About Koh Phangan
Its crystal clear water is a mixture of navy blue and green, powdery white sandy beach, sunny lust tropical green forest, rare-find coral reefs, beautiful moon and spectacular sunrise. This picturesque breathtaking view is just another place you will call heaven in the mysterious but untamed northeastern mountainous tip of Koh Phangan. It is not hard to imagine that this may have been perhaps the same view he had fallen in love with when his majesty King Rama V “the Great” first laid his eye on the island of Koh Phangan some 119 years ago. Koh Phangan is very well known to adventurous Thai and foreign visitors for its admirable natural beauty like a treasure in the most conserved state and a unique world class experience for every nature lover. Visitors from all over the world are usually lured to the beauty of its local waterfalls, awesome beaches and stunningly beautiful underwater scenes around the island.
Koh Phangan came from the word “Ngan” which means sand bar. The name was derived from the many sand bars that are visibly seen around the island during low tide season. This sand bars also serves as protector of the island from strong monsoon.
Until this day Koh Phangan has remained to be a pride to the local islanders because of its part in history. It was in 1887 when King Chulalongkorn the Great (King Rama V of Thailand) first came to Koh Phangan and frequented the island since. He then after named three waterfalls as follows: Nam Tok Thansadej, Nam Tok Thanprapaad and Nam Tok Thanprawes. He was very impressed with Nam Tok Thansadej's beauty and tranquility and in deed paid visits to the same fall 14 times while on the island. The king's engraved initial can still be seen on a big rock at Nam Tok Tansadej until this day which by itself is now a tourist attraction along side with the waterfall. Only a few beaches occupy the north east region of Koh Phangan and all who do are formed into idyllic deep coves that are the embodiment of a tropical paradise. Thong Nai Pan Yai and Thong Nai Pan Noi are two of the island’s most celebrated beaches they also have the most vibrant scenery.
Home to the hospitality of Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa’s unique service, kindhearted staff and apart from having a great accommodation this view of the island is normally what you will see. This provides you the chance to enjoy the best of both worlds of these 2 stunning beaches Thong Nai Pan Yai (Big) which is just right across and Thong Nai Pan Noi (little) which is visibly seen on the extreme right of the picture. This particular view of the island can never be seen in any other angle as beautifully from the point of view of Santhiya. It is something you can look forward to because both beach views can be enjoyed while having lunch or dinner at our romantic “Chantara” and “By the sea and bar” for relaxation or recreation.