Area: 168 sq km
Population: about 8,000
Geographic Location: North of Koh Samui
Access: From Koh Samui by speedboat (20 minutes) or ferry
From Suratthani (mainland) by car ferry or boat
Major Settlements: Thongsala (Pier), Haad Rin, Chalok Lam
The island of Phangan is famous for its natural beauty and local charm. It truly is a tropical paradise offering white sandy beaches, secluded bays and unspoilt surroundings. Large parts of the island's land still remain protected within designated national park properties and include waterfalls and breathtaking mountain ranges. The island is gradually turning into an international destination for tourists and travelers from around the globe.
Koh Phangan, best known to the world because of its famous Full Moon parties, offers so much more for tourists. It is rich in surrounding coral reefs, and host to the famous Koh Ma Island on the north west coast where water sport activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and kite boarding can be enjoyed. Other parts of the island offer jungle trekking, yoga retreats and Thai boxing.
Due to its close vicinity to Koh Samui, the island is becoming more and more popular to tourists and investors alike. Phangan land prices are steadily rising and have enjoyed a 70% increase in one year only. The island is also benefiting from the affects of the real estate boom on Koh Samui. As a result investors, both foreign and Thai, have shown great interest in land purchases and property development due to some of the best real estate investment opportunities available in Thailand. Lower prices for land and un spoilt locations have made this island desirable to investors who want to build their dream villa and for long term investors who see the great market potential of Koh Phangan properties.
Koh Phangan's National Parks
Phaeng Waterfall is located in the village of Madua Wan. With routes to trek leading to the mountaintop viewpoint, One foot trail leads up to Koh Phangan's highest mountain peak Khao Ra at (630m). Than Sadet waterfall or known also as the "Royal Stream" is the largest waterfall on Koh Phangan island, Running down approx 3km with rock pools and streams with a royal emblem, since it was visited by several Kings of Thailand, including the reigning monarch, H.M. King Bhumibol (Rama IX). There are inscriptions on boulders near the river bed made by each of the Kings. Koh Phangan has The park has several nice jungle trekking paths as well within its own protected National Parks.
Attractive land prices 1/4th the prices on neighbouring Islands
Hence, now is the perfect time for potential investors who are interested in the purchase of land on Phangan as many can reap the investment return and rewards of this fast growing market. As smaller land plots become increasingly available, interest from smaller investors is stimulating the future market. Existing project developers have already started building villas and houses aimed at the new and exciting property market on the island. Phangan real estate is where the future begins!