Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Ao Mae Haad
The western stretch of Mae Haad is stunning with great snorkelling offshore, while the eastern side is not so suitable for swimming and sees a good deal of small-scale fishing from longtail boats. The water is relatively shallow along the entire beach and is more accommodating at high tide, but the offshore reef is accessible by a smooth channel mid-beach.
Secluded, cozy spot106/11 Moo 7, Ao Mae Haad
T: (077) 37 4254;
Certainly one of the best deals on the beach, Mae Haad Cove has well-kept, comfortable rooms at a reasonable price even if the common areas are scruffy. A handful of spacious dark-stained wooden ... Read the full review of Mae Haad Cove.
Last basic backpacker havenMae Haad
T: (077) 37 4122;
A lagoon/sandy ditch sits between the beach and Mae Haad View and only a handful of their small huts — the cheapest in Mae Haad — provide a sea view through the trees and shrubs lining ... Read the full review of Mae Haad View Resort.
Good valueMae Haad
T: (077) 37 4238;
Wang Sai is a great for families and mid-range travellers, offering a few beachfront bungalows and more separated from the beach by a lagoon and a stand of trees and shrubs. The huts are all fairly ... Read the full review of Wang Sai Resort.
A fine friendly spotMae Haad
T: (077) 37 4182;
While being far from luxurious and situated on the poorer part of the beach, Royal Orchid offers a good number of choices for mid range travellers and backpackers. With bungalows of several different ... Read the full review of Royal Orchid Resort.
Boasting a big sandpitMae Haad, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (087) 968 2740;
This place has bungalows to fit most budgets and more amenities than some of the other setups in the area. The resort's bungalows start at the beach — only two could be considered beachfront, ... Read the full review of Mae Haad Bay Resort.
Prime beachfront locationMae Haad
T: (077) 37 4172-3;
Ideal for families, mid range travellers and backpackers alike, Island View Cabana boasts a beautiful stretch of beach and ideal prime beachfront location and bungalows to suit all budgets. Guests ... Read the full review of Island View Cabana.
A very pretty, albeit quite developed, beach. Haad Salad has a broad range of guesthouse and resort options and some good snorkelling offshore — the brilliant sunsets are free.
Comfy rooms, great restaurantHaad Salad
T: (077) 34 9246;
A relatively small, relaxing setup run by a friendly family, Salad Hut offers ten wooden bungalows and two brand new concrete beachfront ones with various amenities. The spacious, comfortable and ... Read the full review of Salad Hut.1,500B to 4,000B 3 votes Midrange
Intimate, immaculate, a great priceHaad Salad
T: (089) 6489 858;
A very comfortable choice for midrange budgets, Asia Bungalows offers immaculate bungalows with air-con, hot water and refrigerators. These large concrete units have a classy feel and are very ... Read the full review of Asia Bungalows.
Great backpacker social spotHaad Salad, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 34 9309;
Reggae Village is a colourful resort featuring a wide range of bungalows, some painted in bright rasta colours. The accommodation is clean and well maintained, though some of the rooms are cement ... Read the full review of Reggae Village.
Old style, family-run jointHaad Salad
T: (087) 895 7954;
Perched on the hill overlooking the whole bay of Haad Salad, Hope Bungalows consists of a row of simple backpacker bungalows all facing the ocean with great sea views across the treetops. It's a ... Read the full review of Hope Bungalows.
The Haad Salad originalHaad Salad
T: (077) 34 9267;
One of the two original joints on Haad Salad, My Way remains a popular backpacker spot, centrally located on the beach. The bungalows sit in two rows along either side of a large grass field behind ... Read the full review of My Way.
Basic but popular64/14 Moo 8, Haad Salad
T: (081) 311 1435;
At the far southern end of Haad Salad, Double Duke sits right along the sand, enjoying its peaceful and secluded location. The wooden island-style huts here are quite basic but clean and well cared ... Read the full review of Double Duke.
