Attractions

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Gulf Islands

Ang Thong Marine National Park

The 40-some jagged jungle islands of Ang Thong Marine National Park stretch across the cerulean sea like a shattered emerald necklace – each piece a virgin realm featuring sheer limestone cliffs, hidden lagoons and …
Top Choice Waterfall in Ko Pha-Ngan

Nam Tok Phaeng

Nam Tok Phaeng is protected by a national park; this waterfall is a pleasant reward after a short but rough hike. After the waterfall (dry out of season), it's a further exhilarating 15-minute climb up a root-choked…
Top Choice Waterfall in Hat Lamai & the Southeast

Na Muang Waterfalls

Spilling down from the island's highest points, these two waterfalls – close to each other – are lovely when in full spate, pouring frigid water into rock pools and gushing down towards the blue sea. The larger of t…
Top Choice Beach in Ko Pha-Ngan

Hat Khuat

This lovely stretch of sand overlooked by green hills is a superb choice for a relaxing day of swimming and snorkelling, and the bungalow operations along the beach beckon would-be overnighters. There's a great hike…
Top Choice Beach in Ko Pha-Ngan

Hat Than Sadet

Fronted by a fringe of coconut trees, the lovely beach of Hat Than Sadet rewards the scooter journey from Thong Sala, Ao Thong Nai Pan or Ban Tai. Explore up and down the delightful beach, and consider crossing the …
Top Choice Viewpoint in Mae Nam & the North Coast

View Top

For the best views over the island, take your scooter up to the View Top past the Mae Nam Viewpoint. There are some pretty steep switchbacks on the way up near the top, but you'll be rewarded with some stunning view…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Bo Phut & the Northeast

Wat Plai Laem

The most arresting statue on the island is the thousand-arm Kwan Im (the Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion), displayed with 18 arms, in a fan arrangement at this recently built, stunning temple. Perched on an islan…
Top Choice Village in Bo Phut & the Northeast

Fisherman's Village

This concentration of narrow Chinese shophouses in Bo Phut has been transformed into some trendy (and often midrange) boutique hotels, eateries, cafes and bars. The accompanying beach, particularly the eastern part,…
Top Choice Area in Hat Lamai & the Southeast

Ban Hua Thanon

Just south of Hat Lamai, Hua Thanon is full of photo ops and home to a vibrant Muslim community; its anchorage of high-bowed fishing vessels by the almost deserted beach through the palm trees at the end of the comm…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Hat Lamai & the Southeast

Wat Racha Thammaram

This temple (the name means Snake Stone Temple) on the south side of Rte 4169 has a recently built red-clay temple hall, decorated with a fascinating display of bas-relief designs and statues. It's an astonishing si…