Photo: The happy ferry is here!

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.

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Eat and meet

Thong Sala has a vast number of cafes to suit a broad spectrum of tastes, luring expats from all over the island – especially sought after are the bakeries and delis not found elsewhere on the island.

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On the main road adjacent to the pier is a row of mostly Western-style cafes known for healthy options and fresh products. Starting at the northwest end of the strip (closest to the big roundabout) left of the 7-eleven if coming off the ferry is Sweet Cafe, known by locals as the German bakery and the only place we know that offers brie on half a baguette with a small glass of wine. They had us at brie.

Back past the 7-eleven and across the road is Harp Bar, offering traditional English grub and large screens showing sport. A few doors down is Nira’s bakery, which extended their busy cafe to create more seating in 2014, followed by the Japanese Cafe, Soul Food Cafe and Canteen, all with great coffee and fresh food options.

Staying on the same path you will find good pizzas and pasta at Mandolini’s and traditional Thai food on the opposite corner at Corner Kitchen. Heading left into that street if you walk along a few minutes you will find the cute and quirky Thai Kao Kloong Kapi Hut on your left.

The other main strip for cafes is Soi Krung Thai, where A’s and Sucasa Guest Houses are situated. There is also a Tesco's, Big C and Macro as well as local supermarket Limpipong just up from Chinese Street. The two must-eats though are the bustling Pantipmarket, better known as the night market, opening daily at 16:00 on the main road out from the pier (ask around, everyone knows it), and the Saturday Walking Street from 16:00 till 21:00 along Chinese Street, which is a fun night out with the locals.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Thong Sala? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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