Where is Koh Pha-Ngan?
Koh Pha-Ngan is situated in the Southern Gulf of Thailand, 100km from Suratthani, the district centre. The nearby Island of Koh Samui has an international airport that receives flights from all over Thailand and Asia. Koh Pha-Ngan is a 15km boat journey from Koh Samui with ferries all day.
When the full moon party is over and the sun has set on Haad Rin you'll be surprised to find how much more Koh Phangan has on offer. As a natural paradise island in the Southern Gulf of Thailand, Koh Phangan serves as the perfect getaway retreat Its crystal clear water is a mixture of navy blue and green, milky white sandy beaches, sunny lush tropical green forests, rare-find coral reefs, beautiful moons and spectacular sunrise and perfect sunsets visible from Milky Bay. You can relax on quiet deserted beaches, or snorkel and learn to dive at the distinctive island of Koh Ma - a protected National Marine Park; trek in the footsteps of Thai Royalty at Than Sadet National Park steeped in history and culture - It is not hard to imagine that the views from here may have been perhaps the same views he had fallen in love with when his majesty King Rama V “the Great” first laid his eyes on the island of Koh Phangan some 119 years ago. Seeking adventure in the nearby Ang Thong archipelago composed of over 40 islands endowed with pristine beaches, natural caves and the tranquil Tha Laem Nai - the salt water blue lagoon lake featured in The Beach by Alex Garland. It seems that whatever it is you are looking for, theres something here for everyone.
Koh Phangan came from the word “Ngan” which means sand bar. The name was derived from the many sand bars that are visibly seen around the island during low tide season. This sand bar also serves as protector of the island from strong monsoon.
Until this day Koh Phangan has remained to be a pride to the local islanders because of its part in history. It was in 1887 when King Chulalongkorn the Great (King Rama V of Thailand) first came to Koh Phangan and frequented the island since. He then after, named three waterfalls as follows: Nam Tok Thansadej, Nam Tok Thanprapaad and Nam Tok Thanprawes. He was very impressed with Nam Tok Thansadej's beauty and tranquility and in deed paid visits to the same fall 14 times while on the island. The king's engraved initial can still be seen on a big rock at Nam Tok Tansadej until this day which by itself is now a tourist attraction along side with the waterfall.