Koh Phangan is an island paradise in the Gulf of Thailand (Southern Region). It is about 100 km from Surat Thani Province and about 15 km from the famous Koh Samui Island.
Koh Phangan is the largest of Samui's neighboring islets with an area of 168 sq km. Over 70% of its total area is mountains and tropical forest. Lowlands are beaches and coconut fields.
About 8,000 people live on Koh Phangan. Some are Chinese, whose ancestors migrated from China more than hundred years ago. The main population lives in Thongsala Town.
Standard Thai is used as the official language but the southern dialect is more widely spoken among the local people. English is understood in business circles and tourist areas.
More than 95% of the population are Buddhist but there are few Muslims in Ban Tai village.
Koh Phangan is a district (Amphoe) of Surat Thani Province in Southern Region of Thailand. It is separated into 3 sub-districts (Tambon)--:Tambon Koh Phangan, Tambon Bantai and Tambon Koh Tao.
The most important product of Koh Phangan is coconut. Each month Koh Samui and Koh Phangan produce more than 1 million coconuts export to Bangkok. Others are fishing and tourism business.