Phangan Essentials: #1 Thong Nai Pan Noi
Welcome to our new series of regular blog-style updates on the best things to see and do whilst you’re on the island. Regular bite sized chunks of information and local insight that will ensure that your stay on Phangan is one that you’ll always remember.
So, in no particular order, let’s start with…..
Thong Nai Pan Noi:
Situated on the North East coast, this is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on Phangan.
Thong Nai Pan Noi (and its bigger brother Thong Nai Pan Yai) are twin coves that form a scenic double bay. Noi translates as ‘small’ and Yai translates as ‘big’ – Thong Nai Pan Noi is about half the size of Thong Nai Pan Yai. Both beaches are classic ‘postcard beaches’ with stunning curved white sand bays, surrounded by mountains that are covered in tropical rainforest. You can get to the beaches by boat from Haad Rin or Chaloklum, or drive there if you have a 4×4 – We don’t recommend that guests use bikes to reach these beauties. An even easier option is to wave down a taxi!
Swimming wise, it’s great here. There’s no coral reef on the east coast of the island, and it is possible to swim all year round. Unfortunately, the one down side of this beach, is that there is little to see in the way of marine life, but there are some decent waves for body surfing. Thong Nai Pan Noi has a really chilled out, rather Bohemian feel , and has a small village with some bars and restaurants. Watching the sunrise from here is a very good idea!