From Koh Samui to Koh Phangan 2019

Ko Pha Ngan is an island in southeast Thailand that’s renowned for its monthly Full Moon Party but also for it’s laid back and welcoming but small gay scene and pristine beaches! Definitely worth a trip if you are in Koh Samui!

Gay Koh Phangan

Gay Koh Phangan is the stuff that beach dreams are made of! Idyllic and a little schizophrenic – from crazy parties to undiscovered beach coves!

Just 15km north of Koh Samui lies Koh Phangan – famous for not only the monthly Full Moon Party that draws up to 30,000 visitors from all over the globe – but also for offering visitors spectacular nature. Picturesque beaches with stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand and neighboring islands, to tropical jungle forests that is home to an array of exotic animal and plant life, are just the tip of the iceberg of what makes Koh Phangan such a jewel.

Many visitors to Koh Phangan will only experience the full moon and miss the island’s other party possibilities. Across any night of the year, Koh Phangan can be hosting a number of parties which cater to all tastes.

Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan has a popular gay beach close to the centre of town.

Thong-Sala

Thong Sala has a gay bar and guest house and is open and friendly.

Gay Bars

L’Alcove Wine Bar is locally well known for its beach front Sunday live music events and 4You, a gay cocktail bar that also offers a menu of delicious foods, is sure to be the perfect start or ending point for a fun evening. Alcove Koh Phangan, gay owned bistro is a great choice of delicious wines, plateau of cheeses and delicatessens, roasted duck legs and salads and many more make this place a must go.

The Gay Beach at Koh Phangan

Although you’ll find gay travelers on all the beaches of Koh Phangan, this small beach is a firm favorite among the locals.

Located on the left of Secret Beach (Hadson Beach) on the West side of the island, this secluded little bay attracts a small young gay crowd, especially on weekends. The next little beach alcove is a much loved nudist spot & if you’re thirsty the nearby beach bar on Secret Beach ensures no one runs dry.

The gay scene on Phangan is fast-growing, albeit from a very small scale. There’s a small gay beach and a healthy mix of gay-owned & gay-friendly bars, resorts and bungalows.

For You is a Gay-managed bar & guesthouse in the heart of Thong Sala town centre on Koh Phangan. The bar’s friendly service and central location make it a perfect place to begin, end or have a fun night out.

Getting to Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is accessible only by ferry with numerous carrier options available. A fast ferry takes you shore to shore in 30 minutes, with the longer ferry taking 50 minutes. Part of the fun island experience of getting around is hiring a scooter or making use of the open-sided taxi services.

Thong Sala is the main town with everything from gay owned/friendly restaurants & bars, gay resorts & even a small gay beach, within easy distance. Party goers tend to stay near Haad Rin where all the parties take place. Thong Nai Pan is the most upmarket area that offers some of Koh Phangan’s most luxurious resorts.

Where to Stay in Koh Phangan?

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Anantara Rasananda 5 Star

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Located along beautiful Tong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas offers spacious villas and suites with free WiFi, private pool and terrace. It also features a fitness room.

Cocohut Beach Resort & Spa 4 Star

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This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Located at Leela Beach, Ko Phangan, Cocohut Beach Resort offers rooms with private balconies and cable TVs. It features an outdoor pool and free transfers from Haad Rin Pier.

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