Best Things To Do in Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

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  • Kuan Yin Shrine (Chinese Temple): Located on the northwestern part of the Phangan Island, the Chinese Temple is dedicated to Buddha.
  • Phaeng Waterfall: This is an impressive waterfall for which you need to take a steep 250 meters jungle trail walking.
  • Wat Phu Khao Noi: This is the oldest temple on the island.
  • Thaan Sadet Waterfall National Park: Apart from the waterfall for which this place is famous for, the area restores the engravings of several Thai kings who have visited this place.
  • Bottle Beach: Considered to be one of the best beaches in Thailand, this beach is bit isolated and therefore attracts laid back tourists.
  • Haad Rin: This beach is famous for its full moon party which takes place every month.


  • Elephant trekking: Enjoy a leisurely elephant ride through ko pha Ngan’s jungle which starts from outside Chaloklum.
  • Kayak: Hire a kayak to explore the magnificent beaches of ko pha Ngan. You can also take a day trip to have a look at the myriad of islands around ko pha Ngan.
  • Snorkeling: With a vibrant coral reef around the west and northern coast, ko pha Ngan is a perfect place for snorkeling.
  • Thai Boxing: Learn the world famous art of Muay Thai boxing. There are three stadiums in Thong Sala, one in Haad Rin and one in Thong Nai Pan so you'll easily be able to catch a fight during your stay.

Below we have a list of things to do in Ko Pha Ngan and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Ko Pha Ngan getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Ko Pha Ngan with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Ko Pha Ngan

Here is the list of things to do in Ko Pha Ngan and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Bottle Beach

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    Bottle Beach

    Beach, Water Body, Leisure, Nature

    Bottle Beach is considered to be one of the best beaches in Thailand, according to Conde Naste Traveller. The beach is bit isolated and therefore attracts a more laid back, hippie type of tourist. It looks picturesque with its crescent shaped cove and the white, wide sandy land area, surrounded by lush greenery. This beach was originally home to Chinese fishers and later on was b...Read more
  2. Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach

    4.6 (3215 Votes)
    Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach

    Beach, Water Body, Leisure, Picnic Spot

    Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai are the twin coves that constitute a scenic double bay. They are renowned for their softly curved white sand bays surrounded by mountains covered in rich tropical rainforest. Thong Nai Pan Noi is the more popular of the two beaches as it radiates with a bohemian vibe and has a small village with some dazzling bars and restaurants. Thon...Read more
  3. The Chinese Temple

    Religious Site, Temple

    Located on the northwestern part of the Phangan Island, the Chinese Temple is dedicated to Buddha. There is an interesting story that revolves around the temple. Somewhere before 1990, Mrs. Malawan came to the Chinese Sangthom Temple on Koh Pha-Ngan from Bangkok for the ceremony of presenting the robes to the priests (Todkathin). One night, as she was sleeping outside with friends, Mrs. Malawan...Read more
  4. Phaeng Waterfall

    4.1 (3097 Votes)
    Phaeng Waterfall

    Water Body, Walking Area, Nature

    Phaeng Waterfall is an impressive waterfall in ko pha Ngan for which you need to take a steep 250 meters jungle trail walking in order to reach its highest point. As you climb the point from which the waterfall originates, there would be a fantastic mountaintop viewpoint from where you can enjoy breathtaking views. Belonging to Thon Sadet- ko pha Ngan National Park, Phaeng waterfall is one of t...Read more
  5. Kobra Muay Thai-kickboxing

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    Kobra Muay Thai-kickboxing

    Sports Camp, Games

    Get ready for some real action! The lovers of boxing will never find a better training camp than Kobra Muay Thai which is one of the leading Muay Thai training camps in ko pha Ngan. Located on the Baan Tai road near Thongsala, the training camp is run by Kongpipop, a former Northern Thailand champion. He started learning Muay Thai from his father when he was 9 years old. The training camp has c...Read more
  6. Haad Yuan Beach

