Thong Nai Pan
Thong Nai Pan (TNP) has been a major hit on the travelling circuit for many years with an amazingly beautiful landscape, great vibe and unique islander hospitality that can only come from this part of Koh Phangan. It really is laid back but still has plenty going on; with a selection of two beaches, countless beach bars and restaurants and loads to do locally.
The mountainous terrain provides some excellent hikes and walks, with a scenic waterfall trail starting from TNP Noi that runs for about 2kms and there is endless tropical rainforest to explore. Offshore there is everything on offer from scuba diving to fishing trips and loads more if you have the energy. For a truly Thai experience take a day trip by longtail boat to Bottle Beach or Thaan Sadet waterfall.
TNP Yai is the larger of the two bays, laced with wide white stretch of sand, leaving plenty of space between the rooms. Unlike the west side of the island, neither beach has a coral reef, which although doesn’t make them great for snorkelling, it does mean that the waters are deep and perfect for all year round swimming and water sports. Accommodation options are varied, you can take your pick from family friendly resorts to flash packer bungalows.
A short hop over the headland brings you to TNP Noi. Always considered the prettier sister to TNP Yai, this bay has undergone a radical transformation in recent years, with many of the original beach front bungalows being replaced by exclusive 4-star resorts. All grown up – TNP Noi is now an enclave for people looking for luxury. For those who don’t want to blow the budget a few lower key accommodation options still exist and behind the main strip visitors can still enjoy the original village which holds firmly onto its authentic bohemian roots.
Both beaches have internet, ATMs and supermarkets. No matter which you choose, they are within walking distance of each other and are both equally as rewarding.