Koh Phangan – It’s Not Just About All-Night Dancing

Koh Phangan beach

The main draw of Koh Phangan is undoubtedly its all-night full moon parties on the famous beach of Haad Rin. Koh Phangan Thailand’s full moon party attracts thousands of partygoers each month (even during the off-peak season). This party is popular among Spring Break fanatics from all over the world. Steer clear of this celebration if you hate to be with a horde of highly intoxicated individuals.

While the full moon parties are definitely the reason why numerous tourists arrive on the island throughout the year, they aren’t the only things that are attracting the tourists’ attention. For some time now, Koh Phangan Thailand officials have been taking extra measures to make the place more appealing to tourists who are traveling with families of varying age groups. They are putting more effort into highlighting the natural attractions and wholesome activities that are available on the island.

Top 3 Things You Can Do When in Koh Phangan (Excluding Full Moon Partying)

1. Visit Its Top Class Beaches

Koh Phangan has around 30 beaches comparable to those in Koh Samui and in the Krabi area. These beaches are less congested and less developed than those on Koh Samui and at Krabi. Thus, those attracted to secluded beaches will feel very much at home here and can look forward to some real rest and relaxation.

The top 3 beaches of Koh Phangan are Thong Nai Pan Noi, Thong Nai Pan Yai, and Had Mae Had. Together, the first two form a picturesque double bay. Many say that this is the best place to catch a great view of the sunrise.

The most visited of the three beaches is Thong Nai Pan Noi. It has a very laid-back environment which is its primary allure. Its small village has awesome restaurants and bars. Thong Nai Pan Yai is a longer and quieter beach than Thong Nai Pan Noi. It has no village but it has waterfalls and rocks that are interesting and challenging even for advanced rock climbers. The white sand beach of Had Mae Had is not good for swimming during December to March. However, it is the choice beach for divers and snorkelers as it gives them colorful and rich marine life to explore.

2. Try Muay Thai

Muay Thai training is huge in Koh Phangan. When visiting, grab the opportunity to do something that is authentically Thai. Join Muay Thai boxing training. The benefits of Muay Thai training extend beyond learning how to defend one’s self and fight in competitions.Thai boxing students lose weight, become more physically fit, and gain friends who share the same passion for Muay Thai.

Three of the highly recommended places to go to for Muay Thai training in Koh Phangan are Chorenrit Muay Thai Camp, the Diamond Muay Thai Training Camp, and Kobra Ultimate Muay Thai Boxing & Training Staduim.

The first and oldest Muay Thai gym that is in operation in Koh Phangan is Chorenrit Muay Thai Camp. This gym has been giving Muay Thai lessons to new and advanced, local and international Thai boxing enthusiasts for at least 15 years now. Their instructors are among the best and highly qualified to train students of all ages and genders.

Somewhere between Baan Tai and Thong Sala, you will find Kobra Ultimate Muay Thai Boxing & Training Staduim. A former northern Thailand Thai boxing champion, master Kongpipop, owns and runs this Thai boxing training center.

What makes this training center great? In addition to teaching Muay Thai lessons, this center holds regular Thai boxing tournaments. Contenders from various parts of the world come to Koh Phangan to compete in the tournament while tourists come to watch authentic Thai boxing fights. The center’s students may join the tournament. However, they must first complete their training and get the approval of their instructor.

Are you an avid fan of WMF and WMA? Do you want to get a chance to see WMF and WMA world champions like Shuki Rosenweig? Do you want to learn Muay Thai? Those who answer yes should go to Koh Phangan and train at the Diamond Muay Thai Training Camp.

Rosenweig and many famous Muay Thai fighters are frequent vacationers here. Perhaps it is because of its location and ambience. It is located close to a beach and to Thongsala’s jungle. Who can resist the appeal of training in a place where one gets to see stunning views of a mountain and breathe fresh sea air while training with the best Thai boxing trainers and fighters?

3. Join a Yoga Class at The Yoga Studio on Thong Nai Pan Yai

Join a yoga class instead of Thai boxing training if you think the latter is not your cup of tea. The Yoga Studio and Love Yoga are two of Koh Phangan’s premier yoga centers. The Love Yoga is in Baan Tai while The Yoga Studio is in Thong Nai Pan Yai.

Both yoga centers teach Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is aimed at relaxing and strengthening the mental and physical state of the yogis. Yoga is believed to be helpful in improving one’s agility and flexibility, too.

Did you know that there is such a thing as prenatal yoga? Pregnant women who are interested in learning/practicing yoga attend prenatal yoga sessions at The Yoga Studio. This Koh Phangan yoga center holds one-on-one or group prenatal yoga sessions.

Other Attractions You Can Explore:

Though the aforementioned activities are truly popular among Koh Phangan visitors, there are still other options open to those who want more to explore. Aside from beautiful beaches, the island also has two waterfalls that are a definite must-see: Phaeng Waterfall and Thaan Sadet Waterfall. Those who have more of a spiritual bent can visit The Kuan Yin Chinese Temple and Wat Phu Khao Noi (the oldest temple on the island). You can also hike up the island’s tallest mountain, Khao Ra, go scuba diving or snorkeling (there are whale sharks and barracuda to be found at Sail Rock, north of Koh Phangan), or fishing.

The beauty of Koh Phangan is that, whether you are a partygoer or just your average vacationer looking for either adventure or some R&R, you’ll find everything you need here to ensure that you have the best vacation ever.