Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan is the middle one of the Southern Gulf Islands in Thailand. It is famous for the full-moon parties in Haat Rin at the South of the  Island.


The accepted wisdom is that the snorkelling is best on the far North West corner, especially around little Ko Maa, connected to Mae Haad by a 100m long sand spit.

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I came here at the start of June – theoretically in the middle of the dry season.  However there were strong Westerly winds for the whole two weeks and the underwater visibility was a heap of crap.

Here are some photos, taken mostly around Ko Maa and Ao Mae Haat; but also in Haat Salad and Haat Thian – all in the North West corner of the island.

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With visibility like this there’s nothing to do but take close-ups.

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For species names, see the specieslist.


Corals, anemones, sponges:
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I guess I’ll have to come back and give it another shot sometime.


Written: August 2012        Last updated:  August 2012


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