An island on the Gulf of Thailand, Ko Pha Ngan is popularly known as a backpackers’ destination. Mostly famous for its vibrant Full Moon Party, the island boasts a myriad of attractions that lure in thousands of visitors daily. One can opt to either relax on the white sand beaches under the shade of coconut trees or embark on a sightseeing excursion to discover the various treats the region has to offer. An island rich in religion, Ko Pha Ngan values and maintains the traditions and beliefs of its great ancestors. With the majority of its population being Buddhist, the island is home to over 20 Buddhist temples.
Among this charming island’s various temples is the Wat Phu Khao Noi, also known as The Temple of the Small Mountain. Founded by a group of Buddhist monks around 1400, Wat Phu Khao Noi is the oldest temple in the island. The temple is a haven of tranquillity affording you the rare opportunity to observe the daily life of monks. Visitors can even meet and speak with some of these monks during morning, which is the most preferable time for a visit as in the afternoon the monks are indoors reading and meditating. Granting some of the most captivating vistas of Koh Pha Ngan, the temple is situated in the hills of an island close to Wok Tum.
Backed by a deep history that is well reflected in its buildings, the temple is recognised as an ideal spot to savour the spectacular views of the hills, ocean and even several other scenic islands.
However, among the other attractions bound to fascinate you are Weang Sai waterfall, with several rockpools, a traditional herbal steam sauna called Wat Pho Herbal Sauna and Thong Nai Pan which is visited by many for relaxation. Popular for their sublime sunsets, romantic dining, and perfect snorkelling, the beaches of the Northwest complete any tourist’s visit to Ko Pha Ngan.