Best Live Music Venue in Koh Phangan


The Jam is Koh Phangan’s only dedicated live music venue. Its located on Hin Kong beach. To get there take the coastal road from Thong Sala towards See Thanu and Haad Yao. It’s about 2 km from Thong Sala.

The Jam started in 2008 as collection of European musicians living on the island getting together weekly to play on the beach. Over the years a bar was added and stage with a roof. However, the Jam has retained the feel of a place where people come to get together to hang out and play music. On a typical night it’s a 50/50 split between people who play music and people who are just there to hear it. There is no admission fee and the drinks are reasonably priced.

The venue itself is small. There is bar, a small decked seating area, a covered stage and some chairs and tables on the beach. Very informal surroundings to match the laid back atmosphere. The fun starts from 7 pm on Saturdays pretty much every week of the year. There is normally some musicians scheduled to play for the night. Guests, with the requisite musical talents, are welcome to ask to join in and are encouraged to bring their own instruments. How long you get to play will depend on how good you are. Probably a good idea not to take yourself too seriously and just have fun.

To find out about special events either check social media or stop by in the week and check the notice board. Sometime they run a Wednesday evening ‘open mike’ event which is quieter than the Saturday night session.

UPDATE: Their website has been dropped. They still use Facebook. The bar seems to have survived the coronavirus haitus. No doubt they are raring to get the music back. Another live music venue worth mentioning is The Omega Bar in Chaloklum.

Activities for West Koh Phangan

PARTIES

The Jam

The Jam

Location: Hin Kong
Opening Times: Saturdays 9 pm until late
Cost: Free

Running since 2008, The Jam is Koh Phangan’s most popular live music event. It happens every Friday, and some Wednesdays, throughout the year. The Jam is located on Hin Kong beach front about 10 minutes by car or motorbike from the main port town of Thong Sala. It kicks off at about 9 pm with different bands and acts each week. The Jam started out as a group of friends getting together and playing music on the beach, hence the name. Keeping true to its origins, there is an Open Mike element to the night so if you are a musician bring your instrument. Ask at the bar if you want to join in the music making fun.

HEALTH & FITNESS

Diamond Muay Thai

Location: Nai Wok (near Thong Sala)
Opening Times: 8 am & 4 pm Mon – Sat
Cost: 400 THB per session. 2,000 THB per week. 6,000 THB per week.

Diamond Muay Thai is a relative newcomer to the Island starting in 2011. The upside of this is that the equipment and facilities are in a good condition. This Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) camp is about 5 minutes West of Thong Sala right next door the Mason’s Arms, which is the Koh Phangan’s only authentic English pub. Its run by Head Instructor Mon, who spent most of his youth and adult life training and fighting in Bangkok. Diamond Muay Thai has very quickly established itself as one of the top Muay Thai gyms on the Island. Active fighters from Thailand and abroad have trained here. There is a boxing ring, free weights, covered training area, heavy kick bags, gloves, shin guards, boxing gloves and wraps for use by students.

UPDATE: Their website is currently offering ‘huge covid 2021 discounts’.

Agama Yoga

agama yoga

Location: Sri Thanu
Opening Times: 8am to 9pm Mon – Sat
Cost: Price on Application

They take their yoga seriously here, and its the top yoga centre on Koh Phangan affiliated to the wider Agama Group based in India and Mexico as well as Thailand. The teaching takes place in a purpose built in training hall. They teach a ‘First Level Intensive Course’ for beginners over a 4 week period. The first lesson is free. The aim of the course is teach beginners 20+ asanas in detail. Check the website (www.agamayoga.com) for start dates for the courses. They run throughout the year. For those who have completed the beginner’s course there are more intensive courses available. They can be contacted on +66 (0) 892 330 217. Some people have suggested this place has a ‘cult’ like feel to it. We don’t endorse that view.

UPDATE: In 2018 the swami at Agama Yoga fled Koh Phangan in disgrace as allegations appeared in international newspapers about rape and sexual abuse. The Shambala Hall was burnt down shortly afterwards. The agamajustice.com website publishes all the details. No doubt yoga will return, but the Agama brand is seriously tarnished.

Ananda Wellness Resort

Location: Hin Kong
Opening Times: 9 am to 6 pm
Cost: Detox 3.5 day – 7,500 THB

This is a ‘partner’ business to Agama Yoga. It has rooms to stay, a 150 m2 yoga hall, herbal sauna, salt water pool, and massage house/spa. The most popular activity here is the Detox programme. Fasting needs to be supervised and this is the point of the Detox programmes. For when the fasting finishes they have a restaurant called ‘Love Kitchen’ which serves fresh vegetarian and vegan food. Many people who come here choose to combine a stay at Ananda Wellness Resort with yoga at the nearby Agama Yoga for a complete ‘body and mind’ wellness experience.

UPDATE: They are taking advantage in the hiatus in customers to refurb parts of the resort.

Haad Yao Lounge & Fitness Centre

Haad Yao Lounge & Fitness Centre

Location: Haad Yao
Opening Times: 9 am – 6 pm
Cost: 275 THB per session

It’s the only gym in the village and it’s above a bar. What more do we need to say to sell the benefits of Haad Yao Lounge and Bar. We could tell you it has 17 different exercise machines, including rowing machines, elliptical trainers, ab machines, bench press, free weights and exercise bike. We could tell you about the great sea views from the gym. We could tell you about the excellent and friendly service. However, we don’t see the need to bother. This is the only gym in the area and if you want a workout its your only choice.

