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Thong Nai Pan
Thong Nai Pan is an area in the north east of the tropical island of Koh Phangan. It is easily reached either by a taxi from the main port town on the island (Tongsala) or by boat. The taxi journey usually takes about 40 minutes and costs between 250 THB (shared taxi) and 800 THB (private taxi).
The island of Koh Phangan is 55 kms from the mainland of Thailand. It is located in the tsunami free waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Phangan is Thailand's third biggest island. It has an area of 168 square kms and a population of about 12,000 people.
Koh Phangan has learned from the mistakes of its sister island, Koh Samui. Laws to protect the environment and restrict tall buildings have been put in place to prevent the degradation of the natural beauty of the island and maintain the pristine quality of the beaches. These policies have clearly been effective - during the monsoon in 2007 Samui suffered serious flooding, whereas its neighbour, Koh Phangan with its wealth of virgin forest didn't suffer the same fate. Furthermore, Koh Phangan has managed to resist being over-run with prostitutes and sordid bars.
Although Haad Rin is overwhelmed once a month with hedonistic youths seeking to enjoy the all night Full Moon Party, the rest of the island remains tranquil and uneffected.
Of the 20 or so beaches on Koh Phangan, the two beaches of Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai stand out. They are set in a stunning double bay surrounded by forested mountains. The water is clear and calm and ideal for swimming. The beaches have soft white sand and are palm fringed. The area has a secluded feel to it - as if it is a tiny paradise community that the world forgot.
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