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Contents<br />

• <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>: From Past to Present 4<br />

• <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> and Virtues and Meaning of Royal Visits 8<br />

• <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>: Heaven of Lature Lovers 16<br />

• Geography of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>: Gem of the Gulf of Thailand 21<br />

• Seasons and Traveling to <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> 24<br />

• Sites of Visit at Thong Sala Beach 29<br />

• Thong Sala Beach 30<br />

• Walking Street: Colorful Ways of Life at Weekends 32<br />

• Western Beaches and Their Evening Charms 38<br />

• Beautiful Ways of Life, Thinking of the Inclined 41<br />

Coconut Tree at Wok Tum Bay<br />

• Spectacular Sunset at Hat Si Thanu, Hat Chao <strong>Pha</strong>o, and Hat Son 44<br />

• Magnificent Beaches of Hat Yao and Hat Salat 49<br />

• Amazing Emerging Sandbar at Mae Hat and <strong>Ko</strong> Ma 52<br />

• The Unique Lifestyle of Local Community at 57<br />

Hat Chalok Lam and Fine Stones at Hat Hin Ngam<br />

• Back to the Past on the Community Path at 66<br />

Ban Maduea Wan, Ban Nai Suan<br />

• Khao Ra and <strong>Pha</strong>eng Waterfall, the Green Heart of Pure Beauty 74<br />

• Timeless Natural Beauty of the 80<br />

Old Ban Tai - Ban Khai Community<br />

• Exquisite Sand Beach, Clear Water and Alluring Sea View: 87<br />

Hat Thong Nai Pan<br />

• Stunning Lunar Light, Full Moon Party of Your Life 90<br />

• Interesting, Up-to-the-standard Lodgings on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> Beaches 97<br />

• Examples of Hotels on the Beaches of Nai Wok, Thong Sala, 98<br />

Bang Charu, Ban Tai, Bang Nam Khem, Ban Khai, and Hin Lo<br />

• Examples of Hotels on the Beaches of Bang Son, 109<br />

Rin Nai, Sali Kan Tang, Lee-la, Hua Laem, Rin Nok,<br />

Khon Thi, Yuan, Eastern Thian, Eastern Yao, and Wai Nam<br />

• Examples of Hotels on the Beaches of Thong Nai Pan Noi, 119<br />

Thong Nai Pan Yai, Than Sadet, and Thong Reng<br />

• Examples of Hotels on the Beaches of Salat, Mae Hat, 132<br />

Thong Lang, Hin Ngam, Chalok Lam, Khom, and Khuat<br />

• Examples of Hotels on the Beaches of Plai Laem, 142<br />

Wok Tum, Hin <strong>Ko</strong>ng, Si Thanu, Chao <strong>Pha</strong>o, Son,<br />

Dao Duek, Yao, Thian, and Kraut<br />

• Accommodations in <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> 160-168

4<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>: From Past to Present<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> is a large island near Samui Island, located in<br />

Ang Thong Channel, off Surat Thani’s coast in the Gulf of Thailand.<br />

Dominating 122 square kilometers, it is the country’s fifth largest<br />

island after Phuket, Samui, Chang and Tarutao.<br />

Based on historical and archaeological evidences,<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> was believed to be first settled by men over 1,300-<br />

2,000 years ago. The first group of people arriving in this island<br />

was believed to be Chola explorers, better known as Tamils,<br />

who were natives of southern India and whose realm prospered<br />

during the 14th-18th Buddhist centuries. During the reign of King<br />

Rajaraja Chola I and Rajendra Chola I, their influence expanded<br />

to Malay Peninsula, coinciding with the Thai kingdom of Srivichai.<br />

The Chola people often navigated to the peninsula for trade<br />

and finally settled on several islands in the area including<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>.<br />


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However, permanent settlements on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong><br />

were believed to begin in late Ayutthaya period. During<br />

early Rattanakosin period, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> was affiliated<br />

to Chaiya Town while <strong>Ko</strong> Samui was subordinate to<br />

Nakhon Si Thammarat. In the reign of King Rama IV,<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> Samui and <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> were merged into one district<br />

called Amphoe <strong>Ko</strong> Samui, on 10 May B.E. 1897. The new<br />

district was under the jurisdiction of Kanchanadit Town,<br />

which later became Surat Thani Province. <strong>Ko</strong> Samui and<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> had been made one district for 63 years,<br />

before <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> was re<strong>org</strong>anized as a sub-district<br />

(king-amphoe) in 1970. <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> was upgraded to<br />

Amphoe <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> in 1977.<br />

The word ‘<strong>Pha</strong> Ngan’ is said to have many origins.<br />

Some said it was an inconsistent form of an Indian or Malay<br />

word ‘Rahan’ used for sand bars. Rahan means indistinct<br />

shadow. Others believed this island was originally called<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> Ngan, a native word meaning sand bars which emerge<br />

around the island when tides are low. The phenomenon<br />

was specific to this island, resulting in locals to call the<br />

island ‘Lang Ngan’ (after tide), which was later shortened<br />

to Ph-<strong>ngan</strong>. When <strong>Ko</strong> Ph-<strong>ngan</strong> Sub-district was established<br />

as a district, vowel ‘A’ was added after ‘Ph’. The name<br />

‘<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>’ has been used since then.<br />


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<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> and Virtues and Meaning<br />

of Royal Visits<br />

In the history of royal visits to various places by Thai kings,<br />

King Chulalongkorn or King Rama V loved to constantly visit his people<br />

in the provinces. He sometimes travelled incognito to create<br />

familiarity with his subjects, to find out their hardships and happiness<br />

on different occasions.<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> was one of King Chulalongkorn’s favorite places<br />

of visit. He stopped by the island 14 times during 1888-1909, more<br />

often than any other places he had visited, sometimes on his way to<br />

Malay Peninsula or during his visits to southern provinces such as<br />

Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla. His first visit to <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong><br />

was made on 31 August, 1888 on his way back from Songkhla. On this<br />

visit, King Chulalongkorn went to a waterfall. He later named it “Than<br />

Sadet Waterfall”, where he came back several times. And as a record<br />

of his visit and a gesture to declare his possession of the land against<br />

the effort of colonization by western people, King Chulalongkorn<br />

inscribed his initials ‘จปร’ [read: jo po ro] on a rock at the waterfall.<br />

Than Sadet Waterfall in 1888 was said to be splendidly beautiful<br />

with unspoiled nature. Today, after 124 years, forest conditions at<br />

Than Sadet are still pristine and considered the most beautiful on<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, although water is not as plentiful in the dry season as it<br />

was in the old days. Its natural charms always remain.<br />


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In his later visits to <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, King Chulalongkorn often went to swim at the<br />

waterfall. The royal retinue also used water at the waterfall for consumption as<br />

freshwater was scarce. As a keen traveler and man of great vision, King Chulalongkorn also<br />

explored another two waterfalls in nearby areas which he later named as ‘Than Praphat’<br />

and ‘Than Prawet’.<br />

At present, traveling to Than Sadet Waterfall is much easier than in the old days<br />

because the road being built across <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> to Thong Nai Pan Bay on the northeastern<br />

side of the island is nearly finished, leaving only a short distance of laterite path that<br />

also joins with the entrance to Than Sadet Waterfall and leads to the office of Than Sadet<br />

National Park. In the dry season, the road is easily accessible by pick-up trucks, but in<br />

the rainy season, only four-wheel drive vehicles can be used while sedans are not<br />

recommended.<br />

From this junction, the land is truly historical as Than Sadet Waterfall was visited<br />

by not only King Rama V but also by King Rama VI, King Rama VII and Queen Rambhai<br />

Bhanni, as well as King Bhumibol Adulyadej or Rama IX. Those kings had inscribed their<br />

initials on rocks, numbering a total of 10, lying one after another along the stream, for<br />

the younger generation to study.<br />


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From the junction to the right of<br />

the road heading towards Than Sadet<br />

Waterfall stands a group of ancient<br />

buildings where a statue of King<br />

Chulalongkorn is located. Nearby is a<br />

rock with the inscription of royal initials<br />

in Thai alphabets and numerals ‘จปร<br />

108’. Adjacent are some plantations.<br />

Opposite the stream stands a rock<br />

inscribed with royal initials and years<br />

in Rattankosin era ‘ปปร 2469, 2471’.<br />

Walking further down the path, visitors<br />

will find the second group of ancient<br />

buildings on the right-hand side. Here,<br />

more royal initials ‘วปร 130’ and<br />

another ‘จปร’ with the year of visit are found, followed by ‘ปปร, รพ<br />

2469’. Walking past the national park office will lead to the third<br />

group of ancient buildings where royal initials are found on both sides<br />

of the stream including ‘รพ’ and ‘ภปร’ 23 April 1962, as well as the<br />

name ‘Than Sadet’ in Thai which he had it inscribed when coming here<br />

in 1889. Close to the mouth of the stream stands the last group of<br />

ancient buildings. Royal initials of the three mentioned kings and an<br />

old pavilion where they used to stay appear on the left-hand side.<br />


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The pavilion has been renovated as a memorial of the royal visits. Near the stream<br />

find royal initials in Chinese of King Chulalongkorn and numerals 119. The inscriptions<br />

are the last set found along this historical stream. As for the four ‘Jankapho’ (Vatica<br />

diospyroides) trees recorded to have been planted by King Chulalongkorn at<br />

the pavilion, they no longer exist.<br />

The best time to visit Than Sadet Waterfall is at the end of the rainy season<br />

or in January when there is more water seen than in the other months. In the dry<br />

season, the amount of water in the falls is quite low, but the waterfall is still worth<br />

a visit for those who are interested in history or long for a rest in pristine forest.<br />

As for ‘Than Praphat’ Waterfall, the 4-km access road is reachable only by 4-wheel<br />

drive vehicles with several hills to cross, and road conditions are not good.<br />

To access Than Prawet Waterfall, visitors have to take the road branching out<br />

from a bend that goes to Thong Nai Pan Beach. The road heads to Hat Khuat Beach<br />

and the waterfall is only 300 meters away from the bend. Recommended vehicles<br />

are pick-up trucks only due to laterite road surface. At present, the two waterfalls<br />

have water only in the rainy season and are not attractive.<br />


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<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>: Heaven of Nature Lovers<br />

Many people recognize <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> as a site of world-famous full-moon party,<br />

which was initiated by a group of foreign tourists who arrived in <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> on a fullmoon<br />

night and were impressed by the sand on Hat Rin Beach. They later put their<br />

impression in a book by mentioning <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> as one of the best beaches to watch<br />

a full moon. The book has inspired many other tourists to visit <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> on full-moon<br />

nights, leading to a full-moon party on the beach held under the most wonderful<br />

atmosphere. A trend was finally set among foreign tourists that a full-moon party on<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should not be missed. Today, of tens<br />

of thousands people come to the party on every full-moon night on the island.<br />


