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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
  • Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas and Spa

    Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas and Spa

    Easy to reach luxe

    69/13 Moo 4 Ao Nai Wok
    T: (077) 377 384; F: (077) 377 395

    Ko Pha Ngan’s upmarket Kupu Kupu Resort is a collection of 20 stylish villas and two suites, combining modern elements with traditional charm, while melding Balinese and Thai sensitivities. Quite ... Read the full review of Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas and Spa.

    4 stars 4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
  • 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

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.

  • Pha-Ngan Centrepoint

    Pha-Ngan Centrepoint

    Accommodation and shopping

    26/6 Moo 1, Thongsala, Ko Pha Ngan
    T: (077) 377 232; F: (077) 377 232

    Toward the north of central Thong Sala, Pha Ngan Centrepoint is a little classier than the other hotels in town and priced accordingly. The very clean rooms are comfortable and spacious and the staff ... Read the full review of Pha-Ngan Centrepoint.

    3 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Pha Ngan Chai Hotel

    Pha Ngan Chai Hotel

    Closest to the pier

    44/65 Moo 1, Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
    T: (077) 377 689; F: (077) 377 032

    Located directly opposite the pier, Pha Ngan Chai is a suitable place to spend a night before catching the ferry but is not recommended as a holiday destination. Just look for the five-storey white ... Read the full review of Pha Ngan Chai Hotel.

    3 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Suan Inn Bungalows

    Suan Inn Bungalows

    Convenient and comfortable

    133 Moo 1, Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
    T: (077) 238 248;

    Mr Chai and his friendly family offer inexpensive and comfortable bungalows just outside the bustling centre of Thong Sala to the west. The well-kept bungalows, lining a shady coconut grove, are ... Read the full review of Suan Inn Bungalows.

    2.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Asia Hotel

    Asia Hotel

    Shabbiest spot around

    Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
    T: (087) 381 9772;

    Located just around the corner to the left heading away from the main pier, Asia Hotel provides a relatively inexpensive place to crash before catching an early boat off the island. All rooms have ... Read the full review of Asia Hotel.

    2.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Buakao Inn

    Buakao Inn

    Coolest spot in town

    146 Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
    T: (077) 377 226;

    Located north of the Songserm Pier and just off the main road, Buakao is the most happening guest house in central Thong Sala. A's Coffee Shop on the ground floor, is a popular restaurant and ... Read the full review of Buakao Inn.

    2.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker


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