Restaurants in South of Koh Phangan

THONG SALA

Bars

Harp Bar
The Hub (formerly Harp Bar). An Irish pub turned sports bar opposite the Lomprayah Pier.
Flag and Four Toes
Flag and Four Toes. Friendly bar with free pool table. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFlagFourToes

Cafes

The Sweet Cafe
The Sweet Cafe is a German bakery with mixed reviews.
Nira Home Bakery
Nira’s Home Bakery. Cafe and bakery. This is a long running business in Koh Phangan. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Niras-home-bakery-120700347943551/

Thai Food

Pantip Food Market
Phantip Market is a popular spot for eating out. It has plenty of choice in authentic Thai food at cheap prices. It is popular early evening.
Nong Tang
Nong Tang serves authentic Southern Thai food. The seafood is recommended. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nong-Tang-Thai-Restaurant-Kohphangan-260811777583879/
Phangan Homemade Ice-Cream
Phangan Homemade Ice-Cream is believed by many to serve the best ice-cream on Koh Phangan. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Phangan-Home-Made-Ice-Cream-Food-Drink-928837363811999/
My Wok and Me
My Wok and Me is a restaurant and Thai cooking school. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/My-Wok-and-Me-146999882047571/

International Food

A's Coffee Shop
A’s Coffee Shop is one of the longest running businesses in Thongsala. They serve coffee, tea, sandwiches, light snacks and sweet treats.
Santorini Restaurant
Santorini Restaurant is a popular restaurant with sea views. Serves European and fusion food.
Khunpen Restaurant
Khunpen Restaurant has a good menu including vegan options. It is uncertain whether Khunpen survived the lockdown.

Italian


Casa Italiana Pizza serves pizza and other Italian favourites. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CASA-Italiana-Pizza/141704655938163

French

Bamboo Bistrot
Bamboo Bistrot is one of your best options if you want a steak French style. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bamboobistrot.kohphangan/

Mexican

Ando Loco
Ando Loco is Koh Phangan’s first Mexican restaurant. It’s an impressive set up with quality food and drinks. Website: https://www.andoloco.com/

Japanese


The Zen Restaurant has sushi, seafood and Thai food.

BANTAI

Bars

My Friend's Bar
My Friend’s Bar has pool tables and a relaxed atmosphere minus sex workers.
Hard Road Cafe
Hard Road Cafe now Leo Hostel is a cheap backpackers hostel with obligatory bar.

Fast Food

The Food Factory
Food Factory is a popular fast food spot that shows live sports. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoodFactorySportsDiner/?rf=208563029155567

Seafood

Fish at Thips
Fish at Thips has great fish and chips as well as more upmarket seafood. Uncertain if they will re-open.
Fisherman's Restaurant
Fisherman’s Restaurant does good seafood. It is closed briefly to prepare for reopening after the pandemic has subsided.

Italian

Fabio's
Fabio’s is a high quality Italian restaurant with great reviews.

HAAD RIN

Bars

Club 9
Club 9. Dance club. Uncertain whether it is still running.
Same Same
Same Same is a hostel with a lively bar geared towards backpackers going to the Full Moon Party.
Outback Bar
Outback Bar is a relaxed bar in a hostel.
Paddy's Irish Bar
Paddy’s Irish Bar has draught Guinness and shows live sports on TV.

Sky Bar at the Amaresa Resort has cold beers, cocktails and stunning sea views.
Kangaroo Bar

Fast Food

Chicken Corner
Chicken Corner is a small restaurant that serves Western standards such as French fries and fried chicken that has good reviews.

Cafes


Nira’s Home Bakery is part of the ‘Nira’ empire that has built its success on high quality food and service.

Italian Food

Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa has an extensive Italian menu and a website! https://www.monnalisathailand.com/
Nics Lounge Bar & Restaurant
Nic’s Lounge Bar & Restaurant has Western food and DJ music on offer.

International

Moon House
Moon House is a beach bar that does Thai food.
Lazy House
Lazy House is a budget hostel that serves budget food.
Lucky Crab
Lucky Crab is a Thai seafood restaurant with terrible reviews.

Indian Food

Om Ganesh Indian Restaurant
Om Ganesh Indian Restaurant is Koh Phangan’s oldest running and best Indian restaurant.

Mexican

Bamboozle
Bamboozle serves Mexican standards. Perhaps check out Tripadvisor before choosing this dining option.

Mediterranean


Paprika Mediterranean Restaurant has Israeli and other Med dishes. Also a drinking spot.

