Situated in the Southern of the Golf of Thailand, amidst a scattering of islands strewn across a gulf of azure waters and sparkling white sand beaches, lies Koh Phangan, an island that has struck a perfect balance with nature and society. Koh Phangan is one of the biggest island of Thailand covered with unspoilt tropical forest, small mountains, waterfalls where it’s possible to trek and discover an abundance of wild life.
Though Phangan (‘Koh’ simply means island in Thai) receives its fair share of tourists it hasn’t seen anywhere near the same development as its distant cousin Koh Samui which, only a 20-minute boat ride away, has developed into something of a tourist trap and has lost much of the island charm that once attracted the tourists, who now prefer Phangan.
Koh Phangan is well-known for the Full Moon Party. Travelers come to the island in monthly droves in their flourescent vests and stay in the over-populated Haad Rin for the nights before, during, and after the party. But what you may not know is that there’s so much more to this island than the Full Moon party. The north west has some of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever seen. The yoga camps attract beginner yogis and advanced from all over the world, entranced by the serene, spiritual atmosphere on the island. The food is fresh, the people are friendly and there isn’t a Starbucks or McDonald’s in sight. Koh Phangan is truly the definition of a paradise island.
When to come ?
Things do change over time, even the climate, but here is what we have observed :
From January to end of April
High season in terms of visitors. This is when water is the highest and best for swimming. Climate is warm and dry, ideal !
May & June
Ideal dry climate though can become very hot (usually around 33°C / 91°F during the day). Island is more quiet as high season is finished.
Water is less suitable for swimming on west coast as tide is low during the day.
From July to End of September
Nice climate, with slightly more rain. Water is still very shallow for swimming. More people back on the Island.
From October to December
Quiet season and ideal for relaxing. It is the rainy season though that doesn’t mean it rains all the time and every day.
Expect 5 or 6 heavy tropical rain during the week…. with large sunny intervals in between.