Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
All three of the beaches in this area are fine options for those looking for a reasonably quiet bungalow to stay close to, but not on, Haad Rin. Ao Thong Sala has mostly sleepy bungalow joints providing easy access to the main road. Busier Ao Baan Tai and Ao Baan Kai are closer to the nightlife and, depending on where you're situated, can be noisy after dark.
Ao Thong Sala
This underrated beach running along the southern coast is the first east of the main pier town, Thong Sala, and is often referred to as part of Baan Tai Bay further to the east. The swimming is good and in places the considerably well-shaded beach is lovely. The road off the beach is well travelled, so this is a very accessible area. The resorts are mostly sleepy, family-run affairs.
A winning spot100/7 Moo 1, Ao Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 721;
English-run Coco Garden is a friendly and relaxed spot with decent value. Basic wooden island huts sit near the beach and are well-kept and cozy, especially for the price, and very reasonably priced ... Read the full review of Coco Garden Bungalows.Under 600B 7 votes Backpacker
Backpacker favourite turned family spotAo Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 165; F: (077) 377 176
Once a backpacker hangout, Charm beach has recently become more family-oriented with enough warm hospitality to share around. A plethora of swings and other playground equipment set just off the ... Read the full review of Charm Beach Resort.
Mellow indeedAo Thongsala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 713;
Formerly Or-rawan Resort, Mellow Beach is an appropriate name for this chilled out backpacker spot. Very cheap, very basic rooms are available in a building toward the back of the property while ... Read the full review of Mellow Beach.
Diving hauntAo Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 247; F: (077) 377 566
Weangthai is a happening midrange setup with plenty to keep party people and more active travellers happy. With MTF PADI diver school (http://www.mtfdiving.com) offering certification and fun dives, ... Read the full review of Weangthai Resort.
For low-key long-termers and divers94/2 Moo 1, Ao Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 378;
Oceanus has a very peaceful vibe with just a handful of large wooden bungalows nestled in a dense green garden separated from the beach by a sandy coconut grove. These lovely huts, all with ... Read the full review of Oceanus.
Excellent beach positionAo Thongsala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 083;
This friendly family-run spot is one of the most laid-back and peaceful in this area. The atmosphere and good values make it popular among travellers of all stripes and attract repeat business. The ... Read the full review of Pha Ngan Villa Bungalow.
Great bungalows, no restaurantAo Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 093, (077) 377 758-9; F: (077) 377 093
Tropicana has a handful of large, comfortable bungalows lining a large open sand-lot just off the beach. While the concrete bungalows are quiet handsome with their Thai design and high pitched roofs, ... Read the full review of Tropicana.
No cowboys here just charming little huts44/148 Moo 1, Ao Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 070;
White West is a charming little place with a pleasant atmosphere. This setup is close enough to the pier that it's a fine choice for those catching an early boat, but it's also a relaxed beach front ... Read the full review of White West.
Close to Thong Sala31/10 Moo 1, Ao Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 959; F: (077) 238 959
The closest spot to the east of Thong Sala pier, Phrueksa has a slightly classier feel than other setups on this stretch of beach and the swimming pool is handy as the beach isn't great for swimming. ... Read the full review of Phrueksa Beach Resort.
Ao Baan Tai
Ao Baan Tai is the largest resort area on the island, next to Haad Rin. It's especially popular with the partiers who also like to enjoy the beach as it's less rowdy and more removed from the Full Moon Party. There are several different accommodation types to choose from with something for families as well as young groups of travellers. It's not the best honeymoon location due to the crowds. There are bungalows for every budget on this beach.
All needs catered for102 Moo 1, Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 566; F: (077) 377 726
Definitely the swankiest place on Ban Tai Beach, Milky Bay has plenty of offerings to keep its guests entertained and comfortable. The beachside pool is partially covered for an escape from the sun ... Read the full review of Milky Bay Resort.
Good peaceful spotAo Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 235;
Pink's bungalows are good-sized wooden structures that offer only basic lodging but are inexpensive and close to the beach. Available in doubles and triples, these bungalows are well-kept and ... Read the full review of Pink's Bungalows.
A flashpacker favourite.112/1 Moo 1, Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 809-10; F: (077) 238 369
Phangan Beach Resort has some very handsome wooden bungalows and concrete duplexes set among a lovely landscaped garden and palm grove. Even the most basic rooms are spacious and comfortable and the ... Read the full review of Phangan Beach Resort.
Home of the Black Moon PartyAo Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 443;
The new home of the Black Moon Party, Mac Bay Resort is frequented by a predominantly younger crowd, but party people of all ages stay here, and it's a fine family spot when the party's not on. This ... Read the full review of Mac Bay Resort.600B to 1,500B 3 votes Flashpacker
Cheap basic huts64/6 Moo 2, Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 432;
Triangle has a mixed bag of bungalow options scattered around a well-shaded sandy grove. The beach is not great here, little more than a narrow strip of sand during lower tides, and a retaining wall ... Read the full review of Triangle Resort.
