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Koh Pha Ngan Island , The famous Full Moon Party

Koh Pha Ngan island in Surat Thani province and lies next to Koh Samui island in the gulf of Thailand.The famous full moon parties are held here every month at Haad Rin with attendance figures sometimes reaching 30,000. There are many sandy beaches here which are considered to be some of the best in Thailand. There is also a buddhist meditation centre - Wat Kow Tahm ( mountain cave monastery ) that has been run by Rosemary & Steve Wiseman since 1988 ( see separate write up in the places of Interest Q to Z )

There is a small shopping village and several Dive Centres, Chaloklum Diving north of the island in Chalocklum Village and also at Wang Sai resort. And the Fun Factory dive centre and Haad Yao Divers for beginners and experienced divers.There is a gym called Jungle Gym equipped with free weights and weight machines. The journey to the island is by the ferry ( see picture ) from the mainland. Journey time from Bangkok about 12 hours by bus and  then 2 hours 30 munutes by ferry from Surat Thani.

Koh Chang Island page 1, second largest Island of Thailand

Great for diving or swimming,

Koh Pha ngan Island page 1, The Famous Full Moon Party at Haad Rin
Koh Pha ngan Island Page 2, Chinese Temple and Video Wat Kow Tahm, Mountain Cave Monastery, Koh Phan Ngan, Thailand