Holidays to Koh Phangan & Koh Tao


Holidays to Koh Phangan & Koh Tao

The island of Koh Phangan is situated in the Gulf of Thailand and can be easily reached by boat from the mainland. It is an idyllic destination that is home to numerous luxury resorts and stunning natural attractions, such as the Nam Tok Phaeng waterfall and pristine beaches that draw visitors in year after year. The island has a laid-back atmosphere and luxury Koh Phangan holidays suit everyone - from adventurous types to couples wanting a romantic setting.

Once you arrive on Koh Phangan you quickly get into the local way of life and enjoy the peace and serenity of the stunning beaches or the underwater paradise. On holidays to Koh Phangan you'll be able to watch the stunning sunsets on secluded beaches, and the famous Full Moon Party takes place at Haad Rin beach every month, where revellers celebrate from nightfall to sunrise.

Koh Phangan’s neighbouring little sister, Koh Tao, is a small tropical paradise widely known as Thailand's ultimate scuba diving destination. With glittering warm waters, seemingly perfect white sand beaches and an exuberant school of marine life, holidays here are all about water-based adventures.

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Koh Phangan & Koh Tao Travel Information

The island is a 40-minute transfer by boat from Koh Samui airport to Koh Phangan or 2.5 hours to Koh Tao. 
  • Currency: Thai Baht 
  • Time difference: (GMT+7) 
  • Flight from the UK: 14 hours to Koh Samui including a stop in Bangkok, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur
  • Visa: No - 30 days on arrival 
  • Language: Thai 
  • National drink: Mekhong Whiskey 
  • National dish: Pad Thai  
Check out the noodle dishes and spicy seafood at Thong Sala night market.

Travel Tips & Advice for Koh Phangan & Koh Tao

Koh Phangan & Koh Tao Activities

If you enjoy active holidays, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao are perfect, with plenty of activities on and off the water. Koh Tao is the place for scuba diving in Thailand – explore the underwater sculptures of Ocean Utopia and join the marine life at the Japanese Gardens or snorkel the reefs of Haad Tien and Koh Nangyuan where the water clarity is faultless. 

If you prefer to stay onshore, the rocky landscape of Koh Phangan is ideal for hiking and climbing, and the trail to the Nam Tok Phaeng waterfall provides a stunning view. For a more relaxed approach, you can simply spend your days soaking up the sun on the picture perfect white sand beaches.

Koh Phangan & Koh Tao Food & Drink

There are some outstanding restaurants and street stalls on Koh Phangan, and whether you're at a 5* resort or at the night market, you're sure to find a delicious dish. The Village Square at Buri Rasa Village has a range of dining choices along the cobbles, or you can dine by the beach at The Beach Club.  

While Thai seafood specialties are scattered along the beaches of Koh Tao, a vast array of international cuisine can be found in Mae Haad or Sairee Beach including English pub food, Australian grills, Indian curries, French fine-dining and more. Sairee Beach is where you'll find the islanders making their way from the beach bars at the northern end down to the nightclubs on the beach’s southern end as the night progresses.

Koh Phangan & Koh Tao Attractions

One of the best ways to spend an evening on Koh Phangan is to head to one of the beaches and see the beautiful golden sunsets. Secret Beach is in the north-west of the island and has some of the best vantage points, with many secluded beaches on the east coast. If you want to enjoy one of the island's famous celebrations, ensure that you're there on a full moon, which is celebrated at the Full Moon Party every month. Here you can dance and party among everyone else, from dusk to dawn.

And dive straight into the warm waters of Koh Tao. This is Thailand’s scuba diving island of choice and has a vibrant marine life and excellent clarity not to be missed – ‘Koh Tao’ does translate to ‘Turtle Island’ after all!

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