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Popular Things to Do in Koh Phangan – Island Adventures For All!

Planning for a holiday in a post-lockdown world free from the threat of COVID-19? Koh Phangan in Thailand makes an ideal choice and is an island destination that is perfect for a blissful escape! These are some of the top things you can look forward to doing on a holiday here.


Party During the Full Moon

Attracting die-hard partygoers the world over, the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan provides an unforgettable experience where you can dance till dawn by the ocean. Every month, when the moon is full, the Haad Rin shoreline transforms into a lively party playground featuring the hottest music including trance, reggae, house and more, courtesy of a diverse DJ line-up. If you miss the full moon, fear not, because there are half-moon and black moon parties along with an eclectic array of other nightlife in Koh Phangan!


Explore Ang Thong National Marine Park

Intrepid travellers in search of some adventure can plan an excursion to the Ang Thong Marine National Park from their Koh Phangan resort. Home to around 43 islands, this vast sanctuary offers much to discover be it secluded beaches, lush rainforests, mesmerising limestone cliffs or mysterious coves. Those who love activities can look forward to snorkelling and diving which provide views of the vibrant marine life beneath the waves, while kayaking and hiking are popular too.


Enjoy Local Experiences

To fully appreciate Thai culture and enjoy an enriching holiday, one can look to engage in local experiences which offer diverse insights. One such experience is to learn the culinary traditions of Thailand at resorts the likes of Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas; at special cooking classes you will not only find out about Thai cuisine but its cultural significance and health benefits too. Another local activity one can look forward to trying is the traditional martial art form known as Muay Thai; for something less strenuous, experiences such as fruit and vegetable carving, floral garland arranging and wax carving are worth considering too!


Shop at the Thong Sala Night Market

Amongst the most popular things to do in Koh Phangan is to shop at the Thong Sala Night Market which can be found across from the local pier. The market opens around four in the evening and closes only at about ten at night, providing ample opportunity to buy a wide range of items be it crafts, souvenirs or clothing. One of the highlights here is the diverse dishes on offer from yummy pad Thai and spicy green curry to mango sticky rice and ice-cream rolls!


Visit the Kuan Yin Shrine

Those looking to soak up more local culture can visit the Kuan Yin (or Guanyin) Shrine, a sacred Chinese temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy. This shrine with its colourful design and fascinating architecture features a stunning statue of the goddess with her many hands along with other religious imagery including several bodhisattvas. A part of the appeal of the Kuan Yin Shrine is the breathtaking panoramas it offers overlooking Chaloklum Bay.