Very quiet and cosyAo Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 494;
Hansa is one of the most peaceful midrange resorts around. Nothing but palm groves lie on either side of the resort, so there are no crowds on the beach, which is wider and sandier than most parts of ... Read the full review of Hansa Resort.
Nice new poolAo Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 128; F: (077) 377 195
A friendly family-run resort toward the centre of Ban Tai beach, this is a good midrange choice with some good cheapie huts as well. The oldest huts are the basic fan units, which are relatively ... Read the full review of Dew Shore Bungalows.
Bang for your buck112 Moo 1, Ao Baan Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 338;
Don't be deceived by the multiple names out front - Field Paradise is located between Phangan Beach Resort and Two Rock Resort. The hotel has much more rustic bungalows than its comparable ... Read the full review of Field Paradise.
Pre-party playgroundAo Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 225;
Aptly named, this is the first resort on the west side of Ban Tai. It's a classier place than most in this area and is popular among adult travellers and families who want to relax away from the ... Read the full review of First Villa.
Friendly and very laid-backAo Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 544;
Two Rocks is one of the most laid-back setups on Ban Tai beach. The wooden bungalows here are positioned around a sandy palm grove just off the beach. Only one bungalow actually sits on the beach, ... Read the full review of Two Rocks Bungalows.
Overpriced but comfyAo Baan Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 624;
Rung Arun is a tranquil midrange setup. A handful of large concrete bungalows here sit on the beach along a sandy coconut grove, but most sit off the beach around a garden and pool. The sandy grove ... Read the full review of Rung Arun Resort.
The most laid back spot on Ban TaiAo Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (084) 6295 233;
The most laid-back and quiet spot on Ban Tai beach and the cheapest, Lifestyle is a cool backpacker spot with a neo-island-hippy vibe. Very basic huts are available with private or shared bathrooms ... Read the full review of Lifestyle Bungalow.
Pastel lunacy145/11 Moo 1, Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 659; F: (077) 238 697
A two-storey lavender hotel-style by the pool on the beach was never going to fit in with the surrounds and Great Bay 2 doesn't even try. Pastel lunacy aside, its rooms are quite comfortable and most ... Read the full review of Great Bay Resort 2.
Closely packed145/10 Moo 1, Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 937;
Power Beach Resort is definitely popular and has a great pool just a coconut's throw away from the beach. The bungalows are good enough, ranging from basic island-style huts to round concrete ... Read the full review of Power Beach Resort.
Ao Ban Kai
A small creek separates Ban Kai from Ban Tai, breaking the beach between Mac Bay and My Phangan resorts. The beach is clean and very good in spots, though near the creek there is a fair amount of refuse. The area boasts some good spots to stay, and some of the best bargains on Ko Pha Ngan. On the downside though, evenings can be a bit more raucous than the beaches further to the west.
Great beach viewsAo Ban Kai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 432;
Separated from the beach by a narrow grassy grove, Coach is a fine deal. The rooms here are basic wooden island-style huts, the smaller and cheaper of which sit nearest the beach and the larger ones ... Read the full review of Coach Bungalows.
Top choiceAo Ban Kai, Thong Sala
T: (077) 377 756-7;
Morning Star is the classiest and most comfortable choice on Ban Kai -- a fine choice for midrange travellers and families. The spacious and handsomely designed wooden bungalows, some duplexes and ... Read the full review of Morning Star Resort.
Old-school hangoutAo Ban Kai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (081) 632 5439;
One of the originals in this area, Green Peace is popular among penny pinching backpackers. It's a very peaceful and laid-back place with very cheap bungalows along a small rocky beach. The ... Read the full review of Green Peace Bungalows.
Anyone for tortillas?29/3 Ban Kai Beach, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 489;
A friendly family runs Blue Lotus and has one of the best and most diverse restaurants around, certainly in Ban Kai. Set just off the beach, they serve cheap Thai food but specialise in Mexican food ... Read the full review of Blue Lotus Resort.
Comfortable good value17/5-6 Moo 4, Ao Ban Kai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 302; F: (077) 377 301
My Phangan has well-priced and comfortable huts on one of the best and widest stretches of Ban Kai beach. The attractive island huts here spread from the beach around a scrubby coconut grove whose ... Read the full review of My Phangan Resort.
An excellent traveller hideawayAo Ban Kai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 150;
Lee Garden is a very chilled spot in a quiet location on a decent stretch of beach. The large wooden bungalows here are very sturdy and well-kept. These bungalows are privately spaced around a shaded ... Read the full review of Lee Garden.
Good value getting betterAo Ban Kai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (081) 891 9573;
Copa Cabana have a handful of large stone and concrete bungalows, and they are building more to augment their collection of cramped little shabby beach huts. The old units are very worn inside and ... Read the full review of Copa Cabana.
A mixed bagBan Kai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 236;
Pha Ngan Rainbow's bungalows vary widely in comfort and quality. A few old and very shabby little hovels without bathrooms line the narrow unshaded beach here. Larger wooden huts are also available, ... Read the full review of Phangan Rainbow Bungalows.
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