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As a result, many look at <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> as an island full<br />

of drunkards and parties, and this gives the island a negative<br />

image. As a matter of fact, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>’s full-moon party is<br />

fun-filled, lively and has its own charms identical to nowhere.<br />

Many other places tried to imitate <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> but nowhere can<br />

surpass the original site. In all, a full-moon party is a gathering<br />

of fun-loving people who want to unleash their freedom within<br />

manageable limits. Such a party, if carried out within limits,<br />

free from negative aspects, can be an additional magnet that<br />

no other islands all over the world have.<br />

However, the full-moon party is not the only attraction at<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>. If strolling around the island to witness the unspoiled<br />

nature, visitors will find that all beaches circling the island, have a unique<br />

charm and identity, like Wok Tum and Nai Wok bays, Thong Sala,<br />

Si Thanu, Yao, Salat, Mae Hat beaches in the West, Chalok Lam, Khom<br />

and Khuat beaches in the North, Ban Tai, Ban Khai, Rin Nai, Si Kantang,<br />

Rin Nok, Yuan and Thian beaches in the East and even Thong Nai Pan<br />

Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai beaches on the northeastern-most spot of<br />

the island, which drivers have to venture across the mountainous terrain<br />

in the middle of the island to reach. People on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> have<br />

culture and traditions that are tied to nature which still doesn’t change<br />

much compared to other islands which have mostly turned into<br />

full-scale tourist spots. There are still many corners of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong><br />

to explore, especially in terms of nature and friendliness of people.<br />


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Geography of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>:<br />

Gem of the Gulf of Thailand<br />

Located in Ang Thong Channel north of <strong>Ko</strong> Samui, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong><br />

covers an area of 122 square kilometers, making it the fifth<br />

biggest island of Thailand after Phuket, Samui, Chang and Tarutao.<br />

Geographically, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> is abundant in natural resources,<br />

surrounded by many beaches. The western side of the island consists<br />

of coral reefs idealistic for diving, and numerous sand bars or Lang Ngan,<br />

from which the island takes its name. Beyond those beaches are<br />

hill-foot plains planted with coconut and other fruits, as well as rubber<br />

trees. These plantations stretch up to the mountain range standing<br />


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vertically to the middle of the island. The mountains<br />

have been covered with rich forest since the old<br />

days and are watersheds of many streams that feed<br />

people on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>. Waterfalls and streams here<br />

are so famous in their beauty that they had attracted<br />

several royal visits, including 14 by King Chulalongkorn.<br />

The forests have at the same time provided habitats<br />

to a lot of wildlife, especially deer. Early evidence<br />

said a number of deer was prepared to be released<br />

by King Rama VI during his planned second visit to<br />

the island. Although the visit was later cancelled,<br />

the deer were released into the wild and later<br />

produced offspring that were often spotted by<br />

tourists at <strong>Pha</strong>eng and Than Sadet waterfalls and<br />

even in the open field. They also leave their traces<br />

along jungle treks, showing that their number is quite<br />

substantial, but no official record has been made.<br />

Rare plants are also found here such as<br />

grammatophyllum, which is the world’s largest<br />

orchid growing 2-3 meters tall, bearing yellowish<br />

flowers with brown or dark red spots, coming out<br />

during July to October. In the rainy season, heavy<br />

clouds often lie around mountain tops challenging<br />

mountaineers to win the height for a great view up<br />

there. The tallest mountain is Khao Ra, with a height<br />

of 627 meters above sea level. On the northeastern<br />

side of the island lies a clean white sand beach<br />

more beautiful than others named<br />

Hat Thong Nai Pan Noi and Hat<br />

Thong Nai Pan Yai.<br />

These are the reasons why<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> is still today an island<br />

with much of the nature remaining<br />

the same, making it an ideal place<br />

for eco-tourism.<br />


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Seasons and Traveling to <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong><br />

Seasons in <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> are influenced by monsoons. The best<br />

period to visit the island is during January to May because of the<br />

bright and warm weather. During June to September, the <strong>Pha</strong>ttaya wind<br />

usually brings some rain, making traveling a bit more difficult. During<br />

the day, the tide is out, allowing ‘Lang Ngan’ or coral reefs surrounding<br />

offshore to emerge. The tide is in again in the evening and at night.<br />

Beaches affected by such phenomenon are Rin Nai, Ban Tai,<br />

Ban Khai, Thong Sala and Hin <strong>Ko</strong>ng. However, the <strong>Pha</strong>ttaya wind<br />

is favorable to fishing as fish and crabs during this period are more<br />

abundant than in other seasons. During the monsoon time from<br />

October to December, Lom Wao, or kite wind, blows to<br />

the island bringing in more rain. The heaviest rain is seen<br />

in November, and the beaches most affected by the<br />

wind are Rin Nok, Than Sadet, Thong Nai Pan Yai, Thong<br />

Nai Pan Noi, and Khuat. Seasons are therefore the<br />

key factors of tour activities on the island. However,<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> is considered convenient for tourism for most<br />

of the year, unlike those islands on the Andaman coast<br />

which are dominated by rain for up to 6 months a year<br />

because of the monsoon.<br />

Traveling to <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> is not difficult, especially<br />

from Don Sak Pier where Raja Ferry provides boat services<br />

five times daily both to and fro. From Don Sak Pier, the<br />

first boat leaves at 8.00 am. and the last one at 6.00 pm.<br />

Return trip starts at 5.00 am and the last boat leaves<br />

at 5.00 pm. Each trip takes two and a half hours.<br />

Tourists taking a tour bus to <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> can easily catch an<br />

early boat at Don Sak Pier while those taking their own<br />

cars can also do the same. For visitors flying to Surat Thani,<br />

there are air-conditioned shuttle buses taking them from<br />

the provincial airport to Don Sak Pier at the same frequency<br />

as the planes stop. For those who have visited <strong>Ko</strong> Samui<br />

and <strong>Ko</strong> Tao and wish to continue their trip to <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,<br />

they can take high speed catamaran provided by<br />

Lomprayah Company every day to connect their trips.<br />

Detailed information about the service and maps are<br />

distributed free at all stations.<br />

Taking a sightseeing trip to<br />

<strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> can be made in several ways.<br />

You may drive your own car and take<br />

it on a ferry to <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>. In this way,<br />

you can plan your own journey using<br />

maps provided free of charge on the<br />

island and enjoy driving around. If you<br />

don’t have a car, you may rent a car or<br />

a motorcycle available at many shops<br />

in Thong Sala which is the largest and<br />

most modern community where the<br />

island’s pier for ferry service is located.<br />

However, you must be very careful,<br />

avoiding accidents which often happen<br />

on the island. You may also buy tour<br />

service from local agents in Thong Sala.<br />

Ask for more information at various<br />

shops or study related brochures<br />

available in plenty on the island.<br />


อ.ละแม<br />

Amphoe<br />

Lamae<br />

ชุมพร<br />

Chumphon<br />

41<br />

จากสนามบินสุวรรณภูมิและสนามบินดอนเมือง From Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Muang Airport<br />

ทาเรือทุงมะขาม<br />

Thung Makham Pier<br />

41<br />

อ.ทาฉาง<br />

Amphoe<br />

Tha Chang<br />

41<br />

อ.ทาชนะ<br />

Amphoe<br />

Tha Chana<br />

Lomprayah<br />

High Speed Catamaran<br />

67 kms. (1.30 hrs.)<br />

ทาเรือทาทอง<br />

Tha Thong Pier<br />

สนามบินสุราษฎรธานี สุราษฎรธานี<br />

Surat Thani Airport Surat Thani<br />

อ.พุนพิน<br />

Amphoe Phunphin<br />

จากสนามบินสุวรรณภูมิ From Suvarnabhumi Airport<br />

อุทยานแหงชาติทางทะเล<br />

หมูเกาะอางทอง<br />

Mu <strong>Ko</strong> Ang Thong<br />

National Park<br />

401<br />

3 hrs.<br />

2.30 hrs.<br />

อ.ดอนสัก<br />

Amphoe<br />

Don Sak<br />

เกาะเตา<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> Tao<br />

65 kms. (1.30 hrs.)<br />

4142<br />

2.30 hrs.<br />

2 hrs.<br />

ทาเรือดอนสัก<br />

Don Sak Pier<br />

4142<br />

ไปนครศรีธรรมราช<br />

To Nakhon Si Thammarat<br />

เกาะพะงัน<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong><br />

ทาเรือทองศาลา<br />

Thong Sala Pier<br />

ทาเรือหาดริ้น<br />

Hat Rin Pier<br />

ทาเรือลมพระยา ทาเรือบอผุด<br />

Lomprayah Pier Bo Phut Pier<br />

สนามบินเกาะสมุย<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> Samui Airport<br />

ทาเรือซีทรานเฟอรรี่<br />

Seatran Ferry Pier<br />

1.30 hrs.<br />

30 mins.<br />

1 hr.<br />

45 mins.<br />

ทาเรือราชาเฟอรรี่<br />

Raja Ferry Pier<br />

เกาะสมุย<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> Samui<br />

Bangkok Airways 0 7742 2512-8 www.bangkokairways.com<br />

Thai Airways 0 7760 1331-2 www.thaiairways.com<br />

Firefly Airlines 0 7760 1400 www.fireflyz.com<br />

SilkAir 0 7760 1172-73 www.silkair.com<br />

Raja Ferry 0 7741 5230-3 www.rajaferryport.com<br />

Seatran Ferry 0 7742 6000-1 www.seatranferry.com<br />

Lomprayah High Speed Ferries 0 7742 7765-6 www.lomprayah.com<br />

Songserm Express Boat 0 7742 0157 www.songserm-expressboat.com<br />

Seatran Discovery 0 7724 6086-8 www.seatrandiscovery.com<br />

Haad Rin Queen Ferry 0 7742 7650 -<br />

Petcherat Marina 0 7742 5514, 0 7742 5262 www.samuispeedboat.com<br />

Cycling, a Leisurely Safety Way<br />

to Get You through <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong><br />

Due to the size, geographical features, the utility<br />

areas which are zoned cleverly by the nature and <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong><br />

life style, cycling is a strongly recommended option that is<br />

also certified to be suitable. On <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, the roads go<br />

straight, cross cut, converge and spread out like a spider web<br />

for the total length of 74.72 km. The longest connected road<br />

is Thong Sala - Ao Thong Nai Pan, 17.0 km. The roads are the<br />

combination of cement and dirt. Even there is not a specific<br />

bike lane, but there are very few vehicles on the roads and<br />

there are a lot to see on both sides of the roads. This island<br />

has rice field, Melaleuca cajuputi field. The architectures<br />

that are in line with the climate, small <strong>org</strong>anic fields,<br />

sufficient economy, clean, nature loving and the traditional<br />

homey life style are the local <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> life style that leads<br />

the way to the green island. The best time for cycling are<br />

both morning and afternoon,<br />

just beware of fierce dogs that<br />

will bark when they see strangers.<br />

Keep calm and carry on is the best<br />

way to silent them. The bicycles<br />

can be rented at shops in Thong<br />

Sala Pier area.<br />


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Sites of Visit<br />

at Thong Sala Beach<br />

Thong Sala Beach takes its name from a<br />

pavilion, locally called sala, built in 1884 near<br />

the pier’s bridge. At that time, the governor of<br />

Chaiya sat in this sala to administer the town.<br />

The beach surrounding the pavilion was later<br />

called Thong Sala Beach and became the center of<br />

growth of the island, encompassing a ferry pier,<br />

speed boat and tour bus services, restaurants<br />

selling international food, souvenir shops, internet<br />

cafes, lovely coffee shops, hostels, banks,<br />

tour-guide business, car rentals, etc. The beach<br />

has become the center equipped with more<br />

modern facilities than any other places.<br />

During Songkran Festival, Thong Sala Beach<br />

is the place where Thai and foreign tourists<br />

gather for the fun-filled water-splashing activity.<br />

Another important tradition is the age-old Chak<br />

Phra ceremony (towing a Buddha image) at the<br />

end of the Buddhist Lent. The ceremony was<br />

originated in <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>.<br />


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Thong Sala Beach<br />

Thong Sala Beach provides the most idealistic site to watch the sunset. From<br />

here, visitors will be able to see <strong>Ko</strong> Tae Nai Island which is not afar. The beach is the<br />

meeting point where tour guides take tourists in kayak to nearby <strong>Ko</strong> Tae Nai for sightseeing<br />

and leisure. At the front of the beach lies the decommissioned HTMS <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, placed<br />

as a memorial to remind the public of its history. HTMS <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> was a landing ship<br />

originally named USS Stark County LST 1134 procured by the Royal Thai Navy under the<br />

