sports and adrenaline activities in Koh Phangan:




1. Jet Ski (The Rush)

Take an adrenaline-filled jet-ski ride over the crystalline blue Koh Phangan waters, while going full throttle to discover secret, deserted beaches all to yourself!

Tip – You don’t need a license to go on one of our jet-ski tours, just to sign a consent form. Be careful for jet ski scams if you break them, you don’t get racked up with a big bill. However feel like James Bond cruisning or speeding on the flat waters in the sun for your exciting adventure!



  1. Kiteboarding (The Heart Racer)

Harnessing wind power to ‘fly’ gives you a superhuman feeling. You don’t have to be particularly muscular to hold down the kite; it’s harnessed around your waist, so your body weight counters the kite’s power, not your arms.

Lessons – First, you’ll start learning to skim across the water — a skill that takes just a day or two to grasp. Once you’ve got the basics, you can graduate to jumps.



3. Bouldering (The Dangerous)

Find your own route and jumping and climbing from rock to rock, along the sides of cascading waterfalls surrounded by the thick tropical jungle.

After building up a sweat, discover secret pools and spots along the way for you to take a well-deserved dip.

Tip – Full focus is needed, as some rocks can move beneath your feet! Also you may be having to use your whole body when climbing along a rock with the rush of the waterfall stream beneath you.



4. Diving (The Time-Flier)

Explore the undiscovered, unknown world of the deep sea. Watch in awe of the beauty of other life forms while going out in the water for an hour feels like only 10 minutes. You will hack into the ‘zone’.

Tip – Day trips for the inexperienced, or courses can be taken for you to have a unique experience that you will remember for the rest of your life!What will you find down there?

5. Parasailing (The Tongue Swallower)

Muster the courage to get lifted higher than the eagles. You will have a beautiful bird-eye view of the whole island and its amazing landscape. Truly mesmerizing!

Tip – To stop your shaking knees, reassure yourself by knowing the equipment, the company and the staff.



6. Cliff jumping (The Pure Insane)

Standing atop a cliff, stretching arms like wings, staring into the abyss, and jumping off from hundreds of feet into the water below is an experience reserved for daredevils and thrill-seekers. However we don’t want you crazy kids to go flinging yourself of ridiculously high dangerous, rocky waters. Be smart!

Tip – Only should be attempted with people of experience. Know your surroundings, your limits and should be done with friends to minimize risks.




Challenge your physical and mental strength on Koh Phangan by releasing some of that adrenaline into your bloodstream to make you feel alive!

Nevertheless, incorporating extreme sports in to your trip doesn’t fit for everyone. So you choose the activity!