Ko Pha Ngan

Where to stay: Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan is a big island with plenty of beaches – so please use these links to jump down through the list. We commence at Thong Sala and go around the island counter clockwise, heading along the south coast beaches of Ao Thong Sala, Baan Tai and Baan Kai. Followed by Haad Rin sunset side, off beach and sunrise side (where the Full Moon Party is) with Haad Saikantang rounding out the southern beaches. Heading up the east coast, we have Haad Yuan, Haad Thian, Haad Why Nam, Than Sadet, Thong Nai Pan Yai and Thong Nai Pan Noi. Over the north coast, we have Bottle Beach, Haad Khom and Chaloklum, then we take a left at Mae Haad and head down the west coast. The west starts with Haad Salad, then Haad Khruad, Haad Thian, Haad Yao, Ao Chaophao, Ao Seethanu, Ao Hinkhong, Ao Plaay Laem and Ao Nai Wok and there we go – back at Thong Sala.

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We have 88 places to stay in and around Ko Pha Ngan.

Introduction

Ko Pha Ngan has hundreds of places to stay spread a full spectrum from backpacker shacks to luxurious digs. The following may help you fine tune your selection.

Should I book for the full moon party?
Should I book for the full moon party?

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The best family accommodation on Ko Pha Ngan
The best family accommodation on Ko Pha Ngan

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Thong Sala

Ko Pha Ngan’s main port town has a clutch of dirt-cheap hostels along with a few guesthouses, making it an affordable place to base yourself while taking day trips around the island.

Su Casa
Su Casa

Two decent locations

From 150 baht Walk-in

Vagabond
Vagabond

Punk-rock hostel

From 150 baht Walk-in

Ao Thong Sala

The district capital has an underrated beach running east behind the main road towards Baan Tai. Backed by the main south-coast road, it’s a convenient location with good views to Ko Samui. Like the rest of the south coast, the water is often very shallow for a long way off shore. A few kite- and wind-surfing outfits soar over the bay for much of the year

Ao Baan Tai

Extending over much of Pha Ngan’s south coast, Baan Tai Beach is named after a village of the same name. You’ll find plenty of choice, from dirt-cheap dorms and rustic bungalows to flash beach villas. The area hosts a bunch of restaurants and has a far less cramped feel than Haad Rin. While the beach isn’t spectacular, the late-day views are sublime.

Infinity Beach Club
Infinity Beach Club

Fresh beach party hostel

From 200 baht Walk-in

Le Divine Comedie
Le Divine Comedie

Luxury as only Ko Pha Ngan would have it

From 2,100 baht Walk-in

First Villa
First Villa

Good-value and spunky

From US$13 with Agoda

Mayom Garden
Mayom Garden

A beautiful aesthetic vision

From 480 baht Walk-in

Two Rocks Bungalows
Two Rocks Bungalows

Ultra laid-back and cheap

From 400 baht Walk-in

Ao Baan Kai

Moving further east along Pha Ngan’s south coast, sedate Ao Baan Kai shifts the vibe down into an even lower key than neighbouring Ao Baan Tai. A creek running just east of Mac Bay Resort marks the border between beaches, but there’s little to differentiate one beach from the other in this area, which is filled with cheap and laid-back bungalow joints. Head further east and the road cuts uphill, with side lanes leading down to secluded patches of sand.

Haad Rin sunset side

While the area closest to Haad Rin is over-built, grotty and has lost much of its beach, the further west you go the better it gets and you’ll find a few good backpacker hideaways along with an excellent resort.

Suncliff Resort
Suncliff Resort

Good value with some terrific views

From US$14 with Agoda

The Coast
The Coast

A solid fancy pants option

From US$90 with Agoda

Neptunes Villa
Neptunes Villa

Moroccan/Haad Rin fusion

From US$22 with Agoda

Sun Beach Bungalow
Sun Beach Bungalow

Good beach, simple rooms

From US$15 with Agoda

Haad Rin off the beach

This area is crowded with restaurants, cafes, bars and a few places to stay and will really only appeal to those wanting to stay very close to the party. Accommodation includes a bunch of interchangeable hostels that cater to the Full Moon crowd but are often closed outside of then.

Delight Resort
Delight Resort

Popular midrange spot

From US$19 with Agoda

Moon Paradise Resort
Moon Paradise Resort

Hidden in a forest on the hill.

From 400 baht Walk-in

Nap Inn
Nap Inn

Downtown, clean and good value

From US$34 with Agoda

Haad Rin sunrise side

The centre of all Full Moon Party activity. Generally the places at the northern end of the beach are quieter, while the closer you get to Paradise Club, the louder it becomes. Despite the party, Haad Rin remains one of Ko Pha Ngan’s most beautiful beaches.

Palita Lodge
Palita Lodge

A beachfront family favourite.

From US$34 with Agoda

Phangan Bay Shore Resort
Phangan Bay Shore Resort

A comfortable midrange resort

From US$24 with Agoda

Seaview Sunrise
Seaview Sunrise

Beachfront or nothing.

From 800 baht Walk-in

Haad Saikantang

A peaceful and beautiful alternative to Haad Rin, this is a good place to avoid the worst crowds while having easy access to services and night life.

Haad Yuan

This is a long sweeping beach that is just a short boat-trip from Haad Rin. Accommodation is backpacker through to mid-range and just one place has a swimming pool.

