Initial impressions are often the most important, and here at Koh Phangan they definitely verge on the kitsch. Looking like it has been transplanted straight from the islands of southern Thailand, the neon-lit bar emits a strange ultraviolet glow, highlighting the cushioned alcoves.
rnThe ubiquitous presence of Bob Marley and bad euro-pop in Koh Samui also re-emerges here. The only thing truly lacking is a ladyboy offering to love you ‘long time’. Despite all this, it does serve up healthy portions of cleansing Thai cuisine at a reasonable price.
rnThe clientele reminisce about their experiences in Bangkok or aspire to gain some – they sit on scruffy benches sipping inventive cocktails before wandering across the bridges that span the small pools of water to reach their table. The late licence at weekends ensures a buzzing atmosphere full of kindred bohemian spirits.