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Seethrough Bar and Restaurant on Ko Pha Ngan’s Haad Yao is a funky spot that nearly always has pumping tunes; it’s a great place to get in the mood to party, or just to chill out and internalise the beat. The staff are friendly and hilarious, always cracking jokes and sometimes even sitting down at your table with you to talk about life and love. The service is a bit lazy, but the relaxed atmosphere is all part of the vibe here.
There are two elevated wooden platforms with Thai-style cushions and low tables, while Western table and chair sets are on the beach. In the middle of it all are four huge hammocks that make the perfect spot to laze away an afternoon. Bob Marley flags adorn many of the walls.
The drinks and food are a bit pricey, but you’d expect that from such a popular, beachfront set-up. The Panang chicken curry is a particular favourite (180 baht). This is definitely a snacking environment, and if you come here in the mood for such, the no-name vegetable (120 baht), is a must-try. The cocktails are way overpriced and while we haven’t tried them all, we can say that the 200 baht long island ice tea is far from good value.
People staying in Haad Salad, Haad Yao, and Haad Chao Pao will often come to Seethrough bar to kick-off their party nights – it’s that kind of place. Nightly fire shows are held on the beachfront, and if there isn’t one, they will do them upon request.
There is a resort behind the restaurant, all part of the same Seethrough family, with an insanely-long pool and large, clean air-con rooms that range in price from 2000 to 3000 baht in high season. The building rooms on the bottom floor, the most expensive, have pool access, and are the most sought-after.
Find Seethrough to the left of the 7-eleven on the beach road in Haad Yao – it’s two resorts down. Walk all the way to the end of the gravel path and you’ll be there. Maybe for hours.
By Kaila Krayewski
Last updated on 24th March, 2015.