To South West
is the principal town for the island and is home to all the ain
services and travel connections. There is also a great choice
of shops. bars and restaurants so it's worth visiting both in
the day or the evening; there are also plenty travel shops offering
tours and activities.
There are several banks in Thongsala, with two on the main
street and one on the Post Office Road; and there are also several
money exchange windows, all with ATMs. The hospital is only 4km
away and there is a private health clinic in the town, there are
also numerous pharmacies; Koh PhaNgan's Police Headquarters is
on the Chaloklum Road, 1km outside Thongsala. The main ferry port
is also in Thongsala. The main ferry port is also in Thongsala
and all of the ferry operators have offices on the jetties.
is an excellent choice of restaurants in the south west, especially
in Thongsala; with traditional Thai seafood restaurants, curry
stalls and good quality street food; a multitude of Western restaurants
such as Italian, English and steakhouse and even an Indian restaurant.
Most are either at the main crossroads (100m up from the round
about) or on the seafront, the markets have some of the best street
south west has a great number of activities and things to keep
you occupied; there are several dive operations based in Thongsala
and numerous marine tour and fishing companies. There is also
a Paintball arena and plenty of places to hire mountain bikes,
jeeps and motor bikes in Thongsala. There are regular Thai Boxing
matches in the evenings and also several parties in Ban Tai and
on the Wok Tum coast.
is the island's main trading post with an excellent variety of
crafts, jewellery, clothes, artwork and traditional Thai items.
There are a great number of boutiwue shops throughout the town
and numerous supermarkets and fresh produce stalls.
are reasonable and are often hard to beat and many outlets supplying
goods in bulk for export. Most shops are open till 8 or 9 in the
are loads of bars in Thongsala, with the majority on the main
street; many have pool tables and TV for live sporting events.
From Ao Nai Wok to Ao Hin Kong there are several hillside bars
with great sunset views. Heading towards Ban Tai from Thongsala
there are numerous beer bars lining either side of the road.
are several questhouses and hotels in the Thongsala area which
are good value and ideal if you need to stay in town for an early
ferry. There are also numerous reasonably priced resorts either
side of the town.