Koh Phangan, Thailand

 

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Thailand’s Paradise Island

Located off the Southeast coast of Thailand, the paradise island of Koh Phangan is considered one of the best kept secret destinations for travelers worldwide.  White sand beaches hug the sparkling blue ocean waters for deep relaxation & fun-filled adventures~ snorkeling, diving, hiking, kayaking are but a few. Scrumptious vegetarian & seafood cuisine & exotic fruit refreshments await your taste buds as you dine at the renowned Bamboo Huts Restaurant Resort & Lounge, overlooking the tropical Haad Yuan Bay vista.  A creative & vibrant community offers the experience of dance, spoken word, movies under the stars, drumming & chanting, and a kaleidoscope of workshop possibilities to expand your heart & horizons.  Yoga, meditation & healing is at your doorstep with the Blooming Lotus Yoga Studio being situated atop a lush jungle canopy surrounded by the magical sounds of rare birds & creatures while overlooking the majestic ocean below.  Amazing Healers & Therapists from a collection of traditions are available to support your healing & needs, and feel free to take refuge in the lap of luxury with massage therapy & the pampering experience of the Spa.

While remaining isolated and pristine in nature, Koh Phangan shares the benefits of Koh Samui’s international airport for easy access by air and boat.  Tourism, being one of Thailand’s leading industries, provides you with a smooth, safe & carefree journey to Koh Phangan by either plane, train, bus & boat to meet your various budget needs.  Travel agents line the streets of Bangkok and Koh Phangan is also conveniently located near it’s sister island Koh Tao, which is a well sought out diving & snorkeling mecca.

Nearby are all the usual amenities of bank machines, money exchange, travel agents, shops, and clinics. And just 10min away on a secluded beach in tropical paradise, you will find the Blooming Lotus on Haad Yuan bay, Thailand.

Blooming Lotus Yoga Center is located on in Haad Yuan Bay on the Southeast corner of Koh Phangan. The easiest way to get here is by boat or truck from Haad Rin, a major ferry port on Koh Phangan.  Once you have arrived at Haad Yuan or Haad Tien ask for “Bamboo Huts” bungalows & restaurant. The Blooming Lotus Yoga Center is only a 2 minute walk up the hill from the restaurant.

To view our location on Google Maps click here: Blooming Lotus Yoga Center in Koh Phangan, Thailand

 

Travelling to Koh Phangan, Thailand


There are many options for routes to Koh Phangan.  Most people will be arriving from their country of origin straight to Bangkok, Thailand.  Some airlines have flights directly to Koh Samui, which is the larger, nearby island. You will most likely need to stay in Bangkok or Samui for one night (or longer if you prefer) before traveling onwards to Koh Phangan.

Traveling By Plane to Koh Phangan

The easiest way to get from Bangkok to Koh Phangan is to take a plane from Bangkok to the neighboring island, Koh Samui. Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways are the only airlines that currently operate on this route.  Bangkok Airways provide over 20 flights daily between Bangkok and Koh Samui and flights typically range in price from $100-$150 USD one way. Flight departures begin at 6am thru 9pm, 7 days a week and are easy to purchase on-line.  Thai Airways also operates two flights per day from Bangkok to Koh Samui, at 7:45 am and 4pm.

Bangkok Air www.bangkokair.com

Thai Airways www.thaiairways.com

We recommend you book your flight from Bangkok to Samui ahead of time as flights are sold out quickly.

You may also choose to fly into Koh Samui, Phuket, or Surrathani from other destinations with the affordable airline, Air Asia.  You can book online with Air Asia or ask your travel agent about connecting flights.

Air Asia www.airasia.com

For those of you traveling straight into Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi Airport is Bangkok’s brand new airport that services all of South East Asia and the world over. You can arrive and stay a night in Bangkok, or if your arrival time allows, you can connect to a flight directly to Koh Samui.

Once you have landed on Koh Samui, you will need to get from Big Buddha Pier, Koh Samui to Haad Rin in Koh Phangan.  At the Samui airport you will be approached by the airport staff to assist you- tourism is a big industry for Thailand and they are very attentive to tourists. Let the staff at Samui airport know that you need to go to Haad Rin, Koh Phangan.  It is approximately a 10 min. mini bus ride from the airport to the Big Buddha Pier, Koh Samui, and a 45 min. ferry ride from Big Buddha Pier to Haad Rin Pier, Koh Phangan.  The cost for the mini bus ride & ferry is approximately $10 USD and can be purchased at the airport upon arrival.

Ferry departures from Big Buddha Pier, Koh Samui to Haad Rin Pier, Koh Phangan are at the following times:

  • 10:30 am
  • 1:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm
  • 6:30 pm

Upon your return home, the ferry schedule from Haad Rin, Koh Phangan to Big Buddha, Koh Samui is as follows:

  • 9:30 am
  • 11:40 am
  • 2:30 pm
  • 5:30 pm

Once you arrive in Haad Rin, Koh Phangan, you can easily ask a taxi boat driver to take you to Haad Yuan beach. You will be approached at Haad Rin Pier by many taxi boat drivers willing to take you, as well, there will often be a number of trucks parked to the left of the pier that can also take you to Haad Yuan or Haad Tien beaches by road.

