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Koh Pha-ngan   ( See also separate article on Koh Phan ngan under F to K Items ) Another ideal destination for travellers who prefer less crowded, more private beaches set in a laid-back atmosphere. However, this is also a very hip place to be as the island hosts the world famous, and perhaps the biggest beach party on this planet the full moon party on Hat Rin.

Covering an area of 191 square kilometres, Koh Pha-ngan is located 20 kilometres directly

north of Koh Samui, or about 100 kilometres from Surat. The best time to visit Koh

Pha-ngan is from February to September. Interesting attractions include secluded and virgin

beaches around the island, a hilltop temple called Wat Khao Tham which is ideal for

meditation, Than Sadet Waterfall, and the Namtok Phaeng National Park. Renting a

motorcycle to explore the island is recommended as there is a lot to see and do.

Boat Services to Koh Pha-ngan

From Koh Samui

There are about ten daily transfers to Koh Pha-ngan. Boats depart between 7.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. The trip takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on weather conditions. Boats leave from Thong Sala Pier and Hat Rin on Koh Pha-ngan to Koh Samui Pier including Na Thon Pier, Mae Nam and the Big Buddha. The fare is about 115 Baht to 250 Baht / trip / person.

From Surat Thani

Surat Thani Pier operates a minimum of six daily departures to Koh Pha-ngan.

Boats leave from 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. and arrive at Tha Sala Pier on Koh Pha-ngan.

The fare ranges from 200 Baht to 370 Baht / trip / person.

From Koh Tao

About six daily departures from Thong Sala Pier to Koh Tao are provided. They

leave from 8.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. The fare ranges from 180 Baht to 350 Baht.

Getting around Koh Pha-ngan

Travelling around the island by rented motorcycle from bungalows is recommended. The cost is about 200 Baht / day. For those who prefer truly Thai-style transportation, songthaew services are also available. The fare is 50 Baht from Thong Sala Pier to any place on the island. Exceptions are on routes to Ban Khai (30 Baht) and Ao Thong Nai Pan (80 Baht). Car rental service is also available at about 1,000 Baht / day.

Surat Thani Province Page 10, Getting to nearby Islands, Koh Pha ngan, Koh Tao, Ang Thong Surat Thani province Page 12, Koh Tao Island

Koh Phan ngan Island, Thailand

Koh Pha ngan Island page 1, The Famous Full Moon Party at Haad Rin