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Koh Phangan is a stunning paradise island that is loved by all backpackers and travellers. The island has great diving and snorkeling, a pleasant laid-back atmosphere and of course the monthly hedonistic full moon party.
Koh Phangan is by far the best island located in the Gulf of Thailand and is easily accessible from the mainland or Koh Samui airport. Though Koh Phangan is only a relatively small island there are many distinct areas each suitable for different styles of tourists with a range of accommodation to cater for all budget.

Koh Phangan weather for most of the year is glorious, however there are some variations that should be noted so that your holiday isn’t ruined by a week of rain. Most guides about Thailand separate the seasons into three; dry season, hot season and rainy season. This is true for central and Northern Thailand, but down the south the Koh Phangan weather can be very different.

Due to its proximity to the equator, the Koh Phangan weather is very tropical. The best time to visit Koh Phangan depends on your personal preference. The fact is, you could visit this island during the wet months and not have a single drop of rain during your entire stay, just as you could have a thunder storm or two during the dry months. The weather here can also be very local, so on one part of the island you could be sunbathing on the beach while on the other side you may have to shelter for a scattered thundershower. Although there are two seasons, the temperatures tend to remain fairly constant, averaging between 25-35c. Simply put though, there is not really a bad time to visit Koh Phangan.

Koh Phangan weather and seasons are broken down into 2 seasons – wet and dry. When planning your trip it’s essential to know when the seasons run to ensure your stay is a pleasant and comfortable one. This guide is very similar to the surrounding islands of Koh Tao and Koh Samui if you plan on visiting them also.

Dry Season – December to June

The dry season generally runs from late December. Most crowds flock to Koh Phangan between December and March when endless clear blue skies can be almost guaranteed and rainfall is at its minimum. This is also the peak season, when European visitors arrive seeking sun from the winter weather in there homelands. Expect to pay more for your accommodation between this period too. Day time temperatures rarely drop below 27c but the humidity is a lot cooler in these months. You may even find you need a light pullover in the evenings.

It doesn’t get any hotter than between the months of March and May. For those who like it baking hot this is the best time to visit. During these months the temperatures here can be very hot and humid; keeping cool can be a challenge. Staying somewhere with a sea breeze is advisable.

Wet Season – July to November

It’s rare it will rain all day on Koh Phangan and a late afternoon thunderstorm is about the height of what to expect during the months of July and September. There is always plenty of sunshine to be enjoyed, along with comfortable temperatures.

From September on wards you can expect the temperature to drop a little. However, bare in mind it will still be hot. The monsoons historically come to the Gulf of Thailand during October and November and this can often result in the heavens opening up for days at a time. Storms become more frequent around late afternoon and early evening. Due to the heavy rainfall and prevailing winds, November is the cheapest time to visit the island. Those not deterred by the Koh Phangan weather at certain times of the year, should look out for the bargain holidays to the island during the wettest months.

Check the below table for the general idea of Koh Phangan weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 29.1 26.8 24
Feb 29.3 27.4 24.7
Mar 30.3 28.2 25.2
Apr 31.8 29.1 25.6
May 33 29.2 25.5
Jun 33 29.1 25.4
Jul 32.4 28.5 24.9
Aug 32.7 28.7 25
Sep 32.1 28.3 24.8
Oct 30.9 27.6 24.2
Nov 29.8 27.2 23.8
Dec 29.6 27.1 23.9

Koh Phangan’s current weather and 7-day forecast


Thong Sala

Koh Phangan’s administrative centre and port, Thong Sala is where you’ll exit the ferry from Koh Samui or Surat Thani. Thong Sala is home to most of Koh Phangan’s administrative and safety related centres, such as the island’s police station and international hospital.

Ban Tai Beach

Stretching along much of Koh Phangan’s southeastern coast, Ban Tai Beach is a long beach that offers fantastic views of the sunset. A range of resorts, hotels and restaurants are located along the beach, making it a convenient place to stay.

