Places to visit

Places to Visit

Thong Nai Pan NoiThong Nai Pan Yai
places to visit in Thong Nai Pan
Places to Visit Other Beaches

Thong Nai Pan Yai:

  • Thong Nai Pan Temple
  • Southern viewpoint
  • Wang Thong Waterfall

Thong Nai Pan Noi:

  • Santhiya viewpoint
  • Than Prawes waterfall
  • King Rama V Rock

Thong Nai Pan Yai / Noi

If it is your first time to visit Thong Nai Pan it is worth the effort to visit the other beach. You can catch a taxi for 100 Thai Baht between the 2 beaches or you can walk. You simply follow the main road up the hill and follow the signs. The walk takes about 30 minutes.

 

Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai have different atmospheres. Noi is more boutque and exclusive; Yai is more bohemian. You might discover you like the other beach more!

Bottle Beach

There is a dirt road that joins Thong Nai Pan to Bottle Beach. The turning for Bottle Beach is on the main road just before the turning for Thong Nai Pan Noi. The road is about 3 km. It makes a good hike. If you are too tired for the return journey you can catch a taxi or a longtail boat. Read more about the Bottle Beach Road

 

Waterfalls
 

Than Prawes

While it is commonly publicised fact that King Rama V visited Than Sadet Waterfall it is less well known that he also visited Than Prawes Waterfall in Thong Nai Pan Noi. The waterfall flows all year round but is at its best in the months when it rains more (December, January and February).

 

Than Prawes consists of a series of waterfalls that go on for about 1km. You can climb up beside the waterfall but you will need shoes rather than flip flops.

 

To get to Than Prawes Waterfall take the road leaving the beach. Just before you reach the top of the final steep hill you will see a path on the right with a small sign. Follow this path to the end. The path ends at a house. Go down the side of the house /shop and follow the path through the forest past a small monument down to the river. You will be able to hear the waterfall to guide you.

 

Wang Thong Waterfall

Wang Thong Waterfall is seasonal. It can only be seen in the wetter months. It is a high waterfall hidden away in a quiet forest. While the waterfall is not spectacular the scenery makes it worth a visit.

 

Walk to the Yoga Studio (see map on the yoga page). Follow the path past the yoga studio and then take the path veering right. You come to an opening in the forest and in the corner is the waterfall.

Yai Wat

There is a small temple at the north end of Thong Nai Pan Yai beach. If you go to Yai beach it is worth taking a stroll to take a look.

  Viewpoints

Santhiya Viewpoint

From the main restaurant of Santhiya you get a great view across the bay taking in both beaches. Chantara has a large balcony especially designed to make the most of the view.

 

It used to be easy to get to Santhiya - namely you crossed the rocks at Thong Tapan to get onto 'Santhiya beach'. This route is no longer open. Instead you have to take the back road that runs parallel to the beach. After Phuwadee Resort the road turns left going up a hill away from the beach. Follow this road until you get to a junction. At the junction turn right and this road takes you to Santhiya. There are other roads in this area that take you to even higher elevations that offer great views. It is a good area to go jogging if you want to get a really good work out. Sunrise Villa is in this part of Thong Nai Pan Noi.

Southern Viewpoint

Thong Nai Pan Yai also has an excellent place to see a panoramic view of the area. From the southern viewpoint you can see all of Thong Nai Pan Yai Bay.

 

To get to the southern viewpoint simply follow the main road south. It goes up steeply at the end. Go past the first villa on Thong Nai Pan Estate and turn left. This will lead you to a giant granite boulder from which you can enjoy the view.

Thong Nai Pan Wat

To get to Thong Nai Pan Yai Wat simply walk north up the beach. Leave the beach at Dreamland Resort. Behind Dreamland Resort reception there is a road that goes in a loop. On a grassy patch next to this road is a small temple with traditional multi-tiered roof. The temple is usually open. Inside is a Buddha statue. Be sure to take your shoes off before you enter. And don't make the mistake of entering wearing a bikini or swimming shorts. It is extremely disrespectful.

 

Nearby is Thong Nai Pan Middle School. There is also a pharmacy and a small accommodation block for the resident monk. It is a nice area to wander around. It makes you realize that Thong Nai Pan Yai is also a place where people live and get on with their lives independently of the tourists.

King Rama V Rock

King Rama V visited Koh Phangan 14 times. He often stayed with the local fishermen. Whereas, many people are aware that the beloved former King of Thailand carved his initials into a rock at Than Sadet, it is less well known that he did the same in Thong Nai Pan Noi. You can see the royal signature on the large rock opposite La Hacienda Restaurant.