Thong Nai Pan Noi is something of an anomaly in Koh Phangan in that it caters more for mid to high-end visitors than it does for the traditional young and budget conscious backpacker. As a consequence most of the long standing bars and night clubs in Thong Nai Pan Noi such as Jungle Bar, Hideaway Bar and Balcony Bar have closed down. There is, however, still one great bar left that definitely falls into the ‘chilled’ category. And that is Rasta Baby.
Rasta Baby is run by Thong Nai Pan locals; and it has been serving up its welcoming brand of laid back hospitality for donkey’s years. In that time they’ve learnt a thing or two about keeping their customers happy and coming back.
The bar is located on the Thong Nai Pan Noi village road where the road bends slightly as it goes over a small stream. It is slightly set back from the road. You have to climb steps to get to the bar which is elevated.
There is one open plan space with a raised area with cushions and low seating as well as tables and chairs. The bar can probably hold about 20 or 30 people at most. The fact that it is not a large bar adds to the ambience of the place.
The interior design is very much like Koh Phangan of the 1980s and 1990s. It is made of wood and weaved bamboo. There are no windows or walls – rather just a low slanting roof with a view all around. On the walls are Rastafarian pictures, photos of friends and other memorabilia. In the corner is a small counter which serves as the till and drinks bar. There is a sense of walking into history when you climb the steps and go into Rasta Baby.
Food and Drink
They do a good range of cocktails and cold beers at the bar. If you ask they will also mix you up a bucket with your preferred poison. While they don’t have draught beer like other bars in Thong Nai Pan, few people seem to be that bothered.
If you are hungry or just fancy a snack to go with your drink, then no problem. There is a food menu featuring Thai dishes and Western items such as sandwiches. It is good food at reasonable prices.
Rasta Baby is a chilled bar without the pretensions of a place geared towards the supposed ‘flashpacker’. The staff put on good music, provide good service and are happy to host a party. As you can see from the video above guests become quite enamored with the bar and enjoy letting down their hair. Lots of people have fond memories of nights spent at Rasta Baby. Social media and comment boxes are testament to that.
In short, Rasta Baby definitely qualifies as the best chilled bar in Thong Nai Pan Noi.
Location of Rasta Baby in Thong Nai Pan Noi
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