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Koh Phangan Thailand : Restaurants and Bars : Introduction

There is an excellent choice of restaurants on Koh Phangan, especially in the areas surrounding Thongsala, Baan Tai and Haad Rin. Many bars now stock premium imported booze both bottled and on draught.

Thongsala has traditional Thai seafood restaurants, curry stalls and good quality street food; a multitude of Western restaurants such as Italian, English, French and Japanese. Most are either at the main crossroads (100m up from the round about) or on the seafront, the markets around the 7-11 convenience store have some of the best street food.
Haad Rin offers the most cosmopolitan mix of restaurants on Koh Phangan, with a vast choice of different tastes all within walking distance of each other. There are beachfront seafood BBQs, Italian, Mexican, Israeli, Scandinavian, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Tapas, Indian and many more varieties as well as traditional Thai restaurants and street stalls. Just wander around the town and head for what you fancy.
Looking for fresh seafood? Chaloklum village is Koh Phangan's main fishing port and has a wealth of inexpensive seafood restaurants serving fresh delicacies such as locally caught squid. Most of the restaurants are lined along the seafront, overlooking the pier and fishing boats, where you can watch the daily catch being bought in.

Not to be missed, there are a cluster of traditional seafood restaurants around the port at Baan Tai, several funky bars, coffee shops and a fresh bakery all within easy walking distance.
On the west coast, Srithanu village is a quaint and interesting place with quite a lot going on. There are several bars and great value Thai restaurants, a popular Italian diner and one of best steakhouses on the island, as well as a fresh produce market and food area that is located at the main crossroads.
Issue 40
March - May 2015
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