Restaurants in North of Koh Phangan

MAE HAAD

Cafes

Om Bakery
Om Bakery

Thai Restaurants


Island View Cabana
Wang Sai Resort Restaurant
Wang Sai Restaurant

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CHALOKLUM

Bars

Omega Bar
Omega Bar
Cafe Del Mar
Cafe Del Mar

Cafes

North Coast Bakery
North Coast Bakery
World's End Cafe and Bar
The World’s End Cafe and Bar

Seafood

Hai Thong Seafood
Hai Thong
Nong Nook Seafood
Nong Nook Seafood
Seaside Restaurant
Seaside Restaurant
Naang M Seafood
Naang M Seafood
Aun Jai Seafood
Aun Jai Seafood

International Food

Holy Grill
Holy Grill
Panee's Corner
Panee’s Corner

Italian

Cucina Italiana
Cucina Italiana

BOTTLE BEACH

Bars

Little Maybe Bar
Little Maybe Bar

Thai Food


Bottle Beach 1 Resort

Haad Khuat Resort

Smile Bungalows

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Best Fast Food

Located on the Bantai Road, about 1 km from the centre of Thong Sala, the Food Factory is Koh Phangan’s best known and most popular fast food outlet. Koh Phangan doesn’t have a McDonald’s or KFC. The Food Factory, opened in 2009, is the closest you can get on the island.

The Food Factory is an efficient and modern business from the team behind Milky Bay, Lime N Soda, Outlaw bar and the excellent Bangers and Mash, which the is bar/music venue next door.

The Food Factory serves burgers and pizzas. They also have a bar with a wide range of drinks, including extra cold Singha beer on tap for 100 Thai Baht for an English pint glass (568 ml). The fun doesn’t stop there. They have large flat screen TVs showing sports like soccer and Aussie rules football. They make a point of putting on drinks promotions for major sporting events such as Wimbledon. This is a good place to come with friends to watch the big match. It is also a good place for a late night snack as the Food Factory is open 24 hours a day. The service is ably provided by young women in smart uniforms.

Below is a sample of what is on their menu, with prices in Thai Baht:

100% Australian Beefburgers

Beef Burger – 110 THB
Cheese Burger – 120 THB
Peri Peri Chicken Burger – 130 THB
Bacon Blue Cheese Burger – 195 THB
Regular Fries – 65 THB
Combo Deal (Burger, Fries & Coke) – 155 THB

Pizza Menu

Margherita – 170 THB
Hawaiian – 220 THB
Siciliana – 230 THB
Calzone – 220 THB
Regina – 220 THB
Salami – 220 THB
Diablo – 230 THB
Al Tonno – 220 THB
Garlic Bread – 120 THB
Pizza Caprese – 200 THB
Greek Salad – 180 THB

Best Fish Restaurants

Islands should have good seafood and Koh Phangan is no exception. You can buy it from the fish market in Thong Sala, or from the fishermen in Chaloklum, and cook it yourself. Perhaps on a home made BBQ – two concrete bricks, a bag of charcoal, and a grill bought for under 100 THB in Thong Sala will do the trick. Expect to pay around 160 THB a kilo for prawns in the market (the bigger they are the more they cost) and around 100 THB a kilo for whole fish. Squid and small shell fish are also widely available.

For the less adventurous, and those wanting simply to relax on holiday, there are excellent seafood restaurants on Koh Phangan. We recommend that you head to Bantai or Chaloklum’s Seafood village in the North of the Island.

Bantai

There are several good fish restaurants on Bantai beach. Bantai beach is located on the stretch of road from Thong Sala to Haad Rin before the turning to go up to Thong Nai Pan. The best two are Fisherman’s Restaurant and Fish at Thips.

Fisherman’s Restaurant is on the beach near the Bantai pier, about 3 km from Thong Sala. Run by local Chef Lek and his Austrian wife, many visitors rate this restaurant as the best on the island. The restaurant is well presented and the service is good. Some of the tables are set inside beach longtail boats. Longtail boats are the emblematic traditional boat of Southern Thailand still in use today. The most popular dishes are the mixed seafood platter, yellow curry crab (an authentic Southern Thai recipe) and fillet of barracuda. Bear in mind that price wise this a mid-range restaurant with fillet of barracuda, salad, rice and sauce priced at 300 THB. They serve wine and have an inventive range of cocktails. We recommend that you try the popular fisherman’s mojito.

Slightly further down the road is Fish at Thips. This is a more recent addition to the Island’s culinary scene. It’s similar in style to Fisherman’s restaurant, although the menu is different. Some people will prefer it to its long established neighbour. Our recommended dish is fish & chips.

Seafood Village in Chaloklum

Chaloklum is Koh Phangan’s main fishing port. This is the place to come and buy locally caught seafood. The bay at Chaloklum has an abundance of squid. To get there it’s a 20 to 30 minute drive north from the main town of Thong Sala depending on which route you take. A trip to Chaloklum can easily be combined with a trip to Koh Ma for snorkelling and a tour of the Chinese temple.