US military assistance program. Its commissioning ceremony took place on 16 January<br />

1966. The ship was decommissioned on 5 June 2008, after serving in the Royal Thai Navy<br />

for over 40 years. The ship used to take part in the Vietnam War as an amphibious<br />

transport and coastal patrol boat to prevent marine infiltration. It also served as<br />

amphibious cargo and replenishment ship sending arms and food to various cities in<br />

Vietnam. It had been ambushed several times but received little damage. At present<br />

the RTN has agreed to give the ship and its equipment to Surat Thani Province in a project<br />

to establish a museum of the ship located at Thong Sala pier in <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> District,<br />

Surat Thani Province. The museum serves as a learning center with historical value for the<br />

younger generation and a pride for the RTN and the Surat Thani people as well.<br />


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Walking Street: Colorful Ways<br />

of Life at Weekends<br />

Every Saturday, people in Thong Sala jointly hold a walking street at the<br />

old market. During 4 - 9 pm. the street was closed to vehicular traffic, allowing<br />

locals to put their products for sale freely. On both sides of the street, some old<br />

wooden houses have been maintained to good conditions. Some used to belong<br />

to rich merchants such as a liquor shop owner. “<strong>Ko</strong> Yi” who was famous for his tasty<br />

‘<strong>Pha</strong>t Thai’ used to own his shop here. Although those businesses no longer exist<br />

with owners changed, all shop houses have been maintained and sell some<br />

other products. These old houses line up the street until the post office, adjacent<br />

to the Siam City Bank which was the first bank established on the island.<br />

The atmosphere of good old days adds increasing charms to the<br />

street, particularly in the twilight with the help of light from electric<br />

lamps whereas tourists and locals have gone off on a shopping<br />

spree, attracted by cheap clothes and tasty confectionery like<br />

‘Khi-ma-tuang or Khao Tu’, both fresh and dried, etc. Beautiful<br />

postcards are offered in numerous choices. Music lovers are<br />

suggested to stop by an Irish restaurant where former-singer expats<br />

from faraway countries entertain visitors with old country songs.<br />

Those happenings have become the identity of this walking street.<br />


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Apart from the Saturday walking street, those who are<br />

interested in ways of life of Thong Sala people should visit<br />

the ferry pier where local traders sell snacks and drinks in<br />

push-carts. Even the famous dried ‘Kulao’ salted fish is<br />

sometimes found in the cart. Regular food center is <strong>Pha</strong>n Thip<br />

Market located on the bend of Talat Mai Road. In the evening,<br />

it is the center where travelers gather to observe the lively<br />

market. Here, Thai food, confectionery, and fruits, as well<br />

as Japanese and other foreign foods are available in a wide<br />

variety at reasonable prices.<br />

Along the beach road are a number of<br />

cafes for visitors to enjoy coffee in a<br />

memorable atmosphere. Some offer<br />

open-air tables like Jungle Yellow Café’,<br />

Sweet Café , and Café Footprints while<br />

others are in air-conditioned coffee houses<br />

and bakeries like Nira’s Home Bakery.<br />

Shopping lovers can easily find clothes and<br />

souvenirs along the beach road, Mi Phian<br />

Road, and Talat Mai Road. Those looking for<br />

a good place to have unparalleled ‘Khao<br />

Khluk Kapi’(cooked rice mixed with shrimp<br />

paste) are advised to visit Kapi Hut located<br />

around the Krung Thai Bank Lane.<br />


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Thong Sala is not only interesting in its ways of creating<br />

food, it is also a center of interesting artistic works such as<br />

tattoos. There are many tattoo shops and clubs. One bestknown<br />

club is in the Krung Thai Bank Lane and offers the<br />

service in all patterns and styles, be they Thai or western,<br />

religious or spiritual. Both Thai and foreign clients are<br />

welcome equally. Although tattooing is not my style, after I<br />

had a chance to observe the technique, I have to admit that<br />

it requires an interesting artistic skill not inferior to any work<br />

of art. Furthermore, Thong Sala is the site of annual gathering of motorcycle lovers with<br />

the visit of a Big Bike caravan from Asian neighbors. Organized by Ride to the Moon Club,<br />

the caravan comes here every year with motorcycles in elaborated patterns driven in<br />

unfamiliar style and powerful noise, but not disturbing anybody. Riders help raise money<br />

for charity through auctions of goods. The activity is found only at Thong Sala, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>.<br />

For those wishing to pay homage to holy places, Thong Sala has some shrines<br />

such as the Kuan-Ou Shrine in San Jao Lane, not far from the Old Market Road. The shrine<br />

is most respected by <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> people who are of<br />

Chinese descent. Inside the shrine stand the 200-year-old<br />

statues of God Kuan-Ou and Goddess Tabtim. The shrine<br />

holds an annual celebration during the Chinese New Year<br />

festival. Another respected figure is Venerable Phra Khru<br />

Suphatthara Dhammaphirom, known as Luang Pu Lob.<br />

He is respected by Buddhists, both local and foreign. In<br />

the main temple of Luang Pu Lob monastery, there are<br />

statues of two deceased senior monks, Luang Pho Phrink<br />

and Luang Pho Phrom. Because of the two monks’ undying<br />

charisma, people keep stopping by the monastery to pay<br />

respect to the statues. More information can be obtained<br />

from Uncle Lo. (Tel. 08 7387 5654)<br />


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Western Beaches<br />

and Their Evening Charms<br />

The western part of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> is an important tourist spot comprising beautiful bays<br />

and pristine white sand beaches holding characteristics different from beaches on other parts<br />

of the island. Western beaches begin with Nai Wok, Plai Laem, Wok Tum, Hin <strong>Ko</strong>ng, Si Thanu,<br />

Chao <strong>Pha</strong>o, Son, running up to Yao, Thian (west), Salat and Mae Hat. These beaches are<br />

outstanding in that all of them provide impressive and different views of sunset. The best<br />

time to visit these beaches is from January to May when the sky is bright and clear with the<br />

summer-holiday atmosphere. From June to September, some rains are expected with the<br />

coming of the <strong>Pha</strong>ttaya wind and a westerly wind. The sea level is low during the day and<br />

rises again in the evening. This might be inconvenient for swimming. Though not the best time<br />

for swimming, it’s still worth a visit and it is the best season of abundant seafood.<br />


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Beautiful Ways of Life, Thinking of<br />

the Inclined Coconut Tree at Wok Tum Bay<br />

A tour of the western beaches starts from Thong Sala, from<br />

where there is a little road running around Nai Wok Bay and Plai Laem<br />

Bay to Wok Tum Bay. Seabed along this area is muddy and shallow,<br />

not suitable for swimming. Besides, it is covered with mangrove forests,<br />

alternate with a few small beaches with bungalows and few large<br />

resorts. However, as villagers in the area earn their living from coastal<br />

fisheries, visitors can observe their ways of life and their dockyards<br />

of small boats. In another aspect of life here, villagers often spend<br />

time during the day when the tide is out, finding Hoi Klom or rounded<br />

clam, and spear prawns during the night. In picking Hoi Klom, they use<br />

a technique handed down from their ancestors, by pouring a drop of<br />

used vegetable oil on the sea surface which will make water clearer,<br />

allowing them to see rounded clams lying on seabed and easily to be<br />

picked. Hoi Klom is sweet tasting and good for frying with basil leaf or<br />

oyster sauce, or to be cooked in coconut milk. The Hoi Klom festival is<br />

held once a year during June to July when the <strong>Pha</strong>ttaya wind blows<br />

in with the arrival of more clams. In the festival jointly <strong>org</strong>anized by<br />

the Provincial Administrative Organization and the municipality,<br />

tourists and villagers compete in picking as many Hoi Klom as<br />

possible and together enjoy a variety of clam dishes. The festival is a<br />

well-known activity of Wok Tum Bay. There is also an ecological<br />

conservation activity in which dead corals are dropped into a specific<br />


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sea zone to create habitats for Hoi Klom. Planting of mangroves are also encouraged<br />

among villagers and tourists in order to incite their awareness of natural conservation<br />

and co-existence with nature.<br />

In Wok Tum Bay also stands a century-old reclining coconut tree which has become<br />

the highlight of tourism on the island as it was mentioned in many guidebooks and told<br />

from mouth-to-mouth among foreigners. Some villagers quoted their parents as saying<br />

the tree stood in the reclining position long time ago and must have been nearly 100 years<br />

old. It is amazing how the tree, which bends down nearly to the water, has managed<br />

to resist the wind and monsoons until today. The tree is said to have been photographed<br />

more than one million times. It forms a stunning photo if pictured with a setting sun<br />

and has become a best-known symbol of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>. Besides, there is a monument<br />

of Hoi Klom at Hin <strong>Ko</strong>ng Beach, built to symbolize the long co-existence of the<br />

crustacean and the people of <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>.<br />

Inland landscape behind Wok Tum Bay is coconut plantations and villages.<br />

In this area stand three old monasteries, namely Amphawan, Phu Khao Noi and Samai<br />

Khong Kha. Amphawan Monastery was the first to be built by Luang Pho Phet Wachiro,<br />

or Venerable Phra Khru Wibun Thammasan, the most revered Buddhist monk of<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>. The monk later built Phu Khao Noi Monastery. He was well-known for<br />

his strict observance of Buddhist teachings. He was ordained at 17 and had stayed<br />

in monkhood since then. He always adhered to ascetic life, ate no meat and took<br />

religious studies at many monastic centers including those in<br />

Samui, Chaiya and Chetuphon Monastery in Bangkok. As part<br />

of his practices of austerities, he traveled to the jungles in the<br />

North, the Northeast, India and Sri Lanka. In 1887, he returned<br />

to Wok Tum village and had Amphawan and Phu Khao Noi<br />

monasteries built respectively for meditation purpose. At Phu<br />

Khao Noi Monastery today, a square spired pavilion has been<br />

built and named after Luang Pho Phet. One of the rocks in the<br />

monastery also has a footprint believed to belong to Luang<br />

Pho Phet and highly respected by worshippers. Besides, a vihara<br />

has been built to house the statue of the former abbot.<br />

He also ordered the construction of an Ubosot or the main<br />

temple of the monastery and built Phra Khwan Muang as its<br />

main Buddha image. There is also an old pagoda decorated<br />

with ancient dishware which the Fine Arts Department has<br />

registered as important historic spot. Samai Khong Kha Monastery<br />

was the third ‘wat’ to be built on the island by Luang Pho Phet.<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> also owns a sacred pond with water said to be<br />

able to cure illnesses and bring good luck if sprinkled on anyone.<br />

A tower of ancient bells is another attraction at this monastery.<br />


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Spectacular Sunset at Hat Si Thanu,<br />

Hat Chao <strong>Pha</strong>o, and Hat Son<br />

Among all beaches on the west coast of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Hat Si Thanu, Hat Chao<br />

