Great restaurants in Thong Sala include mid-range venues, food stalls, and fast-food outlets. A good place to start any culinary adventure in Thong Sala is the daily food market on the main road in the centre. Colourful, full of atmosphere and friendly, the market is a real Koh Phangan cultural experience.

    Beachside dining is scarce in Thong Sala due to port facilities taking up most of the beachfront. But in nearby Baan Tai, many resort-owned restaurants are right on the sand. Thong Sala is easy to explore, so have fun discovering its variety of places to eat.


    Ando Loco Restaurant & Bar

    Mexican cuisine and evening games

    Ando Loco Restaurant & Bar is medium-sized, cleverly lit and serves Mexican dishes at affordable prices. The Mexican restaurant is a popular place with expats and gets very busy at night. It's known for its vegetarian menu and range of burritos, tortillas, chimichangas, salsas, and all things Mexican.

    You can enjoy a free pool table and a happy-go-lucky atmosphere at Ando Loco Restaurant & Bar. A strange, or loco, quirk is that if you dine with 4 people or more, a 10% service charge will be added to the bill.

    Location: 90/15, Talad Kao Road, Thong Sala, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Tuesday and Thursday–Saturday from 2 pm to 10.30 pm, Sunday from 2 pm to 11 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)85 791 7600


    A's Famous

    American favourites and homebaked goods

    A’s Famous is a popular American restaurant in Thong Sala, about 600 metres from the Thong Sala Pier. It specialises in homebaked goods, coffee and juices, as well as simple western breakfasts. Its upper floor houses the Buakao Inn Guesthouse, so you'll often see backpackers frequenting the restaurant. There's also free Wi-Fi throughout the simple setting.

    Location: 146 Moo 1, Soi Krungthai, Thong Sala, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)77 377 226



    Thai dishes and wines

    Beachlounge is a charming restaurant serving delicious Thai food, seafood and east-meets-west specialities. All the dishes are cooked with fresh ingredients. It also has one of the most impressive wine selections in Koh Phangan, as well as excellent cocktails. 

    Beachlounge occupies an old wooden house right on the beach of Thong Sala, around 1 km east of the Thongsala Pier. You can choose to sit on the front terrace under a thatched roof, or on a beach mat with a foldout triangle cushion to dine with your toes in the sand.

    Location: 89/1 Moo 1, Thong Sala, Koh phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from noon to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)86 870 4942


    Casa Italiana

    A compact diner serving great Italian choices

    Casa Italiana Pizza is small and modest-looking but still delivers excellent food in Koh Phangan. It has only 5 tables and a tiny intimate bar, so your food comes really fast. Expect classics like pizzas, pasta, and lasagnas, as well as fruit shakes on the menu. 

    Location: Moo 1, Taladkao Rd, Thong Sala, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)90 402 1171


    Food Factory

    Meals and snacks around the clock

    Food Factory is Koh Phangan’s only 24/7 dining outlet, strategically located near a string of bars in Baan Tai. It has large-screen TVs, bright lighting, and a roadside location. Food-wise, expect juicy burgers and classic pizzas.

    Food Factory often runs cut-price drinks promotions, such as buy-one-free-one beers on Thirsty Thursday. You can catch all major sports events while enjoying a drink or 2 at this friendly restaurant.

    Location: Moo 1, Thongsala-Baan Tai Road, Thong Sala, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +66 (0)87 904 3923


    The Masons Arms

    Pub grub and beers on tap

    The Masons Arms is a genuine English pub in Koh Phangan, about 2.5 km north of the Thong Sala Pier. It sports a complete pub menu with all-day breakfasts, roasts, sausages – everything, right down to the Branston pickle! You can also enjoy English beer on tap and Thatcher’s cider.

    The Masons Arms is spacious, air-conditioned with an upstairs terrace, a beer garden, and a free jukebox. A pool table and a darts board are available if you fancy a game.

    Location: 145/5 Thong Sala, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9.30am to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)62 456 0192


    Phantip Night Food Market

    A central dining and rendezvous spot

    The Phantip Night Food Market stands in the middle of Thong Sala, making it one of the most convenient places to eat in Koh Phangan. The market has dozens of stalls selling local delicacies, including grilled fish, meatballs, curries, vegetables, fruit, cakes and a whole lot more. 

    A jocular atmosphere pervades here, with vendors often offering free samples. There's a central dining area where you can comfortably enjoy full meals. A must-try is the northeastern speciality som tam (papaya salad) with grilled chicken.

    Location: Moo 1, Thong Sala, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from noon to 10 pm


    Vintage Burgers

    A burger joint near the pier

    Vintage Burgers Koh Phangan is is a spot to head to when you're hungry, just 550 metres from the Thong Sala Pier. Its juicy hamburgers, fresh off the sizzling grill, could almost convince the most hardcore vegetarian to change their ways. Under Portuguese management, this unpretentious yet well-thought-out venue has a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Location: Moo 1, Soi Krungthai, Thong Sala, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)99 347 1983

    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveller

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