In the North-east of the island, this beautiful curving bay is becoming popular with 'those in the know' as a wonderful spot to hang out for a few days, weeks, or even years. The beach is clean and the sea is great for swimming most of the year. There are some really lovely little restaraunts and a cool crowd of European and Thai's running resorts and bars on the beach.
Tong Nai Pan is currently home to two 5-star resorts (Santhiya & Panviman) and a third is under construction. The area still manages to retain its laid-back island ambience, and there are some rustic little beach huts clinging to the cliff (star huts at the far north end) that will only set you back a few hundred baht. One of the best places to eat, drink, and meet the locals, is the cryptically named Flip-Flop Pharmacy, which hosts some really great parties and also serves delicious Thai, Western and Burmese food. Set back from the beach, there is a tiny village with an ATM, pharmacy, general store and funky tribal jewelry and tattoo shop. Don't miss the 'Handsome Burger' stall for truly delicious grub and the self-publicist Mr. Handsome himself has become something of a ledgend. Also highly recommended in the village is Luna Lounge, a chic & friendly wine-bar with yummy menu and great tunes. Tong Ta Pan Resort has lovely wooden bungalows in manicured gardens overlooking the stunning bay.