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Animals to look out for on Koh Phangan

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Being a tropical island, Koh Phangan may have some creatures you may have never seen before. Lets take a look at the ones you could spot here.

Stepping into unknown territory of the Kingdom of Thailand, what will you find?

Being a tropical island, Koh Phangan may have some creatures you may have never seen before. Lets take a look at the ones you could spot here.

Common House Gecko

Scientific name: Hemidactylus platyurus

Thai name: Ching-chok Hang Ban

Description: 

Around 14 cm long, they vary in colour and markings, but is most common are light grey with dark grey or brown markings. Their tails are very broad and flat, with an usually yellowish underbelly.

Habitat:

These cute little animals are naturally found in forests, but is extremely common in human habitations. You will probably see them in your hotel.

Usually active at night, but will often be seen hunting during the day when indoors. At night they can most easily be found near artificial lighting, where they hunt the insects attracted to the lights.

Diet:

Helps control insect and spider populations. Provides food for snakes and Tokay Geckos.

Harmful?

Poses no danger to humans at all.

Fun Fact:

These geckos have lamellae – incredibly tiny hairs – providing the surface area that allows geckos to cling to vertical surfaces, even ones as smooth as painted walls or glass.

Tokay gecko

Description:

Tokay’s are the second largest lizard in the gecko family, fully grown Tokay’s can reach 11 to 15 inches in length, in appearance they look like the smaller geckos which are very common around just about every house or dwelling in Thailand, except they are much bigger in size. As well as the Tokay’s distinctive sound, it also has a distinctive appearance, usually the body is olive green with brightly colored spots of yellow, red or orange.

Harmful?

They are normally sky creatures, however if a Tokay bites you, best just to let it calm down or submerse it in water, another little tip is to dab vinegar on its nose.

Animal Sounds:

If you stay any length of time in Thailand, you will no doubt hear the Tokay gecko making his distinctive call. First time visitors to Thailand often mistake the Tokay’s call for that of a bird. The sound a Tokay makes when it is calling sounds very much like “tok kay” or “toh kay”, some people liken it to the sound of a cuckoo.

Diet:

Tokay’s mainly eat insects, but they will tackle scorpions, mice and smaller lizards.

Elephants

Phangan Explorers favorite animal! So big and beautiful and surprisingly gentle animals.

Description:

Asian elephants are gray, a coloration that acts as a natural defense by allowing them to blend into the shade of their natural habitats.

Male elephants in Thailand can grow up to 21 feet long, stand 10 feet high, and weigh more than 5 tons, about 11,000 lbs.! Female elephants grow to about 8 ½ feet high and weight less than males.

Elephants are known for their trunks, tusks, and also their charmingly large, flappy ears. Their ears actually help them cool off.

Elephants in the wild have a life expectancy of 30-50 years, and some live up to 60.

Lifestyle:

Elephants are sensitive to the extreme sun and hot temperatures of tropical climates. They often need to hide in the shade or in water like rivers during the hottest times of the day. They also use their trunks to squirt water over their backs or into their mouths, or blow dust and dirt on their backs to cool themselves.

Animal Sounds:

Elephants communicate with a language of rumbles, bellows, moans, growls, and other low-frequency sounds. The noises they use to communicate can travel up to a mile or more, reaching other packs of elephants.

Habitat:

Asian elephants typically live in tropical climates in grassy areas and lowland forests, all the way up to cooler mountain terrain up to 10,000 feet high. They usually live right by large bodies of fresh water.

Diet:

While living in the wild, elephants use their agile trunks to gather fruit, bark, grasses, leaves, and herbs, and then chew and process it with large molars, eating up to 300 lbs. of food a day. While living in zoos or in captivity, each elephant typically eats about 125 lbs. of hay, ten pounds of herbivore pellets, ten pounds of vegetables and fruits, and a few leafy branches as dessert.

Endangered Species:

Sadly the African species numbers are estimated at approximately 500,000 whilst the Asian variety has fallen to an disturbingly low estimated figure of below 30,000.

