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 tranquil bays that dot the East Coast are some of Ko Pha Ngan's best-kept secrets. Thong Nai Pan Noi is a favourite of luxury travellers, while nearby Thong Nai Pan Yai has a great selection of backpacker to midrange options. Haad Sadet and Haad Why Nam will do the trick for seclusion seekers. Haad Thian has some interesting options up on the hillside, and the long but isolated Haad Yuan offers a great mix of accommodation.
A long sweeping beach, a short boat-trip from Haad Rin with a fine spread of places to stay.
Bamboo Hut is a great place to stay for those who want to move slightly off the beach. A five-minute walk over a somewhat wonky (but safe enough) bamboo-made path at the northern end of Haad Yuan leads to built-in stairs on the big rock, which finally ends in the busy multi-tiered restaurant. The restaurant offers cushioned floor seating over two areas, a table and chair seating area and a... Read our full review of Bamboo Hut.
Barcelona Resort takes up a large portion of the south end of Haad Yuan beach, considered the quieter end. Three different types of around 30 fan-cooled, on-stilts bungalows stand in rows and are scattered up in to the hillside, all with varying views of the sea. Prices vary according to whether the bungalow has been renovated, the size, whether it has a shared bathroom and view. The balconies... Read our full review of Barcelona Resort.
With a prime beach location, Big Blue’s restaurant spills on to this unspoiled beach lined with two rows of plastic deck chairs. These are the only chairs this end of the beach and are open to anyone -- you can order and have the staff deliver to you without having to move. This is the place everyone hangs out. Good-sized fan bungalows are lined in rows behind, with the exception of some... Read our full review of Big Blue Bungalow and Restaurant.
Pariya is the only true resort on Haad Yuan bay. You can tell from the beach that this place is different from the rest. The beachfront entrance has bright oversized bean bags, low coffee tables and matching umbrellas. The rooms are large and octagonal with clean white painted walls and simple but minimal modern decor and inviting beds. The luxurious bathrooms have large shower heads, hot water... Read our full review of Pariya Haad Yuan.
Most of the places on Haad Thian are on the hillside behind the central coconut plantation. It's generally pretty quiet, though the Friday night parties keep most up all night.
Set back off the beach, inland to the north of the bay and yet still only a short walk to Haad Thian and Why Nam beach, Beam Bungalows gives a great feeling of jungle living. The mixed-size bungalows sprawl from a frangipani-lined path around and past the restaurant into the trees. They vary from small 400 baht versions up to more modern 1,000 baht stone bungalows, sleeping four and with a... Read our full review of Beam Bungalows.
The Sanctuary is a resort, spa and detox centre. The reception fronts the small beach with cushioned deck chairs and some over-friendly dogs, while the rooms are a winding maze heading up into the jungle and around through the gardens. Numerous types of bungalows, houses and a dorm are on offer, with price dependent on size, view and whether you opt for amenities such as a fan or air-con,... Read our full review of The Sanctuary.
Family Bungalows are often overlooked due to their tucked-away location. They are set down a path through the back of The Sanctuary with only a small faded sign announcing their existence. The reception is part of their shop, which offers the basics and is where the family hangs out watching television. No one seemed to speak English on our visit, but with some pointing and miming you can be... Read our full review of Family Bungalows.
Had Thian Resort offers the cheapest huts in the area. Lined up in the shade by the beach close to The Sanctuary are the original set of bungalows now rented for long termers only. A new row of huts though, built further into the grassy field, are open to passersby. These back onto Guy's Bar, which is known for its all-night Friday parties but has been closed since mid-2014, bringing peace back... Read our full review of Hat Thian Resort.
Scattered along the rocky cliff to the south of Haad Thian, Horizon is the most remote and tranquil Muay Thai training camp on the island -- tranquil that is, when you're not lifting weights or being kicked in the head. The small woven bamboo huts here are perched along the edge of the cliff offering some great views, but are very basic accommodation designed for crashing after a hard day of... Read our full review of Horizon Bungalow and Muay Thai Camp.
Why Nam? Why not! A classic beach hideaway home to a single good resort.
Why Nam is the only setup on this peaceful little cove, and is possibly the most tranquil spot on all of Ko Pha Ngan — an ideal cluster of simple bungalows along the southern side of the beautiful bay. Bungalow with a view. The sand is a little coarse and the sea floor rocky, but the swimming is great — even at low tide — and the tranquility makes Why Nam well worth checking out,... Read our full review of Why Nam Hut.
A small and rocky beach, Haad Thong Heng is more secluded and better shaded than Haad Sadet which lies over the small headland a hop, skip and a jump to the north.
A gleaming white-sand beach with a mix of accommodation. Very little shade to speak of, though plenty of good spots to stay.
With over 25 years in the trade, Mai Pen Rai Bungalows dominate the beach at Haad Sadet and with several rooms to choose from, this is the most popular choice on the beach. The rooms range from rather rustic, lumpy bed affairs through to larger beachfront rooms with modern stone-finished bathrooms, bamboo-posted four-poster beds with glass fronted doors and a great outlook over the beach. All... Read our full review of Mai Pen Rai Bungalows.
After a bit of a wicked climb, find yourself in complete tranquility when staying at Plaa's Than Sadet. The bungalows here come at three main price points with the cheapest being small simple huts that have really seen better days. You get a lot more though for an extra 200 baht though and if you can stretch to the mid price, you'll be glad you did. Bungalows are very well sized with plenty of... Read our full review of Plaa's Than Sadet.
