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 Dewshore Resort is located in Ban Tai on the South coast of Koh Phangan. Ban Tai is a small but thirivng fishing village. Many local restaurants line the roads and pier front offering the freshest seafood on the island. The village has a variety of small shops as well as 24 hour convenience stores, ATMS and pharmacies.

Sights include Wat Khao Tam temple which is situated on top of a hill and offers splendid views. Ban Tai is also home to the biggest Yang tree in Southern Thailand. Thais adorn the tree with colourful ribbons in honour of its spirit. For those seeking nightlife a short trip up the jungle road will bring you to the Half Moon, Black Moon, Jungle and Shiva Moon parties.

This central location makes Dewshore Resort the perfect place to venture out from. Please read our handy tips below for help as to how to reach us, what to do when you are here and how to get about.

 Getting Around Koh Phangan

taxiCar Taxi – These run day and night along the main road just a minute's walk out of resort. They will take you along the main roads (Thongsala-Ban Tai-Haad Rin, Thongsala-Mae Haad/Chaloklum) and act like busses, stopping to pick people up on the way.
If you wish to hire one for the day or travel away from the main roads then we can help arrange this for you. In all cases always agree the price before setting off.
Rent a car - Prices start from 800 Baht a day for a small jeep, ideal for exploring the island in your own time if you are not confident on a motorbike.
Rent a bicycle – from 50 Baht per day available from shops in Ban Tai and Thongsala.


 Rent a motorbike – from us, prices start at 150motorbike Baht per day.


Motorbike Taxi – these can be caught from Thongsala town to anywhere you wish to go. Agree your price before you set off.



 Travel time by car

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Ban Tai – Thongsala 5 minutes
This main town has plenty of shops, banks, restaurants, cafes and a nightly food market. There is also a weekly Saturday walking street market from 4pm onwards near to the pier. This is a lively market with entertainment and stalls selling everything from food to clothing and jewellery, souvenirs and art work, all from local people.
Ban Tai – Haad Rin (Full Moon Party) 15 minutes
Spend the day shopping, swimming and sunbathing then party the night away
Ban Tai - Haad Yao 20 minutes
Spectacular photo opportunities from the hilly coast road and stunning beaches and snorkelling spots
Ban Tai – Mae Haad 25 minutes
Walk across the sand bar to the deserted island of Koh Ma or learn to scuba dive
Ban Tai – Chaloklum 15 minutes
Visit and ride the elephants or take a long tail boat trip to bottle beach and around the North East coast
Ban Tai - Thansadet and Thong Nai Pan 45 minutes
Journey through the jungle to the more remote bays on the East coast and visit the sacred Thansadet waterfall
Times shown above are estimates
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Getting to Koh Phangan


At present Koh Phangan does not have an airport. The closest airport is Koh Samui Airport (USM) and boat transfer times start from only 30 minutes. However, it is cheaper to fly into either Nakhon Si Thammarat or Suratthani government airports, then transfer to Donsak pier and onto a boat crossing. This total transfer time is at least 2 hours 30 minutes but often more depending on which boat company you book through.

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Boat arriving on Koh Phangan

If travelling by land then train or bus are both good options.

Sleeper trains run from Bangkok and Hat Yai to Suratthani. Book your bed, either upper bunk or lower berth (more spacious), and save on a night’s accommodation.

Many different bus and boat joint tickets are available for travel down from Bangkok and is the cheapest way to reach Koh Phangan. Be prepared to spend at least 7 hours of the journey on the bus, levels of luxury range from the government bus to various VIP buses including the Lomprayah high speed Catamaran and bus service. Joint tickets available from any travel agent in Bangkok (popular on Kao San Road) direct to Koh Phangan.

For further information you can visit www.backpackersthailand.com