Fun Fact:

Where does the saying “An elephant never forgets,” come from? Elephants have the largest brains of any land mammal on earth. They also have the largest volume of cerebral cortex of any land mammal, used for cognitive processing.

Dogs

Koh Phangan is home of the dogs! You will see these scruffy/cute/chilled animals just lounging around on the side of the roads or sleeping in the shade.

Do they have homes?

Yes. Not all dogs are strays, they will have collars on and even if not, they usually have someone who feeds them. However many tourists initially set up camp on Koh Phangan and buy a dog, with it only to end up they leave shortly after this … and the dog behind! However a lot of these dogs are taken care of as much as possible by Phangan Animal Care for Strays and also volunteer individuals who keep an eye on them. Check the place out!

Harmful?

These docile dogs are generally very friendly. A lot of the strays have had jabs and been neutered, however you can never be too careful.

Monocled Cobras

Harmful?

Extremely! The monocled cobra is one of Thailand’s most deadly snakes – with highly toxic (neurotoxic + cytotoxic) venom. One bite on your toe from one that jumps out from under your outdoor refrigerator can kill you.

Description:

Monocled cobras are easily identified by looking at the back of the hood – there is a monocle – or eye type shape there. They are light brown to dark grey to solid black. Most are very close to black.

Length:

Typical maximum length about 1.5 meters. They can get up to 2.2 meters – about 7.5 feet long.

Thais name:

Ngoo how hom, Ngoo how mo (long o sound)

Range:

All over Thailand and most of Southeast Asia.

Scary Fact:

Neuro toxic venom affecting nerves, brain, and causing death very quickly without treatment. They are very fast strikers. The baby monocled cobras are every bit as deadly. Please be CAREFUL!

Monkeys


The most common and found on Koh Phangan are the Long tailed Macaques. The species are all over South East Asia and are the most common primate.

Habitat:

These monkeys live in a wide range of habitats including the forests and jungles, mangroves, plantations and on the outskirts of towns and villages. However they can be seen straying away to the beaches and by the side of roads.

Where to find them?

The ones most commonly seen on Koh Phangan will be on the Haad Rin hills. Despite the large signs, tourists still feed they cheeky monkeys. However please remember that by doing this you are going against their nature where they will then become dependent on the unhealthy foods being given to them. Best to watch them from afar.

The monkeys here can sometimes go down to the beach and can be seen swinging around and again these are great for photos but it is better to leave them happily swinging in their tree or on the power lines above.

Harmful?

Sometimes. They can be pesky little thieves, and has been noted to snatch anything in your hand or belongings left outside on your bungalow. They are very quick!

Thailand has a whole wild range of diverse ecosystem. However do your research on what dangerous creatures are out there.

Top 10 Tropical Fruits to Try When in Thailand

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One of Thailands highlights and attractions, is its abundance of juicy, fresh, tropical fruits! Have you tried them all?

One of Thailands highlights and attractions, is its abundance of juicy, fresh fruits! Due to their hot weather and perfect growing conditions, fruits can bloom and flourish in these tropical, naturals scenes.

They are just what you are looking for on a hot day, with many shake stalls and fresh fruit vendors on every corner.

When you are in Thailand, be sure to try these TOP 10 Tropical Fruits of Thailand:

1. Coconut

The king of the fruits has got to be… coconuts. Grown and harvested, here in the kindom, you can’t get fresher than that!

One of the most nutritious fruits in Thailand, coconuts are available all year round and are known well for their refreshing water.

Used in a lot of Thai dishes such as; Massaman curries and Tom Yam Soup, it is easily accessible to find either fresh, or the milk cartoons, in the shops and the supermarkets.

The meat can be mixed with coconut water or eaten separately. Coconut milk is made when the meat is grated and mixed with water. Coconut oil is also popular for frying food, for cosmetics, medicine, and even bio-fuel.

As well as tasting great, there are many health benefits to eating coconuts; such as; supporting the immune system health: it is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasite.

2. Mangosteen

Mangosteen has round, hard purple ball shaped shells, with a green top. However the inside is where all the tender goodness is!

You can easily open the shell with your fingers (however then can get a bit sticky) revealing a white, almost transparent flesh of sweetness, which sometimes has a soft seed, inside the 5-8 segments, which you can also eat.