A lovely sweeping beach with very good accommodation along its entire length. A classic Ko Pha Ngan destination.
Dolphin is the coolest spot with the most relaxing atmosphere on Thong Nai Pan Yai. The wooden island-style huts are nestled in a very dense garden of palms, flowers and other greenery. These fairly basic yet sturdy structures have wooden shutter windows and immaculately clean. While they provide little more than a bed, mosquito net and fan, they are comfortable for the price. Dolphin may be a... Read our full review of Dolphin.
The only dive resort on Thong Nai Pan Yai, this resort's Dreamland Diver is a fully-stocked professional dive shop offering training and recreational diving opportunities. The bungalows are good value with fan or air-con available, but they're somewhat close together, clustered around a green garden. The cheapest are concrete and less charming than the bigger, more attractive wooden bungalows and... Read our full review of Dreamland Resort.
One of the few actual hotels on Ko Pha Ngan, Havana provides the newest and highest quality accommodation on Thong Nai Pan Yai, and needless to say, the most expensive by far. In spite of the extra amenities provided, these prices are still very high for the location. While these are very comfy and well-equipped rooms, the whole hotel setup detracts from the island atmosphere one gets from... Read our full review of Havana Beach Resort.
Candle Hut sits at the far northern end of Thong Nai Pan Yai and provides a long row of beach front bungalows on a fine stretch of sand. While well-situated, the bungalows are a bit overpriced -- they're very weathered and faded, but inside they are quite comfortable. The good-sized bungalows are clean and carpeted -- incredibly rare in a beach bungalows -- and have large sea-facing glass windows... Read our full review of Candle Hut Resort.
A decent choice for budget travellers, Nice Beach's bungalows are affordable but certainly nothing special. Old, somewhat rundown wooden huts sit near the beach and spread inland in several rows interspersed with larger (and sturdier) concrete bungalows that are quite ugly but more comfortable inside. The wooden huts can smell a bit musty, but the rooms are generally clean. To their credit, the... Read our full review of Nice Beach Resort.
Pen's has a mixed bag of bungalow options to suit most budgets. The cheapest huts are weathered and really pretty crappy, while some newer Thai style huts with carved wooden features are in much better shape. A handful of bungalows sit on the beach, but most are packed together in a few lines behind them. The shabby old rooms are of a similar quality inside as out, but others are spacious and... Read our full review of Pen's Bungalows.
A good spot for backpackers, Pingjun has a number of cheap wooden huts on Thong Nai Pan Yai beach. The old wooden affairs are pretty well worn and definitely not high-quality lodging -- a few look like they might blow over in the next big storm -- but most are passable and in a good location. Pingjun is also one of the friendliest spots on the beach and is very laid-back. Their super-relaxed... Read our full review of Pingjun Resort.
At the far southern end of the Thong Nai Pan Yai, Pop doesn't have the best spot for swimming, but the sand here is fine for sunbathing, and there's not much foot traffic to deal with. Pop has some very cheap, old wooden bungalows with all the wear and tear one would expect for these prices. Pop is well-suited to penny pinchers, and Taw, the woman running the place, is very hospitable. A single... Read our full review of Pop Bungalows.
With a variety of bungalow options to choose from at fine prices, Starlight is a decent value, although the architecture is not particularly attractive, and the huts offer no views. This friendly family-run spot has rows of bungalows lining a grassy lawn not far from the beach, at the back of which sit the older, more decrepit bungalows -- the cheapest in the area. All are clean and spacious with... Read our full review of Starlight Resort.
Central Cottage has a variety of bungalows and a stone, motel-like building forming a couple of tight rows running back from the beach through the gardened grounds. The cheapest little huts are of a very simple, drafty, wooden variety and provide passable lodging for budget travellers. A selection of air-con rooms are more spacious and have much better beds. These rooms are good for families,... Read our full review of Central Cottage.
One of Ko Pha Ngan's best beaches. A stunning stretch of sand and turquoise water offshore -- simply lovely.
For big spenders only, Panviman Resort is one of the most luxurious -- and expensive -- places around. Those on any kind of budget, you're best to look elsewhere, but for upscale travellers, this place is among the most posh and luxurious on the island. The rooms, ranging from hotel style to personal cottages for families scattered along the palm-fringed hillside and super fancy suites, are all... Read our full review of Panviman Resort Koh Phangan.
Santhiya occupies its own private cove and a vast hillside on the northern end of Thong Nai Pan Noi. This is quite possibly the most luxurious -— certainly the most expensive -— place on Ko Pha Ngan. All rooms and villas here are well-equipped with all the comforts upscale travellers could want including air-con, TV and DVD, refrigerators and in-room safe to name but a few. The... Read our full review of Santhiya Resort and Spa.
Thong Nai Pan Beach Resort, AKA Raiwin Resort and Spa, is so classy they had to name it twice. In reality, the exotic new name is largely a pretext to charge a lot of money and compete with more luxurious upscale operations on this beach. To be fair, the peach-coloured concrete bungalows are quite spacious, well-equipped and immaculately clean. Nonetheless, this place is not as fancy as the name... Read our full review of Thong Nai Pan Beach/Raiwin Resort.