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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.

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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