<strong>Pha</strong>o, and Hat Son have the best spots to view a spectacular sunset. On this western<br />

side, the Ang Thong group of islands can be seen clearly, and all spots offer varying<br />

scenic views, depending on which angle the view is seen. Hat Si Thanu stretches<br />

from the end of Laem Si Thanu to the northern part. Its headland is a slope, which<br />

is also the location of several beautiful resorts. On the top of the slope, the sunset<br />

is clearly visible. Next to Laem Si Thanu is Hat Si Thanu<br />

stretching 800 meters towards Laem Niat. Since this area<br />

boasts fine beaches and rows of pine trees, it is also called<br />

Laem Son (Pine Cape). Many bungalows are available, as<br />

beaches in this site are of good quality for swimming,<br />

sunbathing, and sunset watching. Back to 40 years ago, local<br />

residents in this area were mainly engaged in tin mining,<br />

which stopped operations around 20 years ago. A tin mine<br />

that was turned into a large lagoon still exists here for<br />

people to remember the legend of miners on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>.<br />

It is generally referred to as Laem Son lagoon.<br />


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Buffalo fighting, like that on <strong>Ko</strong> Samui, is<br />

an activity carried out by Si Thanu local villagers.<br />

But no fixed schedule is set for the show. It is<br />

probably arranged on special occasions, such as<br />

major festivals here. Interested persons should<br />

seek more information about this activity. As for Wat<br />

Si Thanu, it is regarded as a significant religious<br />

structure on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, as this temple provides<br />

training and examinations on Buddhist teachings<br />

each year.<br />

Moving on to Hat Chao <strong>Pha</strong>o, it is situated next<br />

to Laem Niat to the North and is 700 meters long.<br />

There are several small bungalow resorts, where<br />

the route after them begins to slope down along the hills. Beautiful<br />

resorts are found on this slope, as well, which provides a good spot<br />

for amazing views of sunset and for relaxation. After this spot is the<br />

Hat Son area, comprising a small secluded beach. Since there are only<br />

few resorts nearby, beaches here are pleasantly quiet and calm.<br />

Visitors may walk down from a resort directly to the beach<br />

without passing through any other resorts. The best spot for<br />

picturesque scenery is found on this steep route where a panoramic<br />

view of the group of Ang Thong islands is seen far away to the sea.<br />

It is also the best site to watch the sunset and is also attractive to<br />

tourists who stop here for relaxation and fantastic views, at both<br />

daytime and in the evening when a spectacular sunset is visible on<br />

the group of Ang Thong islands.<br />


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Magnificent Beaches<br />

of Hat Yao and Hat Salat<br />

Hat Yao and Hat Salat are the two beaches where the sand is more beautiful<br />

and softer than other beaches on the west coast of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>. Hat Yao, in particular,<br />

is 1.5 kilometers long, lined up with large resorts and small bungalows along the<br />

beach where visitors can jog, play beach sports, and even lie in the sun. Outside the<br />

beaches, from Hat Chao <strong>Pha</strong>o to Hat Son, Hat Yao, Hat Salat, and Mae Hat, coral reefs<br />

spread over a vast area. There are several good spots for scuba diving to view coral<br />

reefs. This area is also a center for diving outfits and diving services for tourists wishing<br />

to snorkel along coral reefs. Hat Yao is also one of the best spots to watch the sunset.<br />

Every evening when the sky is clear, a number of tourists usually gather here to watch<br />

the sun gradually disappear.<br />


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Hat Salat is a beach next to Hat Yao to the North,<br />

lined up with Western Hat Thian and Hat Kruat,<br />

with Laem Ta Thong In between the end of Hat Kruat<br />

and Hat Salat. It is believed that, in the past, this<br />

area was a haven for pirates. Hat Salat (Pirate Beach)<br />

lies from north to south and its curve meets with<br />

the headland of Laem Chua. The one-kilometer-long<br />

beach looks like a semicircle, and it houses many<br />

good resorts. The resort business in this area began<br />

15 years ago and was better known among the<br />

Swedish, since a Swedish couple was the owner of<br />

bungalows here launched marketing campaigns<br />

among Swedish tourists. The booming period of Hat<br />

Salat was in 2004, when the devastating tsunami<br />

took place in the Andaman Sea. As a result, a large<br />

number of tourists turned to the Gulf of Thailand,<br />

and many new resorts have been built on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>.<br />

To this date Hat Salat has become one of the popular<br />

beaches among tourists visiting <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>.<br />


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Amazing Emerging Sandbar<br />

at Mae Hat and <strong>Ko</strong> Ma<br />

Krabi province is famous for a sandbar emerging from<br />

the waters, and the phenomenon is recognized as “Unseen<br />

Thailand.” The emerging sandbar is locally referred to as thale<br />

waek, literally meaning divided sea. How many people know<br />

that <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> is another place in Thailand where an<br />

emerging sandbar is discovered? The sandbar here is located<br />

at Mae Hat linking to <strong>Ko</strong> Ma, about 350 meters far away.<br />

The sandbar in this area emerges almost all year round, unlike<br />

that of Krabi, where the sandbar emerges at low tide,<br />

especially when the moon is waxing or waning.<br />


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The emerging sandbar comes from the influence of sweeping wind from <strong>Pha</strong>ttaya<br />

to the southwest of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> during June-October each year. The wind has brought<br />

about the amazing accumulation of sand stretching from Mae Hat to <strong>Ko</strong> Ma. The sandbar<br />

would be fantastic or not depends on the strength of winds and waves. For instance,<br />

northerly wind will bring down the sandbar, and if the monsoon wave is not so strong,<br />

the sandbar will retain its beauty as usual. However, during the northerly wind season,<br />

some sections of the sandbar may disappear because of the effect of sea level rise.<br />

When waters come down, the sandbar will emerge again, and it will remain throughout<br />

the year until the arrival of the new northerly wind season. After 1992, the sandbar in this<br />

area is likely to remain permanently, as the strength of winds in the monsoon season is<br />

on the decline. The situation is a result of the accumulation of corals outside the<br />

northern coast of <strong>Ko</strong> Ma, thus slowing down the movement of waves from northerly wind<br />

during the monsoon season.<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> Ma is a perfect spot for snorkeling to view coral reefs offshore where many<br />

kinds of corals are found, as well as fish of diverse colors, such as parrotfish, angelfish,<br />

pink anemonefish, rabbitfish, sergeant major, and Christmas tree worm.<br />

As for Mae Hat, it is a white sandy beach on the<br />

northwest of <strong>Ko</strong> Loei, next to Hat Salat. The peaceful<br />

1.1-kilometer-long beach comprises rows of pine trees<br />

and beach morning glory. It is suitable for recreation,<br />

sunbathing, and swimming. The beach is also one of the<br />

best spots on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> to watch the sunset. From<br />

here, <strong>Ko</strong> Ma is visible, and during low tide, you can walk<br />

to <strong>Ko</strong> Ma through the sandbar.<br />


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The Unique Lifestyle of Local Community at<br />

Hat Chalok Lam and Fine Stones at Hat Hin Ngam<br />

The north end of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> is the location of Hat Chalok Lam, which<br />

has the shape of a semicircle, like a half-moon. This 3.5-kilometer-long beach<br />

is the settlement of an old fishing village. It is said that “Chalok Lam” comes<br />

from “Dola Talam,” the name of the first Malaysian resident living on this<br />

cape. Later, the name was wrongly pronounced as Chalok Lam. Another<br />

explanation is that Chalok might partly come from the name of the position of<br />

the governor of the old Chaiya city, Khun Yok Krabat. <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> was once<br />

under the supervision of this city. In addition, a number of Chinese immigrants<br />

lived on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, and they called members of their community Loban,<br />

while old members were called Loban Kao. The word might later be<br />

pronounced as “Lo” in short and then became Loklam. Finally it might be<br />

turned into Chalok Lam. This can be another assumption for the birth of<br />

Chalok Lam, the name of the beach which houses this little fishing village.<br />


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The community was founded when a group of Chinese from the<br />

island of Hainan began to settle on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> 250 years ago, during the<br />

late Ayutthaya period towards the Thon Buri period. They first came to<br />

settle at the old areas of Ban Tai and Ban Hin <strong>Ko</strong>ng, Ban Si Thanu and<br />

Wat Bon. Local residents called their areas old Chalok villages, which<br />

might refer to Loban Kao, or old village members in the assumption<br />

mentioned earlier. This is an example of how a group of villages is called<br />

by the names that do not appear on the map of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>.<br />

The Hainanese people are expert fishermen and Ao Chalok Lam is<br />

also a good location with water deep enough to build a sea port. This area<br />

abounds with fish resources, especially sharks that were caught in those<br />

days for making dried fish, while their fins were sent for sale in China to<br />

fetch better prices. Later, more Chinese immigrants came to settle at Ban<br />

Chalok Lam, which was later developed into a permanent fishing community.<br />

The fishing occupation has been passed on to the present generation.<br />

Around 25-30 years ago, squid-jigging, a way to catch squid, has become<br />

a major occupation in this village. As time has passed by, the lifestyle of<br />

Chalok Lam fishermen still leaves a lasting impression to all visitors.<br />

If you travel to Hat Chalok during daytime and stay at the end of the jetty<br />

to appreciate scenic views, what you will see are tens of fishing boats anchored<br />

at the jetty where fishermen fill up their boats, or repair fishing nets. The fishermen<br />

will wait until nighttime in order to go out for fishing and squid jigging.<br />

The green light glittering in the sea is attached to squid fishing boats in an<br />

attempt to lure squid into playing with the light, so that the fishermen will be<br />

able to catch them easily. Some boats anchored there are for crab catching, as<br />

seen from their crab nets. Every morning, this jetty is busy with fishermen bringing<br />

in marine resources for sale to traders. So it is not surprising at all to see many<br />

seafood restaurants offering fresh food to tourists here.<br />


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From the jetty, if you look at the left and right-hand sides, you will see<br />

white soft sand lying prominently in the shape of a semicircle. Several resorts are<br />

located on this pine-fringed beach. On the right-hand side, mountains are seen<br />

from north to south. At the middle of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, there are several high<br />

mountaintops, such as Kinnon mountaintop, which is locally known as Khao Nom<br />

Sao, and Khao Ra mountaintop, which is the highest of all on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>. Khao Ra,<br />

which is 635 meters high, stands prominently waiting to be conquered by adventurers.<br />

There is a beachfront road inside the village, with preserved old houses along<br />

the two sides of the road. The backyards of all beachfront houses are easily<br />

accessible to the beach. So this is considered a golden location for the<br />

operations of restaurants and other shops. Even so, almost all houses in this<br />

area still retain the status of an old fishing village by trying not to introduce<br />

many changes. A popular occupation here involves making dry squid as<br />

a unique product of the village. Like other Buddhist communities, several<br />


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temples are found in Ban Chalok Lam. In the middle of<br />

the community is the location of Wat Chalok Lam, an old<br />

temple in this village. Called Phra Buddha Mongkhon<br />

Pathip, the presiding Buddha image at Wat Chalok Lam is<br />

in the posture of subduing Mara. A wall inside the ubosot<br />

(main chapel) features a mural illustrating the life of the<br />

Buddha. Another wall features the history of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong><br />

written for next generations to study and learn further.<br />

Moreover, paintings of several masters on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> and<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> Samui are also shown on the wall opposite the presiding<br />

Buddha image. Moreover, images of well-known monks in<br />

Surat Thani, as well as those of other respected monks,<br />

are installed at the Khantikonuson pavilion. These<br />

respected monks include Venerable Luang Pho Chan<br />

Khantiko, Venerable Luang Pho Rob Ongsutharo, Venerable<br />

Luang Pho Bun Khantiko, Venerable Luang Pu Thuat, and<br />

the Most Venerable Phra Phutthachan To Phromrangsi.<br />


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About 12 kilometers from the pavilion,<br />

