Ko Pha Ngan 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 Pha Ngan as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don't know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Pha Ngan's different areas.
The sunrise side of Haad Rin gets wild during the Full Moon parties and is generally raucous after dark at any time, though there are some quieter spots to the north. Haad Rin's sunset side can be surprisingly tranquil as you move away from the pier -- especially in the tiny bays that extend westwards. Those looking for a cheap and easy room to stumble back to should poke around off the beach.
This long beach runs away from the pier back in the direction of Ban Kai and eventually Thong Sala. The further you get from the pier the better the resorts become and the cleaner the beach. Toward the west the bay is broken up into a series of smaller coves and secluded beaches — this has a remote feel without really being isolated from the rest of Ko Pha Ngan.
Suncliff is a really sweet resort that offers what is probably the best deal on Ko Pha Ngan’s Haad Rin for an air-con room, with pool, restaurant, WiFi and great views. Feel like you’re swimming in the ocean … Both fan (600 baht) and air-con bungalows (1,000 baht or 1,200 baht during Full Moon) are on offer, with the air-con rooms offering far better views of Haad Rin bay than the fans,... Read our full review of Suncliff Resort.
Charung bungalow is a family operation which has everything from shabby old backpacker huts to big seafront rooms with all mod cons. The basic huts, though cheap for this area, are shoddy and pretty ancient, a fine crash pad if you really don't care. For a bit more money the big comfortable hotel rooms are a good deal and really very large and well appointed. The beachfront ones are lovely, with... Read our full review of Charung Bungalow.
Sprawling Neptune's Villa was one of the places we stayed in on our very first trip to Ko Pha Ngan in the early 1990s and, well, it has changed quite a bit. Stretching from beachside to the road and then running back from the road, Neptune's offers a wide variety of rooms from simply furnished upstairs and downstairs rooms towards the beach and hotel style lodgings overlooking the pool on the far... Read our full review of Neptunes Villa.
Set between Suksabai Resort and the beach, low key Rin Bay View has a very new and quite smart hotel-style building along with some older rooms that line each side of the resort running down to the beachfront. The beachfront is giver over to a very compact swimming pool (more of an oversized splash pool really), which is a good thing as the beach here is pretty crappy and we'd be inclined to walk... Read our full review of Rin Bay View Bungalow and Restaurant.
We liked The Coast. We liked it a lot. Opened in late 2012, it's easily the most upmarket spot along this strip of the beach, but if you're looking for a modern finished resort with a horizon pool just designed for sunsets, a wet bar, a great restaurant, and outstanding staff, then this is the place -- and the rates, for the standard, are a steal. Running from the road down to the beach, the... Read our full review of The Coast.
Blue Marine is a classier operation than most in this area yet the prices aren't too bad and the fun and friendly atmosphere comes free. The large concrete bungalows line a grassy grove, some with decent sea views, and more are across the street from the restaurant. The beach is narrow, but the sand is soft and cleaner than that closer to the pier. The spacious rooms are well-equipped with... Read our full review of Blue Marine Resort.
Boom's Cafe and Bungalows is an isolated and quiet spot on a rocky stretch of beach to the west of Sunset Beach. Spacious and sturdy wooden bungalows sit just off the beach facing the sea and are great value. The larger air-con units are newer and provide more comfort, still for a reasonable price, making Boom's a great place to swing in a hammock and while away a tranquil afternoon. The whole... Read our full review of Boom's Cafe Bungalows.
Occupying a new block of appropriately peach coloured hotel rooms, and much older bungalows, Peach is a good affordable choice in Haad Rin's Sunset Beach area. Rooms are comfortable with air con as standard and some with TVs. The location is ideal, just close enough to the party but still with some peace and quiet. Though the blocks don't have any character they are adequate, modern lodgings and... Read our full review of Peach Guest House.
This used to be the fanciest spot on Sunset Beach but as the surrounding resorts have upgraded it is now looking a bit dated. The rooms in this large walled and gated complex are spacious, clean and very comfortable and the most affordable rooms are a row of small bungalows crammed into one side of the resort. When we were there we were told a low season price of 1,000 baht could be negotiated.... Read our full review of Pha Ngan Buri Resort and Spa.
