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 laid-back North Coast still offers a glimpse of what Pha Ngan was like decades ago. Chaloklum Bay is a favourite of families, particularly on the muddier western side, with better swimming and lots of budget options towards the east. This is where you catch the boat to isolated Bottle Beach. Earthy crunch types might opt for Haad Khom, where electricity is generally only available at night.
One of the most beautiful and quiet beaches on Ko Pha Ngan, with dramatic rocky hills behind a sweep of white sand. Bottle Beach is traditionally one of the most isolated and least developed beaches on the island, but is now seeing the resorts on its pristine sands upgrading to hotel blocks and big cement bungalows. However, there are still a couple of really chilled back pack options, and it is still an utterly serene place to relax.
Smile Bungalows provide great value for money, tucked in an alcove at the west end of Bottle beach and climbing their way up a hill. The quaint bungalows are made of wood, and interiors are roomy and clean, with a big bed raised on a platform in a style typical of higher-end resorts. A mosquito net hangs above. The mattress is a bit springy, but being able to look out the glass sliding doors,... Read our full review of Smile Bungalows.
Though the beachfront bungalow rooms are a bit dark and sparse, with only a bed, mosquito net, lamp, safe, and a small shelf containing essentials like bottled water, bathroom snobs will be impressed with Bottle Beach 1 Resort. The huge bathroom has polished concrete walls, marble floors, a big mirror, and little touches like take-away toiletries. The pool surrounded by rocks and trees has a bit... Read our full review of Bottle Beach 1 Resort.
Bottle Beach 2 has a beachfront restaurant that plays loud Latin tunes that attract the crowds. To the east of the restaurant lies a long row of bright turquoise and wooden bungalows with tin roofs. They are very simple inside, with just a bed to the right of the door, with a thin but not terrible mattress, and a poor-man's toilet, containing only a toilet bowl and bucket of water for flushing.... Read our full review of Bottle Beach 2.
Located in the middle of Bottle beach, Haad Kruad Resort has the most luxurious rooms you'll find along this stretch of sand, though they're certainly nowhere near five-star, and probably not even four. Still, they're clean, modern, and have luxurious touches, making them ideal for those who can spend a bit of money for the comfort. Huge floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors look out onto the... Read our full review of Haad Khuad Resort.
Haad Khom's range of guesthouses is good, with options for most budgets. Most sit uphill rather than right on the beach, but a few are on the sand, and none are too far removed. Electricity is only provided from around 18:00 till midnight at most of the resorts.
A very laid-back spot, Coconut Beach provides very comfortable accommodation at good prices as well as helpful, friendly service. The host here is quite the talker and will tell you everything you want to know and more about this area and its activities. Most of the bungalows sprawl up the hill overlooking the beach and are quite tightly packed, while just one sits at the edge of the sand. The... Read our full review of Coconut Beach Bungalows.
The bungalows at Coral Bay are not on or near the beach but rather sit along Haad Khom's western cliff providing some lovely sea views. A mixture of basic wooden bungalows interspersed with more fancy concrete and stone accommodations are very well spaced and priced . This is a quiet and peaceful spot, and one of the only resorts on Haad Khom with 24hr electricity, although the cheapest bungalows... Read our full review of Coral Bay Resort.
A particularly friendly and relaxing spot with a private feeling beach location, Haad Khom offers sturdy wooden bungalows suited to most travellers for low prices. The bungalows, spread along a hillside, are priced according to position, and there are some beachfront rooms, including some duplex-style double bungalows, which have a really lovely situation. The whole resort is a bit scruffy,... Read our full review of Hat Khom Bungalows.
Ocean View is located right on the beach, and can be hard to spot from the road as the entrance consists only of a footpath with no sign. Once you have found the resort the hunt is well worth it as the location is beautiful and totally private and peaceful. Lodging is inexpensive with a hodge-podge variety of rooms ranging from basic shanty bungalows, to cement modern bungalows with characters,... Read our full review of Ocean View Resort.
The beach out here is muddy at low tide and is very sheltered due to the offshore retaining wall that was built to protect some of the fishing boats. On the up-side, tree cover along the beach provides welcome shade. This is a very quiet area and the resorts tend towards being very spacious and a little classier than those to the east — it's particularly popular among families with young children.
Located at the far western end of the beach, this is the highest quality spot in Chaloklum. The rooms include a choice of luxurious deluxe suites with Disney-esque Thai styling, and slightly cheaper, but also deluxe concrete bungalows with huge covered balconies.There are also a new row of garden villas, which are luxury Thai style rooms on stilts with all mod cons but lack the view and... Read our full review of Chaloklum Bay Resort.
A very friendly family-run place on western Chaloklum beach, Wattana provides comfortable and inexpensive accommodations on a lovely stretch of beach — though the water here doesn't get very deep. Most rooms are on or near the beach, and all have a pleasant view of the sea from the well-shaded grounds. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a cluttered reception area at the back of the... Read our full review of Wattana Resort.
While boasting a beachfront location, Malibu sits partially on the beach, but most bungalows are actually behind a small lagoon that empties in to the sea. There is a big clean pool as an alternative to the sea and the beach here is really very good and private — especially when compared to elsewhere in Chaloklum. The stretch of sand features trees strung with hammocks and the laid-back... Read our full review of Malibu.
The further you go east, the better the beach gets with the best stretch in from of Fanta Resort. The bungalows vary significantly in quality, but there are plenty to choose from, and most are very reasonably priced and offer bungalows directly on the beach or very close to it. A good stretch of bungalows and bars right on this stretch provide some of Chaloklum's best dining option. This is also where you get the boat to Bottle Beach.
With all of its bungalows on the beach, North Beach is a good, inexpensive backpacker and beach-bum hang out. The bungalows have a charming island-style bamboo design outside and have fresh bathrooms within — certainly sufficient for cheap beachfront accommodation. They run in a row facing directly out to sea, overlooking a pretty garden. The laid-back beachfront restaurant is well-priced... Read our full review of North Beach Bungalows.
With several styles to choose from, Fantasea has bungalows to fit most budgets and also offers motorbike rentals and travel information. Most of the wooden bungalows, which they classify as beach shacks, are crowded together away from the beach, with no views and are mostly fairly shabby and old. There are a few tiny cement bungalows and some newer large triangular units which offer more privacy.... Read our full review of Fantasea Resort.
Incongruously located next door to the fish market, Mandalai purports to be Chaloklum's first five star hotel. Built in 2008 but already showing some wear and tear, the location brings with it a whiff of fish — perhaps adding authenticity as guests sunbathe around the smallish but pretty swimming pool. Rooms are well equipped with all mod-cons you would expect in a high end operation... Read our full review of Mandalai.
The large red brick units here don't give Rose Villa the most tropical feel, but they are just steps away from the beach. This place also has the most consistently higher-quality accommodation on Chaloklum's eastern beach. The rooms are reasonably priced, comfortable, clean and well-kept. Although they offer no views as the row of bungalows face sideways into a scruffy garden.The restaurant is... Read our full review of Rose Villa.