The main road in Chaloklum has been re-branded ‘Seafood Village’. It’s like a mini version of the sea front area in Hua Hin, with a cluster of seafood restaurants built on stilts over the beach. This is laid back destination and the restaurants are cheap. There are four dedicated seafood restaurants to choose from: Nong Nok, Aunjai Seafood, Seaside Restaurant, Hai-Thong Seafood. We recommend that you take a stroll along the road checking out the menus before deciding where to eat. All the restaurants sell tasty locally caught seafood so you can’t really go wrong.

Restaurants in East of Koh Phangan

THONG NAI PAN NOI

Bars

Beach Club Bar
Rasta Baby

Cafes

Oleang Cafe
Pan Cafe

Thai Food

Somtam Restaurant
Star Hut Restaurant
Thong Tapan Resort Restaurant
Mango
Issan Restaurant
Again & Again
Baan Muay Thai
Jip Shop

International Food

Beach Love Restaurant
Better Than Sex
Luna Lounge
Chantara Restaurant at Santhiya Resort
Stone Beach Restaurant at Panviman Resort
The Beach Club Restaurant at Buri Rasa Resort
Bistro at Rasananda Resort

Again and Again
Baan Muay Thai
Beach Club Bar
Better than Sex
Jip Shop
Chantara Restaurant
Rasananda Bistro
Issan Restaurant
Luna Lounge
Beach Love Restaurant
Mango Restaurant
Oleang Cafe
Pan Cafe
Rasta Baby
Somtam Restaurant
Thong Tapan Restaurant
Stone Beaach Restaurant

THONG NAI PAN YAI

Bars

Nu Bar
Yai Bar
Indian Bar & Indian House

Cafes

Su’s Cafe and Bakery

Thai Food

Baan Panburi Resort Restaurant
Central Cottage Resort Restaurant
Longtail Resort Restaurant

International Food

Wisit Burgers

Indian Food

Ash Restaurant at Havana Resort

Ash
Longtail Resort Restaurant
Baan Panburi Restaurant
Central Cottage
Su Cafe and Bakery
Yai Bar
Wisit Burgers

THAN SADET

Thai Food

Mai Pen Rai Bungalows
Seaview Than Sadet Restaurant
Plaa Than Sadet

Mai Pan Rai
Seaview Restaurant
Plaa Than Sadet

HAAD TIEN

Bars

Guy’s Bar
Thai Food
Spice
Vegetarian
The Sanctuary Resort

Guy’s Bar
Spice
The Sanctuary

 

HAAD YUAN

Thai Food

Bamboo Hut
Haad Yuan Restaurant

International Food

Palms Restaurant at the Pariya Resort

Haad Yuan Restaurant
Palms Restaurant
Bamboo Hut

Best Sunday Roast


If you have yearning for English food, perhaps a proper ‘Sunday Roast’ in particular, we suggest you head to The Mason’s Arms which is about half of kilometre outside of Thong Sala on the way to Hin Kong. It’s next door to the Diamond Muay Thai Gym.

Opened in 2008 by an English/Thai couple. Shawn, the proprietor, based the design of the building, and its interiors, on his favourite pub back in England. Hats off to them! this is a damn good attempt to recreate England in Koh Phangan and this is the place to go if you are longing for a bit of ‘Blightly’. Fortunately they haven’t recreated the dismal UK weather. It’s really popular with the island’s ex-pat community and it’s a good place to meet people if you are staying long term.

Shawn and his wife had previously run the highly successful Vantana restaurant in Thong Sala selling a range of Thai and well-produced English food. They have taken this expertise and put it to good use in producing some good food in double quick time. They also have ‘proper’ beer on tap: Singha, SA Bitter, Guinness and others. All available to purchase by the pint. Singha comes at 100 Thai Baht a pint, and Guinness tops the price bracket at 200 Thai Baht a pint.

The Mason Arms is a smoke free air-conditioned environment. You can though sit in the pleasant beer garden. Not sure where they managed to find the English style tables and benches or the sun umbrellas, but they work a treat.

The menu is fairly extensive covering breakfast, Thai food, Italian dishes, American style food and a good range of English pub classics. For me though the star on the menu is the Sunday roast, which they conveniently serve 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. The roast chicken dinner in the photos cost 290 Thai Baht a plate. Beef and lamb are also available. Huge portions and very tasty.

Best Street Food

Pantip Food Market, in the centre of Thong Sala, has Koh Phangan’s best street food. The stalls start appearing from midday, but it doesn’t really get going until 4 pm. The best time to visit though is in the evening when it becomes a lively place to eat and drink. From a culinary perspective, no trip to Koh Phangan is complete without a visit to the Pantip Food Market. Beer and other drinks are on sale and there is seating outside, as well as inside the Pantip Food Centre adjacent to the market.

