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.
The tranquil bays that dot the East Coast are some of Ko Pha Ngan's best-kept secrets. Thong Nai Pan Noi is a favourite of luxury travellers, while nearby Thong Nai Pan Yai has a great selection of backpacker to midrange options. Haad Sadet and Haad Why Nam will do the trick for seclusion seekers. Haad Thian has some interesting options up on the hillside, and the long but isolated Haad Yuan offers a great mix of accommodation.
A long sweeping beach, a short boat-trip from Haad Rin with a fine spread of places to stay.
Sprawling across the southern end of Haad Yuan, Barcelona Resort offers a range of fan-cooled bungalows, some with terrific views, snaking across the hillside. The bungalows are brightly coloured with decks with plastic chairs (not all have hammocks though) and clean but spartan interiors. Beds have just a base sheet and a sheet to throw over and have a mosquito net draped overhead. Rooms are... Read our full review of Barcelona Resort.
At the northern end of Haad Yuan you'll see a wonky wooden walkway snaking around the edge of the boulders then carved steps climbing up and over the stone to Bamboo Hut's large well placed multi-tier restaurant and jungle bungalows. While the restaurant enjoys arguably the best views over Haad Yuan, the fan-cooled bungalows are mostly in the woods behind it and have no view to speak of.... Read our full review of Bamboo Hut.
Set towards the northern end of Haad Yuan towards, but not on, the bouldered headland, and overlooking some excellent beachfront, Big Blue delivers clean and reasonable comfortable fan-cooled bungalows at flashpacker rates. Long running and friendly, with a couple of rows of sun recliners and a volleyball net, Big Blue does a far better job of capturing the full, sociable vibe of a beach club... Read our full review of Big Blue Bungalow and Restaurant.
If you're looking for flash lodging right on the beach at Haad Yuan, Pariya is pretty much the only show in town with smart rooms and a beachside swimming pool. Pariya's large and octagonal rooms with clean white painted walls and simple but minimal modern decor and inviting beds run up the wooded hillside from the beach offering, in some cases, terrific views over the ocean. We say sometimes... Read our full review of Pariya Haad Yuan.
Most of the places on Haad Thian are on the hillside behind the central coconut plantation. It's generally pretty quiet, though the Friday night parties keep most up all night.
Set back off the beach, inland at the northern end of Haad Thian and yet still only a short walk to both the beach here and Why Nam beach beach over the hill, Beam Bungalows delivers on a great feeling of jungle living. The mixed-size bungalows sprawl from a frangipani-lined path around and past the restaurant into the trees. They vary from small wood and rattan 400 baht versions up to more... Read our full review of Beam Bungalows.
If there was one place on Ko Pha Ngan that summed up the hippy chic of the island, The Sanctuary on Haad Thian on the east coast of the island, would be it. The Sanctuary is part resort, part spa and part detox centre but it is probably best known for its outstanding beachside restaurant. Nestled into the southern end of Haad Thian, with accommodation both scattered across the hillside and... Read our full review of The Sanctuary.
Family Bungalows are often overlooked due to their tucked-away location set back behind Sanctuary and the Wellness Centre, but, for the area, they're a good deal for those on a budget. You'll find them set down a path through the back of The Sanctuary with only a small faded sign announcing their existence. The reception is part of their shop, which offers the basics and is where the family hangs... Read our full review of Family Bungalows.
Why Nam? Why not! A classic beach hideaway home to a single good resort.
Why Nam is the only setup on this peaceful little cove, and is possibly the most tranquil spot on all of Ko Pha Ngan — an ideal cluster of simple bungalows along the southern side of the beautiful bay. The sand is a little coarse and the sea floor rocky, but the swimming is great — even at low tide — and the tranquility makes Why Nam well worth checking out, especially for those looking... Read our full review of Why Nam Hut.
A gleaming white-sand beach with a mix of accommodation. Very little shade to speak of, though plenty of good spots to stay.
Mai Pen Rai Bungalows really lives up to its name with a laid back, uber relaxed vibe along with the best beachside setting on Than Sadet. Long-running, Mai Pen Rai's bungalows are scattered all over the place – beach bums will love the beachfront rooms that run alongside the restaurant, while those sitting limpet like along the rocky northern headland below Plaa's Restaurant will appeal to... Read our full review of Mai Pen Rai Bungalows.
A lovely sweeping beach with very good accommodation along its entire length. A classic Ko Pha Ngan destination.
Set at the northern end of Thong Nai Pan Yai, right before the rocky headland, Candle Hut Resort is a solid flashpacker option with over-sized bungalows on spacious lawn grounds. We preferred the wooden bungalows with sliding glass doors to the more luxurious concrete ones, but all the fare here is of a pretty good standard and very generously sized. Balconies have chairs and a hammock on the... Read our full review of Candle Hut Resort.
Set up by Australian Kim and Thai Giet many years ago, Dolphin was once the place to stay on Thong Nai Pan Yai with a very cool vibe and excellent hosts. Sadly however, they lost control of Dolphin some years ago, and while the current incarnation is still good, it isn't as great as it once was. Rooms come in three main styles – older fan-cooled wooden bungalows and two types of larger,... Read our full review of Dolphin.
If you're looking for hotel-style accommodation on Thong Nai Pan Yai, Havana is arguably the best bet with smart oversized rooms in a series of multi-storey blocks running back from the beach. Despite the relatively narrow beach frontage, Havana packs in the rooms with their two-storey blocks set behind the medium-sized freeform swimming pool and the beachfront restaurant. Wood-floored rooms are... Read our full review of Havana Beach Resort.
Ping Chan went through a complete redevelopment in 2015, bulldozing the old budget huts and replacing them with quite swanky large bungalows making it the most upmarket option on Thong Nai Pan Yai proper. Considerable effort has gone into the rooms and the beachfront option we took a look through was a very smart affair. A large deck (no hammock unfortunately) overlooks the beach and the bed... Read our full review of Ping Chan Koh Pha Ngan Beach Resort.
The name Nice Beach Resort may be unimaginative, but the beach here is indeed nice and the resort sits midway along its length, between the centre and southern end of Thong Nai Pan Yai. Reception is to your right as you walk in off the beach, overlooking the quite smart freeform swimming pool and offers a mix of old budget bungalows and newer mid-range rooms. While there are a couple of smart... Read our full review of Nice Beach Resort.
Towards the centre of Thong Nai Pan Yai, Starlight offers three kinds of rooms – somewhat musty and aged bungalows and smarter newer rooms in a two level motel-style building, but the real selling point is the well positioned swimming pool. As with nearby Nice, Starlight's bungalows here have certainly seen better days and we'd say if you're looking for a bungalow stay elsewhere, but the... Read our full review of Starlight Resort.
One of Ko Pha Ngan's best beaches. A stunning stretch of sand and turquoise water offshore -- simply lovely.
Until Thong Nai Pan Noi went all fancy pants, Panviman Resort Koh Phangan, set on the rocky headland that separates the two bays which together form Thong Nai Pan, was easily the flashiest digs in town and while that's no longer the case, it still offers luxurious lodgings across a sprawling property. Sprawling over the boulder scattered, jungly headland, the 20+ year old resort is... Read our full review of Panviman Resort Koh Phangan.