    Beach, View Point, Nature

    Located on the southeastern side of Koh Phangan, Haad Yuan Beach is an excellent beach for swimming due to its deep clear water. Surrounded by spectacular views of Koh Phangan, the beach is famous for the weekly party every Friday night at place called Gay's Bar. The beach is easily accessible by boat or through mountain footpath. You can make a short visit to this beach during y...Read more
  7. Thaan Sadet Waterfall National Park

    National Park, Park, Nature

    Situated on the east side of ko pha Ngan, Than Sadet National Park is known for its waterfall. Known as the royal river, the area restores the engravings of several Thai kings who have visited this place. Although the place is quite difficult to reach due to its rough terrain, yet the water of the waterfall offers a rejuvenating experience, especially to those who swim in it. The history of the...Read more
  8. Pirates Bar

    4.4 (1107 Votes)
    Pirates Bar

    Bar, View Point, Food And Drinks, Restaurant

    The Pirates’ Bar is one of the most happening bars in Koh Phangan. Along with its dazzling scene, the bar also offers beautiful views of the sea and a romantic sunset. Also, it has a restaurant that serves all kinds of delicious Thai dishes. Located in Haad Chao Phao, along the small beach, the bar is built to look like a pirate ship jetting out from the rocks, overlooking the ocean....Read more
  9. Khao Ra

    4.5 (1735 Votes)
    Khao Ra

    View Point, Hiking Trail, Peak

    Ra Mountain is the highest mountain peak on ko pha Ngan which offers mesmerizing views of the island. If you wish to reach its summit, you will need to hike up its trail which runs over the island’s crest from Ban Tai to Thong Nai Pan Beach on the island’s northeastern side. The trail is quite steep and can be difficult to follow at places, thus you are advised to take advantage of ...Read more
  10. Wat Phu Khao Noi

    4.4 (1424 Votes)
    Wat Phu Khao Noi

    Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Hill

    Also known as the temple of the small mountain, Wat Phu Khao Noi is the oldest temple on the island. Founded around 1400 by Buddha monks who also discovered ko pha Ngan, the temple was set up as a tranquil place for practicing spirituality. Since the temple is located amidst the hills, it offers some of the most spectacular views of ko pha Ngan. This temple is also one of those places where you...Read more
  11. Island's Tallest Tree

    Forest, Nature

    The tallest tree in ko pha Ngan constitutes one of the most photographed sites in the island. This is a huge tropical rubber forest tree that has an impressive girth of some 14 metres, and stands by the side of the road nearby Wat Pho.
  12. Wat Pho

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    Wat Pho

    Religious Site, Temple

    Wat Pho is a popular Phangan temple which attracts many a tourists owing to its herbal sauna and massage centre. Set within tranquil surroundings, the temple is an ideal place for those who want to relax their senses. The temple consists of some rudimentary buildings and a large lily pond. Located in Baan Tai village, the temple is considered to be one of the most coveted massage centers in the...Read more
  13. Baan Tai Beach

    Beach, View Point, Walking Area, Boating

    Located on the southern coast of ko pha Ngan, Baan Tai is a longest stretch of coastline that is famous for its Half Moon and Black Moon culture parties. The sandy beach of Baan Tai stretches from the bay next to Thongsala all the way past Ban Kai beach and onto the Haad Rin peninsula. There is a small marina in the centre of Baan Tai where you can commission boat and fishing trips. Either side...Read more
  14. Haad Rin

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    Haad Rin

    Bar, Beach, Food And Drinks, Nature

    Haad Rin beach is famous for its full moon party, something which has come to represent Koh Phangan today. This crescent shaped venue is considered to be an ideal one to host a lively and vivacious party such as Full Moon. With every party that takes place over here, the beach converts into a dancing frenzy with a variety of music such as trance, techno, drum and bass. This party takes place ev...Read more
  15. Chaloklum Village

    Village, Restaurant, Snorkeling

    Chaloklum village is located on the quieter Northern end of Koh Phangan. The village is one of the last active fishing villages on the Koh Tao, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan cluster. As you enter the village, you shall come across old wooden buildings and low seafront shop houses. With most of the village life revolving around the pier, the village receives endless number of fishing boats that make th...Read more