Wat Chalok Lam is located at Mu 7, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong><br />

subdistrict, <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> district, Surat thani<br />

province. The current abbot is Phra Maha<br />

Sonthaya Paphaso.<br />

There are also small beaches next to<br />

Hat Chalom Lam. On the right-hand side of<br />

Hat Chalom is a pine-fringed small beach, called<br />

Hat Khom. This 300-meter-long beach has a<br />

peaceful atmosphere and is the location of<br />

several bungalow resorts. It is a perfect spot for<br />

recreation, sunbathing, and swimming, as well.<br />

Almost every day, many tourists travel on board<br />

hired boats for snorkeling here to view corals.<br />

On the left-hand side of Hat Chalok Lam is a<br />

small beach, called Hat Hin Ngam. Unlike other<br />

beaches on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Hat Hin Ngam has a<br />

special feature, as the whole beach consists of<br />

stones, taking birth from strong waves, especially<br />

during the northerly wind season. The main<br />

attraction is the 20-meter-long beach, making up<br />

of a pile of big and small round stones. This is a<br />

natural wonder, indeed. There is a signboard<br />

showing the direction to a small road leading to<br />

Hat Hin Ngam. It is not a convenient walkway,<br />

but pick-up trucks can run on this road. The way<br />

down to the beach and up from it is rather steep.<br />


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Back to the Past on the Community Path<br />

at Ban Maduea Wan, Ban Nai Suan<br />

From Ao Chalok Lam, there is a road passing through a narrow hill between<br />

Khao Ra and Khao Ta Luang and leading to the pavilion. Throughout the 15-kilometer-long<br />

road are alternate green-belt areas, rubber plantations, farmland, and communities.<br />

This beautiful road boasts several tourist attractions. Visitors who are able to go along<br />

the western beach to Chalok Lam may go back in a circular manner to the pavilion,<br />

without wasting their time to return to the original way.They will have an opportunity<br />

to experience the green world of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, as well.<br />

The first spot at which visitors should stop here is the Guanyin shrine<br />

and Wat Pa Saengdham, situated about six kilometers from the Chalok Lam<br />

community. The shrine of Guanyin, or the Goddess of Mercy, stands on a slope<br />

of Khao Ta Luang, the top of which is 478 meters above sea level, and it is<br />

opposite Khao Ra. The shrine area is on a hill, which is one of the best spots<br />

for scenic views. Here Ao Chalok Lam on the northern part can be seen clearly.<br />

It is said that a woman, named Malawan, had great faith in Bodhisattva<br />

Guanyin. She traveled to <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> for Thot <strong>Pha</strong> Pa, a merit-making<br />

ceremony, and on this occasion, she visited Ban Chalok Lam, a Hainanese<br />

community where local residents were engaged mainly in fishing. Because<br />

of her strong faith, she was determined to build a shrine of Guanyin for<br />

people to worship and also as a lighthouse for fishermen during nighttime.<br />

When she returned to Bangkok, she managed to collect money to build the<br />

shrine, and the construction was completed in 1993.<br />


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Within the shrine area, there is a pavilion with Chinese-style<br />

roofs. Inside the pavilion are a bell and a drum for visitors to ring<br />

and hit, as it is believed that the action will bring about luck and<br />

prosperity in life. Visitors usually ring the bell and hit the drum three<br />

times each. The baton for hitting the drum is carved in the form of a<br />

creature in the Chinese mythology. The creature looks like a combination<br />

of fish and dragon pained in a gold color, which represents prosperity.<br />

The figures of dragon are found on the roofs on the left and the right<br />

of the pavilion. In a clear sky during daytime, the two dragons are seen<br />

in a manner like they are moving actively towards the sky.<br />

Opposite the pavilion is the place where the image of Bodhisattva<br />

Guanyin is installed. It is believed that the Goddess of Mercy Guanyin<br />

once came down from heaven to be born on Earth in order to help<br />

ease human suffering. Legend has it that she was the daughter of a king<br />

and was interested in Dhamma since her childhood. Her father would<br />

like her to marry, so that she would have an heir to the throne. As<br />

she refused to marry, her father ordered her to be executed. Thanks to<br />

her merit, she was saved from all dangers. Finally, she entered<br />

the monkhood and attained enlightenment. A large number of<br />

Buddhists have great respect for Guanyin, and many worship her by<br />

not consuming meat throughout their life.<br />

It is said that there are altogether 84 postures of the Guanyin<br />

image for people to worship. For instance, the posture of thousand<br />

eyes and thousand arms means that it was a miracle that the Goddess<br />

of Mercy was born to free all human beings on Earth from suffering.<br />

The posture of giving blessing represents longevity, good health, and<br />

a healthy mind. The worshippers apparently opt to the two postures most.<br />

Visitors may come to pay homage to Bodhisattva Guanyin at this shrine,<br />

located in the fishing village of Ban Chalok Lam.<br />

Near the Guanyin shrine is the location of Wat Pa Saengdham, which<br />

is peaceful with big and small shady trees. This forest temple was founded<br />

less than 20 years ago. In July 1984, a monk and a novice, in their pilgrimage,<br />

came to put up long-handled umbrellas at an old cemetery in Ban Chalok<br />

Lam. Later, they had to move out of the cemetery. While they were<br />

heading to the pier in order to return to the mainland, a group of villagers<br />

who had faith in them asked them to continue to stay at Ban Chalok Lam.<br />

The monk and the novice considered that the deserted cemetery in<br />

Wat Pa Saengdham was tranquil and far from busy areas. They then decided<br />

to stay there as a pilgrimage place. Local villagers joined hands in<br />


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developing the area as a religious center, which<br />

today has become Wat Pa Saengdham, which is a<br />

Dhammayut temple focusing on strict Dharma practices.<br />

This forest temple is, therefore, suitable for those<br />

seeking tourism for peace or for Dharma study.<br />

Leaving Wat Pa Saengtham temple, we journey<br />

into the village of Ban Maduea Wan, one of the three<br />

indigenous communities in <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>. The other<br />

two are Ban Tai and Ban Luk Ban Kao villages, situated<br />

deep into the land near Samai Khongkha Temple,<br />

locally known as Wat Bon. It is interesting that these<br />

communities are in a distance from the strand.<br />

Assumably, it is because people in the past led a<br />

reclusive life, eking out a living on crop-farming and<br />

growing coconuts. Indeed, there are a number of<br />

coconut plantations existing in the area, and related<br />

domestic industrial products, such as dried coconuts,<br />

have been supplied to factories to make coconut oil.<br />

The manufacturing process uses traditional wisdom.<br />

Visitors can stop by neighborhood that runs dried<br />

coconut production behind Maduea Wan school.<br />

Over and above that, in Ban Maduea Wan village<br />

lives an attractive ninety-three year old house. House<br />

number 45, 3, Ban Maduea Wan village, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong><br />

sub-district, belongs to Mr. Prapas Maduea-wan, a local<br />

savant in <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> traditional knowledge.<br />

Mathura Wararam Temple, widely known as<br />

Wat Maduea Wan, a respectable monastery, has<br />

enshrined a stunning white jade Buddha image, called<br />

in Thai language “Phra Sila Yuang” sheltered in a mondop<br />

at the hilltop. The image was made in Mandalay,<br />

Myanmar, of crystalline white jade. It portrays a sitting<br />

position of the Lord Buddha with left hand turned up,<br />


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rested gently on the knee, right hand on the ankle.<br />

Phra Sila Yuang of this attitude can be found in<br />

only four temples in Thailand, namely, Wat Don<br />

Kaeo (Mae Ramat district) in Tak province, Wat<br />

Samret (<strong>Ko</strong> Samui district), Wat Amphawan and<br />

Wat Maduea Wan (<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> district) in Surat<br />

Thani province. The hilltop stupa where this image<br />

resides also houses a replica of Lord Buddha’s<br />

footprint, worshiped by <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> people. A nearby village to Ban Maduea Wan that<br />

has nurtured an intriguing lifestyle is Ban Nai Suan<br />

village. The village is a center for natural tie<br />

dyes, supplying to souvenir shops within the<br />

island and across the southern region. A handmade<br />

natural product, very popular among foreign<br />

tourists, has a wide selection of sizes and designs<br />

including hammocks and t-shirts. For more<br />

information, please contact Mr. Kirati Diewwanit.<br />

(Tel. 08 1979 6451)<br />

Not far off from the tie dye center, lies<br />

a hundred-year old classic-style house. House<br />

number 9, Ban Nai Suan village, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong><br />

sub-district, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> district, is owned by<br />

Mr. Kunton Thongnuan. The house bears relatively<br />

complete evidence of traditional architectural<br />

techniques, -- chiseled columns, wedging, regal<br />

tile roofing --, and has become a place where we<br />

can explore the livings of <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> predecessors.<br />


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Khao Ra and <strong>Pha</strong>eng Waterfall, the Green<br />

Heart of Pure Beauty<br />

The thirst for adventure makes the peak of Khao Ra,<br />

the highest peak on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, a regular visit by explorers.<br />

At 627 meters, this mountaintop sits right in the middle of<br />

the island like a well-hidden green heart waiting to be found by<br />

the determined trekker.<br />

The start of the journey to Khao Ra peak is<br />

clearly marked with a sign at Ban Maduea Wan.<br />

The road passes through a local orchard until the<br />

foot of the hill. From there, it is a trekking path all<br />

the way to the top. A small reservoir and sparse<br />

wood are the first views on the path before<br />

reaching the steeper trail that leads the trekker to a<br />

dense forest of many large trees like Yang, Ironwood,<br />

Boonoot and a refreshing little creek surrounded by<br />

tiger orchid-covered tree branches. Don’t be<br />

surprised to see plenty of birds in this area, and if<br />

you’re lucky, monkeys, wild deer and wild boar too.<br />

Leaving the forest, the trail leads to an even<br />

steeper path through smaller trees, alongside a<br />

spring, before conquering Khao Ra. The spring is the<br />

source of Khao Nop that runs through Ban Maduea<br />

Wan to Nai Wok bay. On the other side of the small<br />


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area of forest is a clearing with space for about 10 tents. This is the best viewpoint on<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>. If you reach this point you have earned the right to claim yourself as<br />

the conqueror of the highest peak on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>.<br />

For the peak there is a fabulous view of Chalok Lam bay and Khom beach. The sunset<br />

view and Khao Ta Luang are equally if not more rewarding. <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> Airport is part of<br />

the view to the East and at night the lights from Ban Chalok Lam provide a different<br />

beauty to the sight. To the South, the eye-catching range of Khao Mai Ngam and distant<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> Samui is the main view. In the morning, the peak is covered by fog and the weather<br />

is cold as if you were in the northern part of Thailand. Hard to believe that the weather<br />

like this can be found on the island in the middle of the Thai Gulf.<br />

Khao Mai Ngam, situated in the southern of Khao Ra peak, is one of the most<br />

important green areas of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>. At the foot of the hill, not so far from Ban Maduea<br />

