15 things to do when it rains in Koh Phangan

 15 things to do when it rains in Koh Phangan

Hey guys! I thought I’d put a few activities together for you for when it rains in Koh Phangan.

When I traveled, I use to have days in tropical countries where it would rain all day, with monsoons flooding the streets and limiting my options with things to do!

So I thought I’d put a post a list of things to do while it rains in Koh Phangan.

Budget activities have also been added to give you more flexibility in choices!

I choose this location because I’ve been there ten times in both seasons and have seen it all.

Hopefully, this guide will give you plenty of ideas

Movies koh Phangan

   1. Watch movies

Here’s my  travel movie list

        Crocodile Dundee – Paul Hogans Signature Movie, A well-shot film with a spiritual message, in my opinion. Timeless classic right here!

        The Beach Danny Boyle did the ultimate backpacking movie with this treasure. Now twenty years old and still being watched in every guesthouse in Thailand, this one will not be going away any time soon.

        Lawrence of Arabia – Based on a true story, this masterpiece educates you on middle eastern affairs. Peter O’Toole is class, and they defiantly don’t make films, actors as they use to. Well worth a watch as it is over 3hrs long!

        The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty – This is just a friendly, fun, easy watch. Ben Stiller gives you a few laughs. Again an easy kickback movie.


        Indiana Jones – All these movies stack up for me. I remember when I was a kid and loving these films. They appeal to everyone and tell a great story. Who doesn’t like Indiana Jones? Amazing films!

Reading books Koh Phangan

    2..Read books – A heavy reading session

My booklist

        Tunnels of Cu Chi – Based in the Vietnam war, this will open your eyes to warfare like never before! The Cu Chi tunnels were located outside Ho Chi Minh City and used as an underground tunnel network to fight the Americans. The stories are gripping and harrowing and leave you in suspense. One of my fav books! 5 Stars

        The Lost City Of Z – If you like expeditions in the rain forest and indigenous tribes, then is right up your street! Percy Fawcett is on a mission to find a city in the amazon (City Of Z), but the journeys have many twists and turns. A great read during traveling.

        The Killing Fields – Wow! Can you imagine reading this in Cambodia? This is a book that must be read in this region of the world. The Killing Fields will change your perception of Cambodia forever!

        Bear Grylls –  What a legend! I think Bear has achieved some fantastic things in his life, and his autobiography leaves you motivated to your life. Nice easy read here


        Ranulph Fiennes – Ex SAS man of steel, has an autobiography that you won’t believe! Fiennes did both poles, ran seven marathons in seven days just after bypass surgery, and traveled as an elite soldier to some of the world’s most dangerous places. Defiantly worth a read.

Thai Massage Koh Phangan

3. Have a massage

Thailand is one of the best places in the world to get a good massage at a reasonable rate

This old healing method has a list of benefits

  • Stress
  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Hypertension
  • Acute Back Pain

Tuk Massage–  Experienced massage parlor right on the beach, which sets the scene for a beautiful calming atmosphere

The mattresses are super cozy, leaving you in a deep sleep-like coma

Prices start from 300 THB for 60 mins. You can add aloe vera for an extra 100 Baht

Address – 61/10 Moo 8 Ko Phangan

Call- +66 98 694 5295

Opening time 8am-10pm

Siam Healing Centre – If you’re after something a bit quirky, then this is the one for you! This place has a natural vibe that will leave you chilled and relaxed

Prices start from 300 THB! Also theirs a sports massage for you kickboxers 500 THB!

Address- 94/3 Thong Sala, Surat Thani Tambon Koh Phangan

Call- +66 89 965 8752

Opening Times 9am–7pm

Green Curry Koh Phangan

4. Cooking schools (Learn to cook Authentic Thai food)

Thai food is one of the best cuisines in the world defiantly in South East Asia it ranks number one in my opinion

While you’re here, take advantage of learning how to cook!

Once you are more confident in cooking, the more recipes you will try, the more money will save, and you are more likely to eat healthily

You can get cooking lessons-

C&M Learn Thai Culture- A lot of passion goes into teaching at C&M! You will be cooking Meat/Vegan/Vegetarian dishes that will leave you speechless. Fun and professional place to learn to cooking

Price for Three-hour private session 1000 THB

Address 84/4 Moo 8 Sri Thani, Koh Phangan

Phone- +66 89 487 6207  

Opening times 9am-5pm

Proud Home Cooking– Learn how to cook like the locals and show of to your friends when you get back home. The fresh ingredients will blow your taste buds away!

