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.