Koh Phangan – The Island
Located in the Gulf of Thailand in Surat Thani province, Koh Phangan is one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands. With its white-sand beaches and crystal waters, the island is an ideal destination for a trip focused on nourishing mind, body and spirit.
Orion Healing Centre is situated in Sri Thanu Bay, a relaxed village fringed by beaches, on the north-west side of the island. The bay has plenty of hidden treasures and whether you are looking for quiet beaches, healthy food or ornate temples, there is plenty to see here. Unlike the southern tip of the island, which is famous for its Full Moon parties, Sri Thanu is a peaceful place, known for its gentle ambience and outstanding natural beauty.
More than half the island is designated as national park, with 80km2 comprising unspoiled rain forest, featuring diverse flora and fauna, waterfalls and numerous Buddhist temples. Legend has it Koh Phangan is situated on an ancient bed of crystal quartz and this powerful foundation is what makes the island a site of healing and abundant energy. Visitors to the island all attest to its intensity. Many come with the intention of visiting for a few weeks and end up staying for years, working on personal development and choosing to live simple and conscious lives.
For those open to its magic, Koh Phangan is a place full of transformational potential and the perfect site to begin a journey of self-discovery.
“You don’t need to have mastered the downward dog to realise that the island has, in the Buddhist sense, balance. Over the decades it has remained one of Thailand’s most popular destinations because peace, serenity and good times coexist.It has always been a spiritual place. It was monks who first came here, just 600 years ago, building Wat PhuKhaoNoi outside the port of Thongsala. From the hillside temple you can look out over unspoilt tropical forest that covers more than 90 per cent of the island. Eco-tourism is stronger here than in other parts of Thailand. Development has been unhurried and a sense of respect for the island persists.“
– Natalie Paris, The Telegraph
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