Photo: Ko Chang's most popular strip of sand.

Ko Chang is so big, we've split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Chang as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don't know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Chang's different areas.

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Accommodation

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.


Cookies Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
7/2 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 whopping green-and-white concrete monster with plush but characterless rooms overlooking a long and lavish infinity pool. The pool seems to get even more attention than the beach, which is also... Read our full review of Cookies Hotel.

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Tantawan Bungalow
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
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 around a gravel parking area with a few palm trees and a fountain, air-con villas are tastefully done in traditional Thai style with classy wooden walls and high gabled roofs. Smack on the beach sits a few... Read our full review of Tantawan Bungalow.

Apple Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
8/4 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, violet and white bungalows are simple and worn but reasonably well kept, featuring little more than a fan, firm mattress with mosquito net, a few windows, decent front porch and basic bathroom. Hot... Read our full review of Apple Resort.

Arunee Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
7/7 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 mattress, mosquito net, fan, hot water bathroom, window and small front porch, often with a portrait of the Thai king above the doorway. The guy who showed us around was very friendly, and he offers an... Read our full review of Arunee Resort.

Island Lodge
Backpacker - Under 600B
8/17 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 sand from here. The whole place has a yellow and green theme, with rooms set on a sloping hillside. The cheapest cabin editions are basic concrete bungalows with nothing more than a bed (or two),... Read our full review of Island Lodge.

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.


Independent Bo
Backpacker - Under 600B
102/2 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, decorations eclectically drawn from all corners of the globe and a generous use of red and yellow make independent Bo a sight to behold. The guesthouse is anchored around a giant boulder that fronts a... Read our full review of Independent Bo.

White Sand Beach Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
1/1 Moo 3, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (086) 310 5553

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 arguably the single best location on the island -- a wide and remote stretch of fine sand with thin crowds and lush green hills rising up behind. Though it takes up at least as much space as KC Grande, the... Read our full review of White Sand Beach Resort.

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KC Grande Resort
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
1/1 Moo 4 Ban Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (039) 552 111

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 different resorts in one. The newer section has massive three-storey blocks containing plush rooms with dark wood furnishings, stylish art, large verandas and all of the extras you'd expect for the... Read our full review of KC Grande Resort.

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May La Mean Bungalow
Backpacker - Under 600B
102/1 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 best rooms are the purple and blue seaview numbers; both have hot water, hardwood floors and outstanding views from large porches. The cheaper rooms in a longhouse building out back have thin walls and... Read our full review of May La Mean Bungalow.

Rock Sand Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
102 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 sand (hence the name, we reckon). Rooms are set in a few connected buildings that make the most of what space they have -- especially when compared to the very spread out White Sand Resort next door.... Read our full review of Rock Sand Resort.

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Star Beach Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Haad 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 they have hardwood floors, firm beds on unusually high wood stilted platforms and mosquito nets. All come with hot water bathrooms and balconies, with the pricier ones set high above with fantastic... Read our full review of Star Beach Bungalows.

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.


Top Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
24/45 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (039) 551 364

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 island. The mid-size, midrange, German-run resort is set on the hill that overlooks the ocean -- so no direct beach access. It does however boast a small but inviting swimming pool to go with a... Read our full review of Top Resort.

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Banpu Koh Chang Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
9/11 Moo 4 White Sand Beach, Ko Chang
T: (039) 551 234-7

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 terrace restaurant. Set in front of a small two-storey block of rooms, concrete villas are painted brown, topped with low-hanging thatched roofs and packed tightly into a lush garden. Most rooms are... Read our full review of Banpu Koh Chang Hotel.

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Chang Cliff Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
16/14 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (039) 551 616-20

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 villas are perched on a steep hillside, with the lack of a sandy shore offset by excellent sea views, quietude and birdsong. Inside, the rooms are simple but spacious, cool and smartly designed with... Read our full review of Chang Cliff Resort.

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ChangBuri Resort and Spa
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
99/9 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang
T: (039) 551 242-4

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 might not feel like spending much time in the ocean thanks to the resort's smashing infinity pool, jacuzzi and plunge canal that snakes alongside the priciest villas. You'll also find relatively large... Read our full review of ChangBuri Resort and Spa.

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Sabai Beach Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
Moo 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 starting at a tiny office and ending almost on the sand. Fan rooms are simple but clean and relatively spacious, with hot water bathrooms, comfortable beds and one window each. The air-con editions bag... Read our full review of Sabai Beach Guesthouse.

Across the road from Haad Sai Khao

The other side of the road is home to a couple of White Sands' good cheapies as well as some expensive resorts towards the southern end. It's a good place to search if you're looking to save cash and don't mind not having the surf outside your front doorstep.





Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Haad Sai Khao? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.


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