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Morning on Thong Nai Pan Noi beach

Morning on Thong Nai Pan Noi beach

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Koh Phangan is north of Koh Samui. It is being developed now, but it is still more relaxed than Koh Samui or Phuket. Best things to do include a snorkeling trip to Ang Thong National Marine Park a visit to Bottle Beach - lay on the beach or hike to the waterfall.

The media portrays Koh Phangan as purely a Full Moon party island but in actual fact there are numerous resorts and fantastic beaches away from Haad Rin on the South. For example moving North from the port of Thongsala along the West Coast are beaches such as Haad Yao and Haad Son that offer excellent entertainment and views. Mae Haad beach is simply stunning.

Moving south from Thongsala are beaches such as Baan Kai and Baan Tai with amazing views of Koh Samui in the near distance. When the lightening storms highlight the bigger island it is amazing. The Eastern side of the island is more remote and the roads to reach it are hard but upon reaching your final destination there are beauties to behold. For example Thong Nai Pan Noi has been listed as one the most beautiful beaches in Asia. Than Sadet has an amazing waterfall that was visited by a past King of Thailand and has his initials burned into the rocks.

One of the quieter spots on the island is Chalok Lam Bay in the north of the island about 15 minutes from the port of Thongsala and 30 minutes from the party town of Haad Rin. Many people choose to party hard in the south and then relax in the less developed north. Haad Son Beach is located on the western coast between Sri Thanu and Haad Yao. This is known as the sunset coast. On the other side of Thongsala heading south are the beaches of Ban Tai and Ban Kai.

So whether you are partying hard or just chilling out Koh Phangan has much to offer all.

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