General Information Koh phangan.

 

General Information

Koh Phangan is approximately 100 km away from the town of Surat Thani. It is located between Koh Samui and Koh Tao – some 20 km from Koh Samui and around 45 km away from Koh Tao. With the total area of about 168 square kilometers, the island is the second biggest next to Samui Island. Phangan Island comprises only 3 tambon: Tambon Koh Phangan, Tambon
Bantai and Tambon Koh Tao. Currently, the population of Phangan is 11,656, the most important careers of which are coconut
plantations, fishing and tourist businesses.

Mostly its land area is of mountains, forests and plains. In the middle of the island stretches the Khao Ra Mountains from
the north to the south, the peak of which is 627 meters high. Also in the east are some more mountains running through to
the sea. Its virgin forests are all around these mountains. The only plain is in the west of the island. Along the seashore
there are a lot of boulders and rock formations. Many bays and coves can suitably be served as anchorages and tourist
attractions.

The weather is about the same all year round. From October to January are monsoon months; there is a lot of rain and quite a
strong wind, particularly in the east of the island. Generally, visitors can make a trip to the island throughout the year.

Regarding the name “Phangan,” it is said to come from “lang ngan” the Thai local dialect meaning sandbank.

Phangan was raised to a sub-district in 1970 and then in 1977 it has become a district attached to Surat Thani Province.

The beach are really worth spending some time on and the island has long been famed within Thailand for its extraordinary beauty. King Chulalongkorn (Rama IV) was a regular visitor and he carved his initials into more than one of the island's rocks.

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