A fine choiceHaad Salad
T: (087) 280 9815;
Coral Beach Bungalow is a very relaxed, good value spot toward the centre of Haad Salad. The huts are separated from the beach by a narrow garden, and the sand and sea just steps away can be viewed ... Read the full review of Coral Beach Bungalows.
Tasteful luxury resort64/8 Moo 8 Haad Salad
T: (077) 37 4230; F: (077) 34 9378
Green Papaya is beautifully designed, luxurious and expensive. Granted the rooms here are spacious, tastefully decorated with comfy bedding and sofas and come with all the mod cons like air-con, TV ... Read the full review of Green Papaya Resort.4,000B to 8,000B 3 votes Toprange
T: (077) 34 9149;
By far the highest end operation on Haad Salad, Salad Buri sits on the headland at the southern end of the beach. Consisting of luxury villas and rooms built into the hillside, with a grand entrance ... Read the full review of Salad Buri Resort and Spa.4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
One of the best deals around64/16 Moo 8, Haad Salad
T: (081) 894 1758;
With better quality rooms than some other budget spots, centrally-located Haad Salad Villa is a great choice on probably the nicest stretch of the beach. Only a pair of large rooms built together sit ... Read the full review of Haad Salad Villa.
An off-the-beach option64/31, Haad Salad,
T: (089) 875 8656;
Smile Beach is actually a few minutes' walk from the beach, but it is a very peaceful and quiet spot perfect for families and mid-range travellers. The Lanna-style bungalows are attractive enough, ... Read the full review of Smile Beach Resort.600B to 1,500B 3 votes Flashpacker
Very friendly if a bit datedHaad Salad
T: (077) 349 149; F: (077) 238 242
Salad Beach Resort is a slightly dated mid-range operation that offers just about everything one could want on a tropical holiday. Money exchange and ATM as well as mini mart, travel agency, 24 hour ... Read the full review of Salad Beach Resort.
This small, hidden away bay is mostly rocky with a tiny stretch of sandy beach in the centre.
Wide choice of rooms, okay choiceHaad Khruad, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 34 9242;
Haad Gruad is an affordable and very laid-back setup with its own stretch of partially-shaded but rocky and muddy beach — no need to worry about crowds here — even if the staff here are ... Read the full review of Haad Gruad Resort.
This beach is one of Ko Pha Ngan's smallest and is home to just a single eponymous resort, making it lovely and secluded, but still close enough to Haad Yao if you need a little variety. Good snorkelling opportunities lie a short distance offshore.
Quiet and comfortable59/1 Moo 8, Haad Thian West, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 009;
Haad Thian Beach Resort offers some of the most comfortable bungalows in this area on a totally private stretch of beach. A retaining wall borders the property while a fine stretch of white sand lies ... Read the full review of Haad Tian Beach Resort.
Haad Yao is a sweeping beach with bungalows all the way along its length as well as more climbing up the rocks at each end of the beach. There is no shortage of places to choose from here -- even in high season. There's something for everyone, though Haad Yao maintains an upscale feel, and even the most basic bungalows can cost more than similar places on other beaches.
Spectacular viewsHaad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 114-5;
Located along Haad Yao's southern cliff, O.T.'s High Life is one of the finer setups in the area. Its charming little Thai-style huts are simple yet well-kept and are relatively easy on the budget ... Read the full review of O.T's High Life Resort.
A happening spot53 Moo 8, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 121;
Ibiza is a happening place with rooms to meet most low to midrange budgets. The no-frills bungalows range from tiny worn out bamboo huts with shared bathrooms to large and private, air-con bungalows. ... Read the full review of Ibiza Bungalows.Under 600B 10 votes Backpacker
Friendly family55/10 Moo 6, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 171;
Silver Beach has very wisely done away with its tiny old bamboo huts in favour of larger, much sturdier wooden bungalows. These well-kept units have tiled floors, screen doors and a fresh clean ... Read the full review of Silver Beach Bungalows.
Secluded cove85/1 Moo 8, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 105; F: (077) 349 106
On Haad Yao's southern headland, Bounty Resort's bungalows offer clean and comfortable lodgings for most budgets. Their classic wooden island-style bungalows are their oldest but are in fine shape ... Read the full review of Bounty Resort.
