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About Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan Travel Information

Koh Phangan - the island was uninhabited until about 600 years ago when passing monks realised its tranquillity and spiritual importance and settled In Wat Phu Khao Noi just outside Thongsala. It is Thailand's fifth biggest island and has an area of 167 km2 and thus over 90% of Phangan is unspoilt tropical forest; and due to its granite structure, there are several small mountains where it's possible to trek and even camp. There is an abundance of wildlife from monkeys to birds of paradise and then there is the amazing underwater world that surrounds Koh Phangan; with over 10kms of vibrant coral and 20 local dive sites. And if you have any energy after that, there is the nightlife that the island became internationally famous for, with the globally renowned Full Moon Party and weekly outdoor events in jungle and beachfront venues.

INTERNET & EMAIL
Koh Phangan has tons of Internet shops dotted around the island which are either independent or inside the hotel; the old dial-up modems are almost a thing of the past as most shops now have ADSL broadband services. For those of you with a laptop, you will find fairly good wireless network coverage around the island.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Songthaew Taxi
A songthaew is a combination of a taxi and a bus and is usually a utility vehicle or pickup that has been converted to carry people. They work much in the way that public buses do but without bus stops, fare collectors or timetables. Thus if you want to travel at normal price, the car may wait to fill up then pick up and drop off as passengers wish to embark. The most popular route between Haad Rin and Thongsala has a set price of Baht 50 per person; but expect this and other prices to double after the last boat arrives.

Longtail Boat
A few years back the only way to get around Koh Phangan was on a longtail boat and it is still a great way to see the island. The east coast beaches of Haad Yuan, Thien, Yao (east) and Yang are best accessed

SONGTHAEW TAXI
Thongsala - Haad Rin . 50 Baht
Thongsala - Ban Tai 50 Baht
Thongsala - Thong Nai Pan 100 Baht
Thongsala - Chalokum 100 Baht
Thongsala - Haad Yao 100 Baht


MINIBUS TAXI
Haad Rin - Thongsala 80 Baht
Haad Rin - Chaloklum 150 Baht
Haad Rin - Haad Yao 150 Baht
Haad Rin - Thong Nai Pan 200

PLEASE NOTE : The taxi fares above are the minimum price per person - prices will change depending on season and time of day. Also, most of the time the taxis will only leave when full, so you may have to wait - if you want to leave immediately or are travelling alone the fare may be up to 500 Baht to hire the taxi.

MOTORBIKE & JEEP RENTAL

Motorbikes & Mopeds
Mopeds such as the Honda Dream with gears but no clutch and the fully automatic Yamaha Mio are available from Baht 150- Baht 250 per day. Dirt bikes such as the Honda MTX125 are more suitable for the rougher roads and the more experienced rider, but expect to pay Baht 200-Baht 350 per day.

Always check the bike before you take it!

As a word of warning, the roads on Koh Phangan are not the best; many steep hills, potholes and patches of dirt and sand. It is easy to end up out of control causing damage to the bike and probably yourself. Wear a helmet and drive carefully; the island is not a race track.
Finally, never drive around with valuables in the front basket; this is a danger and is also an easy target for thieves.
If you are first time driver we recommend that you either take a taxi or get those legs working by renting a mountain bike.

4WD Jeeps
4WD Suzuki Caribbean jeeps are the best way to get around and can be cheap if shared by a group. They range in price from Baht 700 for an old banger to Baht 1200 per day for a new one. Most are not insured so if you have an accident you will be in for a hefty bill. Shop around if you want insurance and always ask if there is any. Again, do not be tempted to drink and drive, there are very few road barriers and a lot of cliffs.

NO DRINK DRIVING. The police have been instructed to hand out a steep fine for offenders.

LOCAL CUSTOMS
As a visitor in Thailand, please respect the local customs to avoid offending other people. In Thailand it is polite to be aware that the following behaviours are considered rude and will reflect badly on other tourists:

1. Don't touch the head of older Thai people, as the head is believed to be the most sacred part of the body.
2. Don't step across the body of Thai people sitting or lying on the floor.
3. Don't disrespect or talk badly about the King and the Royal Family.
4. Always take off shoes before entering into a Thai house or Buddhist Temple.
5. Don't wear a only bikini or swim-suit in the town or while walking around in public places.
6. Generally Thai women are conservative. So do not touch them without their consent.

STAYING LONG TERM
Phangan is a great place to call home, especially with the low cost of living and healthy outdoor lifestyle; and if you are thinking of opening a business or buying a residence on the Island, the time couldn't be better with excellent growth predicted for Phangan's business sector and very competitive prices on land and house deals To assist you make the right decisions and provide accurate advice, there are several professional businesses located around the island offering legal advice, real estate sales and leasing, serviced home rental, construction, surveying and other essential services.

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