Activities on Koh Phangan outside Haad Rin
Posted on Dec 4, 2014
With a vast assortment of shops, bars, restaurants and daily activities on the beach, there is enough going on in Haad Rin to keep travellers entertained throughout their stay. For those looking to discover more of Koh Phangan, there are a host of activities within a close proximity of this vibrant coastal town. Luckily, Haad Rin is a hub; a starting point to explore the rest of the island.
A trip to bottle beach on the eastern coast is guaranteed to give travellers a true taste of paradise. Known as one of the most beautiful beaches on Koh Phangan, the crescent-shaped cove is lined with swaying palm trees and crystal-clear waters gently greet pristine, white sands. The road to Bottle Beach is yet to be completed and as such, the area is currently only accessible by boat, making for an exciting trip in itself! Longtail boats line the shore at Haad Rin’s Sunrise Beach and for 200-400 Baht, travellers will be whisked away to the exotic shores of Bottle Beach. There are several restaurants on the beach, making it a perfect destination for a day of total relaxation in tropical paradise.
There are also a number of other secluded beaches on the eastern coast, including Haad Tian, Haad Yuan and Than Sadet, all just a short boat trip away from Haad Rin. Alternatively, a boat trip around the island is a great way to visit all the private, untouched beaches for a true sense of escapism.
Khao Ra is highest point on the Koh Phangan and boasts the most spectacular views over dense jungle canopies and Chaloklum bay in the North. It’s an exhilarating 627-meter climb to the top along a nature trail hidden amongst tropical jungle. The trek takes approximately 1.5 hours to reach the top and hikers can experience all the sounds and sights of the island’s vast ecosystem along the way. From Haad Rin, travellers can catch a taxi or drive their own transport towards Thong Sala, then follow the road halfway to Chaloklum before turning right toward the elephant trekking.
Ang Thong National Marine Park
Just a short boat trip from Koh Phangan lies the beautifully pristine Ang Thong archipelago. This spectacular marine park is made up of 42 jagged islands, coated in dense tropical forestry. Abundant with natural beauty, the islands boast hidden coves, lagoons, caves, superb rock formations as well as a coral reefs and effervescent marine life, all untouched by the clutches of modern-day commercialism. A number of operators offer day trips here, complete with snorkeling and canoeing. Boats leave from Thong Sala pier in the morning, a 20-minute drive from Haad Rin, and return at around 18:00. These trips run throughout the week and there are a number of offices in Haad Rin that have booking facilities.
The recently-opened Slip ‘N’ Fly provides perfect daytime entertainment. This water park, located on the Chaloklum road, features two mega slides, for those brave enough, and a smaller slide, no less exhilarating. It’s the first of its kind on Koh Phangan and opens for daytime parties on select days (check website for dates) to provide an exciting venue that is perfect for cooling off in the days’ heat. World-renowned DJ’s play chilled beats from 10:00 – 20:00 and there is a bar and food stalls on-site.
Located on the West coast near Haad Son is Phangan Wipeout. Set on the serene Laem Son Lake, this venue draws great crowds of people for an exhilarating and challenging over-water obstacle course. It consists of rope swings, rolling barrels and climbing wall and is no easy feat! Those who complete this physical challenge will make it onto the Phangan Wipeout leader board!
Tickets for both Slip ‘N Fly and Phangan Wipeout can be purchased at various travel agencies in Haad Rin.
With activities across the island, Koh Phangan has much to offer outside of Haad Rin. Try one (or more!) of the above to make the most out of your stay on this island or take some time to just explore the island. There has never been so much to do over Koh Phangan, from relaxing on picturesque, secluded beaches to enjoying exhilarating water activities, there is something for everyone’s travel tastes.