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Top Choice Italian in Ko Pha-Ngan

Cucina Italiana

If it weren't for the sand between your toes and the long-tail boats whizzing by, you might think you had been transported to the Italian countryside. The friendly Italian chef is passionate about his food, and crea…
Top Choice Seafood in Ko Pha-Ngan

Fisherman's Restaurant

Sit in a long-tail boat looking out over the sunset and a rocky pier. Lit up at night it's one of the island's nicest settings and the food, from the addictive yellow curry crab to the massive seafood platter to sha…
Top Choice Italian in Ko Pha-Ngan

Fabio's

An intimate, authentic and truly delicious Italian place with golden walls, cream linens and bamboo furniture. There are only seven tables, so reserve in advance. House-made delicacies like seafood risotto, pizzas a…
Buddhist Temple in Ko Pha-Ngan

Guanyin Temple

Signposted as the 'Goddess of Mercy Shrine Joss House', this fascinating Chinese temple is dedicated to the bodhisattva Guanyin, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. The temple's Chinese name (普岳山) on the entrance gate re…
British in Ko Pha-Ngan

Mason’s Arms

Surreally emerging from the swaying palms, this Tudor-style black-and-white affair, is seemingly plucked straight from Stratford-upon-Avon and deposited in the steamy jungle. It's one blood pudding away from being a…
Landmark in Ko Pha-Ngan

Ko Pha-Ngan's tallest Yang Na Yai Tree

Near Wat Pho, Ko Pha-Ngan's tallest Yang Na Yai (dipterocarpus alatus; ยางนา) is an astonishing sight as you veer round the bend for the diminutive Wat Nok temple, a small shrine tucked away in the greenery. These c…
Barbecue in Ko Pha-Ngan

Matt's Joint

With Marvel posters, tons of elbow room and choice positioning at the Chicken Corner intersection, this brash-looking US-styled newcomer is an obvious, if rather unsubtle, choice among very middling competition. The…
Bar in Ko Pha-Ngan

Outlaws Saloon

With its buffalo skulls, US flags, sounds from the King (Elvis, not the Thai monarch) and other American icons, this fun ranch-style saloon is quite a sight on a lively night. There's a meaty menu, excellent Sunday …
Bakery in Ko Pha-Ngan

Nira's

With outstanding service, a big and bright interconnected two room interior, scrummy baked goodies, tip-top coffee (and exotic rarities such as Marmite) and trendy furniture, Nira's is second to none in Thong Sala, …
Western in Ko Pha-Ngan

Bamboo Hut

Lounge on a Thai-style cushion or sit at a teak table that catches sea breezes and looks over infinite blue. There are plenty of options from vegetarian specialities and fresh juices for those coming off a fast or c…