Being in Baan Tai and Koh Phangan

Some useful places around the Baan Tai area, where Khao Tham Center is.

Internet access

MEMO Internet Cafe
Internet – wifi zone – print – scan – copy – burn cd
Bt 40 per hour or Bt 1 per minute.
About 50 meters north of the petrol station/7-ll in Baan Tai, on the east (hill) side of the road.
Office hours: 9am to 9pm
+66 (0)7723 8934 memo_internet_travel@yahoo.com MemoTravelAgency
Koh Space – Baan Tai Main road, across from White Rabbit (where the road splits into one-way)
For a serious place to sit and work and chill with good internet and a/c. Bt 400 for a day pass.
Website: KohSpace.com
Location map: at KohSpace.com
Concise description and photos: CoWorker.com
Bubba’s Cafe – Baan Tai hill side of the main road, north of White Rabbit/road split.
Really nice place to hang out and eat good food, a little expensive. Has good wifi but seating not too comfortable for extended work.
Doppio’s – Thongsala “second main road”
Another really nice place to hang out and eat good food, a little expensive. Good wifi but seating not too comfortable for extended work.
Luna Cafe – Baan Tai ocean side of the main road, south of where the road split comes together again
Same – another really nice place to hang out and eat good food, a little expensive. Good wifi but seating not too comfortable for extended work.
There are other good eating/wifi places in Baan Tai, Thongsala, and Srithanu, but most are even less comfortable for sitting and working.
[24 jun 2018]

Mobile phone SIM

You can top up or buy a new SIM at any 7/11 or Family Mart. Sometimes a SIM or top-up may not be available. Services may be more available in Thongasala: at the Telewiz Shop (opposite Beck’s Bar), and the Friendly Shop in Phantip Market. Telewiz does not do DTAC, but Friendly Shop does.

The main SIM providers are DTAC and TrueMove, with AIS in the running. A very good summary/compare page is at SimTourist.com

There is a great website where you can compare coverage of the different providers – OpenSignal It doesn’t show that Khao Tham gets coverage, but actually we get pretty good coverage from DTAC and TrueMove.

Travel agents

Memo Travel Agency
Friendly and efficient
bus / boat / train / flight tickets
About 50 meters north of the petrol station/7-ll in Baan Tai, on the east (hill) side of the road.
Office hours: 9am to 9pm
+66 (0)7723 8934 booking@phanganferries.com memo_internet_travel@yahoo.com PhanganFerries.com MemoTravelAgency

Getting around

If you have a motorbike you are good to go 🙂 Drive safe and please “dress for the slide, not for the ride”.

There are “taxi” trucks (songthaews) going up and down the road quite often. Just give a wave and they will stop for you. It’s usually Bt 100 to Thongsala; Bt 150 return if you want them to drive you all the way up the hill.

They will take you to waterfall, other temples, and other places on the island as well.

In Thongsala there is a taxi stand at the entrance to the pier, to take you back to Khao Tham or onwards wherever you want to go.

Getting off the ferry you can go to the taxi stand on the left before the ferry building.

There is probably a taxi stand in Haad Rin — anybody know?

Khao Tham Center itself does not have transportation services available. Our truck can take you to town if it is already going. Also a personal trip can be arranged. However it does take gas (petrol) money to enable that truck to roll!

About the island

How is “Koh Phangan” pronounced?
Koh-Pa-Ngan. or maybe Goh-Pa-Ngyan. Westernised: Koh-Pang-Gan. But if you listen to the people who live there, it’s one of the first two.
In Thai letters: เกา ะพ ะงัน – that little hook-shaped letter is the “nga” sound.
Nice discussion at TripAdvisor
Meaning: koh = island; pha = meet or find; ngan = low tide sand bars (which surround most of the island).
More about Koh Phangan at Wikipedia
Is Koh Phangan made of crystal?
Some people do think so: Nice articles about it at Phanganist: article 1, article 2.
We are sharing this beautiful island with many Thais and other local people.
TBD – having a hard time finding information about the real people who live on the island and help us Westerners enjoy so much!
We are also sharing it with many wonderful animals, who have been living here since long before humans came.
Learn about some of the wild animals at Phanganist.
Learn about the sweet soi dogs of Koh Phangan (scroll down that page to see links to many more stories about them).
For the dogs who are not so sweet, know that in Thailand “training” a dog as we are used to in the West doesn’t really happen here. Dogs are often kept for guarding the house, and may see you walking by as a threat to guard against. Just carry a stick with you — you often don’t even have to shake it at them, they know what a stick is.

page revised: 13 August 2018

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