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 west coast has a good mix of beaches that range from long and developed to tiny and with only one or two places to stay. Bigger beaches include Haad Salad, Ao Mae Haad, Haad Yao and Ao Seethanu, while Haad Khruad, Haad Thian, Haad Son, Ao Chaophao, Ao Hinkhong, Ao Wok Tum and Ao Plaaylaem are all worth considering if you prefer a more isolated feel.
The western stretch of Mae Haad is stunning with great snorkelling offshore, while the eastern side is not so suitable for swimming and sees a good deal of small-scale fishing from longtail boats. The water is relatively shallow along the entire beach and is more accommodating at high tide, but the offshore reef is accessible by a smooth channel mid-beach.
While it is a bit cheeky calling this place a resort, Mae Haad Beach View presents solid backpacker bungalows on a better stretch of Mae Haad's main beach. The brown (they looked freshly painted to us) rattan, wood and bamboo bungalows have deep blue edgings that are carried through to very clean and well designed (and blue) smoothly finished concrete hot water bathrooms that are a step above... Read our full review of Mae Haad Beach View Resort.
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.
If you're looking for a spendier, more luxurious choice on Haad Salad, the friendly and well designed Green Papaya, set towards the northern end of the beach delivers the goods. Despite being around for quite a few years now (note the lush, well tended gardens), the resort remains in very good condition and we were taken aback by just how friendly the manager and staff were here. The resort... Read our full review of Green Papaya Resort.
At one stage in the early 90s Salad Hut had half the beach while My Way had the other half and Salad Hut was always the slightly pricier and better presented option of the two, a distinction which remains accurate today. If you're a travelling family heading to Haad Salad, Salad Hut should be right up towards the top of your short list and you'll be wanting to book early as they do not have a... Read our full review of Salad Hut.
If we weren't so attached to My Way, Double Duke, set at the southern end of Haad Salad would be our number one pick for a budget bungalow by the beach. These are classic Ko Pha Ngan beach bungalows – a single cloth hammock slung over a wooden deck and frame on concrete posts with rattan and wooden walls and a couple of small boxy windows. The bed is a mattress on a raised platform and the... Read our full review of Double Duke.
One of the originals, My Way was the first place we ever plonked our bags down on Ko Pha Ngan and it retains a soft spot in our heart. When we used to stay here in the early 90s a bamboo beachfront hut was something like 40 (not 400!) baht and the only other place to stay was Salad Hut. Oh how times change. True to its roots, My Way remains budget focussed with two rows of bungalows running... Read our full review of My Way.
A veritable suburb of cheap bungalows sits behind Haad Salad Villa, making it a good spot to hunt for those not fussed about being a few minutes from the sand. This is actually two properties, but as we could never get a clear answer of exactly what is going on, and as they share the same reception, we've listed it all under one. The closer beachside rooms are set behind a massage sala and... Read our full review of Haad Salad Villa.
This small, hidden away bay is mostly rocky with a tiny stretch of sandy beach in the centre.
If you thought Haad Thian was isolated, take the right spur off the dirt road and follow it until it takes a final steep drop and scratches out to nothing at the parking area for Haad Gruad Beach Bungalows – now this is isolated. With all the development rolling across Ko Pha Ngan, this cute and laid back family-run place has stuck to their guns delivering simple accommodation with a welcoming... Read our full review of Haad Gruad Beach Bungalow.
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. Good snorkelling opportunities lie a short distance offshore.
When you walk into the reception at Haad Thian Resort, look for the photo on the door of the swaying bamboo and thatch bungalows – oh how places change over the years. While the bungalows here have grown up over the years, what was a problem then remains a problem now – the beach is quite small. Most of the resort is sheltered behind a many times cracked and resurfaced concrete and stone... Read our full review of Haad Tian Beach Resort.
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. There is no shortage of places to choose from here -- even in high season. There's something for everyone, though Haad Yao maintains an upscale feel, and even the most basic bungalows can cost more than similar places on other beaches.
