Koh Phangan – the mystical, magical tropical island – is the laid back, independent, freespirited, slightly wild child that everyone just loves to love. Sister island to the more famous Koh Samui, here in the Thai gulf, Phangan has its own unique flavour! The island is currently undergoing a resurgent popularity with an ever increasing influx of new faces and personalities. Koh Phangan Businesses which were not sustainable just a few years ago are now very much on the cards.
Koh Phangan rental properties are in high demand as the island attracts ever more affluent visitors. Current rental rates are breaking new record highs year on year (for better or for worse!) If there was ever a time to invest then it would be now. With ever better services, supplies, hospitals etc the island is becoming truly world class and a cleaner, safer option to its bigger sister – Koh Samui. Phangan land purchase prices are still relatively low compared to Samui, other resorts, and of course, Phuket.
So what’s so great about Koh Phangan you might say?…well, Koh Phangan is not ‘just’ a beautiful tropical island gem with awesome natural beauty and amazing beaches. Koh Phangan also has a personality…it is laid back, free, individual, a thinking person’s Koh Samui, an unprocessed and unpackaged holiday destination. A great place to be and live. Stemming from the local Thai peoples natural acceptance of others, it’s very unjudgemental here. Often I think of it as the perfect antidote to a hurried and stressful life eaked out in Hong Kong, London, New York, or wherever. Koh Phangan seems to exist in a kind of time warp where everything seems to slow down…no really it does 🙂
16 years of Koh Phangan
Over the last 16 years of living and working here there have been astonishing changes and now the island boasts world famous food supermarkets such as Big C, Tesco and also Makro. There were none of these, bastions of buying, when I first arrived here. Of course it’s always good to remember the fresh markets for vegetables, fish and also various meats too, putting something back into the local community.
Koh Phangan still has a local fishing industry so fresh (and I mean fresh) fish , crabs, and prawns can be bought that have been caught the same day. We now also have some new well equipped hospitals on the island if there should happen to be some kind of mishap during your stay, however long that may be. Thai hospitals such as Bandon, Bangkok and also First Western Hospital are now present on the island.
Koh Phangan – mystical, magical tropical island! My kind of place!
Koh Phangan parties…yes it does!
So, many people have heard of the world famous Koh Phangan Full Moon Party, but did you know that for the last ten years or so there have been many other ‘smaller’ parties here on the island? By smaller I still mean 3,000 plus party goers! Think of a type of moon…and there will be a party named after it! Full Moon, Half Moon, Black Moon, ‘2 days after a Half Moon party’ 😉 , and so on. There is also the very popular and extravagant Jungle Experience Party too, can you guess where that one is held?
What about after the parties or for the ‘more mature’ crowd?
The last 5 years or so have noticed a marked increase in services, restaurants, and businesses here on the island. The recent western economic crisis affected nearly everyone, and Koh Phangan was no different. But Koh Phangan has bounced back and is now as vibrant as it was ten years (or more) ago with even more choices of places to eat, drink, exercise, parctice yoga, and generally enjoy. Now Koh Phangan – the mystical, magical tropical island can also be seen as many things. A yoga dream destination, a kiteboarder hub, a meditation center, a beach lovers destination, or just somewhere you can feel safe leaving the keys in your motorbike while you pop into the 7-11 or even go and get a meal.