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Tourist Places To Visit In Ko Pha-Ngan
Ko Pha Ngan is a small island in Thailand, a part of the Surat Thani Province. The place is a party haven, known for its Full Moon parties that draw crowds from all over the world on the beaches, bars, shacks and dance floors littering the bay of Ko Pha Ngan. Of course, there is more to this island and a few great tourist places around to keep you entertained. From beaches to jungles, waterparks to markets, visit Ko Pha Ngan to experience it all.
Ban Tai Beach
The Ban Tai Beach is a great spot for enjoying the white sands and postcard-like palm trees and turquoise waters. Visit here in the day to enjoy sunbathing, chilling, swimming or just to enjoy lounging, while the nights must be reserved for its kicking nightlife. There are many dance floors and cafes and pubs and shacks for party mongers here.
Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai
These are two coves, very coveted for a sightseeing tour in Ko Pha Ngan. The double bay here is pretty and deserves one visit on an idle evening. Most people come here for taking photos - of nature as well as of themselves. You could call this place one of the most Instagram-worthy bays around. With mountains carpeted in tropical trees and the lushness almost all year round, you get to witness this and more from the shelter of soft-sanded beaches. Swimming can also be pursued here.
Haad Rin Beach
This is the land of the famous Full Moon parties, the same beach that comes alive with almost 30,000 party mongers on the full moon night of every month in the high seasons. You must visit Haad Rin Beach for its 80s style iconic party places and dance-floors, in addition to all those UV body paints, alcohol buckets and snacks. For Full Moon parties, take care that you don’t do drugs or accept drinks from strangers, there are stringent laws for drugs in Thailand and police is always present in civil clothes around the party.
If you are planning a trip to the beach in the day, then it is just another beach where you can enjoy the bay and the water and the sand.
The Challenge Phangan Waterpark
Challenge Phangan Waterpark is open all days of the week except Monday and has a blast of activities from paddle boarding to water rides, kite surfing to water courses that you can take. Some famous ones include bar climbing and rope swings, balance beams and rolling barrels over water. This is a great place to enjoy on a hot afternoon, when you can’t venture on the burning sands of beaches or enjoy the town markets.
Thong Sala night market
Well, if you are done with all the beaches and parties and bays, then do make it a point to head to the Thong Sala night market in the town of Ko Pha Ngan. The locals of this island are usually not as warm or friendly, especially on Full Moon night parties (note that they have to deal with rowdy and rude tourists all year round), but during these night markets, the vendors and sellers are very good to you. You can shop for everything from traditional Thai food freshly steamed on stalls to ice creams and pizzas, clothes and accessories to local produce. Meat on stick, pad thai noodles, curries and pizza slices are devoured at every corner, followed by dollops of thick ice cream.