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.
A lagoon/sandy ditch sits between the beach and Mae Haad View and only a handful of their small huts — the cheapest in Mae Haad — provide a sea view through the trees and shrubs lining the lagoon. All rooms are the same price regardless of position, and they're all the same size and quality — small and rudimentary. But they do have an authentic Ko Pha Ngan backpacker vibe, which... Read our full review of Mae Haad View Resort.
Wang Sai is a great for families and mid-range travellers, offering a few beachfront bungalows and more separated from the beach by a lagoon and a stand of trees and shrubs. The huts are all fairly new cement bungalows with slightly garish Thai adornments, most sitting along a green mountainside. The rooms are priced according to location, with the hillside rooms offering great views of the... Read our full review of Wang Sai 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.
A very comfortable choice for midrange budgets, Asia Bungalows offers immaculate bungalows with air-con, hot water and refrigerators. These large concrete units have a classy feel and are very well-kept, spacious and spotless. A few sit on the beach while most are spread around a palm-fringed lawn. Prices are determined by location with the beachfront units costing just a little more than those... Read our full review of Asia Bungalows.
Green Papaya is beautifully designed, luxurious and expensive. Granted the rooms here are spacious, tastefully decorated with comfy bedding and sofas and come with all the mod cons like air-con, TV and refrigerators — but it still seems a tad overpriced. The deluxe rooms at the back in a block perhaps offer the least value. The infinity pool and large sun deck are big assets, as is the... Read our full review of Green Papaya Resort.
A relatively small, relaxing setup run by a friendly family, Salad Hut offers ten wooden bungalows and two brand new concrete beachfront ones with various amenities. The spacious, comfortable and clean wooden huts are separated from the beach by a swimming pool and sun deck, so all rooms are essentially poolside while just steps away from the beach. Each one has a large outside sala with eating... Read our full review of Salad Hut.
Coral Beach Bungalow is a very relaxed, good value spot toward the centre of Haad Salad. The huts are separated from the beach by a narrow garden, and the sand and sea just steps away can be viewed from private hammocks. While quite basic, these wooden huts are in decent shape and clean, and a lot of care is taken with their upkeep. Most importantly, they are cheap, and the quality is better than... Read our full review of Coral Beach Bungalows.
At the far southern end of Haad Salad, Double Duke sits right along the sand, enjoying its peaceful and secluded location. The wooden island-style huts here are quite basic but clean and well cared for. A couple sit on the beach while most run in a row away from the beach, and fan or air-con are available. The basic rooms are inexpensive and a little buggy, but the more sturdy air-con rooms are a... Read our full review of Double Duke.
With better quality rooms than some other budget spots, centrally-located Haad Salad Villa is a great choice on probably the nicest stretch of the beach. Only a pair of large rooms built together sit on the beach, but many more are very close, situated around a central sandy lawn. A few of the bungalow are duplex style woven-sided jobs, but the majority very clean and comfortable in sturdy... Read our full review of Haad Salad Villa.
One of the two original joints on Haad Salad, My Way remains a popular backpacker spot, centrally located on the beach. The bungalows sit in two rows along either side of a large grass field behind the small beachside restaurant, though one actually sits just above the sand. They are positioned facing across the field so the only view one gets is of more bungalows. The rooms are a mix of cheap... Read our full review of My Way.
This small, hidden away bay is mostly rocky with a tiny stretch of sandy beach in the centre.
Haad Gruad is an affordable and very laid-back setup with its own stretch of partially-shaded but rocky and muddy beach — no need to worry about crowds here — even if the staff here are uncommunicative and slow with little English. The large central common area is a cool place to hang out and has a corner terrace for watching movies and a few internet terminals in addition to plenty... Read our full review of Haad Gruad Resort.
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.
Haad Thian Beach Resort offers some of the most comfortable bungalows in this area on a totally private stretch of beach. A retaining wall borders the property while a fine stretch of white sand lies next to the resort. Its basic bamboo huts appeal to budget travellers, while more recently, flashpackers are being drawn in by the addition of large, rather fancy air-con rooms. Beach volleyball,... 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.
On Haad Yao's southern headland, Bounty Resort's bungalows offer clean and comfortable lodgings for most budgets. Their classic wooden island-style bungalows are their oldest but are in fine shape and reasonably priced. Most of the other rooms, while providing a great deal of comfort, are packed together in pairs and in a large hotel-like building. Oddly, many units were angled so that they only... Read our full review of Bounty Resort.
Over Bay has a good selection of inexpensive basic bungalows for backpackers and a couple of newer deluxe air-con units with satellite TV which are popular for longer stays. One could probably lose several kilos hiking up and down the stairs here, but Jar and Nut, the friendly owners, make the trek worthwhile, providing spacious and clean rooms of a decent quality. They're mostly well-built, but... Read our full review of Over Bay Bungalows.
If you’re looking for a popular backpacker spot on Ko Pha Ngan close to the beach, with not only cheap rooms but entertainment galore as well, look no further than Shiralea.A funky place to chill.Shiralea is less than a three-minute walk to the popular Haad Yao beach, a long strip of sand that is becoming increasingly popular among a younger crowd on Ko Pha Ngan due to the relaxed nightlife the... Read our full review of Shiralea.
