Koh Phangan Tourism
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In Koh Phangan, there
are plenty of bars and restaurants, offering, years after years,
more and more international flavors with an ever increasing quality.
Many bungalow on the beach have good quality restaurants, but
nothing will stop you from going out for dinner to taste all the
specialties carefully served in the variety of restaurants set up
everywhere on the island.
You can just as well enjoy a delicious thai curry with seafood or
take delight with a sumptuous couscous (marocan stew), a beef in
Bourguignon sauce or a tasty indian thali, without missing the
traditional italian pizza, of course.
Koh Phangan has a
wide variety of restaurants, located in the villages of Thong Sala,
Ban Tai, Haad Rin and Chaloklum and you also have some on the main
road to Haad Rin.
However, many resorts have their own restaurant which generally
provide good food too.
The small Thai shops and food stalls prepare mouth-watering
traditional Thai dishes, soups and seafood you can enjoy fearless of
getting sick. In the villages, you can also eat meals from all
around the world, like French, Italian, British, Moroccan, Israeli,
Mexican, Indian, Japanese, Austrian and even Scandinavian food...
Prices vary greatly: from 30 to 40 Bahts for a soup or a dish from a
street stall, to 500 Bahts and up for some specialities in a fine
Obviously, it’s impossible for us to list them all down, so we have
generally narrowed our selection to the finest restaurants, where
top quality and friendly atmosphere are guaranteed. On this page we
give you a taste of some fine places on Koh Phangan that you cannot
The Night life on Koh Phangan is what we may call its "flagship"...
Understand... It's the speciality of the island ! Over and above
spending their whole day making yours pleasant, the Thaïs of
Pha-ngan feel obliged to make you spend the crazyest nights of your
whole travel.... Be aware !
SOUTH HAAD RIN - THONG SALA
You can, of course,
stroll around to make your choice, but considering the abundance of
restaurants how not to make mistakes (having ugly food for
exorbitant prices) ?... That's why we propose you some places that
did attract our attention as much because of the atmosphere as
because of the quality of the food and the service.
We wish to make clear that we are absolutly not commissionned to
speak about these places.
"THE" tourist area of Koh Phangan, so..."full" of restaurants of all
kind, but more expensive !
In Haad Rin East, in the small soi coming from the Drop In club many
different style restaurants wait for you with excellent quality
food. Emotion of Sushi, a sushi bar, that offers fine japanese
cuisine, of course, but also fusion cuisine from Asia and Europe,
the whole served in a very "chill out" atmosphere. It's two-storeyed,
with a cocktail lounge area. For the traditionnal italian pizza,
make your way to the huge complex that is Al Colosseo at the end of
the soi. If you fancy some seafood, try the Yellow Light straight on
the beach. A little bit further, near the soi of the 7 eleven,
called "soi cactus" you'll also find the famous Chicken Corner, Icon
of Haad Rin (despite it have been reduce to a single stall
nowadays), as it's opened 24h a day (late at night once could find
some real freak brothers, there...) serving chicken sandwiches as
famous for Koh Phangan elders as the first nights of full moon parties !
taking the soi in to the pier (to the 7-eleven) you will find Casa
Nostra an Italian restaurant serving good meals and owned by a
friendly Italian guy. Further to the pier, Nira Bakery is here since
more than 15 years (you will find two more branches in Thong Sala
and Ban Tai), it is open 24/7 to serve you nice breakfasts and all
kinds of bakeries and snacks. And for exotism, head for the
Marrakech, a marocan restaurant, serving couscous and tagines (north
In Haad Rin West, close to the pier, do not miss Om Ganesh, an
indian restaurant preparing tasty typical north indian and nepalese
dishes at reasonable prices. Set menu are available to allow you to
discover the varied flavors of their specialities. Its desserved
success made it become bigger, as it's a two-storeyed building now
with two dining rooms. They also have an adjacent shop selling
souvenirs like carving, sarongs or handycraft from India, Nepal and
Tibet. A bit further north, on the way to the Purple haze bar, the
Lazy House, run by a british here for years, has international food
in a definetly "chill out" atmosphere, with wide screen TVs,
cushion, coffee tables and movie program all day long. They serve a
"full English breakfast" well-known from all the worn out ravers,
starving in the early morning of a crazy party night... Just next,
the Bamboozle is famous for is choice of mexican, western and thai
food (they have another branch in Haad Rin Town). And for the
Mediterranean style, go to the Neptune Bungalow, they host a
maroccan restaurant preparing gorgeous tagine and divine couscous !
