PhaNgan is a very safe place where most troubles are self inflicted;
with drink driving and drug arrests the biggest problem makers.
Motorbike accidents are fairly common; the unsightly scar has
become known as a "Koh PhaNgan Tattoo" so you should
always wear a helmet and shoes; most of the roads here are concrete
now so they are crucial, jeans and a jacket are advisable. If
you are an inexperienced rider, be careful on sandy corners and
do not attempt the hills of Haad Rin or Thong Nai Pan. Taxis and
rental jeeps are cheap, especially if you hire one in a group!
advice is don't be tempted by drugs; this island has had a bad
reputation for a long time and the open taking of drugs is not
tolerated. Thailand has also had a crackdown and the police are
very hot on stopping the problem. The days are gone when you could
buy your way out for a few dollars and the penalties in Thailand
are harsh to say the least - expect a hefty fine and possibly
an extended jail term if caught.
is uncommon, but if it does happen go to the police station and
get a report for your insurance. Always leave your valuables in
the resort safe (especially at FMP) and do not give opportunists
the chance, as most theft is through an open bungalow window or
from the front basket on the motorbike.
and rock climbling without a guide or proper equipment is not
recommended, the island is a big place and gets dark early. Guides
can be contacted at the Phaeng Waterfall National Park.