Price 1,500 THB with hotel transfers 1,200 without transfers

Address 31/1 Wok Tum, Village No.4 Sub-Area, Koh Phangan

Phone +66 095 376 8614

photography in koh phangan

5. Photography (Get some cool stock pics)

Photography may not be the first thing that springs to mind once it starts lashing down, but if you want tropical pics while you are in that climate, then why not?

There are many areas in Koh Phangan to get a snap of that sunrise or sunset

Here are a few places to check out

Three Sixty Bar to get a quality sunrise pic

Address- Ko Pha-ngan Sub-District, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280

Opening Times 10am-12pm

Phone +66 86 789 7870

From bottle beach, you can also trek to the Koh Phangan jungle. Please be advised before doing this that you have a guide just as a safety precaution.

Beer in koh phangan

6. Go For Food & Drink

In Koh Phangan, you are spoilt for choice for food and drink options! Many restaurants do cuisine from around the world, which isn’t always bad when you are from the west and use to pretty much every type of food.

Here are some recommendations

Nine Restaurant And Bar-  Serves both Western and Thai food and has a great vibe, free pool being a perk. The staff are always happy, and the beer is cheap and cold.

Address- 114/6 Moo Thong Sala, Koh Phangan

Opening Times 9am-10pm

Phone +66 63 083 9033

Coral Restaurant And Bar –  Diverse cuisine with pizza scoring high marks! Staff are amicable and look after you. Cocktails are tasty, and theirs a lovely view of the sea.

Address- 70/8 Moo 6, Baan Tai, Haad Rin Nai, Koh Phangan

Opening Times- 8am-11pm

Phone +66 94 298 7701

Mason Arms– British pub with some great classics on the menu. Lots of beers on draft, including Guinness. Full breakfast and Sunday roast available also. Well worth a visit!

Address- 145/5 Thong Sala Koh Phangan

Opening Times 9:30am-10.30pm

Phone +66 80 865 3152

Basilico– Italian/Medeterian food. World-class pizza and some say best on the island! If you are after some great Italian food, this is your place.

Sweet Shell– If you are after something sweet, then look no further. All the cakes and pastries you can think of with Vegan options available

Address- 176/10 Moo 1 Thong Sala, Koh Phangan

Opening Times- 4pm-9pm

Phone +66 93 661 8805

Gym Koh Phangan

 7. Gym Workout 

You have some great options to look at here. Muay Thai kickboxing gyms are available, which is a great way to lose weight if that is what you are after? If not, there is a free weights gym

Here is a list of gyms

Muay Thai Chinnarach- Fun, friendly atmosphere which takes on all levels of experience. There is options to do Yoga also, but a lot do kickboxing. You will learn so much here with a two-weight world champion training alongside you

Address- 148/22 M.1 Koh Phangan

Opening Times 8am-6pm

Phone +66 86 953 8253

Podium Gym- Fully air-conditioned gym with a selection of cardio, free weights, sauna, jacuzzi & nutritional beverages

Address 116/27 Moo 1, Koh Phangan

Opening Times 7am-10pm

Phone +66 80 885 8789


Yoga Koh Phangan

8. Yoga/Meditation (Sharpen your yoga skills)

There are many fantastic Yoga & Meditation retreats around Koh Phangan

Yoga is essential for wellbeing and has a list of health benefits such as

  • Immune system benefits
  • The body becomes more adaptable
  • Mental Health improvements
  • Better overall cardio conditioning

Orion Healing– Is a healing center with activities such as Reiki, Yoga, and detox programs. Packages start from 3-14 days. There is also a Vegan restaurant on site.

Three-day yoga course starts from around 1,300 THB accommodation and some individual meals included

Address- 15/2 Moo 8 Sritanu Koh Phangan

Opening times 9am-10pm

Phone +66 84 843 1434

The Sanctuary Thailand- Haad Tien– One of the first yoga retreats established in Koh Phangan. Location is out of the way on the beach with a calmness to get you relaxed.