Seaside is one of the best values spots around, with a great atmosphere and charming service. Small wooden huts with fan or air-con and some huge bungalows for three people are scattered around a large grassy grove. All rooms are well-built and very clean with large bathrooms, and they're easy on the bank account as well. The cosy little brick restaurant is shady and cool has a great selection of... Read our full review of Seaside.
Starlight's sturdy and well-kept bungalows line the garden in two rows running back from a pretty wide strip of sand. The simple and inexpensive fan rooms or more expensive air-con rooms suit most travellers' budgets, and either style is in fine shape and comfortable for the price. This is a quiet spot and the family running Starlight is very... Read our full review of Starlight Resort.
Sitting on a broader stretch of the beach makes Sun Beach much better for sunbathing than other nearby spots. The grounds are well-kept and the atmosphere very tranquil. This is a good place to escape the crowds of Haad Rin and just unwind. The bungalows take many forms from a mustard-coloured concrete duplex by the beach to maroon wooden duplexes set inland and small, slightly older cubicle-like... Read our full review of Sun Beach Bungalow.
The beach at Bird is wide, but the sand is rough, so bring a thick towel if you plan to lay out. The cheapest rooms here are cramped little wooden huts, and while they don't provide much room to move around, they are clean and sturdy with fresh bathrooms. Wooden air-con duplexes on the beach and a variety of larger concrete and wood and brick bungalows offer much more space and comfort but cost... Read our full review of Bird.
A bit of a backpacker factory, Coral Bungalow claims to be famous for a regular pool party they have, but going on the size of the pool and the photos of the number of people in it, we strongly suggest not drinking the water. Beachside on Haad Rin Nai, Coral offers densely packed upstairs downstairs style air-con and fan-cooled rooms, some of which have some ocean views, all wrapped up in a party... Read our full review of Coral Bungalows.
One of the archetypal Haad Rin party resorts, Friendly delivers what it promises. With a huge number of rooms at reasonable prices the resort's staff are friendly, and surprisingly accommodating, considering what they must have to endure. Accomodation includes a choice of packed in bungalows, and hotel block rooms. The quality is fine, perfectly clean, perfectly comfortable crash pads. The... Read our full review of Friendly Resort.
Harmony has a super relaxed island village feel. Basic bamboo fan huts are set along a jungle hillside and are a good choice for chilled-out backpackers, and a selection of large wooden duplexes at the base of the hill face the sea for some good views of Ko Samui. The larger rooms are great for groups of varying size and families. Everywhere the creative touch of the owners is clear, whether in... Read our full review of Harmony Beach Resort.
There are a stack of options in Haad Rin if you're not fussed about being on the beach. Prices are lower than beachside, though quality (and noise levels) can vary tremendously. Stay closer to the pier and Sunset Beach to avoid the worst noise and crowds.
Delight is a very popular midrange setup just across the street from Sunrise Beach. The rooms are more expensive than average backpacker fare, but they're comfortable and well-equipped and are mostly inhabited by a younger, slightly more affluent crowd. With the swimming pool thrown into the deal, this would be a fine family spot if not for the nearby club noise and debauchery. Air-con and hot... Read our full review of Delight Resort.
Same Same is one of the most popular backpacker guesthouses in Haad Rin and is always among the first to fill up around Full Moon time. The Scandinavian owners really know how to show guests a good time and the atmosphere is lively and friendly. Weekly live music, quiz nights, pool and a great selection of beers and international grub keep this place packed and happening. Upstairs rooms are... Read our full review of Same Same Lodge.
Baan Talay is a popular guesthouse for those on a lower budget because of its quality rooms and good central location. Staff are friendly and very helpful, and the rooms, available with fan or air-con, though no TV, are spacious and very well-kept. Opt for a second floor room where you'll have a private balcony rather than pedestrians forever wandering by your window. The upper floor also gets... Read our full review of Baan Talay Guest House.
