Indy Island Store: A bang for your 50 Baht
This cozy little store in the main town of Thong Sala sells all their products for 50 baht. It sounds too good to be true but their products are of good quality including many Thai handicrafts which cost much more in other stores. They also sell Fullmoon toys and even handmade bags for only 50 baht. Not everything in the store was 50 baht though such as the floating lanterns and tshirts but oh well. Got a great deal anyways. The people running the place also spoke good english and helped give me tips on where to go and what to see on the island.
What to buy: Wood ashtrays, light toys, fullmoon car sign, tshirt
What to pay: 50-100 baht per item
- Family Travel
- Luxury Travel
Thong -sala markets and main street: Markets of Thong-sala
It's not about 1 shop but in all the markets and shops along the main street you can find just about anything you want from cloths to shoes to souveniers to electronics etc.
Once off the boat in Thong-Sala you will probably see ice cream sellers on moterbikes (see photo under) and other food merchants and then as you leave the jetty you will pass under a big welcome sign that leads into Thong-sala's main street and shopping area. (see photo underneath)
In the main street you will mostly see moterbikes or 4 wheel drive vehicles around Thong-Sala as the roads in Koh Phangan can be very bad in places.
If you stay near Thong-sala you wont get too bored because there are lots of market stalls and shops and supermarkets which is good when it rains and there is nothing else to do.
Haad Rin has plenty of shops too but they are generally more expensive.
What to buy: Everything is cheaper here than in Koh Samui so you should buy whatever you think you can carry back on the ferry.
What to pay: It depends on how well you can barter.
- Food and Dining
- Arts and Culture
- Road Trip
There are many tatoo parlor in Koh Phangan. This one is a cute, artsy little corner located at Had Yao village.
The parlor also double up as a gift shops selling antique and Thai crafts.
Even if you not getting any tatoo, just walk into the shop and ask for permission to watch the tatooing process.
The art of tatoo is really beautiful but I m not sure if I can stand the pain. Until then, I m happy just to be a casual observer :)
Local shops: Firework Shoppping
What to buy: Where I live (California) most of the cities do not allow Fireworks because of the fire danger, etc. So when we see fireworks, of course we get excited and HAVE to buy them.
You can buy a huge firework for about $10. The Thai people in this part saw my husband walking with one and said "oh, you got big boom tonight?!"
If you have a hankering to see some pretty fireworks light up the sky, this is a great place to do so!