Depending on whether the waters are too rough to ride straight from the pier, the taxi boat drivers may guide you to the neighboring Sunrise Beach, Haad Rin which is a 10 min. walk away in order to travel safely by taxi boat.  There are times when the waters are too rough for taxi boat drivers to take you safely to Haad Yuan or Haad Tien beaches, during which times you should take any available trucks by road. The boat trip from Haad Rin to Haad Yuan or Haad Tien beaches takes approximately 10 min., while travel by road takes about 45 min.

For those of you staying at Bamboo Huts, Haad Yuan bay, upon landing on Haad Yuan beach, walk to your right and take the wooden boardwalk up the rock to land at Bamboo Huts resort and restaurant lounge.

 

Traveling By Train or Bus

To travel from Bangkok to Koh Phangan by either train or bus, you will need to take 2 extra days to arrange tickets and for travel time.  Taking either the train or bus are cheaper alternatives to flying from Bangkok to Koh Phangan.

To get from Bangkok to Koh Phangan, you can go by bus or train from Bangkok to Suratthani, and then from Surrathani you would take a ferry to Koh Phangan.  The bus or train from Bangkok to Surrathani involves a very long overnight journey, followed by a morning ferry from Surrathani to Koh Phangan.  Many people take this trip every day, as Koh Phangan is a popular destination.  You can easily book this journey at any travel agency in Bangkok, for example on Kao San Road, by simply asking to go straight to Koh Phangan.  The travel agents in Bangkok will arrange every step of the way- you will even be picked up directly from your hotel if you wish.

Many travelers choose to take the train over the bus from Bangkok to Koh Phangan.  The train can be a much more comfortable journey than the bus if you book 2nd Class A/C (air condition), where a bed with a curtain for privacy is provided, and there is ample room to store your backpack underneath your bed.  The bus, on the other hand, is more crowded, less comfortable, and has no privacy, with a large number of thefts being reported.

The cost of travel from Bangkok to Koh Phangan by either train or bus is under $20 USD. To book a return ticket from Bangkok to Koh Phangan is also possible, and is much more affordable than flying.

You can get a complete list of all options for buses, trains and ferries to Haad Yuan, Koh Phangan, Thailand at www.phangan.info (see Menu: The Essentials).

 

Visa’s & Travel Tips

Visa  & Passport

To enter into Thailand you must have a passport valid for at least 6 months as from the date of entry.

Most nationalities can obtain a 30 day visa which is given upon entry. If you are anticipating staying longer, then you should apply for a 60 day visa before leaving. It is always best to check with the Thai Embassy in your home country before traveling.

What to Bring

Yoga mats will be provided (you’re welcome to bring your own if you wish)
Comfortable clothing for yoga & meditation

Suggested Supplies

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Bathing suit
  • Beach towel
  • Flip-flops
  • Camera and film
  • Flashlight with battery
  • Alarm clock
  • Insect repellent
  • Medical prescriptions
  • Toiletries
  • Journal and pens

*all of the above is readily available in Thailand if you’d like to get these items here

Customs

When traveling in Thailand, carry toilet paper or tissue with you. This will be handy as some washroom facilities do not provide toilet paper. In a lot of the Thai style washroom facilities (squat toilet), you will see a water hose or bucket with water. It is for you to flush the toilet, and toilet paper is kept in a waste basket.

You can get your laundry done on the island for approx. 30 Baht per pound or you can hand wash it yourself and hang them to dry on your balcony.

A photo copy of your passport should be made and kept separate from your money and credit cards.

In Thailand the head is considered to be the most revered and honoured part of the body and the feet are despised. Using your feet to point to anything or touching people on the head, even children, is considered disrespectful.

General Information about Koh Phangan and Thailand

Currency

The local currency is the Thai Baht and it is the only currency that is excepted in most establishments.  In the bay area of Had Yuan and Had Tien, many of the places often run a tab, of which you can pay off at the end of your visit.  You can exchange cash, traveler’s cheques, and use your debit card and visa in Had Rin through ATM’s, exchange centers, and banks.

Language
The local language is Thai, and although most people speak English, the Thais love it when we try and greet them in their own language.

Communications
There is internet and WIFI at the neighbouring beach of Had Tien at the Sanctuary, and a new internet place is now available at Bamboo Huts. The nearest post office is in Had Rin (the internet is also readily available here).  You can make calls with a phone card at a local telephone booth, or from the travel agents or internet stores in Had Rin- or at the Sanctuary in Had Tien.

Travel & Medical Insurance
No Health Documents are required to enter Thailand but medical & travel insurance is recommended.  Please check in with your local travel clinic for traveling in this area.

Pharmacies and clinics are available in the near by bay of Had Rin should you need any medical supplies.  The medical facilities are excellent and of high standards in Thailand.

Additional info on www.phangan.info in the “where is koh phangan” section, the essentials.

 

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