Located in the the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Phangan is roughly half the size of Koh Samui but the largest of Samui’s neighbouring islands. Famed for its “Full Moon Parties”, Koh Phangan has grown up a lot over the last decade – the backpackers still come and the parties do go on until dawn on Haad Rin Beach, but the majority of the island remains incredibly beautiful with blazing white beaches, coconut plantations and tropical forests. Whether you want to indulge in plenty of relaxing, quiet deserted beaches or snorkel through some of the reefs, you can do so on Koh Phagnan. You can also trek into the footsteps of Thai Royalty at Than Sadet National Park.
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.