Bamboo Hut
Bamboo Hut

Great views and restaurant

From 400 baht Walk-in

Pariya Haad Yuan
Pariya Haad Yuan

The only true resort on the bay

From US$76 with Agoda

Haad Thian

Ko Pha Ngan’s hippy-chic beach attracts people more for the activities and scene than the sand out front. The beach is small and not one of the island’s best, but the swimming is good with an offshore pontoon to relax on.

Haad Why Nam

Why Nam? Why not! A classic beach hideaway home to a single good resort. A beautiful, small beach.

Than Sadet

A gleaming off-white beach with a mix of backpacker focussed accommodation. Very little shade to speak of, though plenty of cheap spots to stay. Now that the road has improved greatly it is much easier to reach.

Thong Nai Pan Yai

A lovely sweeping beach with very good flashpacker to mid-range accommodation along its entire length. A classic Ko Pha Ngan destination. Very popular with families.

Candle Hut Resort
Candle Hut Resort

Spacious rooms and grounds

From 1,200 baht Walk-in

Dolphin
Dolphin

A great jungle vibe

From 600 baht Walk-in

Longtail Beach Resort
Longtail Beach Resort

A great welcoming option.

From 550 baht Walk-in

Havana Beach Resort
Havana Beach Resort

Family-friendly hotel style digs

From US$80 with Agoda

Nice Beach Resort
Nice Beach Resort

Just ok huts but very friendly staff

From US$49 with Agoda

Starlight Resort
Starlight Resort

Adequate motel-style rooms

From US$16 with Agoda

Thong Nai Pan Noi

One of Ko Pha Ngan’s best. Also decidedly upmarket with nothing cheap left facing onto the beach. Still, a stunning stretch of sand and turquoise water offshore makes for a great excursion if you can’t afford to stay here.

Panviman Resort Koh Phangan
Panviman Resort Koh Phangan

Fancy pants on the headland.

From US$81 with Agoda

Sandee Bungalow
Sandee Bungalow

Good budget bungalows

From 700 baht Walk-in

Bottle Beach

One of the most beautiful and quiet beaches on Ko Pha Ngan, with dramatic rocky hills behind a sweep of glowing white sand. Home to some very chilled backpacker options, and even as a day trip, a serene place to relax.

Bottle Beach 1 Resort
Bottle Beach 1 Resort

Great location with a pool

From US$19 with Agoda

Bottle Beach II
Bottle Beach II

Cheap beachfront huts

From 300 baht Walk-in

Haad Khom

Haad Khom has a mix of places from decent to dire and electricity is only provided dusk to dawn. The snorkelling here is reasonable (for Ko Pha Ngan) making it a popular stop for boat trips.

Chaloklum

Chaloklum’s beach can be muddy at low tide and is partly sheltered due to the offshore retaining wall that was built to protect some of the fishing boats. This is a very quiet area and the resorts tend towards being quite spacious. The centre of the bay has a pier for the fishing fleet and this is also where you’ll find many of the best eating options.

Mandalai
Mandalai

Great waterfront rooms.

From US$54 with Agoda

Malibu Beach
Malibu Beach

Social setting, so so rooms.

From US$36 with Agoda

Mae Haad

The western stretch of Mae Haad is stunning with decent snorkelling offshore, while the eastern side is not so suitable for swimming and sees a good deal of small-scale fishing from longtail boats. Offshore sits Ko Ma, accessible by a sandbar at low tide.

Haad Salad

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. Very popular with families.

Salad Hut
Salad Hut

A great option for familes

From US$53 with Agoda

My Way
My Way

The Haad Salad original

From US$16 with Agoda

Haad Salad Villa
Haad Salad Villa

Lots of cheap huts out back.

From US$12 with Agoda

Haad Khruad

This small, hidden away bay is mostly rocky with a tiny stretch of sandy beach. Remote and you’ll appreciate having your own transport if staying here.

Haad Gruad Beach Bungalow
Haad Gruad Beach Bungalow

Isolated shacks on the rocks

From US$12 with Agoda

Haad Thian

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. The snorkelling offshore is reportedly decent.

Haad Yao

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 and the hillside behind. The beach maintains an upscale feel, and even the most basic bungalows can cost more here than similar places on other beaches.

Ao Chaophao

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. It’s relaxed atmosphere and mostly inexpensive bungalows give it a laid-back vibe that’s worth a look.

Ao Seethanu

Seethanu is broken in the middle by the boat anchorage, with the northern stretch of the bay being the more popular and developed area. The sand is very white and the sunbaking is terrific. The far northern stretch is one of Ko Pha Ngan’s nudist beaches.

Phangan Cove Resort
Phangan Cove Resort

Great variety of original rooms

From US$23 with Agoda

Golden Rock
Golden Rock

Cheap backpacker huts

From 300 baht Walk-in

Laem Son
Laem Son

Cheap and decent beachfront spot

From US$11 with Agoda

Ao Hinkhong

Long and shallow, Ao Hinkhong is home to a couple of haunts along with some great seafood eating. This is a very quiet part of the island.

Ao Plaay Laem

Ao Plaay Laem has a few piles of boulders around, but its mostly just sand and clear water. Most of the accommodation is budget focused along with one high-end resort. Brilliant sunsets here.

Ao Nai Wok

This narrow strip of sand stretches straight north from Thong Sala town, offering a quiet atmosphere within a 10- to 20-minute walk of the ferry piers, night market, Old Chinese Street and all of the other conveniences found in town. You can also walk from here up to the next beach, Ao Wok Tum and Plaay Laem, which hosts Amsterdam and some other popular bars.