A solid choiceHaad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 163;
Over Bay has a good selection of inexpensive basic bungalows for backpackers and a couple of newer deluxe air-con units with satellite TV which are popular for longer stays. One could probably lose ... Read the full review of Over Bay Bungalows.
Island views54/2 Moo 8, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 154;
A good thigh-burning walk or quick motorbike ride from the beach, J.B.'s huts are spread along a hilltop overlooking the sea. Away from most of the action, this is a fairly quiet spot with fairly ... Read the full review of J.B. Hut Bungalows.
Flashest place on the beachHaad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 057-9; F: (077) 349 049
This place may have once been the most lavish spot on Haad Yao, and it remains a high quality resort. However, the rates here are inflated, and it's difficult to see the value. Granted, all rooms ... Read the full review of Long Bay Resort.
Cheap and hospitableHaad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 188;
A friendly spot high on the hillside away from Haad Yao beach, Queen Bungalow does not boast the finest bungalows, nor the best location, but the Queen is very hospitable and her huts cheap. The cool ... Read the full review of Queen Bungalows.
Spectacular views84 Moo 8, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 138; F: (077) 349 137
Dream Hill sits high above Haad Yao to the north looking out over the beach and sea. While the single rooms are affordable, Dream Hill specializes in larger two-bed rooms. All rooms are quite ... Read the full review of Dream Hill Resort.
A friendly and inexpensive backpacker haunt81/1 Moo 8, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 225;
Several little wooden bungalows line the large grassy hilltop at Rock Garden -- those closer to the cliff have wonderful views and easier access to the tiny private beach far below, which is a little ... Read the full review of Rock Garden Resort & Travel.
Good budget spot54/5 Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 116;
Easy Life is a bit of a trek from most of Haad Yao's activities and hot spots but remains a very peaceful spot (except for the cicadas) with its hilly vantage point delivering fine sea views and ... Read the full review of Easy Life Bungalows.
Simple and super relaxed51/8 Moo 8, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 108;
Tantawan is a super laid-back place with a comfortable atmosphere. A two-level restaurant and bar with mellow music and cushy seating make for a cool spot to hang out, and there are large hammocks ... Read the full review of Tantawan Bungalow.
Decent rooms, great poolHaad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 140-1;
Sprawling from the water up the hill on Haad Yao's northern end, Bay View Resort's best feature is the large, fancy swimming pool with its waterfall and good-sized sun deck. The basic fan rooms are ... Read the full review of Bay View Resort.
Haad Son is a lovely little beach cove, well worth a visit on a daytrip if not to stay. There is not much here besides one resort and its restaurant, and of course, a private stretch of beach, but Ao Chaophao and Haad Yao are very nearby for those needing more variety.
Lovely poolMoo 8, Haad Son, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 104; F: (077) 349 103
As of May 2007, Haad Son Resort is undergoing major construction and renovation (due for completion at the end of 2007), but if you can stand the noise, they still have some lovely and comfortable ... Read the full review of Haad Son Resort.
Not as beautiful as some of Ko Pha Ngan's other beaches, Ao Chaophao is a great spot for those wanting to avoid the hordes while taking advantage of good swimming and snorkelling opportunities. It's relaxed atmosphere and mostly inexpensive bungalows give it a laid-back vibe that's worth a look.
Great budget valueAo Chaohao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 087-8;
Sandwiched between the road and a lovely stretch of beach, Jungle Huts delivers mostly handsome huts nestled amongst dense jungle foliage littered with colourful and sweet-smelling flowers. This ... Read the full review of Jungle Huts.
Super friendlyAo Chaophao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 113;
One of the friendliest setups on Ao Chaophao, Seetanu has quality rooms to meet most budgets. It has a laid-back atmosphere and the bungalows are solid and well-kept. Even the smallest huts have ... Read the full review of Seetanu.
