Nature: Phangan's Treasure
Koh Phangan is still covered with a huge blanket of wild jungle, partly due to its mountainous terrain making it unsuitable for development. There are several walking trails, waterfalls, viewpoints and other places of special delight where one can go and become one with Mother Nature.
If you wish to meditate, it is recommended to take a sarong or even a cushion with you. Watch out for trails of ants before you sit, and in many locations you may wish to take a good herbal mozzie spray with you! Some say that when many people honour the sacredness of a place in nature by meditating there, this builds up a special energy resonance that others will feel.
Country Code: take a rubbish bag with you, not only for your own waste, but you can also do karma yoga for the planet and pick up the garbage left by others. Leave no trace...
Phaeng Noi Waterfall
Set in a managed country park this waterfall has clear trails through the jungle. Several pools along the way and a few cascades of waterfalls. Some say that the natural bathing pool at the top is a scared place, and people like to go there to energetically cleanse themselves. If you wish to dip in the bathing pools, please take swimwear. There are cafes at the base of the trail.
Kao Raa: Highest View Point
This is the highest peak of the island, naturally with stunning views! There is a trail leaving from behind Phaeng waterfall. Take plenty of water with you (but remember to carry all the empties back with you...leave no trace!)
The Bottle Trail
2.5 km from Chaloklum is a trail to Bottle Beach, marked by plastic water bottles hanging up. Hence the "bottle trail". This is a delightful walk to a delightful beach.
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Than Sadet Waterfall
Accessed by boat from HadTien East or by dirt track from the west (only for experienced bikers with decent dirt bikes). This tranquil place is full of giant boulders, perfect for sitting and meditating upon! The locals recognised the sacredness of this waterfall, and you will find shrines and temples near the base. This waterfall is also a favourite of the royalty of Thailand.
To be conscious is not just about self-reflection and community living, but also about becoming conscious of our connection to the earth. For too long tourists have come to this island with a view to just taking their pleasure from it without giving anything back. The Full Moon Party is a prime example, in which thousands come to party, and leave behind a beach of garbage and destruction.
You can help raise the level of consciousness on this island by bringing awareness and action to your own environmental impact. Here are some ways to contribute: