Ao Srithanu, Ko Phangan

BEACH
On the west side of Ko Phangan, about 300 meters from the main road, is a small white sandy beach called Ao Shrithanu. With a relaxed atmosphere, pearly white powder sand and a coral reef in front of the beach, it is a nice place to celebrate your holiday.

The bay is about 200 meters long and is swimmable during both low and high tide. You can enjoy the sunset from this beach! On the south side of Ao Shrithanu is a cove that fishermen use to moor their boats. It is only a 10-minute walk to the village of the same name where you can buy everything and enjoy good food.

WHERE TO STAY
On Ao Srithanu are different mid-range stays offering bungalows, like Seaview Rainbow or Nice Sea Resort with a cozy bar on the beach. Leamsom Resort is more of a hangout for travelers with budget bungalows on a good part of the beach.

South of the main beach you will find 2 more upper range stays, Phangan Cove Beach Resort and Loyfa Natural Resort. To reach Loyfa Natural Resort you have to cross the creek. They have a small private beach and 2 swimming pools.

You will find a wide variety of places to eat at the beach or in the village which is just a 5-minute walk.

From the pier to Ao Srithanu, a shared taxi costs 200 baht. This beach is easily accessible by scooter.

ISLAND
Ko Phangan in the Lower Gulf is a nice surprise because most of the island is very touristy (the kind of place we normally avoid). However, we did find some very nice TreasureBeaches. Ko Phangan is perhaps most famous for its Full Moon Party, a monthly beach party held on Hat Rin during the full moon. It is probably better to avoid the island during this period. Outside this period, however, it remains a fun destination to visit.

WHAT TO DO
The island offers a diverse range of activities, making it suitable for travellers with different interests, whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or cultural experiences. From scuba diving and snorkeling trips, to visiting a coconut plantation or feeding elephants. In addition to the opportunity to sign up for cooking or boxing classes, the island offers great hiking trails that take you to the island’s tropical rainforest. There are also kitesurfing spots located on the south coast.

Ko Phangan is known for its numerous wellness and yoga resorts that offer classes and retreats for those looking to rejuvenate their minds and bodies.

You have to visit Ko Ma! This is the most photographed beach on Ko Phangan. This island is connected to Mae Hat beach by a pure white sandbank. Bring your beach towel so you can sunbathe on the sandbank. Although the beach can be relatively crowded, Ko Ma is definitely a nice day trip.

The Thong Sala Night Market, also known to locals as Pantip Market, is home to Ko Phangan’s best street food vendors. The market is located near Thong Sala Pier.

TRANSPORT
The most common way to reach Ko Phangan is by plane, train, or (mini)bus from Bangkok to Chumphon or Surat Thani. You can take different types of ferry services to Ko Phangan from Dansok Pier near Surat Thani or from the Lompraya Pier near Chumphon.

Some people fly to Ko Samui and take the ferry from here. This is much more expensive, but faster compared to the Surat Thani and Chumphon connection – although the time savings are somewhat disappointing.

When you enter the pier in Thong Sala in Ko Phangan, take a shared taxi or private taxi to your beach. You can easily rent a scooter on the island.