Wan, is <strong>Pha</strong>eng Waterfall the highest and most beautiful waterfall on the island. It is also<br />

the site of Than Sadet - <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> National Park Office. The area is one of the most<br />

diverse on the island, covered by extensive<br />

forest, and home to wildlife. It is also the main<br />

source of freshwater for <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>. Yet<br />

there is still a problem of encroachment and<br />

deforestation from local people living in the<br />

nearby community.<br />

Around 1967 Venerable Phra Khru<br />

Suphatthara Dhammaphirom of Wat Rat<br />

Charoen, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, realized how important<br />

it was to conserve the forest for future<br />

generations. As a result, Phra Khru Suphatthara<br />

Dhammaphirom led the monks, novices, and<br />

locals to construct a one kilometer road toward<br />

<strong>Pha</strong>eng Waterfall and asked for the cooperation<br />

of villagers to conserve the forest for the future<br />

instead of destroying it. Historically, the waterfall<br />

was called Wana Utthayan Karun Met Nam Tok<br />

<strong>Pha</strong>eng. At that time there was no national<br />

park, however, Phra Khru Suphatthara<br />

Dhammaphirom accompanied with the villagers<br />

looked after this forest area until 1977, Phra Khru<br />

Suphatthara Dhammaphirom handed over<br />

responsibility to the then Royal Forest Department<br />

in order to raise the status of the area to be Wana<br />

Utthayan Nam Tok <strong>Pha</strong>eng (<strong>Pha</strong>eng Waterfall<br />

Forest Park). Therefore the forest can be managed<br />

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In 1987, there was an official survey to integrate the national park area on<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> with the existing Mu <strong>Ko</strong> Ang Thong Marine National Park. However, the survey<br />

showed that the forest on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> has such high biodiversity, historical and<br />

archaeological value to be established as a separate national park. In 1989, a more<br />

detailed survey was done again, and this time the survey results led to Forest Reserve<br />

Area : <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> Forest, Nam Tok Than Sadet Forest, Khao Lat Kaeo Forest, Khao<br />

Khai Forest, Khao Ta Luang Forest, Khao Hin Nok Forest, Laem Pho - Laem Katha Khwam<br />

Forest and Khao Fai Mai Forest, was prepared to announce as Than Sadet - <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong><br />

National Park. Later on the area was expanded around <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> to cover 62 square<br />

kilometers. The Than Sadet - <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> National Park proposal was agreed by<br />

the national park committee on 10 February 1999 and now in the process with Council<br />

of Ministers to approve.<br />

Nowadays, <strong>Pha</strong>eng Waterfall is a hot spot especially for foreign tourists.<br />

The National Park has made the 2.5 km. trail for tourists wishing to spend the 1 hour<br />

walk through the forest to admire the fertile dense forest and interesting plants and<br />

animals such as tiger orchids, different variety of ferns, and wild mushrooms that bloom<br />

in rainy season; bulbuls, drongos, spider and butterflies, monkeys, samba deer, and<br />

wild boar can also be found on the trail for those luck to spot them.<br />

This trail goes along the stream to <strong>Pha</strong>eng Waterfall and up many levels, each<br />

level with a different name : <strong>Pha</strong>eng Noi, Than Nam Rak, Thang Song Phraeng, Than Kluai<br />

Mai for example. <strong>Pha</strong>eng Waterfall will be most beautiful in the rainy season. Beyond<br />

the waterfall, the trail climbs higher and grows steeper leading to Dom Sila View Point,<br />

a stunning viewpoint for both scenic and sunset views. From this point, there are<br />

splendid views view of the islands from Mu <strong>Ko</strong> Ang Thong Marine National Park,<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> Tao and <strong>Ko</strong> Samui, as well as the south and west of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>.<br />


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Timeless Natural Beauty of<br />

the Old Ban Tai-Ban Khai<br />

Community<br />

Ban Tai is one of the three earliest<br />

settlements on <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> island, presumably<br />

since late-Ayutthaya period. Chinese<br />

emigrants, mostly Hainanese fishermen,<br />

came to settle and work in the area, blending<br />

with local people through marriage. Over<br />

several generations, the village has today<br />

become one of the largest in <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>.<br />

Traces of ancient civilization still<br />

survive in temples, manifesting a strong<br />

Buddhist Chinese community. There are a<br />

lot of old temples, for instance Wat Nai,<br />

Wat Nok, Wat Pho, Wat KaoTham, and Chinese<br />

shrines situated across the village. It is<br />

supposed that these religous places were<br />

built at the very same time between late-<br />

Ayutthaya period to early-Rattanakosin period.<br />

Wat Nai is the oldest temple in Ban Tai<br />

community. Built in the late-Ayutthaya<br />

period, the now-uninhabited temple has<br />

been included in the monastic territory of<br />

Wat Pho in Mu 3, Ban Tai sub-district, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> district. The site reveals<br />

archaeological evidences, in particular the three outworn pagodas, two of which have<br />

been ruined by time that only their pedestals remain visible: One is made of coral<br />

stone hugged by a Bodhi tree, the other is a small brick structure. The only one which<br />

is relatively complete is a square brick cement-bounded pagoda with rabbeted<br />

angles, decorated with Chinese ceramic crockeries. Its high pedestal has two door facades<br />

on each of the four sides. The excavation unveiled a horde of bluewares from Ming<br />

and Qing dynasties, leading to the hypothesis that this area was a residential<br />

area since Ayutthaya era up to the reigns of King Rama III and IV of Rattanakosin.<br />

Townspeople took part in building these monuments at the center of their community,<br />

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The second old temple is Wat Pho. It has a history that a <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> boat builder and<br />

coconut and sugar farmer named Samphao Chaochaiya asked his son to build a temple<br />

for the community when he passed away. The temple was first named Wat Samphao<br />

Thong (Golden Junk). Later, a venerable monk named Pho was assigned to be the abbot<br />

here, and people started calling the temple Wat Po Tan Pho, or in short Wat Pho. Wat Pho<br />

thrived in the periods of abbot Muen and abbot Khwan. After abbot Khwan passed away<br />

in 1906 (B.E. 2449), there was no successor to run the monastery hence it was abandoned<br />

for years. Soon after monks returned to reside in the temple, it has become the community’s<br />

center. Temple fairs have been <strong>org</strong>anised occasionally and, on the opposite side of<br />

the temple, a health center using various kinds of medicinal herbs was erected.<br />

The heated medicinal herbs are from the recipes to cure paralysis and beriberi by<br />

Master Chat Sutthathiko, abbot of Wat Mapring, Mueang district, Surat Thani province,<br />

compounded by Mr. Chamras Siriwat. The center opens everyday at 1 pm. to 7 pm.<br />

The last of the three oldest temples is Wat Nok, built after Wat Nai as its twin temple<br />

and located near Wat Pho. It is assumed that it was constructed at the same time as<br />

Wat Pho, although there is no clear supporting evidence. At present, the temple is<br />

unoccupied by any monk. In the main pavilion inside the temple, a Buddha<br />

image called Po Than Wat Nok in Mara Vichai posture (Victory over demon) is<br />

enshrined, well respected by townspeople. At the crossroad in front of the<br />

temple’s entrance, lives a gigantic Dipterocarpus tree of 14.70 meters in<br />

diameter, assumably aged over a hundred years. It has been preserved<br />

by people in the area and become one of the tourist’s attractions of the<br />

town. Apart from the giant tree, nearby is an equally famous two-headed<br />

coconut tree. It was grown in a coconut plantation 2 kilometers away from<br />

Wat Pho on the right of a roadside toward Hat Thong Nai Pan. Rumour has<br />

it that it used to have three tops but one was accidentally broken.<br />

Another prominent temple in Ban Tai is Wat Khao Tham or Wat Suan<br />

Suwan Chotikaram, originally known as Samnak Song Wat Pa Phra Dong<br />

(Wat Pa Phra Dong house of monks). It is located on Khao Haeng hilltop,<br />

Mu 1, Ban Tai sub-district. The temple focuses on dharma practices, in<br />

particular meditation. The serene ambience attracts both Thai and foreign<br />

Buddhists. The center of the temple is an ubosot or chapel housing the<br />

principle Buddha image called Phra Buddha-Saiyat Lokkanatbophit<br />

Siriwisit <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>mongkhon. The courtyard in front of the chapel serves<br />

as a space for meditation and walking meditation. Behind the chapel is a<br />

Luang Po Phet holy hall. Further up the hill is another holy hall for a replica<br />


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of Lord Buddha’s footprint and a mondop. It is a scenic spot that overlooks<br />

the landscape of Ban Tai beach and Samui island (<strong>Ko</strong> Samui).<br />

On the shoulder of the hill at the back of the temple, lies a stone<br />

shed, a peaceful corner for an isolated meditator.<br />

The meditation class began for the first time in 1962 (B.E. 2505)<br />

when Master Pradoem <strong>Ko</strong>malo from Wat Soi Thong, Bangkok, and<br />

other three monks travelled to <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> and found this place<br />

suitable for practicing dharma and teaching about cogitation. They,<br />

hence, decided to reside at this sanctuary even though it was then<br />

only a house of monks. Since then, the house has by degrees gained<br />

the status of a temple.<br />

Among the monks who followed Master Pradoem <strong>Ko</strong>malo to<br />

practice the dharma in <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, there is a Jewish-born American<br />

Zen monk, Emanuel Sherman. Though he had a chance to live in<br />

<strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> for a very short period of time before he passed away of<br />

influenza, this artist monk has left behind a number of paintings<br />

that illustrate quandaries of religious percepts. Today, these<br />

paintings are exhibited at the Spiritual Theater, Suan Mokkhaphalaram,<br />

Wat Tan Nam Lai, Chaiya district, Surat Thani province.<br />

Apart from Ban Tai that has a long history, Ban Khai, a sub-district nearby also bears<br />

numerous fascinating legends. It started off in 1857 (B.E. 2400) when a villager found a<br />

lump of gold while panning for minerals in the island. He told Chaiya city governor that<br />

there were golds in <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, and the governor levied a troop of workers to camp in<br />

this area for gold digging. The excavation went on for months, yet they found very little<br />

gold and had to give up eventually. The sub-district where the workers camped then<br />

adopted the name Ban Khai (camping village) since.<br />

Today, the Ban Tai - Ban Khai community has become a large town with beaches<br />

connecting and stretching out on the seashore for no less than 7 kilometers from Thong<br />

Sala, Bang Charu beach, to Ban Tai and Ban Khai beaches. All the beaches face the south<br />

overlooking <strong>Ko</strong> Samui which is located not far away from the coast, creating a sublime<br />

scenery and attracting tourist accommodations - from boutique resorts to economy<br />

bungalows - which have quickly mushroomed along the shoreline. The high season of<br />

this area is the summer time from December to May. From June to November, there are<br />

strong gusts that blow from south-west to north-east direction bringing storms from the<br />

sea to the land; nonetheless, the good point is that the water level decrease and increase<br />

rather dramatically, hence visitors will get to see the local people coming out to find rock<br />

oysters when the tides go down and conducting shoreline fishing when the tides rise.<br />


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Exquisite Sand Beach,<br />

Clear Water and Alluring Sea View:<br />

Hat Thong Nai Pan<br />

The northeast of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> lies a crescent-shaped<br />

sand beach hugging a small bay. In the past, this place had<br />

hidden from people’s sight until a southern man from Songkla<br />

named Pan ran away from Arabian pirates and discovered<br />

this peaceful, secluded strand, therefore decided to harbor<br />

there. This incident took place in the time of King Rama III.<br />

Even after the pirates were subdued, Mr. Pan still resided on this<br />

beach until he passed away in the period of King Rama V. People,<br />

thus, called the beach “Hat Thong Nai Pan” (Thong Nai Pan<br />

beach). Presently, the beach can be divided into two parts<br />

according to the geographical appearance: Hat Thong Nai Pan<br />

Noi (small Thong Nai Pan beach) and Hat Thong Nai Pan Yai<br />

(big Thong Nai Pan beach).<br />

Hat Thong Nai Pan Noi stretches out 700 meters in the<br />

north of the shore, from the south of Laem Pak Chong which<br />

is the location of Santhiya Resort & Spa, down to a hill that<br />

splits the two beaches where Panwiman Resort & Spa stands.<br />

This beach is known to be the most beautiful beach in the<br />

<strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> island, with long range of white sand, still rather<br />

untampered. Nonetheless, the waterfront has been mostly<br />

occupied by several five-star resorts similar to those in Phuket.<br />


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Hat Thong Nai Pan Yai extends from the south end of Hat Thong Nai<br />

