Top Adventure Sports in Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan’s full moon and half moon party’s are well documented and attract thousands of people from around the world for the hedonistic experience on Haad Rin beach, however what many people don’t know is that Koh Phangan is home to a wide range of adventure sports, beautiful mountains and a vibrant coast. As Thailand’s 5th largest island and often overlooked as people head to the popular Koh Samui or Koh Tao, both of which are a short boat ride away. Despite this there is plenty to do to keep people occupied, even if the full moon party is not your thing. Here are some of the top adventure sports in Koh Phangan.
Wake Up! Wakeboarding is the only professionally run wakeboarding company in Koh Phangan and indeed the Gulf of Thailand, run by former wakeboarders in Chaloklum Bay. Wake Up! Wakeboarding provides customers with the best equipment with brands including Hyperlite, Jobe, O’Brien, CWB and Liquid Force,and offers wakeboarding, wakesurfing, wake-skating and water-skiing in the tranquil bay which offers generally more protected conditions from chop.
Phangan Bicycle Tours is Koh Phangan’s first and only company for guided bicycle tours, which take in some breathtaking scenery around the island. Exploring the island on 2 wheels is an ideal way to take in the local culture as well as explore the surrounding countryside. With a population of just 14,000 there is relatively little traffic compared to Koh Phangan’s neibour, Koh Samui and so cycling tours around Koh Phangan can be more relaxing. There are also many unpaved trails in the mountains, some of which connect beaches as of yet devoid of any hotels or resorts and so often you can find yourself on a tropical beach all to yourself.
There are plenty of opportunities for hiking in Koh Phangan. Check out the tallest peak, Khao Ra which looms over the Eastern part of Koh Phangan at 627m tall. It is a 2 hour slog to the top but the breathtaking views makes it worthwhile. Along the way you will pass old growth forest and if you are lucky you may spot some wildlife such as macaques and monitor lizards plus an array of insects. Take plenty of water and insect repellent and enjoy the peace and quiet of this hike.
There are plenty of other activities such as kiteboarding, scuba diving and ziplining in and around Koh Phangan so it is well worth visiting if you’re in the Gulf of Thailand, it also offers a wide range of accommodation and prices are often less than its noisy neighbors. Next time you are here check out our top adventure sports in Koh Phangan or contact us for more information about what to do.