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A perfect hippie destination, ko pha Ngan is renowned for its Full Moon party that takes every month at Haad Rin Beach. Located in southeast Thailand, the island has much more to offer than the parties for which it is famous for. Translated as “sand bar”, the Phangan Island has some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, bordered with lush green vegetation and further bejeweled with mountains and waterfalls. An ideal destination for backpackers and independent travelers, this island holds great promise for boat and fishing trips, elephant trekking, diving, ATV rides, zip lines and even kite-boarding as well as other water sports. Strewn with a number of waterfalls, detox and yoga centres, ko pha Ngan today comes to be recognized as a meditation retreat.

Very few people realize that there is a quieter side to ko pha Ngan but the truth is that peace, serenity and good times coexist here in order to form a complete tourist destination where there is something for everyone. The place also holds a lot of spiritual value as it was first inhabited by monks who came here, just 600 years ago, building Wat Phu Khao Noi outside the port of Thongsala. If you wish to get enticed by the island’s unspoilt beauty, then stand at the hillside of this temple from where you can have a look at tropical forest in its most dense form.

With a perfect mélange of Thai culture, parties, scenic beauty and tranquility, ko pha Ngan is one place which should be a part of your trip to Thailand.

Ko Pha Ngan Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Ko Pha Ngan tips for your visit

  • The weather in ko pha Ngan can be unpredictable and local: On one part of the island you might lie on the beach while on the other side you may have to shelter for a scattered thundershower. 
  • If you like a tan, be aware that the sun can be extremely strong. Even on a cloudy day you can get sunburned easily.
  • Avoid riding at sundown, when the bugs are out en masse, and result in brief periods of riding blind, while you desperately try to clear your corneas.
  • Drunk driving in the West is illegal - in Ko Pha Ngan it's suicidal. Better to sit in the back of a taxi than hitting one head on at night, or end up in hospital. 
  • Drugs are illegal in Thailand, the penalties are severe and don't bank on the assumption you'll be able to buy your way out of the police station. 

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Facts and Stats for Ko Pha Ngan*

  • Pollution Statistics in Ko Pha Ngan

    Know the pollution level of Ko Pha Ngan before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 87.5 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 93.75 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 75 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 91.67 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 81.25 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 56.25 (Moderate)
  • Ko Pha Ngan: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Ko Pha Ngan for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Ko Pha Ngan.

    • Burglary and Theft 67.86 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 60.71 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 78.57 (High)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85.71 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 35.71 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.43 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 64.29 (High)
  • Living in Ko Pha Ngan - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 49.93 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 53.87 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 96.12 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 83.33 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 23.81 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Ko Pha Ngan

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Ko Pha Ngan

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.03 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.64 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 19.61 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 70.38 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 37.7 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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