Many 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 coves and beaches, although there are also some fun treks in the jungle interior around the tallest mountain Khao Ra and Phaeng Waterfall National Park.
WARNING: Please 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 238275) – 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.
Khao Ra (Central)
The 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.
Phaeng Waterfall National Park (South West)
The 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 further.
Bottle Beach (North West)
Easy to trek in about 2 hours, leaving from the western end of Chaloklum follow the dirt-track around to Haad Khom (which also has excellent snorkelling) and then becomes a narrower winding path sharply uphill and onto Bottle Beach.
Haad Yuan & Haad Thian (South East)
A 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.