In Thai they are called – Mang Kut – and considered to be the Queen of Fruits.

For sure, this is one of Phangan Explorers favorites.

3. Rambutan

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Rambuttan, also another strange looking fruits, a small golf ball size, has velcro type hairs and when cracked open by squeezing it between your palms, reveals a seed covered with a white and translucent texture.

This one can get stuck in your teeth a little, when chewing off the flesh around the stone.

You eat the fruit by chewing off the white texture off the seed, giving you a sweet and cool flavor with a mildly acidic taste.

4. Pomelo

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Looking like and tasting like a grapefruit, it is a little sweeter, but has that same refreshing taste.

Pomelo is called – Som-o -in Thai. The rind is thick and leathery and once opened, reveals several segments that are grouped together.

It can grow quite large and can be seen to be as large as a basketball!

Health benefits include: improving the digestive health (due to large amounts of fiber 6g), helps fight infections (1 pomelo provides 371% of Vitamin C!)

5. Durian

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Definitely an ACQUIRED TASTE! You either love it or hate it.

Due to its unpleasant (putting it mildly) smell, it is actually banned in public places and hotels. You could be fined for eating this or taking it somewhere you shouldn’t!

However, for the obsessed, it is a delicacy and devoured once broken into its hard green spiky exterior.

However, Thais love the fruit’s smell and taste, which has a custard, creamy, smooth texture. Durian or known as “Turian” in Thailand, is a popular aphrodisiac as it has an uncanny ability to increase the body’s temperature.

6. Rose Apple

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Known as Chom-Poo in Thailand, Rose Apple resembles a small red apple but bell-shaped. It is similar in texture to apple but sweeter and most commonly eaten raw with salt or mixed in a spicy salad.

7. Lychee

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The Thais call this fruit “Lihjee” and it’s bright red and has the size of a golf ball, but instead of dimples on the latter, features pimples on the rind. It looks like a rambutan without the hairs or a plump and dry strawberry.
Once opened, it reveals a white texture that covers a single seed. Lychee is only available for a few months each year but are easily canned and made into a popular fruit shake flavor.

8. Banana

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The most popular varieties of bananas in Thailand are the Gluay Hom and the Gluay Khai. They are available all year-round and are best eaten ripe. Fried banana and dried banana chips are popular afternoon snacks, and banana leaves are popular to use when wrapping fish or chicken for grilling.

9. Dragon Fruit

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Scary looking, but delicious inside. It has a purple/red exterior with green spiky leaves at the top, making it seem like an unusual dragon.

This interesting- looking fruit known as “Gao Mung Gorn” in Thailand is called The inside reveals a white or pink interior with black seeds. The flesh is soft and sweet.

10. Mango

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Mango, especially in Thailand is so sweet and juicy, you’ll be wanting it daily! It is a staple in many Southeast Asian countries and 1kg is usually around 60-80thb.

Try the mango salad, where they use unripened mangos, which have a sour flavor that’s best eaten with salt or spices.

How many have you tried?!

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Thai Holidays you should know

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All Thai holidays are very colorful, eventful and bring the whole community together. Definitely a great way to get culturally educated.

All Thai holidays are very colorful, eventful and bring the whole community together. Definitely a great way to get culturally educated.

It is to be noted that Thais have these days off, so not many businesses are in action. Therefore transport, banks, shops will not be open.

(It is recommended not to travel during these holidays).

Also on a few events, especially to do with the Royal family, there will be no alcohol served.

New Year’s Day – 1st Jan

New Year’s Day was originally observed on 15th March in the old Roman Calendar. However despite the different religions and calendars, this is still celebrated.

On Koh Phangan

Full Moon Beach (Haad Rin Beach) is the place to be for the countdown. Replicating the Full Moon Parties there are usually more then 30,000 people of this beach, dancing and drinking, waiting for the New Year to begin.

Full Moon Beach (Haad Rin Beach) is the place to be for the countdown. Replicating the Full Moon Parties there are usually more then 30,000 people of this beach, dancing and drinking, waiting for the New Year to begin.