In between Haad Rin Nok and Haad Rin Nai, the Same-Same Restaurant,
the restaurant of the Same-Same Complex, offers scandinavian food,
steaks, mexican dishes, BBQ, whole roast pig, and more... It is a
favorite among travellers.
BAN TAI AND SURROUNDINGS
Straight on the beach, a bit before the village of Bantai, just
after the gaz station on the right side, you will find the Milky
Bay, a nice resort with its restaurant by its swimming pool in a
very nice natural setting. By night, with its lighting, the place
looks even suprisingly classy for Koh Phangan. They serve refined
quality food (beef in red wine sauce, fishes in white wine and the
best chocolate mousse of Koh Phangan...) with a good wine list and
have an absolutely excellent service. All together it makes it the
perfect place to organize a lovers diner or a succesfull business
Right at the entry of the village, Nira's Home Bakery makes a large
selection of bread and pastries and you can have your breakfast or
some snack food there, sitting by the sea or on their terrace.
Outside the village, just after the 7 eleven, Bantai Restaurant, a
full white restaurant with terrace, serves Delicious Thai Cuisine
(try their gorgeous Curries) and Farang food as well, it might look
a bit expensive, but the food is really tasty. 10 meters further,
Bantai Pizza, managed by an italian, prepares really delicious pizza
(and pasta of course) to eat in his tinny restaurant or to take
away. We advise you to try this excellent address with a very good
quality and cheap prices ! Even if it is not that big, you should
not miss this place !
Further to Haad Rin, in Ban Kai, actually, you'll find Nong View, a
small thai restaurant, very appreciated among locals (people come
from Chaloklum to eat here !), they have excellent thai food, with
seafood you can choose from their stall, at really low prices and
high quality. And if you like the "Mu Ka Ta", the Korean style bbq,
you will find one just after the 7-eleven near the soi leading to
the Black Moon Party. They were formerly in Thong Sala, but due to
the evergrowing real estate business, they have been forced to move
and welcome their customers there. They are very famous among locals
who continue to come enjoy it here rather than in other shops of
Thong Sala or anywhere else !
Place to avoid absolutely: The Ocean Breeze is the worst place we
ever tried. It is sea front, just opposite the road to the Wat Kao
Tam (Vipassana meditation), at the very entry of Bantai, when coming
from Thong Sala. After eating there, our team had to suffer severe
food poisoning from rotten prawns and indigest sandwiches, not
mentioning the rotten fruit juices served! Beware!!
THONG SALA AND SURROUNDINGS
Just on the old pier,
lobster seafood is serving delicious seafood, but the prices are
expensive as it is still the only restaurant in Thong Sala with a
terrace right up the beach. Not far from this one, on a place right
in front of the new multipurpose pier, you’ll find L’embuscade a
small french restraurant serving delicious meal with mouth-watering
home made bread in a typical "french bistrot" atmosphere. Westward,
in front of Raja pier, Yellow Café serves full English breakfast
that should satisfy the most hungry ones. In the main road, the
Green restaurant, a long time running shop, has good thai food at
reasonnable prices. Almost in front of the "green restautant", in
the soï of the Krung Thai Bank, in front of it, actually, the A´s
Coffee has big meals and real coffee, it is a clean and good place,
try an home made ice-cream shake with their famous pizza baguette...
In the same street, downward, you will find Pizza Fabio, serving
very good Pizzas as from the original Italian recipe. The Italian
manager is very nice and all the staff is helpful. Back on the main
road, northward, after the turn, next to "Koh Phangan Meat", a small
thai restaurant, despite its name, Don Danielito, is one of the best
deals in Thong Sala. They serve good thai food, at really
competitive prices, as well as tasty pizzas and jacket potatoes (ask
them very coocked...not to have them raw) for less than 100 bahts !
It's a favorite among foreigners living in Koh Phangan. The sign
says Bantai, as they were there for few years in the early 2000's
before coming in Thong Sala.
