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Published December 16th 2012
A place to while away the day and night
Srithanu is a beautiful and quiet beach on the island of Phangan in the South of Thailand. Koh Phangan is probably most famous for its Full Moon Party where every month the island becomes infested with party-types who daub themselves in day-glo paint and dance around to psy-trance while drinking buckets full of local liquor.
This party takes place in Haad Rin on the South East corner of the island but on the West coast there is an entirely different vibe. Yoga and healthy eating are the order of the day in this area and it is amusing to see the Full Mooners turn up and be surprised that people are staying here for months as full time yogis.
Srithanu is one hub for this because of the locality to the Agama Yoga school so the village has a lot of restaurants which cater for the community of brown rice eating raw foodies who want to eat a sattvic diet in order to purify their nadis.
Perhaps as a result, the beach here is rather quiet with limited development and the majority of bungalows on offer are basic and cheap. The beach itself gets a great view of the sunset every day with the sky turning to glorious purples and pinks as dusk sets in and the great fiery globe sinks down to the horizon. The water here can be a little shallow but that makes it ideal for paddling around and floating to cool off from the heat of the sun.
It took me a while to discover the new kid on the block this year on the beach though. The Shangri La restaurant and bungalows has some particularly Porn Star style accommodation which was unfortunately a little out of my budget but the restaurant is bedecked out in similar style and offers incredible food at very competitive prices.
In comparison to the other restaurants on the beach it is streets ahead with huge comfy hammocks to lounge in, cushions to recline upon and friendly service which makes it very easy to spend all day chilling.
The food is something else as well, our gang admittedly ended up in a routine of ordering the same dishes but this was because they were so good. The Chicken burger was simply one of the best I have ever had, juicy and with an incredible dressing and salad it was one of those dishes that are hard to get past when you go to order. Similarly the Rice Soup was savoury, hearty and perfect for those nights when the monsoon rains were whipping the plastic coverings.The cheese omlettes were dripping with butter and deliciously moreish and the full breakfasts were massive and had real baked beans (a novelty).
The drinks were also a bit special, from the sweet cold fresh coconuts to the shakes, chocolate peanut butter being an almost orgasmic favourite.
We were so comfortable hanging out here it was the site of several art projects where we painted, wrote and were generally creative inbetween cooing over Shoo Shoo the little mohawked Thai child who would run around and charm us all.