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In addition to the sandy beaches and the sea, Koh Phangan offers cultural attractions such as Wat Maduea Wan as well. The temple is located at Mu 3 where a replica of the Lord Buddha’s footprint is enshrined on the hilltop Mondop.
● Wat Pho - Herbal Sauna
At Wat Pho, visitors can relax and enjoy the many benefits of a traditional herbal steam sauna. To create the herbal steam that is fed into the sauna, lemongrass is added to hot water which is heated by a log wood fire. Whether you have been out partying too hard or just feel like give yourself a good treatment, this is the place to go to. Herbal sauna has many health benefits not limited to reducing high cholesterol levels to the treatment of skins diseases such as eczema. Most health retreats also offer herbal sauna’s and steam rooms so check out one located near you.
● Viewpoint at Wat Khao Tham
Wat Khao Tam is located in Ban Tai and is a great viewpoint. It is easy to access by moped and there are many sunset bars on the hillside of Nai Wok. Haad Rin has viewpoints at either side of Haad Rin Nok and on the road out of Haad Rin. But in fact there are viewpoints pretty much anywhere on the island, just stop for a minute to appreciate it.
● Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine
The Chinese Temple on Koh Phangan exists today due to the faith of Mrs Malawan. In 1990, when the island still was by large without electricity, Mrs Malawan came to Sangthom Temple on Koh Phangan for a ceremony to present the robes to the priests. One night when Mrs Malawan and some friends were sleeping outside, she dreamt about the Chinese Buddha, Jaomae Kuanim. The Buddha told her to build a firelight for the people. Mrs Malawan then returned to Bangkok to raise the funds and building was completed in 1992.
● Phaeng Waterfall
This is the most respected and most Phaeng Waterfall is one of the major waterfalls on Koh Phangan. There is a steep 250 meters jungle trail walk to get up to the impressive fall. If you walk another 200 meters path up, you will reach a fantastic mountaintop viewpoint. Nearby, there is also a long winding foot trail that leads up the mountain Kao Ra peak and viewpoint.
● Wang Sai Waterfall
Wang Sai Waterfall is sited on the north-west coast of Koh Phangan, close to Mae Had. It has a number of pools to cool off in and the flow is best after heavy rains. It is not the largest waterfall on Koh Phangan, but it is a gorgeous stretch of fresh water in a beautiful spot.
● Than Sadet Waterfall
Than Sadet Waterfall was first visited by the Thai Royalty in 1888 when King Rama V left an inscription on a rock. The inscription still remains today and King Rama V revisited the same spot over 10 times. The present King Bhu Mibol has also been to this sacred series of falls, where the river waters are used in certain Royal Ceremonies, where water is obtained from only a few sources around Thailand. It is a fairy tale of huge granite boulders and multitudes of fresh water pools and you can walk its full 3 km length. The falls are more like huge stepping stones and can be approached from numerous places; either from the magnificent beach of Haad Than Sadet or on the road into Than Sadet (beware; only experienced motorcyclists should attempt the Than Sadet road, otherwise take a boat, taxi or hire a jeep).
● Laem Son Lake
Laem Son Lake is a popular place to cool down and relax in the shade under the pine trees during the hot summer months. You can also find a few rope swings for high diving into the lake. Be careful if you swim here, there have been a few accidents. The line across the lake is only for guidance, it is not a safety rope so only strong and experienced swimmers should attempt to swim across the lake. Laem Son is a protected area, which means no fishing is allowed.
● Khao Ra
Khao Ra stands 630 meters tall and offers incredible views over Chaloklum and Thong Nai Pan for those who climb to the top. The viewpoint is the highest peak on Koh Phangan. On a good day with clear visibility you can see all the way to Koh Tao. The route is not too strenuous, but the path can be difficult to follow at times.
● Thong Sala
Thong Sala is the principal town of the Koh Phangan island and is the home to most of the services and travel connections. Here you can find a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants open both during the day and evening, making Thong Sala worth visiting. There are also several travel shops offering tours and activities.
Thong Sala is the main venue for popular Thai Kick Boxing events, with no less than 3 stadiums! Expect the stadium to be full on the night, so arrive early and grab a snack at a local restaurant before sitting back to enjoy the fight.
● Koh Ma
Instantly recognisable, Koh Ma is a nature wonder special to the island of Koh Phangan. Connected to Koh Phangan by a single long stretch of golden white sand, on a perfect day Koh Ma boasts clear blue sea, colourful corals and a rich array of other marine life. It is easily possible to spend hours exploring the reef parallel to the beach and around the island. On the beachfront there are also several excellent restaurants and bungalows.
Sri Thanu Bay
Leam Sri Thanu is a peninsula between Hin Kong and Ao Sri Thanu. It extends far out from the coast and the small beaches on its coastline are close to the coral reef. The beach is split by a river estuary on the northern end of Sri Thanu Bay and it can only be reached by a footbridge. The is beach wide and the sand is plentiful.
Ban Sri Thanu, the local village and small fishing port is a quaint and interesting place with quite a lot going on. There are several bars and great value Thai restaurants, as well as a market and food area that is located at the main crossroads.
● Phangan Safari & Elephant Trekking
Just outside Chaloklum on Koh Phangan, you can experience an elephant ride through the island's jungle. Enjoy gentle ride on the back of a Thai elephant, lurching and rolling like a crazy drunken fairground ride, pluck ripe rambutan as you pass beneath the boughs. But hang on tight as these majestic old gentlemen of the forests negotiate the slippery, rock-strewn streams, hurrying onwards towards the cool dark rainforests of Koh Phangan Paradise Island.
● Kick Boxing
Just as in most parts of Thailand, Koh Phangan loves its Thai Boxing. The island’s three stadiums are located in Thongsala, Haad Rin and Now Thong Nai Pan Noi. Wherever you are on Koh Phangan, it is always easy to find a Muay Thai fight to watch.
There are usually about six fights a night with local and visiting Thai fighters and a few Farang. To find out when the next big night is, try and decipher what one of the pick-ups with really tinny speakers is saying, look out for the posters or ask aroung, Prince on the door is usually 350 Baht.
If you want to learn the noble art, there are a few good school on the island with English speaking tuition and some very good facilities.
How to get there There are three stadiums in Thongsala, three stadiums in Baan Tai and two in Haad Rin so you'll easily be able to catch a fight during your stay. Thai Boxing is located in the gulf of Thailand just 20 kilometers north of Koh Samui. Contact
Tel. 0 6953 8253 (Thong Sala)
● Baan Tai
This beach offers great views of the sunset over the long stretches of white sands running from Thong Sala down to Baan Khai.