There is not one but two gorgeous sandy bays at Thong Nai Pan beach – Thong Nai Pan Yai (big) and Thong Nai Pan Noi (little). Back in the day there were just a collection of small bamboo huts on the beach here but recently these have made way for the bigger, more lavish beach resorts. It remains a chilled out place however, especially at the southern end of the beach where many of the more classical, rustic Thai style accommodations keep the good old vibe going strong.
You’ll need to put in a bit of extra work to get here though as it’s a fair ride from both of the islands arrival points – Thong Sala and Haad Rin. Jump on board a songthaew when you arrive at the island, there will be loads of them hanging around waiting for you at the pier. It’s well worth putting in that extra legwork though because once you’re here you’ll realise why this beach has been a firm favourite for such a long time. The sound of the waves lapping, the creaking of the hammocks and the gentle tones of Bob Marley on the stereo…total bliss! If you hole up here for a week or so you really won’t want to leave and your friends will have to tear you away.
This overhead image relays the wonder of this heavenly beach duo. Simply wander between these two fine strips of sand all day long, stopping at the numerous beach restaurants and bars for refreshment when the need arises.
Could life be any better..?! I seriously doubt it! If you don’t mind retreating and experiencing feelings of real seclusion then Thong Nai Pan beach is most definitely the place for you.
It’s a great base too, as you can walk to Bottle Beach (Haad Khuat) from here.. and don’t forget to check out that beach’s amazing viewpoint while your there. If you don’t feel like walking – or if it’s far too hot for all that – just jump on a longtail boat at Thong Nai Pan beach and the driver will take you instead. This won’t cost much at all, especially if you share the ride with other passengers.