Silver Beach has very wisely done away with its tiny old bamboo huts in favour of larger, much sturdier wooden bungalows. These well-kept units have tiled floors, screen doors and a fresh clean scent. Bungalows vary greatly in price depending on size and location but they remain very simple accommodations. The air-con rooms are more reasonably priced than the fan rooms relative to other... Read our full review of Silver Beach Bungalows.
Haad Son is a lovely little beach cove, well worth a visit on a daytrip if not to stay. There is not much here besides one resort and its restaurant, and of course, a private stretch of beach, but Ao Chaophao and Haad Yao are very nearby for those needing more variety.
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.
Sandwiched between the road and a lovely stretch of beach, Jungle Huts delivers mostly handsome huts nestled amongst dense jungle foliage littered with colourful and sweet-smelling flowers. This place is easy on the budget, and its accommodations are in better shape than most comparably-priced setups on Ao Chaophao. A few of their cheaper bamboo huts are a little worn, but most are quite charming... Read our full review of Jungle Huts.
One of the friendliest setups on Ao Chaophao, Seetanu has quality rooms to meet most budgets. It has a laid-back atmosphere and the bungalows are solid and well-kept. Even the smallest huts have good-sized bathrooms, a fine change form the often cramped and scummy washrooms in some similarly-priced setups. Some rooms are poorly-lit and all of the tree cover makes them extra-dark inside. A couple... Read our full review of Seetanu.
Couples looking for a great midrange bungalow on Ko Pha Ngan’s west coast need look no further than Blue Ocean Garden, located on Ao Chaophao, at the south end of the beach beside Pirate Bar. Leafy. Green. Three types of rooms, all air-con, are on offer at Blue Ocean Garden: standards plus garden and seaview bungalows. The standard rooms (1,100 baht) are older than the other two options,... Read our full review of Blue Ocean Garden.
Offering a mixed bag of accommodation options, Sea Flower's bungalows vary widely in price and quality. For shoestring travellers, a number of very basic, very shabby thatch huts are available not far from the beach amidst a pleasing garden setting. With squat toilets, drafty floorboards and huge gaps between the walls and the roof, these dank old things should probably be knocked down to make... Read our full review of Sea Flower.
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 has a large variety of well-priced rooms to choose from. The rooms are mostly spaced close together, with a long tree-lined path guiding you through to the back rooms and to the beachfront restaurant. There are however a few stand-alone rooms on stilts if privacy is more your thing. All the rooms are large and the grey wash wall exterior and well-maintained balconies lend a definite... Read our full review of Phangan Cove Resort .
In an area of mostly bungalows, Loyfa is a more upmarket resort in comparison although its prices are not too bad. It has a range of rooms all with air-con and a gorgeous view on the hilltop with only a short walk down to the pool, pool restaurant, beach barbecue restaurant and soft sand beach. All rooms are clean with polished timber flooring, good windows for natural light, TV, tea, coffee and... Read our full review of Loyfa Natural Resort .
Beach Bungalow offers both small timber bungalows as well as concrete air-con rooms, once you have walked the timber footbridge and past the small office that doubles as a travel agency. The simple timber bungalows with hammock are fan only and at 400 baht are a good choice. If you need air-con and are happy to pay a bit more then the modern rooms will do the trick. They are well-built and in... Read our full review of The Beach Bungalow & Travel .
One of the cheapest sets of bungalows around, Golden Rock has simple thatched roof editions on stilts set in lush surrounds just off the sea. The fan-cooled rooms have a decent looking bed, mosquito net, small desk and chair, bathroom with cold water and a balcony with hammock. You feel like you are truly in the tropics here with a large thick grassed area dotted with palm trees, while still only... Read our full review of Golden Rock.
Laem Son 1 offer cheap bungalows on the beach in what feels like a private area of white sand. From the outside these timber bungalows look good and the inside is fine if you are looking for a basic no frills bungalow with a mattress, shelf and cold water shower. It does have two hammocks on the balcony though which is great if you are sharing a room. The rooms are on the small side but the... Read our full review of Laem Son (1) Bungalows .
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.
Ko Pha Ngan’s upmarket Kupu Kupu Resort is a collection of 20 stylish villas and two suites, combining modern elements with traditional charm, while melding Balinese and Thai sensitivities. Quite the entrance. Why Balinese? Kupu Kupu is a Balinese operation, with two resorts on the popular Indonesian island, and its new Ko Pha Ngan location is its first international venture. Most of the... Read our full review of Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas and Spa.
Offering comfortable budget to midrange accommodations, Sea Scene is situated on a lovely stretch of beach toward the northern end of Plaaylaem and offers the finest rooms on this beach. A very relaxed and tranquil spot, Sea Scene is a romantic place for couples and caters to families as well. Many bungalows sit on or near the beach, though the cheapest huts are at least one row back. All are... Read our full review of Sea Scene Resort.
Cookies is a very popular backpacker spot with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The basic bungalows are scattered around vast grounds from the beach -- fairly rocky here -- around a garden and up the hill. The huts are not the best, mostly worn out and some shabbier than others, but they're clean and very well-priced. A small pool is a refreshing place to splash around, and a mini mart, book store... Read our full review of Cookies.