Ban Kai Beach

One of Koh Phangan’s more relaxing beaches, Ban Kai Beach is located in between Ban Tai Beach and Haad Rin, home of Koh Phangan’s infamous full moon parties. Ban Kai is home to a good selection of hotels and resorts, as well as beachfront restaurants and vendors.

Haad Rin Beach

Although Haad Rin Beach is best known for its Full Moon Party, this beautiful beach has a lot more to offer than just drinks and beachfront clubbing. Haad Rin offers a mix of natural beauty and convenience, with a great selection of restaurants, bars and shops close to the beach.

Haad Yao Beach

Located on Koh Phangan’s quiet eastern coastline, Haad Yao Beach is a naturally beautiful beach that’s well known for its great snorkelling. Clear water and a reef located just off the beach make this Haad Yao one of the best beaches in Koh Phangan for snorkellers.

Thong Nai Pan Beach

Quiet and clean, the twin beaches of Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai are great for sunbathing and enjoying Koh Phangan’s natural beauty. Thong Nai Pan Noi is the busier of the two beaches thanks to its deep water and relaxed beachside atmosphere.

Beaches and Sunbathing

Koh Phangan’s beaches range from heavily developed to almost completely hidden, making it a great place to relax and sunbathe. Haad Rin Beach is the most crowded on the island, while Haad Yao and Thong Nai Pan offer a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere.


Koh Phangan’s clear water makes it a great place to snorkel. Good snorkelling is possible off the beach at Haad Chao Phao and Haad Yao. For the best visibility and the most diverse sea life, you’ll want to book a snorkelling tour to one of the numerous nearby snorkelling spots.


Koh Phangan is located close to several of the Gulf of Thailand’s best dive sites, including the well known Sail Rock. Numerous dive shops offer PADI and SSI dive courses, chartered dive trips and even wreck and night dives.

Full Moon Party

Koh Phangan is famous for its great beaches and relaxed lifestyle, but it’s infamous for its Full Moon Party — a huge monthly party that attracts as many as 30,000 people. The party is held in Haad Rin, although a number of other parties are held across the island on different dates.


If you can handle the heat, Koh Phangan is one of the most rewarding islands in Thailand for hiking. From the Khao Ra viewpoint to undiscovered beaches, several tour operators on Koh Phangan offer guided hikes to some of the island’s most scenic points.


There’s no better way to experience Koh Phangan’s beautiful blue water than from a private yacht. Chartered sailing trips are available from Itsaramai, while Red Star Sailing offers fast, exciting and adventurous catamaran tours around Koh Phangan and the surrounding area.

Muay Thai

Several Muay Thai gyms operate on Koh Phangan, offering everything from beginner classes to one-on-one coaching. Good options include Chorenrit Muay Thai Camp, which is located in Thongsala, and Diamond Muay Thai near Nai Wok Beach.

Deluxe options

Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa

Anantara Rasananda Resort and Spa offers a selection of luxurious rooms and villas that are some of the most impressive on Koh Phangan. A seafront infinity pool, private yoga classes and beautiful spa make this one of Koh Phangan’s most luxurious places to stay.

Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa

Conveniently located on Ban Tai Beach, Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort and Spa offers a mix of rooms, suites and luxurious private villas. A beachfront swimming pool and spa make this a fantastic place to escape from civilisation and enjoy Koh Phangan’s beautiful surroundings.

The Coast Resort Koh Phangan

The Coast Resort is a luxurious ultra-modern resort on Ban Tai Beach. With sleek modern furnishings, a seafront swimming pool with swim-up bar and incredible views of the sunset, The Coast is one of Koh Phangan’s most luxurious properties.

Mid-range options

Moonstone Studio

Located a short distance from Ban Tai Beach, Moonstone Studio is a small boutique hotel that offers a selection of spacious studio apartment rooms. Guests can walk to Haad Rin within 15 minutes, making Moonstone Studio a convenient option for couples and solo travellers.

Salad Hut Resort

Fantastic views over Haad Salad and a truly incredible location make Salad Hut Resort one of Koh Phangan’s best mid-priced hotels. Located on quiet Haad Salad — literally “Pirate Beach” — this hotel is just a few steps away from the beach.

