Thong Sala

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Tong Sala (ท้องศาลา, "Tong saLaah") is the principal town and administrative centre of Ko Pha Ngan, an island in the Gulf of Thailand. While Haad Rin hosts the Full Moon Party and attracts many of the island's visitors, Thong Sala is mostly used by tourists as a ferry terminal and jumping off point.


The port area has three main piers, one of which is able to handle medium to large sized container and passenger craft while the others deal with the smaller passenger and dive boats that serve the islands of Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Samui, and Ko Tao, and the mainland ports at Surat Thani and Chumphon, the latter connecting with bus service to Bangkok.

All roads on the island lead to Thong Sala. Motorbike rental is available at many of the guesthouses in the town, which largely cater to those waiting for early boats or arriving on late ones. The town is also the best place on the island to find banking and currency services, pharmacies, and assistance from the authorities. Ko Pha Ngan's main post office is in Thong Sala.

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Coordinates: 9°42′39″N 99°59′13″E / 9.71083°N 99.98694°E / 9.71083; 99.98694