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 restaurant and the Flip Flop Bar, which is now on Thong Nai Pan Yai beach. The owners are keeping tight lipped about the name of the business and all other details for the moment. We will let you know when it is open.
Mystery Shop in Noi Town
Built where Handsome Sandwiches, H20 Scuba and Bamboo restaurant used to stand, it is still a mystery as to what this new shop currently under construction will finally be. Our best guess is a Family Mart as the size and colouring of the exterior looks like a branch of Family Mart. Handsome Sandwiches and H20 Scuba have both moved further down the same road. Bamboo restaurant has simply closed and the owner has moved on to set up somewhere else in Thailand.
Mama Mon Massage Shop
This massage shop only opened at the end of July 2015. It is next door to the ‘Mystery Shop’. It is another branch of the successful massage business located in the grounds of Baan Panburi Resort in Thong Nai Pan Yai. The business is run by the same family which currently manages Baan Panburi Resort and before that managed Star Huts on Thong Nai Pan Noi beach.
Cheap & Cheap shop and pharmacy
To the other side of the mystery shop, and on the road leading up to Tanaporn Massage, this pair of shops was opened by the same company which also has shops in Baan Tai and Thong Sala. They sell cheap beer (currently the cheapest in Thong Nai Pan Noi and cheaper than 7-Eleven in Thong Nai Pan Yai) as well as snacks and some basic essentials like soap and mosquito repellent. The pharmacy is well stocked and well-priced.
On the opposite side of the road to Cheap & Cheap, where the Jungle Bar used to be located, is Kim Pharmacy. They came after Cheap & Cheap and a great example of one strand of Thai business thinking that says if an existing business has customers then starting a business which is very similar very nearby is a guaranteed route to commercial success.
Right next door to Kim Pharmacy, and surprising not another Pharmacy but a clothes shop. They specialise in women’s beach fashion and this is probably the best place in Thong Nai Pan Noi or Yai to buy a new bikini or sports dress. We get a few older foreign men who visit Thong Nai Pan every year and walk around in dresses; no doubt they will be pleased to find this shop the next time they visit. Thailand is very accepting of all kinds of people as are we.