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Things to do in Koh Phangan – The Top Sightseeing Attractions on the Famed Island

Thailand has a number of exotic islands, however, out of all of them, Koh Phangan has always stood out as one of the top destinations to beat. Here is a list of top things to do on the island.

1

Drop by to the Haad Rin Beach

This is the most popular of all the beaches on the island and it is easy to see why. It actually consists of two beaches; one is referred to as Haad Rin Nok and is located on the South East of Koh Phangan. It is also the stage for the famed Full Moon Party – which up to ten thousand partygoers attend – that takes place on the full moon of every month. It houses a number of restaurants and bars and also some of the top hotels in Koh Phangan. The other beach is referred to as Haad Rin Nai and is situated on the South West of the island. The latter is not as developed as the former but is still a lovely treat that warrants a visit.

2

Thong Nai Pan

Located on the east of the island, this is a collection of two beaches which meet together and form a spectacular double bay. With rising mountains covered in lush greenery on the backdrop and soft white sand next to the crystal clear waters, Thong Nai Pan is the very definition of paradise. The mountains make accessing this beach quite a hassle so there is less of a crowd at the beach than usual. That being said, reaching the beach will require a long and bumpy uphill journey. However, should you make the trip, the end result will be fully worth it. The beach is a short distance from resorts such as Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas.

3

Khao Ra

While much of the focus is on the island's beaches, the untouched areas towards the heart of Koh Phangan is a treat by itself. Home to the island's highest mountain, Khao Ra, – at six hundred and twenty-seven meters – a hike through the winding trails are highly recommended. En route to the peak, you will come across sights such as the Phaeng Waterfall that make for a memorable experience. Once atop Khao Ra, prepare yourself for panoramic views of the island and the surrounding vista. Rest assured, it will be one of the most spectacular sights you will ever see!

4

Kuan Yin Chinese Temple

Situated along the route to Chaloklum, the Kuan Yin Chinese temple is a mesmerizing temple that comprises of seven structures, all of them eye-catching. They also offer breathtaking views of the pristine and untouched countryside while a gleaming Buddha statue and Dragon Drum add to the vintage aura around the compound. The grounds are well maintained while many statues litter the area. The brightly painted pagodas and the rest of the compound allow you to take in the intricate architecture iconic of the nation and make great vantage points to appreciate the eternal beauty of the Kuan Yin Chinese temple.