Trip to Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan – Part 2

This weekend, I’ve been kindly invited to stay at three resorts: Avani+ Samui, Anantara Rasananda on Koh Phangnan, and Anantara Bophut. I appreciate them helping support my trip. Trips like this help me answer the many questions I get about travel around Thailand during the COVID pandemic. Click here for a map list of all of the places that I visited. This is part two of the trip which is my stay on Koh Pha Ngan island. Click here for part one.

Date of travel: 17th-20th July 2020

Speedboat to Koh Pha Ngan

I’m now taking a speedboat to Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangnan Villas where I will stay tonight. The trip will take about 40 minutes to reach the resort. There are only two other people on the boat & it turns out that they know me as they follow me on Twitter. It’s a small world.

Today I’ve been invited to stay at the Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas. There was light rain when the boat first arrived but there’s a brilliant blue sky now. Although it’s the rainy season in much of Thailand, on Samui it doesn’t rain every day and certainly not all day.

Map for Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas:

They’ve put me in the Ocean Garden Pool Suite at Anantara Rasananda. The pictures should speak for themselves. I could easily see myself staying here a week. Though sadly I have to check out tomorrow. I can’t take too many days off work for this trip.

Someone was asking about what food I was eating as I didn’t post any pictures. For lunch today I had Caesar salad and yesterday club sandwich. Last night I had Tom Yum soup.

This afternoon, I don’t have time to relax at my resort as I want to do an island tour to see for myself what the situation is like. In the photo, my driver and tour guide is highlighting the places that we will visit. Hopefully I will get some good picture to share with you.

My first stop on the island tour of Koh Phangnan was Yang Na Yai Tree. They say this is the biggest tree in Thailand. At least it’s the biggest Yang Na Nai tree at 53.5 meters high and a circumference 14.64 meters. It is said to be 400 years old. Map:

This is Thongsala Pier which is the main pier on Koh Phangnan. As well as the car ferry, there are passenger boats to Koh Tao and Koh Samui. But I’m told it’s not running a full timetable yet as not many tourists. Map:

This hanging palm tree is apparently a popular stop for taking pictures during the island tour of Koh Phangnan. My guide says it’s featured on many postcards too. Note the barbed wire to stop people climbing on it. Map:

This is Haad Son Beach, otherwise known as Secret Beach. It’s a popular beach on the west coast of Koh Phangnan for swimming, snorkeling and sunsets. Map:

On Secret Beach there is also a very popular restaurant called Koh Raham which is very picturesque. I have eaten here several times. Highly recommended.

Koh Raham Restaurant on Secret Beach, Koh Phangan. Map:

This is Mae Haad Beach on the northwestern corner of Koh Phangan. It’s also called Koh Ma Beach as there is a sandbar here that you can walk along to that island. Map:

At the northern end of Koh Phangnan, Three Sixty Bar is a great place to go for panoramic views of the area. The island in the second picture is Koh Ma. Far in the distance is Koh Tao. They have a live DJ here on Saturday nights. Map:

One of the more popular beaches on the northern end of Koh Phangnan is Malibu Beach. Usually it is quite busy but today not a sole in sight. My guide said he likes to come here on his day off and sleep under the tree. Map:

Every Saturday on Koh Phangnan there is a popular Walking Street Market near Thong Sala Pier. It is from 4pm-10pm. It was actually quite crowded tonight with quiet a few foreigners. Though I’m not sure how many were tourists and how many were expats that live here.

The market is a mixture of food, fashion and other products. I didn’t get to the far end but it must be a least a kilometer long. Lots of tempting food here. I highly recommend it if you’re visiting Koh Phangan island. Map:

I hope you enjoyed this short tour of Koh Phangnan. There’s obviously a lot more to see. I’m heading back to my resort now for dinner. I haven’t really spent much time there yet. Tomorrow I have to check out by 11am for the speedboat transfer back to Samui.

DAY THREE: Koh Phangnan

Good morning from Koh Phangnan. I was up early to watch the sun rise at the start of another day in paradise.

My breakfast room view this morning at the Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangnan Villas.

After breakfast I went for a walk along Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach on Koh Phangan. There seems to be about five resorts along here. Though not all of them are open. Map:

I’m not sure if everyone else is still sleeping but I have the beach almost to myself. Early morning before 9am is the best time to take a walk before it gets too hot. I will fly my drone and then see if I have time to have a quick swim before I check out.

Some aerial photos of the Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangnan Villas where I’m staying on Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach.

I’ve already been for a swim in the sea and now I’m relaxing in the gazebo in front of my room. Very peaceful and relaxing. I would dearly love to stay like this all day but I have to check out in less than an hour. I have more places to visit and more pictures to take.

Time to say goodbye to Koh Phangnan. Many thanks to the team at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangnan Villas who were such good hosts. They not only looked after me at the resort but showed me around the island too so that I could help promote Koh Phangnan as a tourist destination.

My next destination was back on Samui. Click here to see photos of my resort and my big whirlwind tour of the island.

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