Hat Khom, Ko Phangan

BEACH
Hat Khom is a secluded beach in the north of Ko Phangan, where you can relax and enjoy the sun. The bay is small and surrounded by palm trees with good, shaded areas if the sun gets too bright. The beach is not wide, even with low tide. With fine white sand, crystal-clear water and a coral reef near the coast, it is a lovely place to spend some days and snorkel. Lastly, you can see many colorful fish swimming here, although the coral is nothing special.

At low tide, the water remains shallow, so before you can swim you will have to walk a bit. The water at the west end of the beach is rocky but still good enough for swimming. If you walk to the east, fewer rocks are in the water.

WHERE TO STAY
Ocean Experience and Coconut Beach Bungalows are the places to stay if you are looking for more comfort. Coral Bay and Haad Khom Bungalows are more budget options. Coral Bay has a traveler’s vibe.

All stays have restaurants. We recommend having a drink at Coral Bay where you can enjoy the great view over Chaloklum. It is 1,5-kilometer drive to other restaurants.

Hat Khom is an easily accessible bay in the northern area of Ko Phangan. When you enter the pier in Thong Sala, take a shared taxi to Hat Khom for 200 baht. Hat Khom 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.