20 years on Koh Phangan, and still amazed of ThongNaiPan's beauty
For years the inaccessibility kept Thong Nai Pan a secret from the world. Even the Lonely Planet was coy about the beauty of the Thong Nai Pan area for several years. Thong Nai Pan is located in the north east of Koh Phangan. It is one of the most mountainous areas of the island and for years the road to Thong Nai Pan remained mostly unconcreted. When it rained the road became muddy and bogged down so all but 4 wheel drives were unable to tackle the road. During long dry periods the road became dusty and slippy. It was the bad road that kept all but the devotees of Thong Nai Pan away. Since 2008 major road works have greatly improved the road from Bantai to Thong Nai Pan. All the dangerous parts are paved, and now only a small stretch is unconcreted. Within a couple of years all of the Thong Nai Pan road will be concreted. Thong Nai Pan is a double bay surrounded by an ampitheatre of mountains. The mountains are tree covered. Other than the beach area and the hills near the beaches, the area remains undeveloped. It is a pristine natural environment. This is one of the main reasons why the area is so popular.
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