Pan Noi to the end of Tham Thong Rak. The beach is much longer and<br />

wider than Hat Thong Nai Pan Noi. With the length of 1,00 meters, this<br />

equally soft and white sand beach gives the visitors the same impression<br />

as Andaman beaches. Resorts queueing up along the shoreline reserve<br />

private paths down to the beach. However, there is a public path on the<br />

way toward Thong Nai Pan house of monks and Thong Nai Pan school.<br />

If you drive to the end of Hat Thong Nai Pan Yai, to Tham Thong Rak,<br />

there is an ideal view spot that overlooks both beaches. It has become<br />

one of tourist’s favourite landmarks.<br />

Traveling to Thong Nai Pan in the past was<br />

very difficult considering that it could be<br />

accessed only by four-wheel vehicles. The<br />

distance from Thong Sala is 20 kilometers<br />

and 17 kilometers from Ban Khai. Today,<br />

the road development from Ban Khai to Hat<br />

Thong Nai Pan has enabled any cars to travel<br />

more easily, leaving only a short distance of 4<br />

kilometers from the elephant camp to Than<br />

Sadet waterfall which is still a non-asphalt road.<br />

In rainy season, even on the paved roads, it is<br />

still inconvenient to commute, but it is hoped<br />

that the new road cutting will complete soon.<br />


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Stunning Lunar Light,<br />

Full Moon Party of<br />

Your Life<br />

About 45 years ago, way back<br />

in 1967, <strong>Ko</strong> Samui started to gain a<br />

reputation among foreign tourists.<br />

After adventurous nature trips, the<br />

word of mouth spread just how<br />

fantastic the place was. Of course,<br />

at that time very few foreign tourists<br />

knew about <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> and it had<br />

been that way until 1972. Before<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> Samui became famous, some<br />

travellers were getting curious and<br />

explored its nearby twin island called<br />

<strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> to find out what was there to be discovered. The first group of foreign<br />

tourists to visit <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> were from New Zealand and followed by Australians.<br />

It was the biggest milestone for <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> as it was the first time that foreign<br />

tourists experienced what no outsider had seen before: the natural beauty of Hat Rin and<br />

how spectacularly wonderful it is.<br />

Boon Bungalow (later called Rin Beach Bungalow) was the first to open for service<br />

in 1980. After the first bungalow, many followed to meet the growing number of<br />

tourists visiting Hat Rin. Small parties were held at each bungalow. In those days the<br />

atmosphere was full of laughter, joy, food, booze, music, and people dancing on the<br />

beach; it could have been used as a movie set. With a dreamy scene like this, the story<br />

of living free among nature was spoken about widely and in articles publicizing the legend<br />

of the full moon night on the beautiful Hat Rin ; this made Hat Rin even more famous.<br />


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The white sand beach stretches for 700 meters and faces directly east, perfect<br />

for moon rise. This is what makes Hat Rin the best place on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> for the full<br />

moon night. On a full moon night, as the moon rises over the horizon and climbs up to<br />

the dark blue sky above, the sea underneath twinkles with the color of molten silver<br />

and peaceful waves gently lap at the beach making that night the most romantic night<br />

that anyone could imagine of.<br />

On a night like this, both foreign and local fun lovers will gather on Hat Rin to sing,<br />

dance, drink and have a good time surrounded by nature in their own free-spirited world.<br />

The party starts in the early evening, people rally from everywhere on the island to Hat<br />

Rin where loud rousing music plays from one end of the beach to other. More than 10<br />

resorts try their best to entertain the guests: the fire batons show, Polynesian dance,<br />

and fire breathing competitions. Competitors spit alcohol on to a flaming torch and the<br />

one who makes the highest flame is the winner; the big round of applause will be the<br />

prize. The stages are set for people to go up and show their dance steps. Some may prefer<br />

to bar hop from this one to that since they are located all along the 700-meter beach<br />

so that could take some time. The beach is full of dancers. According to the record,<br />

on Full Moon Party night, there are approximately more than 30,000 people each month<br />

and the number could increase to 100,000 during Christmas, New Years Eve and Valentines,<br />


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generating more than 1 million baht cash flow for the<br />

community. Another popular activity is glow-in-the-dark<br />

body painting. The party crowd will queue up and wait for<br />

their turn to create artistic work on their body; the proud<br />

owners then dance on the beach to show themselves off.<br />

The bright and shining full moon rises in the sky from<br />

the east after sunset and sets in the west just before dawn.<br />

As the moon dips, it signals the end of a night of unf<strong>org</strong>ettable<br />

experience that will have to wait another 4 weeks for the<br />

magical time like this to come back. The only thing that the<br />

visitors can take with them is the memorable happiness that<br />

will last in their heart forever. The same memory also brings<br />

back many people over and over again who are still so fond<br />

of the charm of the full moon on Hat Rin.<br />

Apart from the famous Hat Rin for the full moon party<br />

(Thai name is Hat Rin Nok), there are also the 1.4-kilometerlong<br />

Hat Rin Nai and the 500-meter-long Hat Si Kantang,<br />

both have many lovely resorts and since these beaches<br />

face the west they make the good spot for sunset views.<br />

On the east side of Hat Rin Nok, up to the north, there is<br />

Hat Khon Thi, Hat Yaun, Hat Thian Tawan Ok (Eastern Thian<br />

beach), Hat Wai Nam and Hat Yao Tawan Ok (Eastern Yao<br />

beach). These beaches have many livable cozy resorts<br />

among the peaceful natural atmosphere, though they are<br />

not quite as convenient to travel to. Guests have to travel<br />

by boat from Hat Rin Nok or by 4-wheel drive vehicles<br />

across some mountains from Ban Tai.<br />


Interesting, Up-to-the-standard Lodgings<br />

on <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> Beaches<br />

Accommodations in <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> have increased considerably, from a<br />

few bungalows to accommodate groups of tourists on Hat Rin Beach in 1980.<br />

Many hotels and resorts have emerged, particularly in the last decade.<br />

Nowadays, almost all beaches in <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> have 3- up to 5-star hotels. Most of<br />

them are on Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, which is one of the most beautiful beaches<br />

on the island. Another charming aspect of these hotels is their friendly and eagerto-please<br />

service offered in a heartfelt manner. This is a endearing characteristic<br />

that visitors can always find from people of <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>.<br />

In the future, travelers can expect more as the island will not stop going<br />

for excellence. It will establish greater value and higher standard of service to<br />

make <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong> a long-lasting paradise in the Gulf of Thailand.

Examples of Hotels<br />

On the Beaches of Nai Wok, Thong Sala, Bang Charu,<br />

Ban Tai, Bang Nam Khem, Ban Khai, and Hin Lo

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Examples of Hotels<br />

On the Beaches of Bang Son, Rin Nai,<br />

Si Kantang, Lee-la, Hua Laem, Rin Nok,<br />

Khon Thi, Yuan, Eastern Thian, Eastern Yao,<br />

and Wai Nam

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Examples of Hotels<br />

On the Beaches of Thong Nai Pan Noi,<br />

Thong Nai Pan Yai, Than Sadet,<br />

and Thong Reng

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Examples of Hotels<br />

On the Beaches of Salat, Mae Hat,<br />

Thong Lang, Hin Ngam, Chalok Lam,<br />

Khom, and Khuat

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Examples of Hotels<br />

On the Beaches of Plai Laem, Wok Tum,<br />

Hin <strong>Ko</strong>ng, Si Thanu, Chao <strong>Pha</strong>o, Son,<br />

Dao Duek, Yao, Thian, and Kraut

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Accommodation in <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong><br />

• AD. VIEW<br />

2/2 Moo 5, Thong Nai Pan Noi, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 445- 047<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Ananda Wellness Resorts<br />

16/3 Moo 6, Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : 081-397-6280<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : www.anandaresort.com<br />

e-mail : info@anandaresort.com<br />

• Baan Haad Yao Villas<br />

56/16 Moo 8, Haad Yao, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 160<br />

Fax : (077) 349 161<br />

Website : www.baanhaadyaovillas.com<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Ban Tai Resort<br />

13 Moo 1, Ao Baan Tai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 238596<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Baan Panburi Village<br />

7/8 Moo 5, Thong Nai Pan Noi, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 238594<br />

Fax : (077) 445 076<br />

Website : www.baanpanburivillage.co<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Banana Beach<br />

Ao Thong Nai Pan Noi, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : -<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Bancha Sramanora Resort<br />

Haad Yuan, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : -<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Bay View Bungalow<br />

57/1 Moo 8, Haad Son, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349235<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Beer Bungalow<br />

29/7 Moo 4, Ao Baan Khai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 238 488<br />

Fax : (077) 238 089<br />

Website : www.beerbungalow.com<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Bird Bungalow<br />

Haad Rin Nai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375191<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Black & White Bungalow<br />

110/2 Moo 6, Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 187<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Blue Hill Resort<br />

17/9 Moo 6, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375559<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : www.bluehillbeachresort.com<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Blue Marine Resort<br />

110/6 Moo 6, Haad Rin Nai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 407<br />

Fax : (077) 375 407<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Bounty Resort<br />

85/1 Moo 8, Haad Son, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 105<br />

Fax : (077) 349 106<br />

Website : www.bountyresort.net<br />

e-mail : bounty@pha<strong>ngan</strong>.info<br />

• Buakao Inn<br />

Moo 1 Ao Thongsala, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 377226<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

อีเมล์ : buakอ่าว@samart.co.th<br />

• Chai Country<br />

14/3 Moo 8, Ao Srithanu, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 024<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Chokkana<br />

100 Moo 1, Ao Baan Tai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 238 085<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Coco Hut Village<br />

130/20 Moo 6, Haad Seekantang, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 368<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : www.cocohutvillage.com<br />

e-mail : info@cocohut.com<br />

• Cookies Bungalow<br />

Moo 1, Ao Plai Laem, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : 08 1677 4472<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Cookies’s Salad Resort<br />

61/8 Moo 8, Haad Salad, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : 083-1817125<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : www.cookies-pha<strong>ngan</strong>.com<br />

e-mail : cookies’s.salad@gmail.com<br />

• Coral Bungalow<br />

Moo 6, Haad Rin Nai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 023<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : www.coralhaadrin.com<br />

e-mail :<br />

• Delight Resort<br />

Moo 6, Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375527-9<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : www.delightresort.com<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Dew Shore Bungalow<br />

99/1 Moo 1, Ao Baan Tai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 238 128<br />

Fax : (077) 238 128<br />

เว็บไซด์ : www.dewshore.com<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Dreamland Resort<br />

11 Moo 5, Thong Nai Pan Yai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 84 280<br />

Fax : (077) 238 549, 445 051<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : dreamland_resort@yahoo.com<br />


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Accommodation in <strong>Ko</strong>h <strong>Pha</strong><strong>ngan</strong><br />

• Drop In Club Resort<br />

154/1-10 HaadRin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 444-7<br />

Fax : (077) 375 448<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : info@dropinclubresortandspa.com<br />

