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Butterflies at Sunrise Villa

There are plenty of butterflies to spot in the Thong Nai Pan area. As the garden at Sunrise Villa continues to mature and new flowers to start blooming there has been an increase in the number and variety of butterflies to be spotted. Particularly attractive to butterflies are the hedge rows that flank the steps leading up to Sunrise Villa.
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Hacienda Restaurant Review

Located on the main road in Thong Nai Pan Noi village, opposite Rasta Baby, Hacienda is North East Koh Phangan’s only Mexican restaurant. It’s very good and we thoroughly enjoy eating there. Hacienda has been run by a Thai/European couple for several years now. The restaurant is located on a site which changed hands numerous times over the past few
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6 New businesses in Thong Nai Pan Noi

New Bar and Restaurant on Noi Beach Located on the plot of land between Anantara Rasananda Resort and Phuwadee this new bar and restaurant is set for completion near the end of August 2015. Those of who visited Thong Nai Pan Noi around 2006 to 2009 will remember this plot of land as being the location of Bang Glang Aow
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Buri Rasa Thursday Night Fire Show

Thursday nights are fire show nights at Buri Rasa Village’s restaurant on the beach in Thong Nai Pan Noi on Koh Phangan Island. We went this last Thursday and ordered Caesar salad with prawns (320 THB) and grilled duck breast with curry sauce and sweet potato fritter (450 THB). This was accompanied with white and red wine by the glass
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Christmas Party at Buri Rasa Resort 2014

Christmas 2014 was a very successful festive holiday period for Buri Rasa Village, a 4 Star resort in Thong Nai Pan Noi on the Southern Thai Island of Koh Phangan. With near 100% occupancy rates, anyone wanting to join in the fun for 2015 needs to book early. The highlight of Christmas at Buri Rasa Village is the gala Christmas
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Environmentally Friendly Grey Water Recycling at Sunrise Villa

‘Grey water’ is the water that comes from showers and taps in a house. This is different to ‘black water’ which comes from toilets. Grey water isn’t 100% clean. It will contain detergents and particles of food, soil and other things and left for 24 hours, or less in a hot climate, it will go foul. However, it isn’t particularly
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Growing Bougainvillea from Cuttings

At Sunrise Villa in Thong Nai Pan Village, on the Thai Island of Koh Phangan, we love Bougainvillea plants. They grow as big as a house, love the sunshine, need little water (making them environmentally friendly) and are in flower all year round. Rather than buy Bougainvillea, we make our own from cuttings from the mature plants in the grounds
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Christmas in Thong Nai Pan

A favourite destination in Thailand to spend Christmas is Thong Nai Pan. The backpackers and those looking to party generally head for Thong Nai Pan Yai, and families and those wanting the best accommodation tend to choose Thong Nai Pan Noi. For those living in the West where the winters are long and bitter, and indeed those battling a Russian
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Not Just Chicken and Rice

One of the most common and popular dishes in Thailand is chicken and rice, otherwise known as ‘khao man gai’. It is a dish that is found in Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines and Malaysia. Each country has a slight variation on the dish. However, for the true chicken rice aficionados it has to be prepared by a Hainanese chef to
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The Difference between Thong Nai Pan Yai and Thong Nai Pan Noi

Thong Nai Pan is a spectacular double bay in the north east of Koh Phangan. It is shaped like a ‘w’ on its side. The southern part of the bay is taken up by Thong Nai Pan Yai beach, the headland in the middle is occupied by Panviman Hotel and the northern beach is called Thong Nai Pan Noi. ‘Yai’
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