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 laid-back North Coast still offers a glimpse of what Pha Ngan was like decades ago. Chaloklum Bay is a favourite of families thanks to some well-priced but spacious options. This is where you catch the boat to isolated Bottle Beach. Earthy crunch types might opt for Haad Khom, where electricity is only available at night.
One of the most beautiful and quiet beaches on Ko Pha Ngan, with dramatic rocky hills behind a sweep of white sand. Bottle Beach is traditionally one of the most isolated and least developed beaches on the island, but is now seeing the resorts on its pristine sands upgrading to hotel blocks and big cement bungalows. However, there are still a couple of really chilled back pack options, and it is still an utterly serene place to relax.
Bottle Beach I is like Bottle Beach II for grown-ups – it offers smart bungalows, a great swimming pool and a comfortable, good restaurant – you do pay for these pleasures though and it is significantly more expensive here. While they have a range of rooms available, the best of the bunch are the beachfront, wooden, fan-cooled rooms that are set in a row right by the beach under shady... Read our full review of Bottle Beach 1 Resort.
If you're on a budget and don't mind living simple, eastern most Bottle Beach II is where you want to head on Bottle Beach. It has long been the most rustic of the places to stay on Bottle Beach, so much so it seems almost like they build bungalows in a fallover style by design, but they're slowly rotating in a more modern style that will appeal to flashpackers and families while still... Read our full review of Bottle Beach II.
Haad Khom's range of guesthouses is good, with options for most budgets. Most sit uphill rather than right on the beach, but a few are on the sand, and none are too far removed. Electricity is only provided from around 18:00 till midnight at most of the resorts.
If you're a travelling family looking for a great place to stay on a secluded beach, you need look no further than Ocean View Bungalows. The larger family-orientated rooms here are unlike anything we have seen elsewhere on Ko Pha Ngan, with plenty of space, large sweeping decks and very clean and well maintained interiors. The standout (to us) was a split level beach villa that offered a... Read our full review of Ocean View Beach Resort.
Set at the eastern end of Haad Khom, Coconut Beach's highlight is the restaurant overlooking the beach. They have two main kinds on bungalows on offer – very old and battered wooden huts and slightly newer and in better shape concrete limegreen bungalows. All run up the hill and back from the restaurant, but most don't have much of a view. The wooden huts are the cheapest you'll find on... Read our full review of Coconut Beach Bungalows.
Chaloklum's beach can be muddy at low tide and is 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 very spacious — it's particularly popular among families with young children and those staying longer on Ko Pha Ngan. 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.
Set overlooking the water at the centre of Chaloklum village and roughly modelled on a traditional trader's house, Mandalai offers easily the smartest rooms on Chaloklum, providing a comfortable respite from typical island bungalows. Smart and comfortable rooms are arranged across both floors of the U-shaped building, with a small swimming pool at the centre and the beachfront rooms facing... Read our full review of Mandalai.
Malibu's primary selling point is the gorgeous white sand beach where the resort restaurant sits a short walk over a bridge from all the bungalows – even if you're not staying here, make the time to come and hangout at the beach bar and restaurant. The resort describes the beach as being a private beach on an island, but it is more just cut off from the rest of Ko Pha Ngan by a tidal... Read our full review of Malibu Beach.
Chaloklum's beach road ends at North Beach, a classic-style beach bungalow operation with old, run down, but not unreasonably priced wooden bungalows. With a restaurant sitting by the end of the road, the resort overlooks some of the best and least disturbed, of Chaloklum's beach. North Beach (we assume the name is referring to Chaloklum being on Ko Pha Ngan's northern coast) has a single row... Read our full review of North Beach Bungalows.