The Hotel: Panviman Resort Kho Pha-Ngan
Panviman Resort is located on the idyllic island of Koh Pha Ngan, famed for Full Moon parties. Those who would prefer to relax and revitalise, rather than drink mysterious drinks from buckets on the beach, will be more than catered for in this retreat located among lush tropical forests, coconut fields and secluded beaches of this usually sleepy piece of paradise. Set on the pristine Klong Prao beach, guests will have access not only to tranquil shores but also an idyllic swimming spot from which to take in the magnificent sunsets.
Groupies will have at their disposal a range of facilities to make their trip one to remember. Those ready to commit to a period of complete inactivity can relax by the free-formed swimming pool with a hot tub set in a lush tropical garden, or head to Panviman Spa to pamper and preen. For more active sojourners, kayaking, snorkelling, diving and sightseeing trips around the island should do the trick.
- Bed size/type: King-size bed or twin beds
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Three people
- Adding occupants above standard:
- Third adult with extra bed and breakfast: THB 1,500 per person per night
- Third child aged 3-12 years with extra bed and breakfast: THB 1,000 per child per night
- Third child aged 3-12 years with no bed (sharing bed with parents), with breakfast: THB 300 per child per night
The Area: Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand
While the magic milkshakes and whiskey buckets of the iconic Full Moon Parties may be the first things that come to mind when the words ‘Kho Pha-Ngan’ are mentioned, this impression is quickly becoming irrelevant as the island sees a change in reputation from wild party animal to serenity seeker. As the haze left behind by bucket-holding backpackers clears, it leaves behind a sleepy, secluded island with exceptionally pristine beaches and lush, tropical jungle. Sojourners can nab a beach shack on the northern end from 400B or a private bungalow on Hat Rin for just 1,000B when the Full Moon mania moves on.
The peaceful tranquillity of the island makes it an ideal destination for families and travellers seeking comfort and relaxation. Elegant resorts and luxurious beachside loungers make parts of the island feel like Ko Samui on a much smaller scale. A different kind of island-hopper is beginning to find all the right reasons to visit Koh Pha-Ngan, where ‘private plunge pool’ and butler service’ may soon replace previous destination connotations.