Photo: The Haad Yuan viewpoint.


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Ko Pha Ngan is a fair-sized island and is no slouch when it comes to viewpoints, some of which have no facilities at all, others that are fully equipped bars, in one case even with a swimming pool!

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With that in mind, here is our pick of the crop, starting at Thong Sala and running around the island in an anti-clockwise direction. In all cases you'll need your own transport (a scooter or a car) and be sure to pack plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat. Late afternoon (for sunset) is the best time on the west coast, while early-birds (or all night partiers) could conceivably catch sunrise on the east coast.

At Stone Bar. Photo taken in or around Viewpoints, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand by Stuart McDonald.

At Stone Bar. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Stone Bar and Amsterdam Bar Both these viewpoint bars sit back on the rise behind Plaay Laem beach on the southwest corner of Ko Pha Ngan – take their names as guidance for the relaxed vibe at both of them. Stone Bar is the far less commercial, little more than a wooden platform with some low slung tables and axe pillows scattered around. We liked it a lot. The far busier Amsterdam Bar with its horizon pool and boisterous atmosphere attract a lively, younger backpacker crew. Both offer tremendous views and while for Stone Bar you need to walk the whole way up, at Amsterdam you can ride a lot of the way up (perhaps not a good idea if you're in for a big night). Please bear in mind Thailand has extremely strict anti-drug laws.

Sabai Bar Sitting on the southern rise by Haad Salad, Sabai Bar is similar to Stone Bar in theme and vibe, but they also sell Thai food, cold drinks and have live music some evenings every week. Think lots of wood with axe cushions, pillows and a few hammocks around and you'll get the picture. The view takes in most of Haad Salad and the hillside behind it. This isn't a comfortable walking distance from ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,000 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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