is one of the idyllic islands which lies to the north of Koh Samui in the gulf of Thailand but has not reached the developmental stage of Koh Samui yet. It is more rustic and laid back. This makes Koh Phangan appeal to many tourists. It is about two-thirds the size of Koh Samui with a mix of sandy coves and rugged forested interior.
The fascinating natural beauty of the beaches around Koh Phangan causes it, the “Land of the Coconut”, to be visited by tourists incessantly from every corner of the world. The beaches range from the tranquil to the more populated and active.
Up the coast to the port town of Thong Sala you will find the largest village on Koh Phangan. It is compared to “the front” of Koh Phangan because it is the business center, government departments and the place to do the traditional activities of the villagers. Moreover, it is the transportation center.
Ban Tai beach stretches across the southwest border line of Koh Phangan. It is the longest beach on Koh Phangan. From here you can see the beautiful Koh Samui. The ancient community here was Muslims who came from Nakorn Sri Thammarat and Pattani.
This wide sandy beach in the south of Koh Phangan is one of the most beautiful ones. Haad Rin is actually comprised of two popular beaches; Rin Nai beach on the west side of the peninsula and Rin Nok beach on the east side. From Rin Nai beach the picture of Koh Samui comes very clear to your eyes.
It is a good place for the fishermen to bring their boats alongside this wharf because the water here is so deep. It is also a good place to tie up to when the winds get too strong. This deep seaport serves as a place where the fishermen stop during their transfer of fresh water to the other neighboring islands. Moreover, it is the biggest site where the fishermen of the island live.
The beach here is not quite long but beautiful and tranquil. The water is clear and not so deep that it is a great place for a swim. The beach is very close to the Thansadej Potection Unit where the Thansadej Waterfall (link to Thansadej Waterfall) is located. This waterfall is considered one of the most important sites to visit on Koh Phangan.
This northwestern beach still maintains its transquililty. During periods of low tide, the water is shallow enough to walk across to the island named “Ma”, which is also another most beautiful beach on Koh Phangan.
This beach with its fine white sand, peaceful and natural atmosphere still is unspoiled because it is located far from the city. There is also another beautiful and peaceful beach just north of here named Thongnaipannoi. It is worthwhile to pay a visit here for those who love to snorkel in shallow water.
This transquil beach is on the west side of Koh Phangan. This is another great spot for those who like peace and quiet and to just relax surrounded by nature. The water here is clean, limpid, and not too deep to have a swim. However, it must be careful during the monsoon season because of the strong wave and wind.