Continuing up to the end of the street, at the junction with the
Chaloklum road, on the left side, try O' RestO, a small restaurant,
managed by a charming french couple, serving devlicious and generous
salads at incredibly low prices. You will also find excellent dishes
as the chiken in basquaise sauce, or chicken filets in various
dipping, potato gratin, vegetable stews, not forgeting to mention
the gorgious tapenade (spreading paste made of crushed olives),
perfect as a starter to shere ! All this with a good glass of wine,
finish with a Chocolate fondant and a real coffee, and for a very
soft bill. A Highly recommended restaurant.
Out of Thong Sala, on the road to Haad Rin, just 100 meter from the
red light, in front of the 7-Eleven, Mediterraneo is a recently
opened Italian restaurant serving Greek and Italian dishes. Right
next, Little Hanoï is the first Vietnamese restaurant in Koh Phangan,
you will find delicious real fresh spring rolls among other special
sets. The menu is made of Pictures allowing you to see the dish
before you order it. A good and friendly address. Just opposite
these restaurants, 2 shops from the 7-Eleven, Panette Bakery
(formerly known as Golden Galette) is the ONLY real French bakery in
Koh Phangan. It just opened in April 2008, they were just near the
Cool Runnings Bar, at that time and moved here in november 2008 for
a much better setting. Fred, the owner, is preparing absolutly
gorgeous pastries, and we can even say that they are of the same
quality as a high grade pastry shop in Paris. Yes, we have to
confess that he really did surprise us with such a quality in
Thailand, if you like sweets, you can not miss it ! Have some
Viennese pastries for breakfast or one of their Black forest,
Chocolate Eclair or Lemon tart for tea time here, you can be sure
you definetely won´t be disappointed. Further to Haad Rin, few
meters before the first bridge, on the right side of the road, you
will find Ando Loco, a mexican restaurant serving real mexican meals
and an excellent margharita. They propose interesting sets to allow
you to try different dishes. All is tasty and the staff is friendly
as well. 500 meters further, the Cool Runnings... Bar & Restaurant
is a friendly Reggae bar and restaurant, with a large dining space,
free pool table in a rear garden and free wi-fi in all the place.
Managed by a french guy, who serves french meals and of course,
international dishes as well. There's a cheerful atmosphere here,
you can chill out, sipping your cocktail, surrounded by tropical
plants, while listening to good music, with a wide selection of
reggae tunes. Just before the next bridge, on the same side of the
road, the Chor Chang is a simple Thaï restaurant, very well known by
locals as they serve all kind of delicious food, unluckyly for them,
most of the travellers do not go there as they are a bit aside the
road. Give it a try, you might come back there every day.
WEST - NAI WOK - MAE HAAD
Most of the Restaurants you will find on the west coast are actually
from the bungalow settled on the beach. Some Thaï restaurants can
also be found in the villages of Hin Kong and Srithanu. But,
nevertheless, there are also few special places around that have
opened years after years and that are worth to speak about.
Once a very quite, not to say desertic, area, Hin Kong has known
some success, with more and more people coming and living there.
Thanks to the Agama Yoga School which did open a center there few
One of the very good deal of this coast is Angel Bay, another french
restaurant, but of very high quality, nestled aside the road,
directly on the beach, with a nice garden. They prepare french
cuisine, of course,like salads or beef with fries, but also some
delicious Pizzas, some say they are the best of Koh Phangan...
For a classy lunch or dinner, a gastronomic restaurant has opened
its doors in 2006, the Me´N´u, owned by a british chef, it serves
fusion modern food in a typically british setting. This place is
highly valued by many foreigners living here, but it might seem a
little bit uppriced.
SRITHANU AND HAAD YAO
You will find many
Thaï restaurants around, small bars to have a drink and some snacks
in Srithanu. The most known place around is the long time runned now
Green Vilage restaurant. They serve the classic thaï dishes as well
as british grubs and meals.
Just after Srithanu, on the top of the hill, the Big Mountain serves
gorgeous vegetarian food, including Indian dishes, at very cool
prices, so that many of the yogis living around make it their
favorite. Up north, in Haad Yao, on the road, hillside, the Tantawan
serves Thaï and French food in their very nice garden, aside the
swimming pool. The pool is, by the way, available for all customers
of the restaurant.
NORTH- CHALOKLUM-HAAD KHUAD
Chaloklum is a fishermen village, so you won´t have any problems to
enjoy some of the best seafood around. you will find many small Thaï
restaurants in the village and most of them are on the sea side,
offering fresh seafood with an amazing seaview.
