There's just the one place to stay in Bang Saphan itself and it's no great shakes -- you're best to head out to the beaches if you can.
On the east side of Bang Saphan are a variety of Thai style bungalow resorts, hotels, karaoke bars, seafood restaurants and even a golf driving range but the beach is not great.
The best part of Bang Saphan to stay in is roughly the centre of the beach, where there are a cluster of beachside bungalows and resorts to choose from. Places scattered further to the south may appeal to those looking for true isolation, but be warned some close up in low season.
This is arguably Bang Saphan's premiere spot, located straight across from the beach. It aims to be an all-inclusive resort vacation spot, and it succeeds nicely with a dive shop and a kickboxing school operating on-site. Families with kids may well want to head straight here. The family cottages (two-bedroom suites) are small but excellent -- the kids' rooms have bunks. Some of the superiors... Read our full review of Coral Hotel.
Just to the north of Lola Bungalows, on a very narrow strip of land, CoCo offers very smart concrete rooms with a Mediterranean feel. They're glass fronted with comfortable beds, flatscreen TV, WiFi and air-con throughout. They've also got an unusual (for Thailand) shared rooftop area with latticework for shade. While it felt they weren't making the best use of this area, there's nothing to stop... Read our full review of CoCo Beach Club.
Lola Bungalows remains our budget pick for Bang Saphan. It has a range of huts, from extremely simple wooden versions with brightly coloured exteriors to new and very solid concrete bungalows. The latter are excellent value -- the one we most recently stayed in was brand new and immaculately clean with enough water pressure to take paint off the wall. The beach out front is good here and lined... Read our full review of Lola Bungalows.
Not to be confused with the better known Suanluang Resort about a kilometre or so back off the beach, Suanluang has a single row of concrete bungalows and larger family sized rooms running back from the beach. The beachfront room is easily the best of the lot, with clear beach frontage, air-con and plenty of space to move around in. We were unable to see inside the room when we visited as the... Read our full review of Suanluang Beach.
Right next door to Suanluang, Bang Saphan Beach Resort has a single row of immaculate bungalows running back from the beach looking over a lawn area with a funny little fountain at the centre. Bungalows come in two flavours, gleaming white near the beach and faux-wood panelling towards the back, but within they're all of a good standard with firm new mattresses, flat screen TV, air-con, fridge... Read our full review of Bang Saphan Beach Resort.
If you'd like to stay on one of Thailand's lesser known islands, here is your chance.
Ko Talu Island Resort sprawls along the western edge of Ko Talu offering a variety of midrange accommodation options for those who prefer to visit for longer than a few hours. The island, and especially the main beach, are quite lovely, with gleamingly white sand, hammocks strewn here and there, a beach bar and a restaurant perched overlooking the bay. The accommodation itself though isn't quite... Read our full review of Koh Talu Island Resort.