Beach bars play music from different genres; hip-hop, trance, house, dance …

Fit with a beautiful display of fireworks and a huge crowd counting down in unison, this will be a hard place to beat on this date.

Click here – For more info on what it will be like, visit our Full Moon Party page.

Top Tip – Book you accommodation in advance as the prices rocket around this high season.

Feb 05: Chinese New Year – 5th February 2019

Chinese New Year is celebrated by a quarter of the world’s population. It will be a public holiday in several countries in East Asia.

There is no set date, (it changes every year). Chinese New Year ranges from January 21 to February 20

There is a small population of Chinese heritage, here on Koh Penang. A few Chinese Buddhist temples around the island. Not to mention Chinese walking street with the local small shops. So you will see the traditional yellow and red decorations and festive events over the dates.

Traditions

The origin of the Chinese New Year is itself ancient and obscured by the amount of time. It is popularly recognised as the Spring Festival and celebrations last 15 days.

On the day itself, an ancient custom called Hong Bao, meaning Red Packet, takes place. This involves married couples giving children and unmarried adults money in red envelopes. Then the family begins to say greetings from door to door, first to their relatives and then their neighbours.

Fun Fact – The Chinese decorate everything red for Chinese New Year

Chinese houses are cleaned from top to bottom, to sweep away any traces of bad luck, and doors and windowpanes are given a new coat of paint, usually red.

In traditional Chinese culture, firecrackers were originally used to scare away evil spirits. (This can be set off as early as 7am! So wear the ear plugs).

As the legend goes, a monster called Nian would come out to eat villagers and destroy their houses on each New Year’s Eve. The villagers discovered that burning dry bamboo to produce an explosive sound scared away the monster.

Food

Traditional foods eaten during the Spring festival are fish (the Chinese word for ‘fish’ sounds like the word for ‘surplus,’ so the eating of fish is supposed to bring a surplus of money and good luck); Chinese dumplings (as their shape is said to be like that of silver ingots, which were used as money in ancient Chinese); spring rolls; rice cakes and rice balls.


Fun Fact – You eat dumplings for every meal, every day

Songkran Festival – 13th-15th April

The Songkran festival is the traditional Thai New Year’s Day and is most know to be the biggest water festival in the world, consisting of huge water parties all over the country.

It is a Buddhists tradition so it is also celebrated in neighboring countries, such as Cambodia, Laos, and Burma.

Traditions

Songkran is often known as the Thai Water Festival. The custom originates from spring cleaning aspect of Songkran. Part of the ritual was the cleaning of images of Buddha. Using the ‘blessed’ water that cleaned the images to soak other people is seen as a way of paying respect and bring good fortune.

April is the hottest part of the year in Thailand, so being soaked is a refreshing escape from the heat and humidity.

Nowadays Thais will walk the streets having ‘water fights’ using containers of water or water guns, or stand at the side of roads with a hose and soak any one who passes by.

You may also get covered in chalk, a custom originating from the chalk used by monks to mark blessings. This combination of water and powder is almost identical to the celebrations of Holi, and indeed, it maybe that the customs originated in India as certainly Songkran is celebrated more widely and longer in the Northern part of Thailand.

Here on Koh Phangan

The area to be in is Thong Sala where the bulk of the water fights will be happening. However if you are driving around you should expect kids (and adults) on the side of the road waiting for you to get a soaking.

A great idea is to hire a truck and have your store of water in the back of the truck, ready to spray everyone.

Driving

Driving bikes is NOT advised, as the roads are very slippy due to the water and many accidents happen. So if you want a good Songkran to remember, stick to walking.

Prepare to get very wet!

Yi Peng – 11th November 2019

Yi Peng, (known as Lantern Festival) another light festival, is celebrated on the same day alongside Loy Krathong in Northern Thailand, especially in Chiang Mai. It is different in that lights are placed into sky lanterns. Swarms of sky lanterns, decorated with good luck wishes and prayers are released to the sky. Yi Peng usually starts 2 days earlier than Loy Krathong.

Loy Krathong – 13th November 2019

What is Loy Krathong?

