| Thong Nai Pan Noi | Koh Phangan - Thailand

Thong Nai Pan is located in the northeast of Koh Phangan, and it takes no more than approximately 45 minutes to get there from Thongsala or Haad Rin Pier. Pickup taxis go there on a regular basis. You can also travel to Thong Nai Pan from Samui, Haad Rin or Thongsala by boat. The beach and the small town of Thong Nai Pan Noi with its many restaurants bars and shopping facilities is just a five minute walk away.

Thong Nai Pan:
Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai provide a dual beach and form a picturesque 
dual bay. They are the most popular beaches in the east, where the sun rises. Both beaches epitomize an unspoiled paradise with smoothly curved coves offering white sand. They’re surrounded by mountains covered with the rich vegetation of the tropical rainforest. The mountains make those beaches hard to access. A steep and bumpy trail is the only way to access it by land. At them moment a regular two-lane road is being built. An alternative way to access this spot is using a long tail boat from Had Rin or Chaloklum.

Swimming is possible at both beaches any time of the year. There are even passable waves to do “body surfing”. Both beaches exude a bohemian vibe, there are small villages harbouring nice bars and restaurants. Early risers can admire the breathtaking sunrises.

Thong Nai Pan Yai has the longer beach and therefore offers a wider range of accommodation. There are numerous hiking trails and waterfalls and a nice selection of rocks for experienced climbers. This part of the island is still rather untamed, and the surrounding jungle hosts a rich variety exotic and tropical plants and animals. 

Koh Phangan:
Koh Phangan is a paradisiacal island located in the southern region of the Gulf of Thailand. The distance to the provincial capital Suratthani is approximately 100 kilometres, the famous island Koh Samui is a mere 15 kilometres away.
Koh Phangan covers an area of 168 km2, which makes it the second largest island of the province after neighbouring Koh Samui. Over 70% of the terrain is mountainous, covered with tropical rainforest. The plain area offers beautiful beaches and plantations of coconut trees. 
Koh Phangan has 11.131 registered citizens. Some of them are of Chinese origin, whose ancestors emigrated more than one hundred years ago. Most people live in the port city Thongsala. The official language is standard Thai, but many people speak a southern dialect. English is an accepted business language, especially in the tourist sector. Over 95% percent of the population is Buddhist, but there’s a small Muslim minority in Ban Kai.

The most important product of of Koh Phangan is the coconut. More than 1 million coconuts are harvested in Koh Samui and Koh Phangan every month, which are then shipped to Bangkok. Other sources of industry are fishing and tourism.

Surat Thani:
Surat Thani is the largest of all provinces in the south of Thailand, it’s located approximately 680 kilometres south of the nation’s capital Bangkok. The land is plain and very fertile. In the west it ascends and turns into a high plateau. The biggest rivers are the Maenam Tapi and the Maenam Phum Duand, which flow into the Golf of Thailand. Some of the most beautiful islands belong to the province, including Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, as well as approximately 40 islands of the Ang Thong Marine National Park.

Thailand:

Thailand territory covers a substantial part of southeast Asia stretches from the foothills of the Himalaya in the southeast to the Malayan peninsula and encloses the Gulf of Thailand, a marginal sea of the South China Sea. The shape of Thailand’s territory resembles the head of an elephant. The longest distance between the northern and southern border is 1770 kilometres, from the east to the west it’s a little over 800 kilometres. The landmass of Thailand covers 513.115 km2.

The northern part is mountainous, the highest mountaintop can be found here: Doi Inthanon (2565 m). In the northeast (Isaan – also called Isan or Issaan) lies the Khorat high plateau, a region which is bone dry in the summer and flooded during the rainy seasonm which makes it difficult to use it for agriculture. 

Irrigation plants and dams should help improve the situation. The local people are below the average income. The Isaan dialect is related to Laotian. In the north and the east of the Isaan the Mae Nam Kong (Mekong) is the natural border to Laos.

Phangan Karte

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