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Koh Phangan, the Full Moon Island

About Koh Phangan

The name Koh Phangan originates from the word ’Ngan’ which means ‘sand bar’ due to the many sand bars around the island. A hundred years ago Koh Phangan was the favourite island of King Rama V. He visited the island around 14 times during his 42 years long life. The island is off the Central Gulf Coast of Southern Thailand and sits between Koh Tao and Koh Samui.

Historians believe the first residents of Koh Phangan were Muslim sea gypsies who travelled from Malaysia. For hundreds of years the inhabitants of Koh Phangan made a living from fishing and harvesting coconuts. After that tin mining also became a part of the Phangan economy. They lived of this until a couple of decades ago and the tourism in Thailand quickly expanded.

Nowadays more than 20 milion people visit Thailand on an yearly basis and a lot of them visit Koh Phangan for its beautiful beaches and of course the Full Moon Party. Every month tens of thousands of people visit the Full, Half and Black Moon parties.

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