|Bars and Restaurants||Overview|
Thong Nai Pan Yai:
Thong Nai Pan Noi:
Eating and drinking is an important part of a beach holiday. Thong Nai Pan offers hotel dining, beachfront meals, BBQs as well as smaller 'local' places to try.
This guide hopes to point you in the right direction, to help you find the bars and restaurants that match what you are looking for, and at the price you can afford. However, prices change quickly and many of the bars and restaurants in Yai and Noi change ownership every year. We aim to keep on top of these changes, but there will often be an inevitable time lag between a place closing / opening and this website registering the fact. Our twitter feed is a good way to keep informed of changes.
Another caveat is the subjective nature of restaurant food: one person experiences an elegantly prepared dish with subtle tastes, another experiences a small portion of bland food on a large black plate.
We have separate pages for Yai and Noi along with maps to help you find the establishments mentioned. We also include a few of our recommendations in the right hand column. And finally, there is a nightclub page for those who are looking to stay up late.
|Thong Nai Pan Yai Restaurants|
There are more beachfront dining options in Thong Nai Pan Yai than on Thong Nai Pan Noi because the beach is longer and there are more resorts sharing the space. Of these, Pen's Bungalows, The Four Resort and Dreamland Resort all have the standard menu which includes Thai favorites such as pad thai , green curry and noodle soup. They also do Western standards such as sandwiches and burger and chips. Candlehut Resort also has a beachfront restaurant called 'The End Bar and Restaurant'.
In the village and on the roads leading down to the beach there are a few small Thai restaurants such as Pa Thong, Pan Tong Restaurant and Honey Restaurant. The prices for a few dishes are slightly cheaper, and some of the Thai dishes are served up in a more authentic fashion.
Thong Nai Pan Yai doesn't have a 5 star hotel (until Panviman spreads across the headland), and so doesn't have a 5 star dining experience. The closest to this is the Havana Resort Restaurant called 'Ash'. They offer Indian, Caribbean and Thai cuisine in a beachfront location.
Other eating options in Yai that stand out are Siam House, AKA Dolphin Bar and Cafe, (tapas, Mexican, home made bread, sweet treats), Su's Bakery (pizzas, Thai and German food), Game Bar (Western breakfast and baguettes) and Longtail Beach Resort ( Thai food).
|Thong Nai Pan Yai Bars|
There is a good selection of places to get a drink in Thong Nai Pan Yai both in the village and along the beach. A quick stroll down the beach and a glimpse at the A-frame boards will give you an idea about any happy hour offers on at the time. Baan Panburi nearly always has a happy hour promotion.
The nightlife scene in the Thong Nai Pan area has moved in the last couple of years from Noi to Yai. Places such as Game Bar and Flip Flop cater for the late night set.
|Price Sample for Yai Restaurants and Bars|
Baan Panburi: T-bone steak BBQ - 280 THB
Baan Panburi: massman curry - 180 THB
Baan Panburi Happy Hour: all cocktails - 110 THB
Pen's Bungalows: 12" bacon mushroom pizza - 320 THB
Pa Thong's: morning glory and crispy pork - 75 THB
Pen's Bungalows: cappuccino - 60 THB
Pen's Bungalows: small Heineken - 80 THB
The End Bar & Restaurant: Singha beer - 60 THB
The End Bar & Restaurant: Corona beer - 180 THB
The End Bar & Restaurant: Caesar Salad with chicken- 220 THB
Game Bar: cocktail - 180 THB
Ash at Havana: Indian curry - 180 THB to 250 THB
Siam House: lemon cheesecake - 130 THB
|Thong Nai Pan Noi Restaurants|
Thong Nai Pan Noi has 4 big hotels with various dining options. Panviman has Stone Beach Restaurant on the beach, Pan Sea Restaurant on the peninsula between the two beaches as well as pool side food during the day. Rasananda has Japanese food at Yukinoya, Thai and Western food at Bistro@the Beach as well as in-villa dining. Santhiya has Chantara Restaurant perched on the side of the hill. The resort also has beach front dining and the option of personalized beach front dining.
Just one step down in price is the Buri Rasa. It has a beachfront restaurant called the 'Beach Club' (yes, this is what Baan Panburi which used to be in the same spot called their restaurant). There is also a small separate thatched bar called' Beach Club Bar'.
The other beachfront eating options on Thong Nai Pan Noi beach are Phuwadee Resort and Tapan Noi.
The village in Thong Nai Pan Noi offers small restaurants with plenty of local character such as Country E-Saan, Baan Muay Thai and Again and Again. There are also more elegant options available with Better Than Sex and Luna Lounge.
|Thong Nai Pan Noi Bars|
The hotels have their bars: Panviman has the Cool Sands Pub with live music and karaoke; Rasananda has a lounge in the main building which offers expensive wine, champagne and cigars; and Santhiya has a beachfront bar that also serves poolside customers.
Thong Nai Pan Noi village used to be the place to go for a late night drink. The party nights have long gone.
Jip Shop shows Premier League Football and has a friendly atmosphere. Rasta Baby has an 'old skool' feel that is perhaps out-of-step with the new type of visitors to Thong Nai Pan Noi. More in step are Luna Lounge and Better Than Sex that offer wine, beer and cocktails in more 'stylish' settings.
The Noi village drinking scene includes Brats and Brews (part of the 'Village Square', formerly known as 'Don's Cafe') and Sand Bar (small bar that has a 100 Thai Baht cocktail menu). Brats and Brews is curious in that their unique selling point is that the bar offers Chang beer on draught and premium ice cream.
For drinking, Thong Nai Pan Noi village has a little bit of everything. You are bound to find a bar you like.
|Price Sample for Noi Restaurants and Bars|
Chantara: meal for 2 people - 2,000 THB
Phuwadee Resort: banana smoothie - 90 THB
Phuwadee Resort: black Russian - 140 THB
Phuwadee: Tord Man Pla (Thai fish cakes) - 150 THB
Baan Muay Thai: crispy pork with vegetable - 80 THB
Baan Muay Thai: penang curry - 70 THB
Jip Shop: spicy grilled beef salad - 120 THB
Jip Shop: small Chang beer - 60 THB
Star Huts: burger, fries & coke - 145 THB
Tapan Noi BBQ: fried red snapper - 250 THB
La Hacienda: Caesar salad with chicken - 160 THB
La Hacienda: shrimp tacos - 210 THB
Sand Bar: Singapore Sling - 100 THB
Saloon Steakhouse: sirloin steak with sides - 450 THB
Brats and Brews: 1 litre draught Chang - 365 THB