In the Thai language, ’loy’ means to float, while ’krathong’ is a small container, traditionally made from a piece of banana-tree trunk, containing a candle, incense and flowers.

The krathong floating on the water symbolizes one’s willingness to let go of hatred and anger.

Loy Krathong is one of Thailand’s best-loved festivals, occurring at the November full moon to mark the end of the rainy season. On the night of the festival, Thai people make a wish as they launch their krathongs on the rivers. Some people place hair and fingernails inside the krathong: by doing so, they want to float away their past mistakes and negative thoughts. It is a purification ceremony to enlighten the mind.

Where to go?

Chiang Mai, Sukhothai and Bangkok are the best places to celebrate the festival while visiting the country.

However there are still some bars/restaurants still celebrating this when you are join in with the traditions. E.g. Sunset Walk Bar, Ban Tai, Koh Phnagan.

Holidays Related to the Royal Family

May 06: H.M. King’s Coronation

Jul 29: H.M. King’s Birthday

If 28 July falls on a weekend, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

The day commemorates the birthday of the King of Thailand, Vajiralongkorn, also known as Rama X.

Known as Rama X, King Vajiralongkorn has reigned Thailand since 13 October 2016, following the death of his father, King Bhumibol.

Vajiralongkorn was 64 when he became king, making him the oldest Thai monarch to ascend to the throne.

Aug 12: H.M. Queens Birthday Holiday

This holiday marks the birthday of the current queen mother of Thailand, Queen Sirikit.

Sirikit was born on 12 August 1932. Sirkit met Rama IX in France in 1946 when he had already become ruler of Thailand. The royal couple were married on 28 April 1950, a week before the King’s official coronation.

Across Thailand, buildings are decorated to honour their queen, with the most splendid are in Bangkok, where many buildings and streets are festooned with coloured lights, flowers and portraits of the queen.

Oct 14: The passing of King Bhumibol (observed)

Dec 05: King Bhumibol’s Birthday

The day commemorates the birthday of the late King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej. It is also Thailand’s National Day and is the day when Father’s Day is celebrated in Thailand.

Known as Rama IX, he reigned Thailand since 9 June 1946 until his death on 13 October 2016, making him the longest-reigning monarch ever in Thailand’s history, ruling Thailand for over 70 years.

Despite being a constitutional monarch, and not legally being allowed a role in politics, Bhumibol made several decisive interventions in the Thai political sphere and has been credited with helping facilitate Thailand’s transition to democracy in the 1990s.

The holiday itself is a colourful affair. Buildings across Thailand will display flags, bunting and portraits of the late King, while around the Grand Palace area of Bangkok, the streets are decorated with thousands of marigolds.

Thailand, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, King Rama X, His Majesty, King, Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand, Rama IX, Peoples King, Thailand, King, Kingdom of Siam

Marigolds are chosen for their colour, as yellow is the predominant colour of the celebrations; as the King was born on a Monday and in Thailand, yellow is the colour for Monday.

Chulalongkorn Day – 23rd October

The day commemorates King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) who passed away on 23 October 1910.

He was the fifth monarch of Siam from the House of Chakri and is considered one of the greatest kings of Siam (now Thailand).

He is remembered as the king who introduced many social and political reforms that helped to modernize Siam including to abolish slavery.

He succeeded to the throne in 1868 when he was 15 years old and was crowned king in 1873. He ruled until his death in 1910. He was known to the Siamese people as Phra Phuttha Chao Luang.

Makha Bucha Day – 19th Feb

Maka Bucha is a public holiday in several Mekong region countries such as Cambodia and Thailand.

The date of this important Buddhist festival depends on Lunar cycle. The holiday may also be known as Magha Puja.

On this day, the full moon of the third lunar month (called Tabodwe); seven months after Buddha began his teachings, over a thousand monks gathered to hear Buddha preach.

Buddha ordained these monks and spread the principles of Buddhism. This marked a key event in the development of the religion.

45 years later, on the same full moon in the third lunar month, Buddha again delivered his teachings shortly before his death.

This third lunar month on which both events occurred is known in Buddhist Pali language as ‘Makha’. ‘Bucha’, means to honour.

