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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.

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All three of the beaches in this area are fine options for those looking for a reasonably quiet bungalow to stay close to, but not on, Haad Rin. Ao Thong Sala has mostly sleepy bungalow joints providing easy access to the main road. Busier Ao Baan Tai and Ao Baan Kai are closer to the nightlife and, depending on where you're situated, can be noisy after dark.

Ao Thong Sala

This underrated beach running along the southern coast is the first east of the main pier town, Thong Sala, and is often referred to as part of Baan Tai Bay further to the east. The swimming is good and in places the considerably well-shaded beach is lovely. The road off the beach is well travelled, so this is a very accessible area. The resorts are mostly sleepy, family-run affairs.

Coco Garden Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
100/7 Moo 1, Ao Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 721

English-run Coco Garden is a friendly and relaxed spot with decent value. Basic wooden island huts sit near the beach and are well-kept and cozy, especially for the price, and very reasonably priced air-con rooms for three people, very large and comfortable, sit behind the restaurant. The beach here is not good for much, very narrow with a mix of soft sand and coral chunks, but this setup... Read our full review of Coco Garden Bungalows.

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Charm Beach Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 165

Once a backpacker hangout, Charm beach has recently become more family-oriented with enough warm hospitality to share around. A plethora of swings and other playground equipment set just off the beach will keep the kids happy while mom and dad lounge around the pool or enjoy this decent stretch of beach. Plenty of shade from large trees provides an escape from the heat, but sunbathers will enjoy... Read our full review of Charm Beach Resort.

Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
94/2 Moo 1, Ao Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 378

Oceanus has a very peaceful vibe with just a handful of large wooden bungalows nestled in a dense green garden separated from the beach by a sandy coconut grove. These lovely huts, all with ocean-themed names like Octopus and Grouper, are very well-kept and comfortable. The prices are a bit high, but package deals for long stays and diving with Chaloklum or Lotus Diving schools make the rates... Read our full review of Oceanus.

Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 093, (077) 377 758-9

Tropicana has a handful of large, comfortable bungalows lining a large open sand-lot just off the beach. While the concrete bungalows are quiet handsome with their Thai design and high pitched roofs, the grounds are plain besides a few plants and do little for the atmosphere. They also lack a restaurant or any sort of commons area. The staff are friendly and professional and provide a good deal... Read our full review of Tropicana.

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Ao Baan Tai

Ao Baan Tai is the largest resort area on the island, next to Haad Rin. It's especially popular with the partiers who also like to enjoy the beach as it's less rowdy and more removed from the Full Moon Party. There are several different accommodation types to choose from with something for families as well as young groups of travellers. It's not the best honeymoon location due to the crowds. There are bungalows for every budget on this beach.

Milky Bay Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
102 Moo 1, Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 566

Definitely the swankiest place on Ban Tai Beach, Milky Bay has plenty of offerings to keep its guests entertained and comfortable. The beachside pool is partially covered for an escape from the sun or rain. They also have a very respectable gym, complete with Thai boxing facilities and a steam room. The Pee Tau Cafe is a relaxed spot on the beach to have fresh coffee or an afternoon cocktail and... Read our full review of Milky Bay Resort.

Phangan Beach Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
112/1 Moo 1, Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 809-10

Phangan Beach Resort has some very handsome wooden bungalows and concrete duplexes set among a lovely landscaped garden and palm grove. Even the most basic rooms are spacious and comfortable and the better-equipped come with satellite TV and refrigerators, some sitting right on the beach. The restaurant, set in the middle of the garden has a classy feel but is reasonably priced and provides a... Read our full review of Phangan Beach Resort.

Pink's Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 235

Pink's bungalows are good-sized wooden structures that offer only basic lodging but are inexpensive and close to the beach. Available in doubles and triples, these bungalows are well-kept and solidly-built. They're clean inside and well-maintained. This is a low key spot and the staff is laid-back and helpful and the restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and does some very cheap Thai food and... Read our full review of Pink's Bungalows.

First Villa
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 225

Aptly named, this is the first resort on the west side of Ban Tai. It's a classier place than most in this area and is popular among adult travellers and families who want to relax away from the party scene. A retaining wall marks the end of the beach on the western side and a narrow strip of coarser sand lines the property. Stone and wooden bungalows as well as some slightly less attractive... Read our full review of First Villa.

Hansa Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 494

Hansa is one of the most peaceful midrange resorts around. Nothing but palm groves lie on either side of the resort, so there are no crowds on the beach, which is wider and sandier than most parts of Ban Tai, and it's quiet. A small swimming pool and intimate little cafe sit near the beach, and bungalows are spread in rows behind and along the side of the pool with a couple near the beach and a... Read our full review of Hansa Resort.

Mac Bay Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 443

The new home of the Black Moon Party, Mac Bay Resort is frequented by a predominantly younger crowd, but party people of all ages stay here, and it's a fine family spot when the party's not on. This stretch of beach is the best on Ban Tai with the widest strip of softer than average sand. The staff is a hospitable, fun-loving bunch that's friendly whether it's party time or not. The cheapest... Read our full review of Mac Bay Resort.

Power Beach Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
145/10 Moo 1, Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 937

Power Beach Resort is definitely popular and has a great pool just a coconut's throw away from the beach. The bungalows are good enough, ranging from basic island-style huts to round concrete affairs, but are as packed in as tightly as the bodies around the pool the day before a Full Moon Party. Recommended for... Read our full review of Power Beach Resort.

