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Thong Sala

Guesthouses, hotels and resorts

Pha Ngan's only real town, Thong Sala has a handful of cheap places to stay that generally suit the needs of those sticking around long term. Nearby Ao Nai Wok is worth considering if you want to be close to town but with some decent beachfront.

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Thong Sala

The commercial and administrative capital of Ko Pha Ngan, Thong Sala is a constant bustle of taxi drivers, merchants and newly-arrived sun worshippers. The central produce and meat market are worth perusing and provide visitors with tasty fresh fruit and an authentic Thai experience, just follow your nose toward the fish smell. Most people only stay long enough here to catch a ride elsewhere after they negotiate the pier, but there are a few decent accommodations for those who need to be in town.

Ao Nai Wok

Just a quick walk over the bridge from Thong Sala, Ao Nai Wok is about the closest you could stay to Ko Pha Ngan's piers without being in town. A long bay extends north, lined with some decent sandy beach. There are some fine bungalow operators and resorts here, the best of which lie at the northern end. The sea is fairly shallow close to the beach, so swimming conditions are not great, especially in May to July when the tide is way out through most of the day. The sea shelf drops of after about 80 metres where the reef provides some decent snorkelling. Not the best or most popular beach on Ko Pha Ngan, the main benefit of staying in this area is to be close to the services of Thong Sala.

  • Best View Villa

    Best View Villa

    Close to town, but not too close

    Ao Nai Wok, Ko Pha Ngan
    T: (077) 377 1567;

    Best View's bungalows are not particularly charming, but they're inexpensive and provide a somewhat tranquil place to stay for those catching a ferry out of Thong Sala. While the property borders the ... Read the full review of Best View Villa.

    5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Joon Bungalows

    Joon Bungalows

    Relaxed rustic spot

    Ao Nai Wok, Ko Pha Ngan
    T: (087) 881 0988;

    Joon is a very chilled out and friendly spot popular among the backpacking crowd. The owners, Steph and Anna, and the rest of the staff are very hospitable. The only room actually on the beach here ... Read the full review of Joon Bungalows.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Grand Sea Resort

    Grand Sea Resort

    Stylish Lanna Thai design

    152 Moo 1, Ao Nai Wok, Ko Pha Ngan
    T: (077) 377 776-7; F: (077) 377 777

    Definitely the flashiest and finest setup on Nai Wok, perhaps even on Ko Pha Ngan's west coast, Grand Sea Resort is very posh and comfortable. All bungalows and hotel-style buildings here feature the ... Read the full review of Grand Sea Resort.

    3.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • Pha-ngan Bungalows

    Pha-ngan Bungalows

    Nice beach, bad traffic

    Ao Nai Wok, Ko Pha Ngan
    T: (077) 377 191;

    Sprawled along a grassy beach side coconut grove, Pha Ngan Bungalow is an inexpensive choice for shoe-stringers and backpackers who want to be near Thong Sala but not too near. A long line of tiny ... Read the full review of Pha-ngan Bungalows.

    3 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker

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