Top budget spot48/3 Moo 8 Seethanu, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 273;
A relatively small and intimate place on the edge of the beach, Haad Chao Phao Bungalows provides no-frills accommodations popular among backpackers and budget travellers. Most of their huts are ... Read the full review of Haad Chao Phao Bungalows.
Highest quality spot around78/11 Moo 8, Ao Chaophao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 211; F: (077) 349 215
Sunset Cove is the fanciest setup (it calls itself a boutique resort) on Ao Chaophao. Their rooms provide most modern comforts -- air-con and DVD players along with a good selection of free movies ... Read the full review of Sunset Cove.
Great gardensAo Chaophao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 090;
Offering a mixed bag of accommodation options, Sea Flower's bungalows vary widely in price and quality. For shoestring travellers, a number of very basic, very shabby thatch huts are available not ... Read the full review of Sea Flower.
Good for long staysAo Chaophao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 237;
Jinda Bay Resort, perched atop Ao Chaophao's rocky northern hillside, is primarily for long-term guests, but they also offer reasonable nightly rates. The very spacious, well-furnished ... Read the full review of Jinda Bay Resort.
Great backpacker spot48 Moo 8, Ao Chaophao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 097;
This friendly, family-run operation offers a handful of well-priced simple bungalows which are perfect for backpackers. The mix-matched huts are all sturdy and solid and vary in size and proximity to ... Read the full review of Hut Sun.
Motel-like79/2-3 Moo 8, Ao Chaophao
T: (077) 349 184-5; F: (077) 349 094
Pha Ngan Cabana uses its extra amenities as an excuse to overcharge for mediocre rooms. While their swimming pool and steam room add a classy twist, and air-con rooms come with satellite TV and ... Read the full review of Pha-Ngan Cabana Resort.
Seethanu is broken in the middle by the boat anchorage, with the northern stretch of the bay being the more popular area. The sand is very white and though the water isn't so clear, the sunbaking is terrific. A coral reef not far from shore provides easily-accessible snorkelling opportunities with some decent corals and tropical fish. At the southern end of the bay, the beach isn't so great, but the resorts are perched up on the headland, some with quiet good views. Mostly inexpensive, they vary greatly in quality. There are also a couple of places on the far (southern) side of the headland that are included here for ease of use even though they are not actually on Ao Seethanu.
Popular with backpackersAo Seethanu, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 085;
While there are no bungalows actually right on the beach at the Beach Resort, many are close. The bungalows are mostly quite small and basic; the cheapest are cramped little affairs with bright ... Read the full review of The Beach Resort.
Decent beachfront spotAo Seethanu, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 031-2;
Laemson is a decent choice for inexpensive beachfront haunt, but there are certainly better and cheaper places in the area. The beachfront huts are larger and feature bright blue paint jobs -- ... Read the full review of Laem Son.
A fine place to relaxAo Seethanu, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (089) 527 5978;
The Irish and Thai owners of Exotic Bungalows are very hospitable and eager to please and their restaurant with its great views of Ko Samui, Ang Thong National Park and a whole lot of sand and sea ... Read the full review of Exotic.
Solid beach hutsAo Seethanu, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (089) 648 0684;
Zen Bungalow is a very small setup located right on Seethanu beach. It provides comfortable lodging at decent prices as well as a good deal of hospitality. With one- or two-bed options, all huts are ... Read the full review of Zen Bungalows.
Good long-term valueBaan Seethanu, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 124;
At the edge of Laem Son Lake just 200 metres from Seethanu beach, Lake Side Resort's offerings are more like small houses than bungalows. With the option of fan or larger air-con units, all have ... Read the full review of Lake Side Resort.
Traveller favourite14/1 Moo 8, Ao Seethanu, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 319; F: (077) 349 022
One could easily spend several days at Loyfa without needing to leave. The friendly staff welcome all guests with a smile and make everyone feel like part of the family. Primarily a backpacker den, ... Read the full review of Loyfa Bungalow.
