May 20 2013
Seetanu beach is a quiet area on Ko Pha Ngan’s west coast, about a 10-minute drive along the beach road from Thong Sala. Surrounded by yoga and detox centres, it’s a popular place with yogis and others seeking a perhaps healthy change in their lives.
The beach itself is long, and not so great for swimming, since the water stays shallow for nearly a kilometre before beginning to get deep. Still, if you want to do some yoga in one of the open-air wooden beachfront pavilions, bask in the sun, sit in shallow water, or even grab a drink at a beachfront bar, this uncrowded beach is a great Ko Pha Ngan option. Here are our top picks for Seetanu beach.
Loyfa Natural Resort, in the south of Seetanu, is a fantastic place to be. With spacious rooms containing comfortable beds, TVs, fridges, safes and modern bathrooms, plus an area with a beachfront restaurant, large pool and massage, you can’t go wrong here. Even their least expensive rooms, at 1,500 baht during low season, provide great value.
Loyfa Natural Resort
T: (077) 377 319, (087) 621 6814
F: (077) 349 080
Best fan room
The fan rooms at Phangan Cove resort easily provide the best value in Seetanu. For 400 baht a night, most west coast bungalows would be wooden, with only a hard mattress and meagre — but the ones here are concrete, with a super comfortable mattress, a plush sofa and modern decor. The bathroom is also swankier than your average at this pricepoint, with a hot shower. A spacious patio is also provided. Reserve in advance — they only have four of these rooms available.
Phangan Cove Resort
T: (083) 9698584
The beachfront Shangri La restaurant at Phangan Cove resort has a wonderful atmosphere, complete with comfortable seating options, an extensive menu, and vibrant decorations. The wine is inexpensive at 80 baht a glass, and the burgers are fantastic, with their chicken version 99 baht. The service isn’t great, but if you can get over that, you’ll love it. Come for sunset.
The yoga and detox centres in the area are all quite reputable. Uber-popular Agama Yoga is not for everyone, with many intimidated by the sheer numbers of participants in each class, many of whom are well-experience yogis. Orion Yoga, in the south of Seetanu, provides a more personal approach and beginners may feel more comfortable here. There is also an herbal steam room here for detoxing.
15/2 Moo 8, Seetanu
T: (089) 048 0020
Best hole-in-the-wall restaurant
Seetanu has many restaurants to choose from, many of which are simple roadside set-ups serving whatever they were able to get from the fresh market that day. Home Restaurant is one of them, and the chef, Gam, is as friendly and welcoming as she is gifted at cooking. Here you’ll eat some of the best Thai food on the island, if not in Thailand, at very reasonable prices. She also does fantastic Vietnamese food. The best thing to do is order some dishes around lunch time for dinner, and when you arrive, she’ll have everything set up and prepared for you and your group. Find it beside Ladda Restaurant on the main road. T: (082) 415 8211.
Visitors come from all over Ko Pha Ngan to do the wipe-out course at Lake Hut. If you’ve ever seen the TV show Wipeout, then you know what to expect. If not, imagine a blow up obstacle course that floats on water, placed on the edge of a lake. For 500 baht, guests can enjoy the challenging but fun course all day long. Lake Hut also has a great restaurant with a wide selection of Thai and Western favourites.
84/32 Moo 8 (on Laem Son lake, towards the northern end of Seetanu)
T: (089) 730 0081
Outside of Haad Rin, Phangan doesn’t have many shopping options. But in Seetanu, Russian-Thai owned Nitra clothing shop is a good place to check out if you want unique, top-quality pieces. Find Nitra beside Fellini’s restaurant along the main road.
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