Renowned throughout the world for its Full Moon Party, many miss out on Koh Phangans more peaceful, undamaged side. Much of the island is only accessible by boat or four-wheel drive jeep, both of which you can hire, either for short journeys or for a whole day to explore the island. You can also take a vehicle across to Koh Phangan by ferry from Koh Samui. If you linger a little longer you will soon discover some incredible natural scenery and unique island communities.
Thong Nai Pan on the North East coast of Koh Phangan has some of the finest beaches in Thailand. In fact, Thong Nai Pan Noi (small) is already home to the island’s three most luxurious resorts: Panviman, Santhiya and the recently opened Rasananda Resort. Less up market but no less appealing, Baan Pongs famous restaurant at the Flip Flop beach bar serves excellent Thai and Burmese food, while the village behind the beach is a home away from home for many of Thailands top artists, models and a whole generation of travellers who have based their holidays on Thong Nai Pan year after year.
Further inland, Thansadet is the island’s national park, where past Kings visited the stunning waterfalls and spread Koh Phangans fame throughout the Kingdom. The north east coast is also the place to spot giant monitor lizards, which can grow up to three metres in length. Those with stamina can trek to the top of Khao Ra, the islands highest mountain for incredible panoramic views. A guide can be hired locally to help you locate paths through the jungle. Thrill seekers can also try kiteboarding, wakeboarding, elephant riding, mountain biking, and kayaking on Koh Phangan, or of course, you could just curl up in a hammock with a good book.
Koh Phangan is also now a Mecca for wellbeing with a choice of yoga, massage and fasting centres. Thai Chi and many alternative healing arts are taught in beautiful locations across the island, the most famous being The Sanctuary in Haad Tien, accessible only by boat. This renowned wellness centre attracts an international crowd who come to rejuvenate and recharge away from the stresses of global life. There is also a herbal steam and sauna at Wat Pho in Ban Tai village where you can make a donation and experience this relaxing treatment in a traditional Thai setting.
Thong Sala is Koh Phangans Thai capital with thriving markets selling fruit, vegetables and fresh fish. Enterprising Thais and foreigners have created a lively social scene in Thongsala, even building a small cinema so you can catch all the latest releases and timeless classics during your stay.
With mountain and tropical forests still making up over seventy percent of Koh Phangan, this beautiful island is a perfect getaway for those looking for nature, off the beaten track. Only 12km from Koh Samui, Koh Phangan has developed at a much steadier pace and although there’s now a Tesco Lotus superstore and even an airport planned for the future, its national parks and sandy beaches have secured the island as a “green dream” in the hearts of many international travellers.
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Villa 14 is a private luxury villa nestling on a hill on the far side of KANDA Residences Samui a 5 star resort and has the best views of any villa in the resort. You will feel private here and at home, as we the owners, have made it like a home and not just a villa for rent. The layout of the villa, which is Bali style, allows one to be private wherever you are in the villa, perfect for a honeymoon couple.
Your guests can be enjoying the sea view from the Living/dining pavilion while you are enjoying a moment alone together on the balcony of the master bedroom with a romantic sea view you cannot imagine.
Sightseeing around Koh Samui is fun and there are lots of places to visit. But if you want to get away from the crowds and have a moment of tranquility by yourself, then I have just the place for you on Koh Samui. Think air travel…this would be the view from the air; a stunning vista across the island to the east coast. Imagine, sitting on the rock in the photograph and taking in this magnificent view. This special place will make you feel as solid as the rock.
My secret place was discovered by a friend who came to stay last summer.
Jerzy loved exploring Koh Samui in his 4×4 motor vehicle and spent hours driving around the island.
On his travels he discovered places that were off the beaten track. Some are marked on maps of Koh Samui, but others are not.
Here is one place he discovered on the east coast of Koh Samui, off the main ring road just past Lamai.
A stunning viewpoint of east coast of Samui from a huge rock high up in the surrounding hills.
As you continue along the path you will find yourself surrounded by coconut trees and be reminded why Koh Samui is known as the island of coconut palms.
As you reach the crest of the hill it flattens out and ahead you will see a huge boulder and feel a fresh cool breeze on your face.
Head for the boulder situated in amongst a patch of trees. Once you arrive and step onto the rock the vista will take your breath away.
Don’t go to close to the edge of the rock, as it is a long way down. Just sit on the rock and take in the magnificent view.
Directions to the rock
Coming from Lamai turn right off the main ring road (4169) opposite Temple Sila Ngu onto a concrete road, which leads straight up the hill. The viewpoint you are making for is marked on the map as Overlap Stone Viewpoint.
If you are driving it is advisable to tackle this in a 4×4, as it is very steep in parts. Even if you are driving, I suggest at the end of the concrete road you park your vehicle on the road and set-off on foot for the remainder of the way. At the end of the path you will see the rock and you will not be disappointed.