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A hotel on Ko Phangan is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger on Ko Phangan hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms on Ko Phangan are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Ko Phangan hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Ko Phangan hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels on Ko Phangan have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels on Ko Phangan
An upscale full service hotel facility on Ko Phangan that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Ko Phangan hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels on Ko Phangan
Full service Ko Phangan hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels on Ko Phangan
Boutique hotels of Ko Phangan are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Ko Phangan boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels on Ko Phangan may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels on Ko Phangan
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Ko Phangan travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Ko Phangan focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels on Ko Phangan
Small to medium-sized Ko Phangan hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Ko Phangan traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Ko Phangan hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs on Ko Phangan
A bed and breakfast on Ko Phangan is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Ko Phangan bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Ko Phangan B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels on Ko Phangan
Ko Phangan hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Ko Phangan hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels on Ko Phangan
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Ko Phangan hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels on Ko Phangan lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs on Ko Phangan
Ko Phangan timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts on Ko Phangan often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Ko Phangan on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels on Ko Phangan
A Ko Phangan motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Ko Phangan for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Ko Phangan motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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Travelling and vacation on Ko Phangan
Ko Pha Ngan เกาะพะงัน
Ko Pha Ngan from the air
Ko Pha Ngan
Coordinates: / 9.71667; 100.00000
125 km (48 sq mi)
Exploring the island on motorbikes
Sunrise, Thong Nai Pan
Ko Pha Ngan (or Koh Phangan, Thai: เกาะพะงัน, rtgs: Ko Pha-ngan, Thai pronunciation:[kɔ̀ʔ pʰa.ŋan]) is an island in the Gulf of Thailand in southeast Thailand in Surat Thani Province. It is part of the Samui Archipelago. It is famous for its Full Moon Party at Haad Rin Beach and as a backpacker destination. Ko Pha Ngan has two sister islands: the larger Ko Samui to the south and the smaller Ko Tao to the north.
Estimated perimeter: 40 km (estimate-10 hr average walking time)
From mainland: about 55 km
From Ko Samui: about 15 km
From Ko Tao: about 35 km
Main town: Thong Sala
Highest Point: Khao Ra, 630 m
Ko Pha Ngan: History
The name Ko Pha Ngan derives from the word "ngan", meaning "sand bar" in the southern dialect, for there are many sand bars offshore.
Ko Pha Ngan has been a longtime favorite of past kings of Thailand. Rama V, or Chulalongkorn, for example, visited Ko Pha Ngan 14 times during his reign.
The Bronze Drum of Dongson Culture (500–100 BCE) that was found on Ko Samui in 1977 is evidence that there were settlements of people on Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, and their islets more than two thousand years ago. Some historians and archaeologists believe that the first group who migrated to Ko Pha Ngan were the Muslim sea gypsies (Pygmy, Semung, and Proto-Malay) who travelled by boat from the Malay Peninsula. Today there are few Muslim inhabitants.
Over the last century the island's population has steadily expanded, first living off the sea and the land and farming coconuts. Later, tin mining became part of the economy. In the 1970s the mining industry faltered and finally petered out. Over the next decade tourism took hold. Now the island is primarily a tourist destination. Fishing and coconut farming remain important to the local economy.
Due to its topography, the population hugs the coastline. The mountainous interior is generally inaccessible. More than half the island designated as national park and Ko Pha Ngan has more than 80 km (31 sq mi) of relatively unspoiled rain forest with diverse flora and fauna. It is also considered a spiritual place, with numerous Buddhist temples around the island and a thriving spa, retreat, and meditation industry.
Ko Pha Ngan: Transport links
Visitors to the island can only reach it by seagoing ferry, either from Surat Thani, 55 km distant, or Ko Samui, 15 km away. Since 2012 Kannithi Aviation (Kan Air) has attempted to construct an airport. Kan Air has spent some 500 million baht to acquire about 32 hectares of land to build a passenger terminal capable of handling 1,000 passengers a day and a 1,095 metre runway to accommodate turboprop aircraft such as Kan Air's ATR 72-600 series. The project, originally estimated at 900 million baht - now estimated to cost two billion baht - has faced inflated costs, delays resulting from the yet-to-be-issued environmental impact assessment and other complications, which pushed back initial plans to open in 2014. According to Kan Air's president, the airport will open by the end of 2017.
Ko Pha Ngan: Administration
Ko Pha Ngan together with Ko Tao forms the district (amphoe) Ko Pha Ngan (148 km. The district is divided into three sub-districts (tambon):
Ko Pha Ngan
Originally the island was administered from Ko Samui District. The minor district (king amphoe) Ko Pha Ngan was established on 1 October 1970, then consisting of the two tambon, Ko Pha Ngan and Ban Tai. It was upgraded to a full district on 12 April 1977.
Parts of the tambon Ko Pha Ngan and Ban Tai form the township (thesaban tambon) Ko Pha Ngan. There are an additional three tambon administrative organizations (TAO).
Ko Pha Ngan: Popular culture
Ko Pha Ngan featured prominently in Alex Garland's 1996 novel The Beach and is also mentioned in the 2006 song Magick by the new rave band Klaxons (but probably more as a reference to the 1996 novel The Beach than the island itself).
The Full Moon Party is a monthly dance music festival set on Haad Rin Nok Beach scheduled every month at full moon. The event primarily features electronic music and attracts around 30,000 party-goers in a normal month. Recently steps have been taken to make Ko Pha Ngan into a more family-friendly tourist destination, promoting the island's wealth of natural attractions and also stepping up the police presence; road blocks with stop and search procedures are commonplace and undercover police also patrol parties.
There is also a Half Moon Party held every month at half moon. While the full moon party takes place on the beach at Haad Rin Nok, the half moon party takes place in the jungle inland from Ban Tai, requiring Tuk-Tuk, taxi or bike transport to and from.
The song "Vision in Blue" on the album The Golden Ratio by Ace of Base mentions Ko Pha Ngan.
DJ/producer Ashley Wallbridge titled his 2012 song "Kopanang", an anglicized version of Ko Pha Ngan.
The British psychedelic rock band Ozric Tentacles featured a song called Ko Pha Ngan on their 1989 album The Bits Between The Bits.
In 2016, Infected Mushroom collaborated with Hatikva 6 to release a song called "Hotel Koh Phangan."
Ko Pha Ngan: See also
List of islands of Thailand
Banana Pancake Trail
Ko Pha Ngan: References
Kositchotethana, Boonsong (5 September 2016). "Koh Phangan airport developer seeks loans". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง แบ่งท้องที่ตั้งเป็นกิ่งอำเภอ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 87 (90 ง): 2790. 24 Sep 1970.