When you see the name Koh Pha Ngan the first thing you think of is probably Full Moon Party and Half Moon Festival. One great and one not-so-great party that you should experience if you are in the area.
What you might not know is that there is much more to this island than just those two parties. Koh Pha Ngan is a medium sized island in Thailand with many activities to do in the daytime.
Here are some of my favorites.
Explore the island with motorbike
Exploring islands in Thailand with motorbike is one of my favorite activities all over Thailand. Cruising around on those scooter, maybe with a hot Thai chick on your back, is both chill and a pleasant experience. It’s also a nice way to cool down in the sun as the wind will peal of the worst heat.
There is a ton of things to explore around on the island like beautiful beaches, rivers, waterfalls, local food, local people, temples, piers and whatnot. You will never run out of things to explore.
I really liked the beach up Northwest on the island called Mae Haad Beach. There was a small island just next to the beach where you could walk all the way out on sand banks. You could get some really awesome pictures here.
The sun also go down over the horizon from this beach so if you eat in one of the local restaurant there around 6 pm you can enjoy the sunset while you eat.
There are more than 14 beaches on Koh Pha Ngan ready to be explore. Some of then have no road so you’ll have to walk to the beach from a couple of km away, or take a boat from close by beaches.
I don’t know why but the roads at Koh Pha Ngan are really dusty. Many places there are also gravel and sand in the roads. Be careful when you are driving motorbikes. I met several tourists here with big bruises after crashing on their rented motorbike.
That could end up really expensive if you crash the motorbike.
Three Sixty Bar
Close to Mae Haad Beach up on a hill you find a bar / restaurant called Three Sixty Bar. It can be hard to find but just ask around and the local people will help you. You can order drinks and food here while you enjoy the view down towards Mae Haad Beach.