Bottle beach is an isolated and beautiful beach in koh phangan. Most of the people take a long tail boat to get there, but you sould know you also have a jungle trail to this beach. From the start point in Chaloklum it will take you about 2 hours to get there, and this is a very good experience.
Phangan has much to offer. Apart from the parties and relaxing on one of the many nice beaches there is a lot of fun stuff to do. You can go trekking in the jungle, see and swim in waterfalls, go kitesurfing, elephant riding, snorkling, diving, see or learn Thai boxing, fitness, paintball and so on.
You can take a tantra yoga course while you are in Thong Nai Pan, and even go on a retreat! Ask for Dao at Chai Ya Bar/Restaurant (9:30am) or Thai Terrace Bungalows (4pm). Dao was certified by an Indian man whose school is located in Ban Tai (see website below). If you want to take a serious course (ie. Teacher Training), she can introduce you to him. Tantra Yoga combines meditation and breathing with asanas. The classes are 200 baht each, 1 1/2- 2 hours long, and are good for any level. Dao also does occasional retreats by longtail boat to Ang Thong National Marine Park. This is a great way to de-stress from your real life as well as meeting some great people.
(This yoga no longer exists UFN)
SAIL ROCK DIVE CENTER (Koh Phangan)
This dive center is now a 5-star Padi center effective December 2009. The service quality, its professionalism, and facilities deserve attention. The instructors/ divemasters are English speaking expatriates residing in Phangan for years each with almost 10-15 years diving experience. For those Thai speaking learners, there is one Thai instructor as well. It has an in-house certified NITROX (ie enriched air ) cylinders/tank filling equippments, almost brand new Aqualung gear for fun diving trips and speedboats to reach dive sites earliest before the arrival of other groups of divers. The centre is located in the North of Koh Phangan being closest to the famous dive spot namely Sail Rock. I had 7 dives there. Less crowd means more safety, in particular to us recreational divers. For those with family members being not interested in diving, one can keep the kids, non-diver partners at the in-house swimming pool for a maximum 3m deep training and/or swimming, or even take a Buy- one- get -one free drink at its in-house British style Bar. Before committing to the center, I did google through and found that the dive center offer the most competitive rate with efficient email replies from its friendly directors. After dives, cost-effective is my conclusion. To be more objective, on top of recommendation Re: speedboat , I guess when sea is rough, the quick speedboat trip maybe bit bumpy. In any event, this is the price. Being an advanced open diver with nitrox certification, I say the center deserve your comparison with other service provider.
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If you want to go diving or snorkelling you really should look further than Koh Tao! Koh Phangan offers the same sites pus more and avoids all the overcrowded Koh Tao madness.
I recently went diving with Reefers Dive Resort as they offered free accommodation while I was doing my advanced course. The owners have been working on the island diving for years but have just opened their own shop so they have this amazing enthusiam which really rubs off on everyone around them. I took a couple of trips and we saw a whale shark which was one of the best experiences of my life. After diving I wasn't just a customer; they really made sure that i felt part of the group and always invited everyone to join for sunset beers especially if you're travelling by yourself. The equipment is brand new and the service top class. Im going back for more diving with them as soon as i can.
It took a couple of days to unwind from the long travel by train/bus /boat to get to Samui & ko Phangan.So we didn't want to do anything but sleep,swim,eat ,read and enjoy the wonderful view from our hut.......Phangan Style
Everyone who comes to Koh Phangan usually tries to participate in the full moon party which happens on different dates of every month at the Sunrise beach. Tourist floods the island as early as 1 week in advance to the actual date. Read up more online and you will soon realize that this event is really one of the must participate parties in the world!
What I enjoyed most in Ko Phangan is the less development surrounding than Ko Samui.
There are many different beaches around the island which can be reached by less developed land routes or more fun by sea.
A great island just to relax and enjoy the sea and nature.
Aparently Haad Salad used to be a pirates hideout, where they waited until their ships were full of booty and slaves before setting off to trade. It is a beautiful and secluded beach set in a little cove surrounded by high jungle hills.
If you feel the need to need to get away from it all try Bottle beach. There are only 4 bungalow operations there (3 of which are owned by the same family).
The beach is quite and good for snorkeling. For nightlife, it's the make your own variety. One of the Bottle beach bungalows tries to show a film each night, but it depends on how much power the generator has.
Bottle beach can only be reached by boat.
Acomodation for all budgets. NO BIG RESORTS HERE YIPPPEEE
If you get a chance go to Mae Haad/Ko Ma. We found that this place was great for snorkeling. Plenty of fish to be soon and if you head further out the coral is amazing. You may need flippers to reach the coral.
Please don't stand on the coral.
The locals put on an awesome show with the fire spinning using staffs and poi, when i was there any foreigners could walk up and have a go. Great fun and you get to do it in front of a few hundred people. Would reccomend you only do it if you know what your doing, if not just enjoy the show
Haad Rin has a vibe all of it's own.
There are so many tourists that come to party in this little town that sometimes it doesn't even feel like you are still in Thailand.
When the full and half moon party's are on there are drunken tourist's everywhere walking the streets until the sun rises and the "Buckets of Joy" are in high demand..
Haad Rin Nok beach is great for a swim during the day and for a party at night with many bars right on the beach.
A westerner can have all the food, accomodation and even movies that he or she would have back home.
The party atmosphere in Haad Rin is different from the rest of Koh Phangan where life happens much slower.
This place is called the Sramanora waterfall or "River on stone"
The bungalo's in the background are only 500 Baht per night but Im not sure what they have in them as I just went there for a cooling swim.
There is a great family run restuarant here too with some excellent mountain views.
A piece of advice: If you have a moterbike you can ride all the way up to this pool so don't park in the carpark and walk...Too far!
Not to far out from Haad rin on the way to Baan Tai there is a turn off to the right to the "river on stone"natural pool and waterfall.
It is a little out of the way to get to but well worth the effort.
When it gets hot during the day and you want to cool off, then this is a great place to come.
The very cool and clean water coming down off the mountain will wake you up and cool you down as it did to me.
After a dip here I felt revitalized and very refreshed.
There is a resturant and cold drinks here and bungalo's as pictured for 500 baht per night.
There is a 20 baht fee for the pool.