Thong Sala - the port and the largest village in Phangan

Tong Sala is a large urban-type settlement.(someone just calls it a city), which serves as an administrative center and the main port on Phangan. The once simple fishing village is now a fairly large stretch of island with a high population density, with two full-fledged, concrete piers, and urban infrastructure.

In addition to all this, Tong Sala has its own piece of the coastline, which can be very conditionally called a beach. It is unlikely that you will desire to bathe on it, and for what reason.

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Beach description

Although Thong Sala is justa small town in the south of the resort island, the coast along it is generally not suitable in terms of beach holidays. Both Tong Saly piers provide quite dense passenger traffic, from ferries to fishing longtails, so the sea, and the beach itself around the piers, can hardly be called clean.

The right edge of Thong Sala Beach rests on a widethe channel of the river, and the left smoothly passes into the beach of Ao Bang Charu, which also belongs to the city beaches of Thong Sala. The entire surface of the coast near the piers is reinforced with concrete and, in fact, is a single embankment under which there is sand and garbage.

Sunset, depth and waves

For objective reasons, I did not measurethe depth of the sea and the purity of the bottom with my own feet, but I also did not see people swimming there. Feel free to consider Thong Sala as a technical beach where you can sit with a bag of food or make a fire for romance at sunset.

The waves here happen regularly because the sea near Tong Sala is quite deep, although the fairways are still dug up to the piers so that the ferries do not hook the keel to the bottom.

Sun beds and shade

Sun beds on Tong Sal no, with a shadow of thingsalso not important. There are several large trees, under which you can hide from the sun during the daytime. Well, a couple of bacon on the beach are great for a temporary break or a snack. Sala (emphasis on "a") - this is the Thai gazebo under the roof and with benches, you will often meet them all over Thailand.

So to say, the local cultural and architectural feature, which is very relevant for tropical countries, with their capricious weather, when either the sun is frying or sudden torrential rains occur.

Beach photo

Pier Thong Sala

View of Thong Sala Pier from the left edge of the beach

View of Thong Sala Pier from the left edge of the beach

The catamaran of the company Lomprayya - the fastest public transport by sea

The catamaran of the company Lomprayya - the fastest public transport by sea

Ao Bang Charu

View to the left from the center of Bang Charu

View to the left from the center of Bang Charu

View towards the piers

View towards the piers

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Thong Sala - the most complete onPhangan Amended to the island, of course. In Tong Sala, there are offices of public services, a lot of shops and supermarkets, markets, cafe-restaurants, rentals, banks and ATMs, hotels and guesthouses. And the most popular meeting point with friends is the foodcourt. Pantip Marketwhere you can eat inexpensively.

In general, it is easier to say in two words - in TongSala is everything. Even a public gym is built on the waterfront, where you can work out for free on the simulators with your weight - this is, by the way, a trend in the resort towns of Thailand. But for you to understand, Phangan still does not reach Samui, which, in turn, also never Phuket and Bangkok.

Also, I have not met anyone seriouslydiscussed Tong Sala as an option for long-term residence in Phangan. Tong Sala is the local capital, the noise, the epicenter of commerce and the transport hub in one person, with a ugly beach and a couple of sights: landing ship "Phangan", a monument to King Rama V and the already dilapidated model of the island in a circular area. People come here to hang out, buy or dive to the ferry, but certainly not for a beach holiday.

Oddly enough, there are sidewalks in Tong Sala.

Oddly enough, there are sidewalks in Tong Sala.

Even marked parking spaces along the road.

Even marked parking spaces along the road.

A lot of shops, in almost every building they sell something or offer a service.

A lot of shops, in almost every building they sell something or offer a service.

Russian community of Phangan noted

Russian community of Phangan noted

Exercise open to all on the beach

Open to all trainer on the shore

Houses and hotels on the beach

With all that said, in Tong Sala sufficientthe number of housing economy class, and how else could be in the town, through which thousands of tourists pass through the day. There are no expensive hotels or resorts here, neither near the sea, nor in the second, nor in the third line, for obvious reasons.

And choosing a place to sleep among guesthouses and first-line hostels, I would first of all pay attention to these:

  • For you guesthouse
  • Bigboss Hostel
  • Taya’s place

Thus, if the task is to save, orfor example, living in the center of a “civilization” (or spending the night before sailing to the mainland or Samui), then consider Thong Sala. As an option, you can live on the outskirts, for example, I lived somehow here in this hotel.

Hotels in Thong Sala>

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How to find the beach

You can find Thong Sala Beach with your eyes. But seriously, with a probability of 50% you will get to Phangan through the Thong Saly pier, which means you will see it completely, passing along the pier from the ferry to the shore. The exception will be the far edge of the town, which is called Ao Bang Charu, by the way it was he who got into my lens. In fact, there was nothing to shoot near the piers, except for the piers.

The entrance to Ao Bang Charu and parking is quite civil

The entrance to Ao Bang Charu and parking is quite civil

But the appearance of Ao Bang Charu does not cause desire to undress

But the appearance of Ao Bang Charu does not cause desire to undress

Beach map

Map of the beach and city of Thong Sala

Map of the beach and city of Thong Sala:

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