They weren't kidding when they named this place Over Bay Resort and with bungalows ideally placed for marathon trainers you'll feel like you've walked all over the bay after a few runs up and down. Good things come to those who climb ridiculous hills isn't all that common a saying, but here deliverance comes in the form of spectacular views right, well, over the bay. Views are better the... Read our full review of Haad Yao Over Bay Resort.
Named after a planet in Episode 220 of 'Star Trek - The Next Generation' (yes, seriously!) Shiralea markets itself as a backpacker resort and that is pretty much exactly what it is. While it lacks a beach of its own, there is a swimming pool and if you want a beach you can cut through the monstrous Bayview Resort and you're on the sand at the northern end of Haad Yao in just a few minutes.... Read our full review of Shiralea Backpackers Resort.
Silver Beach is one of a clutch of three places in a narrow block that runs from the beachfront back to the main Haad Yao road, just to the south of Long Bay, and offers simple clean, bungalow accommodation. They have a single row of bungalows, the closer to the beach ones are concrete, the ones further back concrete and wood, running back from the beach and while they have no beach views,... Read our full review of Silver Beach Bungalows.
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 and snorkelling opportunities. It's relaxed atmosphere and mostly inexpensive bungalows give it a laid-back vibe that's worth a look.
In business since the late 1980s, Thai-Canadian run Seaflower bungalows remains the pick of the bunch on Chao Phao, with a range of good rooms, lovely gardens and a perfect, centre of the beach location. Seaflower offer a wide variety of rooms catering to most budgets, but it is flashpackers and families who will feel best served by their accommodation options. While we're not sure if any of... Read our full review of Seaflower Bungalows.
While they'd not qualify as jungle on the National Geographic channel, the lush yet well tended gardens at Jungle Hut go a good way towards delivering a jungly by the beach feel. The gardens also deliver a dose of privacy to the cute huts that run down from the roadside reception and restaurant area down to the beach, making this a popular spot for those who like to swing in the hammock –... Read our full review of Jungle Hut.
Seethanu is broken in the middle by the boat anchorage, with the northern stretch of the bay being the more popular area. The sand is very white and the sunbaking is terrific. A coral reef not far from shore provides easily-accessible snorkelling opportunities with some decent corals and tropical fish. At the southern end of the bay, the beach isn't so great, but the resorts are perched up on the headland, many with quite good views. They vary greatly in price and quality.
Phangan Cove sits towards the southern end of Sri Thanu, just before the river mouth, and offers a large variety of well-priced and originally-styled rooms to choose from, clustered around a tree-lined pathway weaving through the grounds between the beachfront restaurant and the entrance at the rear. Rooms are generally good-sized, with grey wash wall exteriors and well-maintained balconies... Read our full review of Phangan Cove Resort .
One of the cheapest sets of bungalows in this part of Ko Pha Ngan, Golden Rock has simple thatched roof editions on stilts set in a lawn garden at the extreme southern end of Chao Phao or northern end of Seethanu (depending on your point of view). Most of the bungalows are back off the beach a short distance, with the small wooden and stilted restaurant enjoying the best placement looking out... Read our full review of Golden Rock.
Oh-so-long-running Laem Son Bungalows sits on a great stretch of Sri Thanu beach, with glowing dusty white sand out front and calm waters beyond. You'll also see here referred to as Laem Son Resort and Laem Son 1, but the accommodation on offer is more straightforward, with three main options on hand. The cheapest are wooden bungalows in a couple of rows just to the north of the restaurant,... Read our full review of Laem Son.
Ao Hinkhong forms the northern stretch of Wok Tum and is home to a couple of haunts off the road leading to Seethanu and one yoga joint.
The resorts at Ao Plaaylaem run along its edge every hundred metres or so. There a few piles of boulders around, but its mostly just sand and clear water.
Easily one of the flashest resorts on Ko Pha Ngan's west coast, the decidedly upmarket Kupu Kupu Resort offers a selection of stylish villas between the restaurant and beach along with a second low running along the beachfront – if you're looking for luxe, you're in the right place. Kupu Kupu is an Indonesian brand, with two resorts on the popular Indonesian island of Bali, and this Ko Pha... Read our full review of Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas and Spa.