Updated: May 21, 2020
When you read about Koh Phangan, a lot of websites tend to highlight the "party side" of the island that hosts the famous Full Moon parties. This article is about the other side, which is an absolute heaven on earth and a well kept secret.
This island is accessible by ferry from the island of Koh Samui and has everything from white angel sand beaches to lush tropical jungle, waterfalls, and so much more. There are dozens of dive sights all over the island. We snorkeled at Secret Beach off the jetty that is shown in the drone shot above and enjoyed a freshly made tropical smoothie. There you can do a fun jump of about 10 feet off the edge or walk down stone steps into the warm water where hundreds of colorful fish await you.
Before I came to Thailand, I always saw these beautiful swings in the photos on social media and I was so happy to find that picturesque swings and hammocks were all over the island! The large swings in the first and last photos were made of really large and thick ropes allowing me to relax and feel safe. In Bali, they have swings that fly over expansive rice paddy fields so thats next on my list.
Koh Phangan has a few special beaches that you can only reach by longboat. We rented one driven by a local who took us to Bottle Beach, an incredibly beautiful and secluded stretch of white sand that is perfect for a peaceful day of sun and snorkeling.
One of my favorite things about the island was the amazing exotic fruit and how there were dozens of fruit stands all over the island with very friendly and fair locals. We enjoyed coconuts two to three times a day and feasted on the best mangos in the world. I had the most flavorful dragonfruits and longans that I've ever had. Fruits are my favorite food as a lot of you may know, so the abundance and variety in Koh Phangan and Thailand as a whole made it the perfect destination.
I truly fell in love with the jungle, its fresh water streams and waterfalls were so relaxing and peaceful. We were almost the only ones at these locations which made the experience even more special. The temples and statues on the island were so natural with all of the native plants growing throughout them as you can see in the top right photo. The other photos were taken at Than Sadet Koh Phangan National Park.
Thailand was my first extended trip abroad and I will never forget the amazing adventures, insanely delicious food, and friendly locals. I am so grateful I was able to spend so much time on the island of Koh Phangan and I will definitely be back one day!
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