Two Rocks Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 544

Two Rocks is one of the most laid-back setups on Ban Tai beach. The wooden bungalows here are positioned around a sandy palm grove just off the beach. Only one bungalow actually sits on the beach, but the rest are not far away. The cheapest fan huts here are very worn, but are passable and popular among backpackers. A more comfortable choice are the newer, larger fan rooms that are in much better... Read our full review of Two Rocks Bungalows.

Dew Shore Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 128

A friendly family-run resort toward the centre of Ban Tai beach, this is a good midrange choice with some good cheapie huts as well. The oldest huts are the basic fan units, which are relatively inexpensive, considering this place has a pool. The newer air-con rooms are more comfortable but built in pairs, so noise and privacy may be an issue. The bungalows are spread around a palm grove facing... Read our full review of Dew Shore Bungalows.

Lifestyle Bungalow
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (084) 6295 233

The most laid-back and quiet spot on Ban Tai beach and the cheapest, Lifestyle is a cool backpacker spot with a neo-island-hippy vibe. Very basic huts are available with private or shared bathrooms spread around the shady palm grove garden. The beach here is a little coarse, but there is plenty of shade available. These are small but charming bungalows hung with planters and adorned with... Read our full review of Lifestyle Bungalow.

Rung Arun Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Baan Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 624

Rung Arun is a tranquil midrange setup. A handful of large concrete bungalows here sit on the beach along a sandy coconut grove, but most sit off the beach around a garden and pool. The sandy grove makes it feel like the beach is wider here than at most setups. Bungalows here cost quite a bit more than other comparable operations, but the staff are hospitable, making this a good choice, if... Read our full review of Rung Arun Resort.

Triangle Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
64/6 Moo 2, Ao Ban Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 432

Triangle has a mixed bag of bungalow options scattered around a well-shaded sandy grove. The beach is not great here, little more than a narrow strip of sand during lower tides, and a retaining wall runs most of the length of this property. Their cheapest huts are small and sit at the back of the property -- suitable only for the tightest of penny pinchers. Newer fan bungalows are in much better... Read our full review of Triangle Resort.

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Ao Ban Kai

A small creek separates Ban Kai from Ban Tai, breaking the beach between Mac Bay and My Phangan resorts. The beach is clean and very good in spots, though near the creek there is a fair amount of refuse. The area boasts some good spots to stay, and some of the best bargains on Ko Pha Ngan. On the downside though, evenings can be a bit more raucous than the beaches further to the west.

Coach Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Ban Kai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 432

Separated from the beach by a narrow grassy grove, Coach is a fine deal. The rooms here are basic wooden island-style huts, the smaller and cheaper of which sit nearest the beach and the larger ones behind the restaurant amidst a palm grove garden. All of their rooms are spacious, well-kept and clean. This is a good place to relax in a quiet spot that provides relatively easy access to both... Read our full review of Coach Bungalows.

Morning Star Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Ban Kai, Thong Sala
T: (077) 377 756-7

Morning Star is the classiest and most comfortable choice on Ban Kai -- a fine choice for midrange travellers and families. The spacious and handsomely designed wooden bungalows, some duplexes and others more private, surround the pool and central garden. The rooms are spotless and comfortable with air-con available -- a rarity in these parts. A couple of newer concrete units by the restaurant... Read our full review of Morning Star Resort.

Blue Lotus Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
29/3 Ban Kai Beach, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 489

A friendly family runs Blue Lotus and has one of the best and most diverse restaurants around, certainly in Ban Kai. Set just off the beach, they serve cheap Thai food but specialise in Mexican food and English pies. A strange mix, but you'll never get tired of eating here. This is a quiet spot, and the beach is very narrow even at low tide, but shade is plentiful. Bungalows are positioned... Read our full review of Blue Lotus Resort.

Green Peace Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Ban Kai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (081) 632 5439

One of the originals in this area, Green Peace is popular among penny pinching backpackers. It's a very peaceful and laid-back place with very cheap bungalows along a small rocky beach. The bungalows, available with or without a private bathroom, are cramped little wooden shacks, very worn and rickety, providing only a passable place to crash. Nonetheless, the place is often busy and attracts... Read our full review of Green Peace Bungalows.

My Phangan Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
17/5-6 Moo 4, Ao Ban Kai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 302

My Phangan has well-priced and comfortable huts on one of the best and widest stretches of Ban Kai beach. The attractive island huts here spread from the beach around a scrubby coconut grove whose tall, unkempt grass and shrubs could stand some maintenance. Bungalows come in wood, concrete and brick varieties, all of which are study and well-kept inside and out. This is one of just a few setups... Read our full review of My Phangan Resort.

Copa Cabana
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Ban Kai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (081) 891 9573

Copa Cabana have a handful of large stone and concrete bungalows, and they are building more to augment their collection of cramped little shabby beach huts. The old units are very worn inside and out, while the new ones are very large and well-built for much more comfort and far fewer bugs and unpleasant smells. A pool is also under construction that will greatly improve the value and atmosphere... Read our full review of Copa Cabana.

Phangan Rainbow Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ban Kai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 238 236

Pha Ngan Rainbow's bungalows vary widely in comfort and quality. A few old and very shabby little hovels without bathrooms line the narrow unshaded beach here. Larger wooden huts are also available, including some lovely new Thai style units with pitched roofs and carved wood decor. These are the way to go, spotless and spacious, they are quite comfortable. The old huts, while they remain popular... Read our full review of Phangan Rainbow Bungalows.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ao Thong Sala to Baan Kai? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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