Great two-storey restaurantAo Seethanu, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 177;
Nice Sea Resort offers an assortment of inexpensive decent-quality bungalows on and near the beach. The charming bamboo huts are spacious and clean inside, though nothing fancy with little more than ... Read the full review of Nice Sea.
Cheap and simpleAo Seethanu, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 262;
Set back from the beach amidst a palm grove on the north end of Seethanu, Golden Rock is a small family-run setup offering some of the cheapest accommodations on Ko Pha Ngan. The whole family is ... Read the full review of Golden Rock.
A friendly, good value spotAo Seethanu, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (089) 586 2558;
With many bungalows right on the beach and a good selection of amenities to choose from, Laem Son II is one of the best deals on Ko Pha Ngan. Choose from simple fan bungalows to larger ones with ... Read the full review of Laem Son II.
Ao Hinkhong forms the northern stretch of Wok Tum and is home to a couple of haunts off the road leading to Seethanu, and one new yoga joint.
Discover your inner yogiAo Hin Kong, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 788;
Connected with the worldwide Agama Yoga group, Ananda Yoga Resort provides daily yoga classes as well as meditation and other offerings to assist in physical and spiritual wellness. Intensive ... Read the full review of Ananda Yoga Resort.
Large rooms away from the beachAo Hinkhong, Ko Pha Ngan
Full Moon Resort is a very tranquil and secluded spot toward the northern end of Ao Hinkhong. Up the hill from the beach, the large well-built brick bungalows are packed in tightly in two rows with ... Read the full review of Full Moon Resort.
Well-equipped expat village23/3 Moo 6, Ao Hinkhong, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (081) 958 614; F: (077) 375 180
Intended for mostly long-term guests, JJ offers nightly rates that are still reasonable for what is offered. Satellite TV, refrigerators and hot water -- air-con optional -- are available for those ... Read the full review of JJ Resort.
Ao Wok Tum
The two budget options here are clustered beside each other around the headland at the southern end of Ao Wok Tum. They're protected by a sea-wall and the beaches are a series of small sandy stretches wedged between the rocks.
Great new roomsAo Wok Tum, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 430;
Wok Tum Resort is a comfortable and friendly, family-run resort aimed at midrange spenders. The family here welcomes each guest with a smile and makes everyone feel at home. The bungalows are large ... Read the full review of Wok Tum Resort.
Only pool in the areaAo Wok Tum, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 608; F: (077) 238 610
Golden Hil Resort's rooms vary in comfort from very basic fan rooms to fully-equipped air-con units with TV and refrigerators. The rooms are large and clean, most with excellent sea views -- some are ... Read the full review of Golden Hill Resort.
The resorts at Ao Plaaylaem run along its edge every hundred metres or so. There a few piles of boulders around, but its mostly just sand and clear water.
Comfortable with a great viewAo Plaay Laem, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 447;
Stone Hill is across the street from the beach and high on a hill, offering some of the finest views around. These large, luxurious bungalows are well spaced around the hilltop among plenty of trees. ... Read the full review of Stone Hill.
Excellent flashpacking optionAo Plaaylaem, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 516;
Offering comfortable budget to midrange accommodations, Sea Scene is situated on a lovely stretch of beach toward the northern end of Plaaylaem and offers the finest rooms on this beach. A very ... Read the full review of Sea Scene Resort.
Good budget choice56/1 Moo 4, Plaay Laem, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 895;
A fine spot for backpackers and budget travellers, Sabai Beach provides simple but decent bungalows, most of which sit on a beautiful section of beach. The huts are very basic wooden units, rather ... Read the full review of Sabai Beach.
A happening backpacker spot with windsurfingAo Plaay Laem, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 499;
Cookies is a very popular backpacker spot with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The basic bungalows are scattered around vast grounds from the beach -- fairly rocky here -- around a garden and up the ... Read the full review of Cookies.
Great views from the family restaurant69/2 Moo 4, Plaaylaem, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 325;
Pimmada has a handful of bungalows of mixed quality and comfort near a decent stretch of sandy beach. Really only two bungalows are on the beach, and they are set tightly around a garden such that ... Read the full review of Pimmada.
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