The area's largest selection of accommodation is found on family-friendly Phu Noi beach to the north of the national park. Inside the park, simple fan-cooled bungalows are available at Phraya Nakhon beach.
With a quiet, relaxing atmosphere and beach that's far better for lounging than swimming due to the shallow and murky water, Phu Noi is the area's main accommodation centre. Several new places have popped up along the beach road since our last visit, including Spanish and Balinese themed villas, though we're still partial to the tried-and-true family-run spots.
One of the originals and still the largest resort in the area, Dolphin Bay Resort offers several different room types encircling an enormous swimming pool with water slides and fountains. There's also a wooden playground, swing set, play room with loads of toys, two foosball tables, nanny service and various kayaks, bicycles and motorbikes for rent, making this an obvious choice for families.... Read our full review of Dolphin Bay Resort.
The long-standing Sam Roi Yod Holiday remains a straightforward and reliable choice towards the southern end of the beach road. Rooms are set either in detached villas with sea views or standard rooms in a single-floor attached building that fronts well-manicured gardens, frangipani trees, fountains, mini-ponds and a wooden gazebo. With floral wallpaper, tile floors and wood furnishings, the... Read our full review of Sam Roi Yod Holiday Resort.
Situated down a narrow side lane just back from the southern end of the beach road, Blue Beach has a string of concrete bungalows running back behind an atmospheric open-air restaurant amid a fair amount of greenery. Standard rooms are set in attached one-floor buildings (two rooms per building) with ivy growing over the roofs. They're large enough for a pair of travellers to make themselves... Read our full review of Blue Beach Resort.
The park has basic multi-bedroom cabins and camping available for those who don't mind roughing it.
While you'll find far more comfortable accommodation up in Phu Noi, you can't beat the cabins under the pines off Phraya Nakhon beach when it comes to peace and quiet. These are large, ageing numbers with chipped paint, high ceilings, several windows, worn wood floors, dining tables, hot-water bathrooms with Western toilets and very hard single beds (can't have couples sleeping in the same beds... Read our full review of National Park accommodation.