Ko Pha Ngan is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Pha Ngan as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Pha Ngan’s different areas.
Being a major fishing village, Chaloklum offers a wide variety of seafood restaurants, with fresh local catches to choose from scattered through town and near the pier — just follow your nose. Otherwise, most bungalow setups offer their own simple little restaurants with inexpensive Thai food and some western options.
Rose Villa has a good range, including Israeli and Arab food if you get a hankering for falaffel. There are a couple of popular beach bars as you turn onto the beachfront from the village, including Cafe Del Mar which does good barbeque and and all day happy hour.
Sheesha Bar T:(077) 374 161 is the classiest draw in town with a cool, comfortable vibe and a fine selection of international dishes and hookas available for kicking back and smoking various flavours of sheesha tobacco. A unique and relaxing place.
Several popular bars cater to the diving and expat nightlife including popular Gemini Bar attached to Sail Rock Divers, The Lost Dog which is lively and has a pool table and The Crow Bar which also does Sushi.
While all of Haad Khom's dining options are connected with bungalow setups, the food here is quite good, consisting mostly of a good variety of Thai food and local seafood and standard western choices such as sandwiches, salads and pasta. The restaurants at Coral Bay, Haad Khom Bungalow and Cocounut Beach all provide excellent views with laid-back atmospheres.
The views from Haad Khom Bungalow are probably the best, with spectacular seafood barbecues and vegetarians will find the best selection of meat-free dishes and tofu delicacies.
Ocean View's restaurant offers beachside dining and a little classier menu specialising in well-presented steaks and seafood. Each guesthouse restaurant serves drinks and all provide mellow spots to while away the eving hours with games available. Coconut Beach has the most unique little beach bar situated along the rocks at the far northeast corner of the beach.
At the far west end of the beach you'll find a funky restaurant and bungalow set-up called Smile Bungalows. The restaurant has no qualms about playing Euro trance first thing in the morning, then all day long. Staff are super-friendly, if a bit too laidback, sitting down at your table with you and taking 10 minutes to write your order down, but this relaxed attitude is part of the charm of Bottle beach.
Farther down the beach are other fun bars and restaurants. Bottle Beach 2 restaurant and bar is particularly popular, blaring loud Latin music, with good food, decently-priced drinks, a free pool table, and friendly staff.
If you’re ever in the mood for some delicious Western food while on the northern tip of Ko Pha Ngan, head straight for The World’s End in Ao Chaloklum. This popular, charming joint does some of the best coffee around (with a real espresso machine), and some of the best sandwiches and wraps on the... Read our full review of The World’s End.