My Island of Koh Phangan: 5 Reasons why it is so much more than the Full Moon Party
Koh Phangan is an amazing island with so much to do. However, most people just know of the island as the host of the Full Moon Parties where gap year tourists descend onto Haad Rin Beach drinking out of buckets. While this can be fun, there is so much more the island has to offer! I should know, I have been living and visiting the islands for the past six years!
Koh Phangan is a large island covering an approximate 168 square kilometres and is home to approximately 13,000 people. The Full Moon Party only happens on one beach leaving the vast majority of the island left to be explored. I still wake up every morning with a new list of things I want to do!
I have comprised a list of “5 Reasons Why I Love Living on Koh Phangan.” There are so many more reasons that I love living here other than the ones listed below, but that would take all day and I have an island to explore!
5 Reasons Why Koh Phangan is Amazing
1) Koh Phangan’s Beaches:
The beaches of Koh Phangan are beautiful with white sand and shades of crystal blue water. The Beach life is great too, whether it is playing volleyball at Malibu Beach, grabbing sunset cocktails at Haad Yao, or eating fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants over looking the water around the island. Life on the island really revolves around the ocean and the beach!
2) Yoga and Healing Centres on Koh Phangan:
Koh Phangan has a very spiritual side. There are yogis in abundance all over the island! Many people come to do their yoga teacher training or to attend a detox program at the healing centres. Hatha, Ashatanga, Vinyasa, Restorative, Bikram– There is every type of yoga under the sun here. All you have to do is hit up some of the health restaurants and ask around to find your yoga fit.
3) Extreme Sports:
Extreme sports are my favourite thing do (sorry parents!) All of my life I have been engaged in some sort of outdoor activity, so Koh Phangan is such a great place for me to be as it offers a wide variety of extreme sports for a very low price unlike other destinations i.e. Queensland, Lysefjord, Boulder, etc. Here is a list of my favourite extreme sports available on the island:
Muay Thai: Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand. There are a lot of different Muay Thai gyms around the island where you can practice with a master daily. If you only want to watch the fights, the schools host fight nights complete with drums, traditional garb, and most of the time, beer.
Diving: Koh Phangan is right next to Koh Tao which is world famous for it’s diving. The dive schools on both islands head to the same spots. Sail Rock is one of the best spots between the two islands. You can see whalesharks, bullsharks, turtles, and many colourful fish and coral depending on the season.
Trekking: Koh Phangan has many hills and mountains which make for great trekking. Khao Ra stands at 630 m and is the highest peak in Koh Phangan. If you make it to the top the view over Chaloklum and Thong Nai Pan is amazing.
Kite Boarding: Koh Phangan is windier than the neighbouring islands which makes it a favourite spot for kiteboarders. This extreme sport is a combination of kite flying and wakeboarding which is pretty cool and getting very popular due to how fun it is!
Wakeboarding: The waters around Koh Phangan are very still which means great wakeboarding action!
4) The Views:
With high peaks, lush green forests, white sand beaches, and a blue ocean Koh Phangan has some pretty dramatic views. There are set viewpoints on the island that you can climb to and take it all in, but often your house or the restaurant or bar that you are at will have a great view. The scenery is so stunning at most places that I can sometimes forget how lucky I am to live here until someone reminds me. Spoiled much?
5) The Koh Phangan Lifestyle:
The lifestyle is the reason that everyone wants to runaway to an island. It is the reason why we continue to watch “The Beach” over and over. . . It is the reason why I keep on returning here after trying to live somewhere else! Island life is laid back and gentle. When people back home ask me what my life is like here I reply, “Simple” but it is simply good. I am living simply day to day. Each day involves some sort of sport, the sun, the sand, fresh fruit, spicy food, cold beer, and good friends. What more could I ask for?
Victoria is an avid traveler, blogger, and young businesswomen based in the Gulf of Thailand. An ex dive instructor, after university she developed the revolutionary eco aquatic sports line Swish Suits with her sister. Since then she has traveled promoting the brand, but she always comes back to the Gulf of Thailand as her base. In her spare time she enjoys cave diving, surfing, yoga, and boxing.