While Golden Buddha offers stylish (and expensive) beach houses, most of the accommodation on Ko Phra Thong comes in the form of basic wood or bamboo bungalows. In terms of bungalow quality there's not much to differentiate the cheaper resorts, but location and popularity does vary between them.
When first walking into the spread out grounds of Golden Buddha's 25 beach front houses, it felt more like a small beach community than a resort, and that's because in fact it is one. Golden Buddha is a unique environmentally conscious project started in 1995 that sells small plots of land to people from all over the globe, and facilitates the building of eco-friendly houses. The owners use the... Read our full review of Golden Buddha Beach Resort.
Lions Village (or Baan Lions) consists of rows of newer, modern homes solidly built on concrete stilts at Ko Phra Thong's northern tip. It replaced an old village known as Pak Chok, which was sadly washed away in the 2004 Tsunami. The new name comes from the fact that donations from Lions Club International Foundation made the construction of a new village possible. Many of the homes have either... Read our full review of Koh Phra Thong Lions Homestay.
Along with Golden Buddha, Mr. Chuoi's was one of the first places to open on Ko Phra Thong, and his rustic huts remain the most popular budget choice. Set a good distance from one another about 200 metres from the beach around an unmanicured sandy area, bamboo and wood bungalows are spartan with fully thatched roofs and walls, floor boards with enough space in between them to drop your keys down... Read our full review of Mr. Chuoi Bar & Hut.
The cottages at Phra Thong Bay are a marked step up from Mr. Chuoi's and slightly more comfortable than Seaview's, and given that they do have an actual sea view and are the only places to stay on perhaps the island's best beach, they might be your best bet if you can part with the extra baht. If approaching from the beach the bungalows are just out of sight, set back in a shady area behind... Read our full review of Phra Thong Bay Bungalow.
Located right next to Mr. Chuoi's, closer to the beach but still out of sight from it, this place is now officially called Phrathong Nature Resort although one sign at the resort's entrance reads Phrathong Resort and another near the beach points in the direction of Seaview Resort. Everyone we talked to on the island and back in Khuraburi knew it simply as Seaview, which was its original name.... Read our full review of Phrathong Nature Resort (Aka Phrathong Seaview Resort aka Phrathong Resort).