Here is our guide to some of the highlights of the market stalls.

Chicken and Rice Stall

Khao Man Gai (Hainanese Chicken and Rice) is a real Thai classic. They make it well here and it’s 40 THB a plate. Other options are Khao Kha Moo (stewed pork leg on rice), Khao Moo Grawp (crispy pork on rice) and Khao Moo Daeng (red pork on rice with sweet sticky red sauce) all at 50 THB a plate. If you are hungry you ask for ‘pee set’ (which means ‘special) and get a larger portion for an extra 10 THB.

Phangan Pizza

Not Thai food, but a tasty and cheap alternative if you are missing Western food. A slice of pizza costs 40 THB and a calzone costs 50THB. Several vegetarian and meat options are available.

Dimsum

Three dishes available covering a range of Thai fried food: Spring Rolls, Thai Money Bags, Pad Thai. Very tasty snacks to accompany a beer.

Curry and Rice

Another classic of Thai food – a pick and mix of authentic Thai curries and stir fries with rice. You pay for what you have. One curry with rice is 40 THB and two curries with rice is 50THB. This stall probably has the widest range of foods available in the market. You can expect to find familiar Thai classics like green curry and somtam (green papaya salad). For Thai food aficionados (and braver dinners) this a great place to sample authentic southern Thai food like the super spicy orange curry (Gaeng Som) with fish or gaeng sataw (thick curry paste with a broad bean like vegetable and minced pork). Not for the faint hearted, but a must if you want to say you have tried the local cuisine.

Traditional Thai Cakes

Most tourists stay well away from this stall. This is a huge error. Everything costs 10 THB a portion and they taste great, if unusual. The three things we recommend you try are: khanom chan (gelatine layer cake), khao tom mak (sticky rice with banana in a banana leaf), and tong yot (round egg custard). The bright colours don’t come from food additives but a variety of unusual food flavourings. The best of which is the pandamus leaf (a plant a bit like aloe vera) which has a subtle flavour that the Thais love and gives the desserts a vivid green colour.

Best Indian Food

Koh Phangan has several Indian restaurants. The best two are Ash at Havana Resort in Thong Nai Pan Yai and Om Ganesh in Haad Rin. Before you visit you should bear in mind that the style of cooking is more like you find in India, rather than Indian food in the UK or Europe. The curries tend not to be as spicy and a bit more salty than you might be used to back home. This said, the food is nice and a welcome alternative if you have been travelling in Thailand for an extended period.

Ash

This is a beach front restaurant on Thong Nai Pan Yai. It is part of the Havana Resort. The owner Raj is Indian in origin although born and bred in Thailand.

Ash is the best Indian restaurant on the island both in terms of food and location. Dining on the beach is a great experience and Ash has a choice of indoor and outdoor tables or reclining cushions on a raised platform, with a table in the middle, for a laid back dining experience. The service is polite and prompt and you have the feeling of being in luxury restaurant. Fortunately, luxury doesn’t mean expensive and price wise this a mid range option.

The menu covers a good range of Indian dishes. There are dishes like Samosa or Pakora, pictured above. Starters are priced around 100 THB a dish. The mains cover a range of vegetarian and non-veg dishes like Korma, Vindaloo and Madras. For most dishes you can choose between shrimp, fish, chicken and lamb. These curries are priced between 180 THB and 250 THB. The high points of the menu though are the excellent Indian breads like Nan and Paratha. The breads are priced at 60 THB to 100 THB – they really ‘make’ the meal.

Another good point of this restaurant is that it has several menus. As well as Indian food they serve good Thai food and a tasty BBQ menu. This is really handy if you are dining with someone who doesn’t want to eat Indian food.

Om Ganesh

This is a bone fide Haad Rin institution. They have been in Haad Rin since 1997. Back then Haad Rin was quite a different place: dirt roads and single storey buildings. You have to admire the entrepreneurial zeal of these Indian businessman. In the 1990s Haad Rin wasn’t known for international food and it was a long way off being the international destination that it has become during the last decade.

The restaurant is located on the main road from the ferry pier to Sunrise beach. Its about 200 metres from the ferry pier.

The range of dishes is pretty extensive featuring dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Vindaloo, Malai Kofta, Indian breads and Thalis. Expect to pay between 140 THB and 200 THB a dish.

A word of warning here: the restaurant can get very busy around the Full Moon Party. It takes a while to cook good Indian food and you may be in for a bit of a wait for your food to come when the restaurant gets very busy with party goers. If you want to sample their food at its best come in the evening at least a few days before or after the Full Moon Party.