The most renowned place around is without doubt the Sheesha Bar,
this is a very white and clean building, they have seaview, of
course and when you drop in, it seems you change of country, for
some mediterrean mystic lands. They offer international menu and a
seaside BBQ. The fitting is very modern and trendy, as do the
prices. As the name says, you will have the opportunity to have a "Sheesha
session", with the flavoured tobacco of your choice, a must.
In Koh Phangan, most of the the nightlife turns around the “Full
Moon Party” and all the parties connected with the lunar cycle, on
top of wich you have the "Shiva Moon" et and other parties to be
added, as well as the now famous "after-parties" at the Ban Sabaii !
For any informations about all these events, please check our
special page Full moon & other parties of Koh Phangan.
But, anyway, whenever you plan to visit the island, you'll be able
to party all nights and all night long (as Haad Rin is, indeed, the
only place all around Thailand that remains open after 02:00 am) !!!
IN HAAD RIN
Most of the bars and "clubs" are located in Haad Rin East, the "full
moon party" beach (but many other lively places are now flooding
everywhere on the island these last years, check the next
Among the most popular places in Haad Rin, you'll find the Paradise,
where the full moon party was originally launched, the Zoom Bar for
Psy Trance experience addicts, further, you have the Drop In club
and the Cactus, both of them deliver a more commercial sound, as
well as the Orchid at the end of the beach, Big Boom Bar is a
favorite among Thaïs. And just to name a few, because there are so
many others. Most of them located, along the beach, so you'll just
have to hang about from one bar to another to find the setting
you're in the mood for.
For a totally different experience, absolutly apart, in a really
different world, head for Haad Rin West and go to Purple Haze Bar
near the pier, just by the lake. they prepare Shakes you can be sure
you'll remember all your life long...
Inside Haad Rin town you'll find the Same-Same, a favorite among
partigoers, with live music and a no techno-music policy...The
Outback Bar and the Warm Up Bar are also popular choices.
At the entry of the soï leading to the Drop In Bar, The Eclipse a
lounge bar, with resident DJ serves coktails and good food in a
Anyway, it is the same in town as on the beach, again there are so
many places, you´ll just have to roam around to find the setting
that suits you the best to spend the evening, or go from one bar to
another, all night ´til the next morning.
OUTSIDE HAAD RIN
If you don’t fancy mixing with the crowds and just want to have a
quiet drink in a more intimate bar, there are numerous tinny beer
bars all along the main road from Thong Sala to Ban Kai, where you
could even be able to find a companion for a short time or for all
night long... And if you even fancy to have a good meal surrounded
by charming hostesses, just give a try to the Burgers Bar just
outside of Thong Sala on the road going to Bantai, they serve very
nice french food with delicious home made bread sandwich, wood fire
oven Pizzas in a... really unique atmosphere !
If you're more in the mood for a buddy bar without "Thaï ladies" but
with good music and lively atmosphere, where you can enjoy delicious
meal as well, then head for the Cool Runnings... Bar, just out of
Thong sala, on the road to Haad Rin, they have free pool and Wi-Fi,
you'll spend a nice evening, guaranted.
In Bantai, apart from the after parties at Ban Sabaii, the only
alternative for nightlife is the Hide Out Bar, just at the junction
to the Ban Sabaii, just close to Om Tattoo Shop
If you stay on the west coast, you'll have your count also, as the
Pirate Bar at Haad Chao Pao organises parties and special BBQ
evenings, as does the Reggae Bar of Mr Lek (well-known figure for
olders of Koh Phangan) in Haad Salad, with an 100% Jah Rastafari
atmosphere guaranted !
For those in Chaloklum, leave the bike at your bungalow and have a
walk to Café del Mar or Sheesha Bar, right by the beach or try the
Woodstock bar just out of town, for a more private ambiance. Outside
of the village as well, you have the Wake Up Bar owned by a very
friendly english guy who is serving english food and cold beer in a
very chill out atmosphere.
To be sure to start the evening in the right way, many travellers
meet each other at the Amsterdam Bar, on the West coast, near Ao Nai
Wok, to admire the stunning sunsets in a rasta atmosphere. You'll
have to be strong to climb all the steps that lead to the top of the
hill where the bar is located, but once there, you'll understand
that it was worth it !! The bar is very friendly and the viewpoint
is absolutly breath-taking, all over the marine park ! just have a
sit, chill out and enjoy the show... It's playing from 06:00pm to
06:30pm all year long !