Situated in the South West of the Phangan Island, Thong Sala is the main gateway to the island. Many travellers will arrive at the port of Thong Sala or Had Rin (from Koh Samui). On arrival you will be welcomed by many Thais wanting you to stay at particular resorts. This is never a problem and can actually be very helpful if it during the full moon period when accommodation on the island becomes sparse.
Boats arrive on Thong Sala from Surat Thani and Donsak. Songserm Co. have two express boats per day, both stopping in Koh Samui, while Raja Ferries run the service to Donsak. For more information on Ferry times, other ports of arrival on Koh Pha-ngan and prices visit the getting there section.
Getting to and from Thong Sala from most areas of the island is fairly easy as it is the main port and connected to the North and South East by concrete roads. Up to the North is Chaloklum, which is a safe ride on any type of transport. The roads upto the West can be a bit tricky, especially in the wet, but shouldn’t be a problem for most people.
The road east to Had Rin still has a highest fatality rate on the island and should not be attempted by inexperienced moped riders, especially on the full moon night when the traffic increases substantially and it becomes even more dangerous. The 17km journey up to Thong Nai Pan, which is a favourite for those seeking some quiet time for relaxation, is not so easy even for the experienced dirt bike rider.
Location: Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Phangan District, Surat Thani 84280 Thailand