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About Ko Pha Ngan

This idyllic island off the coast of southern Thailand is best known as a lively backpacker's haven. But there’s far more to it than that.

With stunning beaches and some of the best dive sites in Thailand, you’ll find your perfect vacation rental in Ko Pha Ngan with FlipKey.

About Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

It’s thought that settlements existed on Ko Pha Ngan over 2,000 years ago, but the population of the island expanded as it became a popular tourist destination. Today, it’s best known for its beaches and nightlife, but it’s actually the perfect spot for a family holiday. This is particularly true of the luxurious beach resorts of the west coast, where the pace is more laid-back.

From the lively capital town of Thong Sala to the white sandy beaches and elephant camps of the west coast, Ko Pha Ngan is a tropical island paradise that’s sure to delight.

Avoid coming here between April and June, as it’s impossible to swim at many beaches due to shallow waters. The best time to visit is between December and March (high season), when the temperature is pleasant and the water warm for swimming.

What to do in Ko Pha Ngan

This is a beach-lovers’ paradise, whether you head for Baan Manali Beach for kayaking and windsurfing, relax with dinner at sunset on Haad Chao Phao, or take the kids to family-friendly Haad Son. For the best views around, head for Than Sadet-Ko Pha Ngan National Park and hike from the waterfall to Domesila viewpoint.

Spend an afternoon and evening in Thong Sala and check out the food night market – there are spectacular noodles, Thai grilled chicken, authentic curries and Thai sweets like banana rotee on offer. You’ll also find plenty of traditional Thai massage salons in the town.

The island is known for its dive sites, and Sailrock is the most famous with its beautiful scenery and diverse marine life. You’ll find dive schools catering for all levels of experience across Ko Pha Ngan.

Top travel tips for Ko Pha Ngan

If you hit the Full Moon Party on Haad Rin, make sure you keep money on you at all times and don’t take a bag or purse – good footwear is also a must as glass and cigarette butts litter the ground.

For the best way to see the island, you can rent a motorbike fairly cheaply for a day, but you may need to leave a cash deposit. Songthaews (pickup trucks) are another option, but make sure you bargain with the driver for the best price – sharing a trip with others can save you money.

There’s far more to Ko Pha Ngan than the classic Full Moon Parties and cliché nightlife. Chill out on beautiful beaches, ride an elephant, or enjoy spectacular natural surroundings at the National Park. 

Why not browse FlipKey’s range of luxury villas and romantic bungalows to find your dream vacation rental today?