Buddhist Temple in Ko Pha-Ngan

Guanyin Temple

Signposted as the 'Goddess of Mercy Shrine Joss House', this fascinating Chinese temple is dedicated to the bodhisattva Guanyin, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. The temple's Chinese name (普岳山) on the entrance gate re…
Landmark in Ko Pha-Ngan

Ko Pha-Ngan's tallest Yang Na Yai Tree

Near Wat Pho, Ko Pha-Ngan's tallest Yang Na Yai (dipterocarpus alatus; ยางนา) is an astonishing sight as you veer round the bend for the diminutive Wat Nok temple, a small shrine tucked away in the greenery. These c…
Buddhist Temple in Ko Pha-Ngan

Wat Khao Tham

With resident female monks, Wat Khao Tham, near Ban Tai, sits among the trees high on a hill. A bulletin board details a meditation retreat at the temple; see the website for details. Don't miss the temple hall at t…
Buddhist Temple in Ko Pha-Ngan

Wat Pho

With a dazzling gateway and extensive temple grounds, Wat Pho, near Ban Tai, has a herbal sauna (admission 50B) accented with natural lemon grass. When we last visited, a new temple hall was under construction.
Buddhist Temple in Ko Pha-Ngan

Wat Phu Khao Noi

The oldest temple on the island is Wat Phu Khao Noi, near the hospital in Thong Sala. While the site is open to visitors throughout the day, the monks are only around in the morning.
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-chok…
Waterfall in Ko Pha-Ngan

Nam Tok Than Sadet

These falls feature boulders carved with the royal insignia of Rama V, Rama VII and Rama IX. King Rama V enjoyed this hidden spot so much that he returned over a dozen times between 1888 and 1909. The river waters o…
Beach in Ko Pha-Ngan

Hat Khuat

Also called Bottle Beach, Hat Khuat is a good choice for a relaxing day of swimming and snorkelling, and some opt to stay the night at one of the several bungalow operations along the beach.
Lighthouse in Ko Pha-Ngan


Lighthouse towards the southeast end of the Hat Rin peninsula.