How is Maka Bucha Day celebrated?

In the morning many Thai people wake up early to give alms to monks. In the evening, temples are full of people listening to sermons. They often perform a ritual known as the candle ceremony where they walk clockwise three times around the temple. holding flowers, incense and a lighted candle. Each of the three circuits represents one of the three jewels (ideas at the heart of Buddhism) – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

Other Thai Holidays to note

May 20: Visakha Bucha Day (observed)

May 22: Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Jul 16: Asahna Bucha Day

Jul 17: Buddhist Lent

Dec 10: Constitution Day

Everything you need to know about a Thai Massage

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What are you letting yourself in for with a Thai Massage? Read on to find out …


You’re in Thailand; the perfect place to experience this cultural massage. (Some people get them every week).

But what are you letting yourself in for?

Continue reading to find out.

The History

Thai massage or “Thai yoga massage” is a traditional healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures.

Originated in India, around 2,500 years ago, the physician to the Buddha, Shivago Komarpaj, is said to have created the Thai massage.

Most of the recorded history of Thai massage was lost in 1767 during the Burmese attack in Ayutthia. However, there were records that survived and were inscribed in the Sala Moh Nuat, a massage pavilion in Bangkok.

Since the origin, there are a combination of influences for Thai medicine from Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian culture, making the Thai Massage what it is today.

The Technique

First, you will be given a shirt and pants, then led to a changing room or bathroom. These are loose fitting, clean, and comfortable. So for a thai massage, you are fully clothes, unlike oil massage.

In a Thai massage the therapist uses a variety of different sequences of techniques on clients, who are either lying face up, lying face down, seated, or on their side.

There is constant body contact between the therapist and the client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched, and rocked.

The masseuses will use every part of their body in order to do this, including their thumbs, elbows, and knees. Some masseuses might even walk on you.

Thai massages certainly are not gentle. It is important to note that oftentimes, Thai massages can feel like unpleasant, if not painful experiences.

Usually, the masseuse will make it more or less intense depending on a person’s size and age.

Top Tip – “Jep” means “hurt” in Thai. So if the masseuses are making the massage too uncomfortable, this becomes and important word.

Health Benefits

Thai massage is a therapeutic procedure that provides relaxation and restores healthy blood circulation. It also treats energy blockages, weak, dysfunctional organs, aches and pains, flexibility, paralysis, nerve problems and postural alignments, and many more. See below for more detail …

1. Lowers stress

Stress can negatively affect mental and physical health. Chronic, or long-lasting, stress can lead to serious illnesses, including depression and cardiovascular disease.

Thai massage uses gentle pressure and stretching techniques to relax the body, to relieve physical and emotional tension.

2. Boosts energy

Research has shown that Thai massage can increase people’s physical energy levels.

The Thai massage technique is based on the notion of energy lines, or Zen. Most practitioners believe that there are various Zen, or channels of energy, within the body. Over time you body can build up blockages.

These blockages reduce the flow of life energy, which results in stiffness, pain, and illness. Thai massage uses different techniques that either open or constrict different Zen to correct the flow of life energy.

3. Stimulates circulation

Thai massage can promote the circulation of both blood and lymph through the use of gentle stretches. These yoga-like stretches increase blood circulation, which fills the body’s tissues with oxygen. This helps promote cell growth and heart health.

They believe that this is because it improved blood circulation, which, in turn, stimulates the somatosensory system. This is a system that plays a major role in balance.

4. Improves range of motion

Thai massage incorporates yoga-like stretches to reduce stress and improve circulation. The gradual, gentle stretching will enhance the person’s flexibility over time, allowing a greater range of motion.

Thai massage may also improve the circulation of the fluid in the joints, or synovial fluid, which reduces friction between the joints. This can improve joint mobility and range of motion.

5. Thai massages are great for athletes

It works similarly as a sport massage, due to it being in the same style of this deep tissue massage/stretches. Thai massage also improves circulation, which brings more oxygen to muscles and other tissues. This may prevent injuries and improve the athlete’s ability to recover after intense training.

Pricing?

Thai massage prices will depend on you go.

