Christine and I visited Koh Phangan on a recent visit to Thailand, which also included Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket and Khao Lak, so it was a bit of a whirlwind trip! Because of this we had just one night in Koh Phangan, and we definitely could have stayed for an extra couple of nights.
We stayed at the Santhiya Resort, which is built into the hillside on the north east coast, and is stunning. From Koh Samui airport to the ferry terminal is only about 15 minutes, and Santhiya’s speedboat only takes around 30 minutes, so from landing into Koh Samui airport at around 09:30 it didn’t take long at all to set to the hotel. As the hotel is built into the hillside it can be quite hard work walking to your room (ours was right at the top of the resort!) but there are little wooden cars to take you around if you’re not feeling particularly energetic!
Unless you’re heading for the Full Moon Party Koh Phangan is all about relaxation. There are a few hotels on Thong Nai Pan Beach, with the Santhiya at one end, and taking a stroll down the beach, visiting a couple of restaurants and bars along the way to admire the view, is a lovely afternoon. There are loads of watersports available and elephant trekking inland can be booked at the hotel, but apart from this it’s all about chilling out. If you do fancy the Full Moon Party the hotels offer a boat service around the island to the party, which is on the south coast, and will bring you back again, so you wake up the next day in the comfort of your hotel!
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