Koh Phangan has been a hidden haven for the discerning tourist and budget backpacker since the 60's. People found their way to Koh Phangan largely through word of mouth until the 1990's, when the full moon parties introduced this pristine island to the wider world. Once visitors found the sparkling waters, the calm, laid-back way of life, the gorgeous sunsets and moonrises, and the lush beauty of the interior, Koh Phangan became the must-see destination for the worldly tourist in the world.
Koh Phangan is the 5th biggest island in Thailand with its area of 168 km2 and the population of 12000 locals. It ranks as the second largest island in the Gulf region.The island is located northeast of Surat Thani, about 20 kilometers from Koh Samui. Koh Phangan is surrounded by several smaller islands such as Koh Tao, Koh Tae Nok, Koh Tae Nai and Koh Ma. The island's west coast is characterized by wide plains while cliffs dominate the east. The island is otherwise surrounded by charming beaches, beautiful coves and clear waters, with an abundance of coral reefs. The district (“amphoe”) of Koh Phangan consists of three sub districts (“tambon”): Koh Phangan, Ban Tai and Koh Tao. Monthly, along with Koh Samui, Koh Phangan carries 1 million coconuts to Bangkok for export. Next to the coconut industry, they live off tourism and fishing.