Healthy Days on Koh Phangan: Detox in Paradise

It’s usually the hedonistic parties of Haad Rin that get the tongues wagging when it comes to Koh Phangan but those looking for health and vitality will find there is also much to talk about here. Here are some ideas for spending your time healthily on the island.

Healthy ‘day in the life’ on Koh Phangan

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Mega healthy juices at Orion Café

Start your day in paradise slowly at breakfast time by sipping down a super-charged smoothie from the menu at Orion Café on Sri Thanu beach.

If waking up on this beautiful beach wasn’t enough to get you going you can get your daily vitamin fix at the café, which serves a variety of healthy superfoods and whole foods as well as offering you the chance to take part in raw food workshops to brush up your dietary knowledge and open up a new world of possibilities in nutrition.

Staying on Sri Thanu (why not, it’s a lovely calm beach!) you could then indulge yourself in some pilates as you seek to energise the body and build tone, stength and flexibility.

Pilates on the beach at Sri Thanu

Pilates on the beach at Sri Thanu

The beauty of taking part in Pilates sessions on Koh Phangan island are the unbeatable views out to the ocean that you can enjoy from your mat on the beach. Seriously.. could you imagine a more beautiful setting than this for your Pilates?!

Also on Sri Thanu beach is Agama Yoga who are dedicated to promoting a pure and genuine yoga discipline among participants.

Clients here can take part in daily drop-in Hatha yoga classes as well as more intensive courses, detox’s and meditation retreats.

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Phangan waterfalls [by matteo]

After a healthy snack for your lunch (head back to Orion Café or try Karma Cafe on the same beach with their froZEN coconut ice-creams) you could do some exercise by way of heading into the interior forested and jungle area of the island to hike for views and to take refreshing dips in cooling waterfall pools.

Feeling less energetic now? Not a problem.. why not visit one of the island’s many stunning bays for a swim or a snorkel. There are so many gorgeous beaches on Koh Phangan that you’ll probably struggle to choose one straight away. If so, use our handy beach guide or top 10 to help you decide.

Alternatively, you could hire a bicycle from Funbike Shop in the main town of Thong Sala and explore the island’s hidden areas by yourself or alternatively by way of joining a tour organised by the shop.

If you’re feeling a little tired by this point and need to soothe your aches and pains then you could get your body pampered by way of a massage. The Thai islands are known for their many beachside massage huts where lucky recipients have their muscles and joints rejuvenated by this ancient and invigorating practice. A variety of massage treatments are available around Koh Phangan with particular specialism available in Thong Sala at practices such as the Kamala and Siam healing centres.

Fruit cocktails at sunset on Haad Salad
[by daverugby83]

By this time of the day you’ll be nicely refreshed and probably feeling a million dollars so why not cap it all off by watching the sun set with an ice cold smoothie or fruit cocktail in hand at one of Koh Phangan’s many funky beachside bars. Ideally you’ll want to be on a west coast beach so you can watch the sun dip into the ocean on the horizon.

How does this kind of itinerary grab you for a healthy day in paradise?


  1. Koh Phangan is famous for the Full Moon Party, but as this post highlights, it’s also actually a great place to get fit and healthy. One of my own personal favourite ways to get fit is going for early morning jogs on Haad Rin Sunrise Beach.

    • Thanks for your comment.. with all these amazing beaches to jog on that’s a great idea. It’s lovely and wild down there on the southern tip of the island too.

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