parts of Koh PhaNgan are still untouched, which makes it perfect
for trekking and camping. Most trekking routes are along the eastern
coastline that link up peaceful covers and beaches, although there
are also some fun treks in the jungle interior around the tallest
mountain Khao Ra and Phaeng Waterfall National Park.
remember that it is easy to become lost, so if you are inexperienced
please don't trek alone. Local guides can be found at Phaeng Waterfall
National Park (Tel: 077 238 275) - expect to pay about 500 Baht
per day. If trekking alone or without a guide remember to take
plenty of supplies, especially water and some high energy food.
highest peak on Koh PhaNgan, Khao Ra stands at 630m and offers
a fantastic viewpoint overlooking Chaloklum and Thong Nai Pan
for those willing to climb to the top. On a good day with clear
visibility you can see Koh
Tao. The route is not too strenuous, but the path can be difficult
to follow at times.
Waterfall National Park
waterfall itself is a good attraction to visit, but walk further
and there are many easy to follow paths leading up the mountain
to an excellent viewpoint. Upon reaching the top there is still
another longer well-marked trek for those who want to explore
to trek in about 2 hours, leaving from the western end of Chaloklum
follow the dirttrack around to Haad Khom (which also has excellent
snorkelling) and then becomes a narrower winding path sharply
uphill and onto Bottle Beach.
Yuan & Haad Thian
popular trek from Haad Rin that takes approximately 2 hours. The
first part is hard going, but once at the top of the mountain
there are beautiful views over Haad Rin and beyond to Koh
Samui, After this, follow the "green dots" along
the mountain plateau which will eventually descend to the beach
Haad Yuan. Only a little further is Haad Thian. Cheap bungalows
are available on both beaches for an overnight stay.