UPDATE: Google has marked this place as permanently closed.

ADVENTURE SPORTS

SL2K Adventure

SL2K Adventure

Location: Baan Manali Resort at Nai Wok
Opening Times: Ring +66 (0) 77 377 917
Cost: Equipment rental 500 THB per hour. Course 1,500 THB for 2 hours.

There are three activities on offer here: paddle board, wind surfing and beach kayaking. You can rent equipment or take a course. Its the same price for paddle board as for windsurfing. Renting a kayak costs 200 THB for two hours. They are based at Baan Manali Resort and you will find them on the beach front.

Phangan Wipeout/The Challenge

Location: Laem Son lake near Haad Yao
Opening Times: 10am – 6pm every day
Cost: 500 THB per person.

For anyone who hasn’t seen this on the TV: the concept is an obstacle course on water. Its a fun activity for the young, or young at heart, and a great fitness workout. The course has 6 obstacles: Rope Swing, Monkey Bars, Rolling Barrels, Stepping Stone, Iceberg (large inflatable climbing wall), and Dumbell. There is a small element of risk particularly in falling from the Iceberg, however, they provide life jackets and supervision. The idea is to get around the course as quickly as possible and there is a ‘leader board’ which may appeal to the competitive amongst you. We should mention the pleasant lake view restaurant and bar where you watch people flounder around the course. They have rebranded: it is now ‘The Challenge’.

CLASSES

C&M Study Centre

C&M Study Centre

Location: Sri Thanu
Opening Times: Classes run from 8am to 2pm
Cost: Single sessions from 350 THB. 3 day massage course 2,500 THB

There are all kinds of courses on offer here: Thai language, Thai cooking, Thai massage, Thai culture and traditions, and Thai handicrafts. Taking a course is a good way way to get to know Thailand better. Language courses cost 350 THB an hour. Learning how to do Thai massage over 3 days costs 2,500 THB. They will teach you how to cook a very wide range of Thai dishes. If you have a particular favourite dish they will teach you how to make it and you can impress your friends when you get home. Visit or ring +66 (0) 894 876 207 for course times and prices.

DIVING

Pirate Divers

Pirate Divers

Location: Haad Salad
Opening Times: 10 am to 7 pm
Cost: Discover Scuba 3,500 THB. Open Water 12,500 THB.

Pirate Divers is a small and friendly diving school. No actual pirates, but lots of fun. They run diving trips most days in high season either by converted fishing boat or by longtail boat to local diving sites.

France Plongee

France Plongee

Location: Haad Salad
Opening Times: Ring +66 (0) 77 349 323
Cost: Discover Scuba 4,000 THB. Open Water 12,500 THB.

French diving school aimed at French speakers. This is a very professional operation with branches all over Thailand. We say ‘Oui!’ to diving with France Plongee.

SPA/MASSAGE

Pure Relax

Pure Relax

Location: Nai Wok
Opening Times: 10 am to 10 pm
Cost: 60 minute Thai Massage 300 THB. Bikini Line Wax 600 THB.

Well managed small spa in an air-conditioned building. They offer a range of massages and beauty treatments. The ‘Coconut Nourishing Package’ at 2,800 THB is very popular. The massages and treatments come with spa like extras like robes, sandals, steam showers and complimentary teas. For bookings telephone +66 (0) 816 211 170.

Papaya Massage

Papaya Massage

Location: Sri Thanu (near Agama Yoga)
Opening Times: 9 am to 7 pm
Cost: 60 minute Thai Massage 300 THB

This is a small but well regarded massage house offering traditional massage. Its near Agama Yoga. To book call +66 (0) 778 7483.

Chantima Massage & Holistic Massage Training Centre

Chantima Massage & Holistic Massage Training Centre

Location: Hin Kong
Opening Times: 9 am to 7 pm
Cost: 60 minute Thai Massage 300 THB. 60 Aromatherapy Oil Massage 600 THB

This massage house is a cut above the rest in terms of both services and facilities. It’s very nicely decorated in traditional Thai style and comfortably furnished. They offer a wide range of treatment from Thai massage, waxing, wraps, reflexology to more exotic treatments such as the Dead Sea Mud Mask (1,200 THB) and Himalayan Crystal Rock Scrub (800 THB). They also teach Thai massage here; a 5 day basic course is 8,000 THB a person. Courses are taught by the experienced Chantima Gongnawk. For bookings telephone +66 (0) 851 175 270.

BEACH TRIPS

Haad Yao

Haad Yao

This is the best beach on the West Coast and it’s the only one which is really good for swimming. Haad Yao means ‘long beach’ in Thai and it stretches for 1 km. Many people describe this as the ‘perfect’ beach on account of its powder white sand and palm trees running the length of the beach. If you are staying in Bantai or Thong Sala, Haad Yao makes a great day trip. You can swim, and snorkel (there is reef about about 400 metres out), and you eat and drink. Haad Yao has a wealth of good bars and restaurants right on the beach front. We recommend Chok Dee, Haad Yao Villa, Happy Elephant and Seaboard Bungalows. If you venture a bit back from the beach Absolute Island, Crave Restaurant & Lounge, and Haad Yao Lounge are excellent places to eat and drink.