If you really must choose, then Thong Nai Pan Yai should be your beach if you like sweeping white sand and calm lapping water at your feet. It’s so chilled out on this beach that folks have been known to get lost up here for months (and even years!) at a time.
It’s far away from the noise and carnage of Haad Rin so is more suited to those who want to be away from the noise, if only temporarily before and after the parties! There aren’t many better places on Koh Phangan to kick off your flip-flops and spend some horizontal time. This beach was made for lounging!
Some of the most original Thai bungalows remain on this beach and lovers of the island seek them out for that all important feeling of solitude that a stay on Koh Phangan can provide.
There are plenty of resorts here with something for every budget from cheap and cheerful backpackers to those with more luxurious and expensive tastes. It is a beautiful crescent-shaped bay that has laid back bungalow operations stretching its length.
In terms of orientation, the bay is north-east facing which means it isn’t ideal for direct sunset or sunrise viewing. That said, it’s really not a problem as the main draw of this bay is the away from it all feeling you get when you stay here, a feeling which is further emphasized during the shift in light patterns that occurs as dusk approaches when the horizon slowly becomes a subtle mix of warm colours.
It’s great to make your base at the far (most easterly) end of the beach so you can ogle away at it’s smaller sister (Thong Nai Pan Noi) in the not too far distance. For a bit of post-lunch exercise each day you can always take a gentle stroll down the beach then up and over the ridge that joins the two beaches.
Once there, grab a refreshing drink before ambling back in your own time. It’s such a beautiful spot here on Thong Nai Pan Yai that your days will merge into nights quicker than you can believe.. so enjoy it while you’re here and let the memories linger after you’ve gone.
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