Ko Phangan, Thailand is home to some amazing street art. No matter where you turn, you’ll see some form of cool mural, most likely done by Color Fighter. From the street walls to shop doors, the Half Moon Party, their name is everywhere!
Ko Phangan is one of the most creative places we have visited in Thailand. Although Bangkok boasts of many beautiful temples and local craftsmanship, Ko Phangan offers this in a different way. Today, the island has become the base for all types of craftsmen and artists. Furthermore, it inspires those who aren’t creative to get their hands dirty.
But, it’s not just hipsters and backpackers invading the art scene in Ko Phangan, Thailand. Locals are also blessed with creative flare. The amazing street art you’ll see is but an aspect of the islands art manifestation. Ko Phangan, Thailand has it all! From temples, local crafts, and artists, amazing street art, fantastic food, and everything in between.
I’ll go into the art of food in my next post about eating in Ko Phangan. In the meantime, let’s focus on the amazing street art the island has to offer…
Where Can you Find Amazing Street Art in Ko Phangan, Thailand
After spending weeks walking past Color Fighter’s amazing street art, I decided it was time to dedicate a post to them. I’ve collected some images of some of the most awesome street art on the island from both Color Fighter and a few other small time players.
The real question is: where is it? Well, you’ll be able to find amazing street art pretty much everywhere you go. Thong Sala, which is situated in the West part of the island is lined with the most murals. No matter where you turn, you will find some form of graffiti to catch your eye. The best part is that nearly all of it is beautiful!
From the Half Moon Party venue all the way to Baan Chaloklum you’ll find awesome street art everywhere! We focused most of our efforts on the Thong Sala street art as it was walking distance from our apartment. We walked 6km in the scorching hot just to do this amazing street art tour so I hope you find it useful ;).
A Guide Through the Amazing Street Art of Ko Phangan, Thailand
Our little tour started at the Family Mart situated on the crossroads near the Mason’s Arms Pub. From there we walked through Thong Sala and all the way to the Cats in Space Hostel located on the main road to Haad Rin. Below, I’ve listed the various pieces you’ll come across and where you can find them.
Opposite the Lekart Shop, Thong Sala
These two pieces are by some small time players in Ko Phangan, Thailand. Although basic pieces they’re a good intro to some amazing street art you won’t be able to resist taking a picture of.
The Lekart Shop, Thong Sala
Shops all over Ko Phangan are commissioning pieces on their shutters or shop walls. Lekart is a very modest example of this. That said, it’s a beautiful shop and one of the only ones with handmade leather pieces, clothing, accessories and much more. Although more expensive than other market shops, Lekart is a great place for quality, unique pieces.
Scary Pikachu Near Phantip Market, Thong Sala
By far one of the weirdest pieces in town! Although strange, it’s an amazing piece of street art. You can find this scary guy about 2 to 3 blocks down from Phantip Market in Thong Sala. Next to him you’ll find a big fish mural as well as some other amazing street art on the opposite wall featuring more weird and wonderful characters.
Opposite the Blue Petrol Station, Thong Sala
Opposite the blue petrol station in the heart of Thong Sala, you’ll find the first Color Fighter piece. I’m not sure how many people are in this crew but they have the most amazing street art in Ko Phangan, hands down! The cat and fish piece is the first we came across on our walk. Although smaller it’s just as awesome as the others you’ll see scattered across the island. To get to this furry friend continue straight from the scary Pikachu, turn right at the traffic lights and you’ll see a blue petrol station. The mural is located on the other side of the road.
Next To the Color Fighter Cat, Thong Sala
Another piece by Color Fighter situated just next door to the cat and fix piece. This piece is huge! It covers the entire warehouse doors and looks even more impressive when the doors are closed.
The Vagabond Hostel, Thong Sala
The Vagabond Hostel is located straight on from the warehouse piece by Color Fighter. The Vagabond Hostel was another business to commission Color Fighter for some amazing street art on its building walls. Following a backpacker in Thailand theme, the quality of this mural is insane!
The Psy Alien Shop, Thong Sala
To get to the Psy Alien Shop you’re going to have to walk a bit further this time. The shop is located past the Makro supermarket on the opposite side of the road. It’s a small, Thai version of the UK’s Cyberdog and is host to all the small time graffiti artists the island has welcomed. If you look down the alley on the right, past the shop, you’ll notice hundreds of graphs (which are pretty much impossible to get pictures of).
Opposite the Big C Supermarket
Color Fighter comes back in force a few blocks up the road at the Big C supermarket. When you arrive at the Big C, look left behind you. You can’t miss it.
The Cats in Space Hostel, Thong Sala
The Cats in Space Hostel is a weird and wonderful place. It is covered in amazing street art revolving mainly around… that’s right: cats and space. Be warned, it’s a fair walk from the Big C, especially in the heat.
Once we reached the Cats in Space Hostel we decided it was time to head back. Luckily, we walked on the same road to get back home because we realized we missed a few of Color Fighter’s main pieces. A lovely way to finish our walk.
You’ll Find amazing Street Art Everywhere in Ko Phangan, Thailand
Thong Sala is not the only place you’ll be able to find amazing street art in Ko Phangan, Thailand. Color Fighter and other artists have taken over the island, and because of this new people are slowly introducing themselves. Also, every party is littered with more graffiti and street art than you could ever imagine. The Half Moon Party is a perfect example with Color Fighter murals everywhere you turn!
Ko Phangan is more than just a place to party. It’s a cultural hub for all artists wanting to grow, experiment or even learn. I highly recommend taking a good walk throughout the small streets and back alleys, you’ll find some amazing street art and more!
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