Generally you will see them offered for around Thai massage for 300-400 thb ($9-12).

However resorts or high-end salons will charge 500 thb ($15) plus.

If your masseuse does a great job, it would be a lovely gesture to tip them, for their efforts. The massages are incredibly cheap, and these people’s jobs are simply exhausting.

Timings?

Usually an hour, but if you body is really ache-y, you can differ to the 90 minutes.

Happy endings?

This is a common miss-conception and only very few places offer this service.

To avoid any embarrassing encounters, do your research on the recommended ones.

As of 2018, of the 8,000 to 10,000 spa and massage shops in Thailand, only 4,228 are certified by the Health Ministry’s Department of Health Service Support (HSS).

Thai massages are a must in the Kingdom of the best! Dare to try?

Best times to visit Koh Phangan

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What is the ideal season to take a trip to the tropical Thai island?

Read on to find out…

Thailand is seasonal, but not in the respectful Western way, with: summer, spring, fall and winter. Thailand seasons depend on the rainfall.

Koh Phangan Seasons:

Dry Season: Jan-April

Koh Phangan is blessed with beautiful weather and calm seas for much of the year.

March and April tend to be the driest months. So if you want to be topping up the tan, now is the time to come.

Rainfall of only 35mm. Wouldn’t recommend seeing many waterfalls as all you can expect is a trickle.

Temperatures – here are very hot during the day, up to 33 degree Celsius. Don’t leave the house without the suncream!

Air-Conditioning is a must in all rooms, and to also avoid that blistering midday sun. (A perfect excuse for a siesta). However you can still do activities all day, but just prepare for you to be in a constant layer of sweat.

Swimming – The best month to swim in the sea is in April when the average sea temperature is 30°C (86°F).  As Koh Phangan has a very low lying sea, meaning the sea water gets beautifully heated up during the day by the scorching sun, so if you think you are going into the sea to cool down, think again.

The sea is general very flat and calm, perfect for kids.

Top Tip – Keep hydrated and take cover from the sun.

Phangan Explorer has had many friends ruined their trip due to taking a visit to the hospital due to one of their dangerous results of too much sun.

Rainy Season: May – June

Rain – With just a little more rain expected from.  However due to this being the tropics if it does rain, don’t worry it probably won’t last, and will clear up will beautiful sunny skies again in an hours or 2.

Temperature  – A few degrees cooler than dry season, but still great t-shirt weather. It never really gets cold in Thailand, locals don’t own coats.

Top tip – Pack light! As you won’t be needing half of the big bulky warm clothes you think you need. Thailand is still very warm in the evenings, so just bring a light jacket in the RARE occasion you will get the chills. (Maybe from being wet from the sea and going on the bike home).

Monsoon Season: October – December

If the prospect of rain really dampens your spirits then this time of year is best avoided. 

Nevertheless, you can still do the activities you would like to do, but just pack a poncho.

Rain – These months are significantly wetter and windier due to the northeast monsoon. These seasons differ every year. On some weeks, it might not be raining all the time; it might just be a few hours of heavy rain here or there. However, you may be unlucky and get a full week of torrential rain.

Temperature – Still fairly hot (as you’re in Thailand). Above 30 degree Celsius with the air being very humid.

Swimming – In this season, on certain beaches, where the sea is exposed to the currents, you get rip currents/ undercurrents. Haad Rin Beach, in the South is particularly bad, with strong, dishwashers like waves, not great for surfing. Rip currents can be very dangerous, even for experienced swimmers, as the sea takes you against your will. However , if you ever get stuck in one, just follow the diagram below.

Wind – Now is the time for wind-water sports (kite surfing and windsurfing, and maybe a bit of surfing). However Koh Phangan is not so well known for surfing, it can still occur.

There are many water sports shops, for you to learn or rent the equipment.

Click here – for our recommended watersports shops.

MONTHLY SEASONS DEPEND ON THE LOCATION IN THAILAND.

E.g. Monsoon season on some island in the Andaman Sea side (West) are much longer from October-May.

In every season, may there be something for everyone. However it’s always good to be in the know about what to expect.

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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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