Most people affiliate Koh Phangan Beach with backpackers and all-night Full Moon parties, but this gorgeous white sand beach island has plenty of fun and activities for the whole family. While the island is easy to get to, it still feels relatively undiscovered due to its rustic simplicity, unspoiled beaches and mellow vibe. Situate yourself along Than Nai Pan Noi Bay and let your little ones frolic in the crystal clear calm waters while you enjoy a cold Singha and delicious satay at one of the laid back restaurants along the beach.
STAY: With the perfect location smack in the middle of the gorgeous Thong Nai Pan Noi beach, Anantara Rasananda has 64 villas and suites all with their own private plunge pools. Further down the beach, and perfect for families with their spacious teak pool villas nestled in the hills, is the traditional Thai luxury resort Santhiya. Next to the town square with direct beach access and its own amazing beach side restaurant, the Buri Rasa is a great option at a lower price point.
PLAY: Hire a long-tail boat for the day to explore the island’s epic beaches, some of which are only accessible by boat or foot, including the breathtakingly beautiful Bottle Beach. Most have relaxed beach shacks where you can grab a delicious lunch and cold coconut water.
EXPLORE: If you are feeling adventurous, throw on your hiking shoes and trek into the beaches or head inland to the majestic waterfalls. Explore the crystal clear waters and teeming reefs with a scuba diving trip through the Tropical Dive Club. Unwind at the end of the day with a deep tissue Thai Massage at any one of the beach side massage huts.
EAT: Head to Handsome Sandwiches for Mr. Handsome’s famous cheeseburgers and chicken burgers (Handsome’s also has a reliable taxi service anywhere on the island). The Rasta Bar, situated in a tree house, has great music, a great vibe, and fantastic food. Whatever you do, don’t miss the BBQ whole snapper at Luna. Top off your meal with a homemade ice cream cone in the town square.