Three, Severen, and ten days available. Prices start from 13,700 THB for three days

Address- Had Tien Bay, Koh Phangan


Social Media koh phangan

 9. Social media

A rainy day is an excuse to get those pics up on Instagram and make your friends jealous at work!

You can have a play with the filters, enter plenty of hashtags and get interacting with people online for a catch-up

You can always search Twitter to find out what’s going on in your area.

Temple Koh Phangan

10. View Temples

Koh Phangan has twenty temples dotted around the island. Thailand is a very spiritual country with a rich heritage in Buddhist culture.

Please be reminded that these places are an area of worship, so be respectful (Dress well covered at all times)

The temples are as follows;

Wat Samai Konkha– Well maintained temple look after by monks. Meditation is also available

Wat Phu Khao Noi- One of the first temples built in Koh Phangan.

Chinese Temples– If your photographer, then this is worth a visit. Temple is open 8am-5pm located northwest of the island

Kick-Boxng Koh Phangan

11. Muay Thai Training

As discussed in the gym section, Muay Thai kickboxing is available all over Thailand and has people from all over the world visiting to train with some elite fighters.

Like any martial art, it takes discipline, willpower, and technic to become a fighter and compete

But training alongside world champions will let you know what it takes

Most gyms are friendly and have a great vibe.

Packages are available and are reasonable

You have two options to look at

Muay Thai Chinnarach

Phone +66 86 953 8253

Horizon Kickboxing gym

Phone +66 89 588 1241

Learn Thai Koh Phangan

12. Learn a bit of Thai

While you have the time, why not look at learning some Thai?

When you in any country, I always think that just learning a little bit of the native language helps you and the locals. Plus, it is respectful to them also

KPT language school typically runs 6-month courses from 16,900 THB

If you have time and the money, then knuckling down and living on a beautiful island isn’t a bad idea?

Spa Koh Phangan

13. SPA Day

Having a bit of SPA day is a great way to relax and destress! Also, I think going to SPAs opens your eyes in terms of the importance of relaxation!

You can make reservations through Tripadvisor

But here are my recommendations

Pharaoh Spa– Great place with a view of the sea. Facials seem to be high on the pecking order, with massages getting 5-star reviews

Address- 145/40 Moo 1, Baan Tai, Koh Phangan

Opening times 10am-7pm

Phone +66 61 570 0494

Anantara Koh Phangan Spa– This Spa scores top marks and awards with its world-class services. Anantara has a classical Thai feal that makes it that bit more special

Address- 5/5 Moo 5 Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Baan Tai, Ban Tai, Koh Phangan

Opening Times 24hrs a day

Phone +66 77 956 660

Charity Koh Phangan

14. Charity Day

Why not volunteer and pick some trash up with Trash Hero Koh Phangan

This project is an educational eye-opener on how much waste affects the local environment

Around twenty thousand kilos of litter is picked up every year from parties and events around the island

Put this experience on your CV and make it shine! Employers love these qualities in people

An excellent way to help out Koh Phangan

Tattoo Koh Phangan

15. Get a Tattoo

With a host of high-quality tattoo artists around Thailand, maybe today is the day you get inked up?

You are always advised for a consultation first before they start any inking

A lot of the artists will have plenty of ideas for you or take your design in for a copy

Here are a few in KP

Ink Point Tattoo– Western standards met here. Pop in for a chat and a quote

Address – 16/30 m 1 Koh Phangan

Opening Times- 11:00-22:00

Appointments- Made through Facebook

Freeway Tattoo and Bar – You are in safe hands at Freeway! High standards and quality met at all times

Address- 18/1 Moo 6, Hin Kong

Opening Times- 11:45am to 2:15pm

Phone- +66 87 883 6514

So that’s my list! Any questions, please let me know in the comments below?

Thanks, Ian

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Hi, I’m Ian

I started traveling in 2006 when I was 21 and still today it’s the best experience of my life! I grew up in a rural town in England and I couldn’t wait to get away and explore the big wide world.

My first destination in 2006 was Singapour. After I visited Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos the dream continued and every day was a new experience with new foods, temples, lush countryside, and quirky boutique hotels. The variance of my days was tremendous from waking up in Jungles to a tropical island sipping an ice-cold beer 24hrs later.

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