Thailand’s island of Koh Phangan is home to a splendid array of island culture, beaches and unique cultural attractions. Visitors to this iconic isle will be treated to a range of Koh Phangan resorts that will pamper their guests for an unforgettable hospitality experience. The Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa is one of fantastic Koh Phangan hotels with stylish amenities and facilities for a truly relaxing island holiday. Remember to venture out to the wonderful spiritual centres of the island, which boasts more than 20. Of these, a few key temples are especially worth visiting for a true glimpse into Thai spirituality. Visitors are advised to completely cover up before visiting, and please refraind from touching Thais on the head (including children!) as they view this as a sign of disrespect. In addition, when visiting temples, remember that women are not allowed to touch the monks, so if you have anything to give them, please either ask a male friend or place it next to them with your right hand. Located on the southwest corner of the island, Wat Dhu Khao Noi is the oldest temple in Koh Phangan and is perched on top of a hill near Thongsala.
It hosts some intriguing ancient buildings and chedis (stupas) within the temple complex, and also offers some stunning views of the Phangan countryside. The head monk there speaks English, although the monks are only around during the morning hours so be sure to plan accordingly. In the northwest sits the Chinese temple, which exists because of a Mrs. Malawan, who dreamed of the Buddha telling her to build a firelight for the people of Koh Phangan, who were without electricity at the time. She returned to Bangkok to raise the money and the temple was completed in 1992. Venture to the scenic Phaeng Waterfall, where you will see the beautiful Jade Buddha located on top of a small hill on the temple grounds. Wat Pho is another temple located in the island’s southwest region, and the monks operate a traditional herb steam sauna. A long food fire heats natural herbs such as a lemongrass and other remedies that create steam, which is then filtered through to the sauna. The sauna has many health benefits such as reducing high cholesterol and improving many skin ailments such as eczema and dry skin. Koh Phangan is simply swimming with spirituality so make sure to visit these iconic landmarks during a stay here.