This is a fancy midrange place away from the beaches towards the centre of Haad Rin. The rooms are located in two distinct areas an ugly, bright blue, five storey building called Sunrise Hotel, and a far more attractive, multi-level northern Lanna style structure set around the swimming pool — one which can tend towards murky and greenish at times — called Sunset Villas. The two... Read our full review of Drop In Club Resort and Spa.
Sea Breeze is a friendly family-run setup with some great values and a strange mix of accommodation. The older bungalows are well worn, and in a scruffy area, but are clean with great views and big big balconies. There are some well priced air con bungalows in this area too. Some are just off the road while others ramble along the hill to a cliff where the views of Ko Samui are spectacular. While... Read our full review of Sea Breeze.
Sea Garden sits just across the street from the clubs and nightlife on Sunrise Beach. Simple and affordable fan rooms or well-equipped air-con rooms with TV, DVD players and hot water are available, and the rooms, regardless of price, are spacious and clean. A block of cement rooms with Thai detailing house many air con and fan rooms with TVs, while some wooden fan bungalows in a row facing a... Read our full review of Sea Garden Resort.
Hillside is located a good distance inland near Drop In Club Resort in one of the quietest parts of Haad Rin. Their large concrete bungalows are scattered around a grassy, well-shaded hill. Rooms are spacious, well-kept and clean, providing good beds and basic lodging with a choice of fan or air-con, not too far from good dining and drinking options. A popular place for escaping the crowds with a... Read our full review of Hillside Bungalows.
The centre of all full moon party activity. Generally the places at the northern end of the beach are quieter, while the closer you get to Paradise Club, the louder it becomes. This is the centre of the action at night and the busiest beach by day. The better of Haad Rin's beaches, this is a fine spot to visit, but stay elsewhere if you plan to sleep through the night.
From the beach, Palita Lodge looks far more backpacker style than it really is, with some very smart rooms and a great swimming pool running back from the beach. The grounds are shady and cool, offering a respite from the heat and the low key backpackery restaurant lets you squelch your feet in the sand while you have breakfast. The vast majority of the rooms here are off the beach, running a... Read our full review of Palita Lodge.
For families looking for creature comforts on Haad Rin, but wanting direct beach access, the very long-running Phangan Bayshore Resort is difficult to beat. Fronting directly onto a great slice of Haad Rin Beach, the resort offers comfortable bungalows towards the rear of the resort's grounds and two multistorey hotel wings, running down both sides of the generous swimming pool, towards the... Read our full review of Pha Ngan Bay Shore Resort.
The original home of the Full Moon Party, Paradise sits at the far southern end of Sunrise Beach. Here the sea is rocky and extra shallow so the swimming is no good, but better conditions aren't far down the beach. This is an inexpensive place that puts you near the heart of the party scene regardless of the moon's fullness or lack thereof. It's noisy and rowdy every night, so stay far, far away... Read our full review of Paradise Resort.
If you're looking for flashpacker digs beachside and are comfortable with a more backpacker style of standards, look no further than Seaview Sunrise. Set at the far northern end of Haad Rin Beach, as far away from the party as you can be without climbing onto the rocks, Seaview offers very well priced absolute beachfront bungalows. Bungalows are spacious and easily sleep three (they come with a... Read our full review of Sea View Haadrin Resort.
Serenity Hill, atop Sunrise Beach's northern cliff, is more serene and relaxed than the bustling beach side resorts, but it also has a couple of happening bars nearby. The Mellow Mountain Bar and its own Freedom Bar attract crowds throughout the afternoon and evening with DJs at Freedom many nights. Lots of stairs lead to the wooden bungalows with stone bathrooms. These look worn outside but are... Read our full review of Serenity Bungalows.
Haad Rin Resort, in the centre of the party scene on Sunrise Beach, has a guest house building on the road and several rows of wood and concrete bungalows lining its sandy grounds between the road and the beach. The rooms are clean but very basic and somewhat battered from years of party abuse. That said they are one of the only affordable options left on Sunrise Beach, and the overall feel of... Read our full review of Haad Rin Resort.