• Family House<br />

94/5 Moo 6, Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 173<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Fanta<br />

Moo 7, Ao Chaloklum, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 374 132<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• First Villa<br />

145/1 Moo 1, Ao Baan Tai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 377 225<br />

Fax : (077) 238 352<br />

Website : www.firstvilla.com<br />

e-mail : info@firstvilla.com<br />

• Friendly Bungalow<br />

110/13 Moo 6 Tambol Baan Tai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 167<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Golden Beach Resort<br />

Moo 4, Ao Baan Khai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 238 074<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Grand Sea Resort<br />

152 Moo 1, Ao Nai Wok, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 377 776-7<br />

Fax : (077) 377 777<br />

Website : www.grandsearesort.com<br />

e-mail : info@grandsearesort.com<br />

• Green Peace Bungalow<br />

Moo 4, Ao Baan Khai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 238 436<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Haad Lad Prestige Resort<br />

64/3 Moo 8 Haad Salad, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 285<br />

Fax : (077) 347 220<br />

Website : www.prestigeresortpha<strong>ngan</strong><br />

e-mail : info@prestigeresortpha<strong>ngan</strong>.com<br />

• Haad Salad Villa<br />

Haad Salad, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : 08 1894 1758<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : www.haadsaladvilla.com<br />

e-mail : reservation@haadsaladvilla.com<br />

• Haad Son Resort<br />

85 Moo 8, Haad Son, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 103-4<br />

Fax : (077) 349 103-4<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : info@haadson.net<br />

• Haad Tian Beach Resort<br />

59/1 Moo 8, HaadTian (west), <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 009<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : haadtian@hotmail.com<br />

• Haad Yao Bay View Resort<br />

57 Moo 8, Haad Yao, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 140-1<br />

Fax : (077) 349 140<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : bayviewresort@hotmail.com<br />

• Haad Yao Bungalow<br />

Moo 8, Haad Yao, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 159<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Haad Yao Over Bay Resort<br />

101/12 Moo 1, Haad Yao, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 163<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Haad Yao Resort<br />

53/4 Moo 8 Haad Yao, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 145<br />

Fax : (077) 349 152<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Haad Yao Villa<br />

53/3 Moo 8, Haad Yao, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 317-8<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : www.haadyaovilla.com<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Haad Rin Sea View<br />

130/12 Moo 6, Ao Thongsala, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 425<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• High Life Bungalow Resort<br />

85/5 Moo 8 HaadYao, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 114<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Ibiza Bungalow<br />

53 Moo 8, Haad Yao, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 121<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Island View Cabana<br />

Moo 7, Haad Mae Haad, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 374 172<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Jungle Hut<br />

50/1 Moo 8, Haad Chao <strong>Pha</strong>o, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 087-8<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Khao Guesthouse<br />

210/10 Moo 1, AoThongsala, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 238 326<br />

Fax : (077) 377 242<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Kung Bungalow<br />

Moo 5, Haad Than Praphat, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : 08 1891 5592<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />


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• Laid Back Resort<br />

Moo 6, Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 190<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Lee Garden Resort<br />

17/2 Moo 4, Ao Baan Kai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 238 150<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Loyfa Bungalow<br />

14/1 Moo 8, Ao Srithanu, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 377 319<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Lucky Resort<br />

Moo 7, Haad Khuad, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 007<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Mae Haad Bay Resort<br />

106/4 Moo 7, Haad Mae Haad, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 374 171<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : www.maehaadbay.com<br />

e-mail : reservation@maehaadbay.com<br />

• Malibu Bungalow<br />

Moo 7, Ao Chaloklum, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 374 057<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Mandalai Boutique Hotel<br />

2/3 Moo 7, Ao Chaloklum, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 374 316-9<br />

Fax : (077) 374 320<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : reservation@mymandalai.com<br />

• My Way Bungalow<br />

62 Moo 8, Haad Salad, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 267<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Nee’s Bungalow<br />

86 Moo 6, Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 193<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Neptune’s Villa<br />

110/6 Moo 6, Haad Rin Nai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, SuratThani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 251<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• New Porn Sawan<br />

Moo 4 Tambol <strong>Ko</strong>h<strong>Pha</strong><strong>ngan</strong>, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 377 599<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Niramon Villas<br />

113/3 Moo 7, Ao Chaloklum, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 374 115<br />

Fax : (077) 374 131<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• O K BUNGALOW<br />

54/1 Moo 4, Ao Wok Tum, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 377 141<br />

Fax : (077) 377 567<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Orchard House<br />

7/7 Moo1 Baan Tai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : 08 9070 3163<br />

Fax : (077) 377 754<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Panviman Resort<br />

221 Moo 5, Thong Nai Pan Noi, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 445 100<br />

Fax : (077) 445 100<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Pariya Resort & Villas<br />

Haad Yuan, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : 08 1895 1337<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : www.pariyahaadyuan.com<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Pen’s Bungalow<br />

8/3 Moo 5, Thong Nai Pan Yai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 445 093<br />

Fax : (077) 238 592<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• <strong>Pha</strong><strong>ngan</strong>bayshore Resort<br />

141 Moo 6, Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong>h<strong>Pha</strong><strong>ngan</strong>, Suratthani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 224<br />

Fax : (077) 375 227<br />

Website : www.pha<strong>ngan</strong>bayshore.com<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Best Western <strong>Pha</strong><strong>ngan</strong>buri Resort & Spa<br />

120/1 Moo 6, Haad Rin Nai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 481-9<br />

Fax : (077) 375 482<br />

Website : www.bestwesternpha<strong>ngan</strong>buri.com<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• <strong>Pha</strong><strong>ngan</strong> Orchid Resort<br />

148 Moo 6, Haad Rin Nok, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 156<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• <strong>Pha</strong><strong>ngan</strong> Villa<br />

223 Moo 1, Ao Bang Charu, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 377 083<br />

Fax : (077) 377 408<br />

Website : www.pha<strong>ngan</strong>villa.net<br />

e-mail : pha<strong>ngan</strong>villa@gmail.com<br />

• Phuvadee Resort<br />

22/6 Moo 5, Ao Thongsala, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 445 132<br />

Fax : (077) 445 131<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Pingjun Resort<br />

10 Moo 5, Thong Nai Pan Yai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 299 004<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Pooltrup Village<br />

111/1 Moo 6, Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 104<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />


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Accommodation in <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong><br />

• Rainbow Bungalow<br />

Moo 6, Haad Rin Nai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 293<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Anantara Rasananda <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>g Villa Resort & Spa<br />

5/5 Moo 5, Thong Nai Pan Noi, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 239 559<br />

Fax : (077) 239 559<br />

Website : www.pha<strong>ngan</strong>-rasananda.anantara.com<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Rin Bay View<br />

110/4 Moo 6 Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 188<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Rin Beach Resort<br />

94/2 Moo 6, Haad Rin Nai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 112<br />

Fax : (077) 375 112<br />

Website : www.rinbeachresort.com<br />

e-mail : info@rinbeachresort.com<br />

• S.P. Resort<br />

14/1 Moo 1, Ao Baan Tai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 238 442<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Saithong Resort<br />

Ao Chaloklum, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 374 115<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Salad Beach Resort<br />

64 Moo 4 Haad Salad, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 149<br />

Fax : (077) 238 242<br />

Website : www.saladbeachpha<strong>ngan</strong>.com<br />

e-mail : info@pga<strong>ngan</strong>-saladbeachresort<br />

• Salad Buri Resort & Spa<br />

60/2 Moo 8, Haad Salad, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 187<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : www.saladburi.com<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Sandee Bungalow<br />

7/6 Moo 5 Ao Thong Nai Pan Noi, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 445 089<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Sandy Bungalow<br />

70 Moo 6, Haad Rin Nai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 138<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Santhiya Resort & Spa<br />

22/7 Moo 5, Thong Nai Pan Noi, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 238 333<br />

Fax : (077) 428 999<br />

Website : www.santhiya.com<br />

e-mail : reservation@santhiya.com<br />

• Sarikantang<br />

129/3 Moo ,6 Haad Srikantang, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 055-7<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : sarikantang@yahoo.com<br />

e-mail : www.sarikantang.com<br />

• Sea Breeze Resort<br />

94/11 Moo 6 Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 362<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : www.seabreezekohpha<strong>ngan</strong>.com<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Sea Flower Bungalow<br />

81/2 Moo 8, Haad Chao <strong>Pha</strong>o, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 090<br />

Fax : (077) 349 091<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Sea Scene<br />

56/2 Moo 4 Ao Plai Laem, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 377 516<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Sea View Haad Rin Resort<br />

134 Moo 6, Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 160<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Sea side Bungalow<br />

Moo 8 Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 160-1<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• See Through Boutique Resort<br />

85/6 Moo 8 Haad Yao, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 315<br />

Fax : (077) 349 316<br />

Website : www.seethroughresort-kohpha<strong>ngan</strong>.com<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Srithanu Bungalow<br />

81/3 Moo 8, Ao Srithanu, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 112<br />

Fax : (077) 349 112<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Serenity Hill Bungalow<br />

120/12 Moo 6, Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : 08 9472 5687<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Silver Beach Bungalow<br />

55/10 Moo 8 Haad Yao, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 171<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Siripun Bungalow<br />

152/1 Moo 1, AoNai Wok, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 377 140<br />

Fax : (077) 377 242<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : info@siripungalow.com<br />

• Star Hut<br />

7/3 Moo 3, Thong Nai Pan Noi, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

โทรศัพท์ : (077) 445 006<br />

Fax : (077) 445 006<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : star_hut@hotmail.com<br />

• Starlight Bungalow<br />

111 Moo 6, Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 018<br />

Fax : (077) 445 027<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : starligth@kohpha<strong>ngan</strong>.com<br />


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• Sun Beach Bungalow<br />

70/2 Moo 6, Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 192<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Sun Cliff Bungalow<br />

94/8 Moo 6, Haad Rin, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 134<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Sun Sea Resort<br />

29/6 Moo 4, Ao Baan Tai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 238 193<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Tantawan Bungalow<br />

51/8 Moo 8, Haad Chao <strong>Pha</strong>o, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 349 108<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Thong Nai Beach Resort & Spa<br />

Moo 5, Ao Thong Nai Pan Noi, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 445 131-3<br />

Fax : (077) 445 130<br />

Website : www.thongnaipanbeachresortandspa.com<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Thong Yang Bungalow<br />

32/1 Moo 4 Ao Baan Khai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 238 192<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : www.thongyangbungalow.com<br />

e-mail : hongyangbungalow@hotmail.com<br />

• Thongsala Guesthouse<br />

Moo 1 Ao Thong Sala, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 377 252<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Tommy Resort<br />

90/13 Moo 6 Haad Rin Nok, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 215-6<br />

Fax : (077) 375 253<br />

Website : www.pha<strong>ngan</strong>tommyresort.co<br />

e-mail : tommyresort@hotmail.com<br />

• Triangle Lodge<br />

64/6 Moo 2, Ao Baan Khai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>,Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 377 432<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Venus Resort<br />

145 Moo 6 Haad Rin Nok, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 375 011-2<br />

Fax : (077) 375 354<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• Wattana Resort<br />

69/2 Moo 7 Ao Chaloklum, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 374 022<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

• White Sand Bungalow<br />

2 Moo 5 Ao Thong Nai Pan Yai, <strong>Ko</strong> <strong>Pha</strong>-<strong>ngan</strong>, Surat Thani 84280<br />

Tel : (077) 445123<br />

Fax : -<br />

Website : -<br />

e-mail : -<br />

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