Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Away from the main road and its endless bars and trinket shops, hidden-away Northern Haad Sai Khao is a favourite of backpackers thanks to several dirt-cheap bungalow joints that ooze character. Mostly lined by bland but comfortable mid- to upper-range resorts, the beach's central area is a lot more crowded. Ascending the hill that overlooks the southern stretch of Haad Sai Khao, you'll find several quiet resorts that are fine choices for families.
Central Haad Sai Khao
The central to southern stretch of Haad Sai Khao is tightly packed with mostly midrange resorts. They're nothing to write home about but will get the job done if you want to be in the middle of the action. Compared to the laidback backpacker vibe further north, this area has more of a package holiday feel.
Elegant villa or brick bunker?8/6 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (039) 551 178;
The northernmost of a string of small resorts at the centre of White Sand beach, Tantawan offers two room types that each have some good and bad qualities. Set back from the beach and clustered ... Read the full review of Tantawan Bungalow.
Affordable beach resort7/2 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (039) 551 107;
There's nothing terribly inspiring about Cookies, but it delivers an all-round quality beach resort experience in a central location. More of a resort than hotel, the main building by the beach is a ... Read the full review of Cookies Hotel.
Cheap beachside bungalows8/4 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (039) 551 228-9;
Little Apple Resort is set on a lovely stretch of white sand beach as you head further towards the southern side of Sai Khao. Stacked close together a few steps from Apple's low-key beach restaurant, ... Read the full review of Apple Resort.600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
Budget digs on the inland road8/17 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (039) 619 037;
This long-running English-Thai owned guesthouse is set on a quiet side lane that runs inland from the main drag, between the north and south parts of the beach. It's less than a 10-minute walk to the ... Read the full review of Island Lodge.
Roadside cheapies7/7 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (085) 432 5132;
Set on the inland side of the main road as you enter Haad Sai Khao village from the north, Arunee has a tatty wooden longhouse building with cheap fan rooms. Rooms are small and simple, with only a ... Read the full review of Arunee Resort.
Northern Haad Sai Khao
For backpackers, Haad Sai Khao's saving grace is its super-laidback northern stretch where bare-bones bungalows can still be scored for under 500 baht in high season. The midrangers and high rollers are also well taken care of, but the budget gang still reign over much of Ko Chang's biggest stretch of sand. Note that most of the backpacker joints don't have WiFi.
An artsy institution102/2 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
If ever there were a competition to decide the bungalow operation with the most creative decor in Thailand, Independent Bo would be on the shortlist of winners. Murals on the side of every wall, ... Read the full review of Independent Bo.
Backpacker heavenHaad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (084) 345 1079;
Star Beach is another ultra-laidback spot with a reggae vibe and basic rooms perched on a steep hillside directly over the beach. Rooms are painted sky blue and yellow on the outside, while inside ... Read the full review of Star Beach Bungalows.
A loo with a view102/1 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (080) 052 4132;
Located a bit north of Chang Bar and Independent Bo, the unassuming May La Mean is a good cheapie for those who want to be close to the action but still enjoy some peace and quiet after dark. The ... Read the full review of May La Mean Bungalow.
Something for everyone102 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (084) 781 0550;
Set on what was formerly the last empty stretch of White Sand beach, Rock Sand boasts a popular restaurant and numerous room types stretching above an imposing stone and cement seawall that meets the ... Read the full review of Rock Sand Resort.
Impressive but pricey1/1 Moo 4 Ban Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (039) 552 111; F: (039) 551 394
Impossible to miss as you first enter Haad Sai Khao by road, KC should fit the bill if you're set on an all-out beach resort experience -- and have the dough to pay for it. The place feels like two ... Read the full review of KC Grande Resort.4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
Ko Chang's best stretch of sand1/1 Moo 3, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (086) 310 5553; F: (039) 555 053
While strolling from one side of this massive resort to the other, you can't help but feel that it's a little greedy of it to hog the entire brilliant northern end of White Sand beach. This is ... Read the full review of White Sand Beach Resort.
Southern Haad Sai Khao
At its southern point, White Sand beach gets rocky and thin before tapering into a hill. Some interesting places to stay are found at the far southern stretch of sand, and high up on the adjacent hill overlooking the sea.
The name doesn't lie24/45 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (039) 551 364; F: (039) 551 363
From the main road, Top's plain rectangular main building and faded sign with block letters lends the impression that this is a faded star, but in reality, it's one of the best family resorts on the ... Read the full review of Top Resort.
Beach access for budgeteersMoo 4 (next to Alina Resort), Haad Sai Kaew, Ko Chang
T: (080) 645 0921;
This nondescript little guesthouse enjoys a central location that fronts a wide stretch of southern White Sand beach -- but it doesn't charge the world for it. Rooms are set in a motel-style row ... Read the full review of Sabai Beach Guesthouse.
Peace, quiet and views16/14 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (039) 551 616-20; F: (039) 551 416
Set to the far end of the main drag heading towards Chai Chet, the quaint Cliff Resort boasts one of this area's most peaceful settings -- if you don't mind a 10-minute stroll to the beach. Detached ... Read the full review of Chang Cliff Resort.
A tropical vibe9/11 Moo 4 White Sand Beach, Ko Chang
T: (039) 551 234-7; F: (02) 588 4887
With a name that translates from Thai as Crab House (so stop your snickering kids), Banpu has frontage on both the beach and the main street, with a small but attractive beachside swimming pool and ... Read the full review of Banpu Koh Chang Hotel.
High-end digs with style and class99/9 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (039) 551 242-4; F: (039) 551 245
At the far southern end of Haad Sai Khao (the beach itself), the ChangBuri has a private beach raised above a seawall -- it's a little rocky closest to shore but smoothes out fast. Of course, you ... Read the full review of ChangBuri Resort and Spa.
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