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Koh Phangan : Guide to North East : Introduction

 
Introduction
The wild and untamed east coast of Koh Phangan is the most mountainous region on the island. Steep valcanic hills run down to sheer clifts that dominate the rugged coastline. Only a few beaches occupy this region and all that do are formed into idyllic deep coves that are the embodiment of tropical paradise. Thong Nai Pan Yai and Thong Nai Pan Noi are two of the island's most celebrated beaches they also have the most vibrant scene on the north east coast with plenty of bars and biggest village in the region. Haad Sadet and Haad Thong Reng are very similar to the Thong Nai Pans, but on a small and quieter scale. The river that splits these two beaches forms Koh Phangan's most dramatic waterfall, Nam Tok Thaan Sadet, a cascading year round 4km run of rock pools and rapids. It has become a favorite place for several Kings of Thailand to visit and the waters are considered sacred.
The rocky mountainous landscape is far more rugged than the rest of the island and its uncultivated slopes are the most part original tropical rainforest; an untouched haven for wildlife. There are several impressive waterfalls to visit, Thaan Sadet National Park with its giant monitor lizards and a number of places for experienced rock-climbing enthusiasts. The landscape makes the region fairly inaccessible, thus there are no major services locally and the roads are mostly part baked clay and can be hazardous, especially in adverse weather conditions. That said, Koh Phangan's road building program has extended to this district and a concrete road all the way over the mountains will be completed soon. All of the beaches can be reached by boat taxis from Chaloklum or Haad Rin.
North East Koh Phangan

North East

Thong Nai Pan
Hotels and Resorts
Ao Thong Nai Pan Yai
Price from:
1200 THB
Most bungalows are directly on the beach or set back no more than 20 metres - fan or aircon available. Try The Beach Club bar and grill for authentic Thai food / seafood BBQ.

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Ao Thong Nai Pan Noi
Price from:
5500 THB
Buri Rasa Village is a cosy boutique resort where both contemporary and traditional design elements are combined together with a touch of elegance creating a unique style. Modern suites equipped with flat-screen TV and international channels, DVD player, ensuite bathroom with rain shower, fridge and min-bar. Free WiFi throughout the resort..

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Ao Thong Nai Pan Yai
Price from:
1200 THB
Traditional wooden style and Thai modern style villas on the beach. Every bungalow has air-con with comfortable king size bed. All villas include TV, mini bar and a chic open-air bath.

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Ao Thong Nai Pan Yai
Price from:
600 THB
Modern wooden/concrete bungalows with air-con or fan available, all set in tropical garden, beachfront pool and restaurant..

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Haad Sadet
Price from:
400 THB
Classic fan bungalows on the beach or along the coast with sunrise sea views – ‘for nature lovers and artists’ – a perfect place to relax and take it easy.

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Thong Nai Pan Yai
Price from:
1200 THB
Modern air-con bungalows, mini-bar and large private outdoor terrace. Each bungalow has garden and/or mountain views, only a few steps to the beach.

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Ao Thong Nai Pan Noi
Price from:
500 THB
Set amongst lush tropical gardens, the bungalows come in classic wooden style with fan or air-con. There are also a few bungalows suitable for families or groups.

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March - May 2015
   
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