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One of Thong Sala’s most prominent landmarks has to be the Navy Ship adjacent to the main Pier which rests easy in its own private dock which was specially created for it.
HTMS Phangan was given to the Thai Government by the United States in 1957, as a gesture of good relations.
She played an important role with the Thai Royal Navy during the Vietnam War and finally retired from official service on the 5th June 2008 and has been on Koh Phangan since 2011.
The ship houses the official Rama IX Memorial Museum which has been in action since 2014. The museum often shows photos which document the island among other things which you can visit.
It is often the attention and location of different ceremonies with its close location to the Rama IX memorial statue and sometimes the boat it lit up brightly especially for festivals such as Colormoon which celebrates the Ship amongst other local island aspects.
The Navy Ship is also a popular hang out spot for young locals, they gather in the evening to show off on their scooters, eat, drink and laugh whilst sitting around the boat, in the area and close to the pier.
To find the ship, although you cannot miss it upon arrival on the boat, just head to Thong Sala pier and continue to the roundabout where you will see it ahead of you.
Koh Phangan is an island in the Gulf of Thailand, Southeast Asia, it is the 2nd largest of three (Koh Samui and Koh Tao).
The island gained its fame from the world renowned Full Moon Party which is held once a month on Haad Rin Beach and attracts thousands of visitors. In recent years Koh Phangan has grown in reputation for being a paradise getaway for families and couples as well as young people thanks to the diversity of the island as a whole.
The West side boasts many yoga schools and spiritual retreats, the North is where you will find the divers and scattered throughout are watersports, jungle treks, viewpoints, waterfalls, restaurants and all you could hope for as a tourist or expat.
Big white bounty beaches and palms as far as the eyes can reach. Small cafés with both local and foreign food and drinks. Resorts, hotels and hostels available for the continuously coming tourists. Koh Phangan has everything for all tastes. Read more...
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