Koh Pha Ngan Attractions
The 19.4-km (12-mi.) long and 11.6-km (7-mi.) wide island of Koh Pha Ngan is situated about 16 km (10 mi.) north of Koh Samui and for some years has served as an overflow resort when Koh Samui has been overcrowded. More than half of the island still consists of jungle dominated by the limestone mountains which descend to the beaches in places. The population of about 8000 is dependent primarily upon fishing for its livelihood with tourism increasingly becoming more than just a source of additional income. Koh Pha Ngan has excellent beaches but, apart from the beauty of the jungle, no particular sights. The chief town, Thong Sala, roughly in the middle of the south-west coast, has an adequate infrastructure (post office, telephones, exchange) and even a little night life.By ferry: from (Surat Thani) Don Sak, usually calling at Koh Samui. One boat leaves from Bo Phut Beach on Koh Samui at 9.30am, arriving at Chalok Lam, Koh Pha Ngan, 11/2 hours later. Return boat to Koh Samui leaves at 2.30pm.Among the beautiful beaches with good snorkeling are Thong Sala, Ban Tai, Yang, Ban Khai and Si Thanu.The fascinating subtropical world and superb beaches of the other islands in the Ang-Thong archipelago and Marine Park can be reached by boat. Whilst numerous islands are still uninhabited there are already some bungalows on Koh Khanom and Koh Sichon. The "Blue Lagoon" on Thale Nai is worth a visit and the climb up the Utthayan hills (approx. 40 minutes, viewing platform) should not be missed. Daily boat trips to Ang-Thong Marine Park leaves Na Thon, Koh Samui, at 8.30am and returns at 5pm.
Wat Khao Tham
A visit to the meditation temple of Wat Khao Tham with a footprint of Buddha is worth a visit. The temple stands on a hilltop near Ban Tai.