Palita Lodge

Palita Lodge offers a good selection of rooms, suites and villas right on Haad Rin Beach. The large swimming pool and beautiful garden surroundings make Palita Lodge a relaxing place to stay, even if the Full Moon Party is almost on its doorstep.

Budget options

Thai Dee Garden Resort

Located less than five minutes from Haad Rin Beach, Thai Dee Garden Resort offers fan and air conditioned bungalows and private rooms. This hotel’s convenient location and affordable rooms makes it a great choice for travellers that want to be close to Haad Rin.

Sea Love Bungalows

Sea Love Bungalows provides a selection of inexpensive bungalows steps away from Ban Tai Beach. Air conditioned and fan bungalows are available at fair prices. The resort’s restaurant offers a great choice of Thai dishes right on Ban Tai Beach.

Blue Lotus Resort

Located less than a minute from quiet and beautiful Ban Kai Beach, Blue Lotus Resort offers a selection of fan and air conditioned bungalows. Rooms are clean and simple, set in a quiet garden environment that makes Blue Lotus Resort a peaceful place to stay.

Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar

Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar serves a selection of great Thai seafood dishes just metres from Ban Tai beach. Beachfront dining and beautiful sunsets make this restaurant perfect for romantic dinners.

Luna Lounge Thong Nai Pan Noi

Located close to Thong Nai Pan Noi, Luna Lounge offers a menu made up of Thai classics and international dishes, accompanied by a selection of strong and tasty cocktails.

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita serves excellent Italian food in a beautiful setting. With a view of the sunset on Chao Phao Beach, La Dolce Vita is one of Koh Phangan’s best options for romantic dining.


If you’re in need of a break from Thai food, Peppercorn is an excellent choice. This Western restaurant on Haad Salad serves excellent steak, great desserts and a selection of cocktails.

CRAVE Restaurant and Lounge

CRAVE Restaurant and Lounge serves strong cocktails and excellent American BBQ. If you have a craving for ribs, steak or a burger, this restaurant on Haad Yao is the place to visit.

Alex Restaurant

Alex Restaurant is a simple, unpretentious Thai restaurant near Haad Salad that serves great seafood. Fish is brought in fresh from the local market to prepare many of Alex’s dishes.

Nong Tang Restaurant

Popular with tourists and Koh Phangan locals alike, Nong Tang in Thong Sala is one of Koh Phangan’s most popular Thai restaurants, serving a menu of Thai dishes and fresh seafood.

How to Get to Koh Phangan

From Koh Samui

Although Koh Phangan has no airport of its own, it’s a short one-hour ferry trip from nearby Koh Samui. Ferries depart frequently from Koh Samui’s Big Buddha pier and Nathon, with Songserm tickets priced at 200 baht and Lomprayah Catamaran tickets 300 baht.

From Surat Thani

Several ferries connect Surat Thani and Koh Phangan. The overnight ferry leaves from Surat Thani at 11 pm nightly and arrives in Koh Phangan at 6 am. Tickets, which include a mattress for sleeping, are priced at 400 baht per person.Seatran and Lomprayah ferries depart from Surat Thani several times daily for Koh Samui before continuing to Koh Phangan. The daily Lomprayah Catamaran service from Donsak departs at 12:30 pm daily, arriving at Koh Phangan at approximately 2 pm.

Nearest Airport To Koh Phangan

The nearest airport to Koh Phangan is Koh Samui. Check to compare airlines for the best prices and flight times to Koh Phangan.

Here you can find some tips to book the cheapest flight

How to get around Koh Phangan

Getting around the island is extremely easy, there are songthaews (modified trucks) and taxis driving along the main road every few minutes. Simply wave one down and jump in!

You can also rent a motorbike for the day, costing you around 200-300 baht.

Be aware that the roads have a lot of hills and can be quite windy through some areas. We would not suggest driving a motorbike up into the mountains if you are not an experienced driver.

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