One of Thailand’s hundreds of islands, Koh Phangan is best known for its famous Full Moon Party. But the island has much more to offer: peaceful retreats for meditation and yoga, plenty of water sports and outdoor activities, and beautiful temples waiting to be discovered. Here are just some of the things you can do in Koh Phangan:
Full Moon Party
Koh Phangan’s flagship, many would consider their visit to the island incomplete without attending this party. And although Koh Phangan has plenty more to offer, the buzz surrounding its annual Full Moon Party is undeniable. Take a Booze Cruise the day before and party into the next morning on the beach at one of the world’s largest outdoor bashes.
Yoga and Meditation
Ironically, the place that is famous for its unrestrained party scene is actually one of Thailand’s best spots for relaxing and getting in touch with your inner spirituality. Gorgeous meditation retreats offer a chance for visitors to unwind and peaceful yoga centers attract yogis from all over the world to practice and (re)connect with their well-being.
Koh Phangan is full of interesting temples for you to discover. So when you get tired of the beach life, put your most comfortable shoes on and head out to explore the island. You’ll find Wat Khao Tam, the island’s oldest temple, and Wat Paa Sang Tham, a unique and colorful Chinese temple, and even Wat Pho temple, where you can get a massage or splurge on other beauty treatments.
Saturday Walking Market
Once a week, on the island’s main town of Thong Sala, the typical Thai walking market props up just before sundown. Selling everything from crafts to local produce, delicious Thai food, secondhand clothes, jewelry and hair accessories – there’s something here for everyone. If you don’t have any more room in your luggage for souvenirs, take the opportunity to mingle with the locals and make some new friends!
If you’re looking to get to know the island’s beautiful coastline in a different way, kayaking is a great option. Most major beaches offer kayaks for rent so you won’t have any trouble finding one to start exploring right away. Just remember to keep your skin protected from the sun and to bring lots of water along!
The Same Same cooking school in Haad Rin is the best in the business in Koh Phangan. It offers one-day and five-day cooking courses on traditional Thai cuisine with lots of hands-on experience and extremely friendly staff. And if you happen to fall in love with the island and the local food, you can even undergo full professional training at the school to become a full-time chef at Same Same.
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No trip to Thailand is complete without a trek through the jungle on the back of these gentle animals. Head to the north side of the island, and enjoy 30-90 minutes of elephant trekking in the wild jungle just outside of Baan Chaloklum.
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