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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.

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Pha Ngan's only real town, Thong Sala has a handful of cheap places to stay that generally suit the needs of those sticking around long term. Nearby Ao Nai Wok is worth considering if you want to be close to town but with some decent beachfront.

Thong Sala

The commercial and administrative capital of Ko Pha Ngan, Thong Sala is a constant bustle of taxi drivers, merchants and newly-arrived sun worshippers. The central produce and meat market are worth perusing and provide visitors with tasty fresh fruit and an authentic Thai experience, just follow your nose toward the fish smell. Most people only stay long enough here to catch a ride elsewhere after they negotiate the pier, but there are a few decent accommodations for those who need to be in town.

Buakao Inn Guest House and A’s Coffee Shop
Backpacker - Under 600B
146 Moo 1, Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 226

Buakao Inn and A’s Coffee Shop are part of the same business and it is easiest to look for the red ‘A’s Fine Diner and Deli’ sign to find it. The five rooms are upstairs, each with a different number, size of bed and price to match. The rooms are clean and well looked after with air-con or fan, TV, mini-fridge and some with a plush leather single recliner. The beds here are very... Read our full review of Buakao Inn Guest House and A’s Coffee Shop .

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Suan Inn Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
133 Moo 1, Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (081) 835 2660

Head up the main street from the pier roundabout and turn left at Soi Krung Thai. From there it is about a 10-minute walk crossing two small bridges and you will see the sign for Suan Inn on your left. The well-kept bungalows, lining a shady coconut grove, are simple yet spacious and quite well-kept. The basic separate kitchen in the air-con rooms and the verandah and hammock layout make it worth... Read our full review of Suan Inn Bungalows.

Sucasa Guest House
Backpacker - Under 600B
Chinese Street and Soi Krung Thai
T: (093) 750 8467

Sucasa has a set of fan-cooled rooms on what is known as old Chinese Street, which is the one-way street that continues at the south end of the main pier road along the water and turns in. It is on your right. This is a fun street of old trinkets, hardware stores, clothes shops and cafes. Every Saturday this becomes Walking Street from 16:00 till 20:00 and a great food market. These rooms are... Read our full review of Sucasa Guest House.

Asia Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (087) 381 9772

Cross over the main road from A’s Coffee House and Asia Hotel is just there on the left. It is in a good location close to markets, food and the pier and would come in handy if you need somewhere to stay before or after catching a ferry. The smaller rooms are very small but the larger rooms are better with tiled flooring, tacky curtains, an old TV and air-con. These rooms are by no way... Read our full review of Asia Hotel.

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Ao Nai Wok

Just a quick walk over the bridge from Thong Sala, Ao Nai Wok is about the closest you could stay to Ko Pha Ngan's piers without being in town. A long bay extends north, lined with some decent sandy beach. There are some fine bungalow operators and resorts here, the best of which lie at the northern end. The sea is fairly shallow close to the beach, so swimming conditions are not great, especially in May to July when the tide is way out through most of the day. The sea shelf drops of after about 80 metres where the reef provides some decent snorkelling. Not the best or most popular beach on Ko Pha Ngan, the main benefit of staying in this area is to be close to the services of Thong Sala.

Best View Villa
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Nai Wok, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 1567

Best View's bungalows are not particularly charming, but they're inexpensive and provide a somewhat tranquil place to stay for those catching a ferry out of Thong Sala. While the property borders the beach, only two bungalows could be considered beach front while most are set back behind the restaurant in a grassy grove. The yellow concrete huts are quite plain and basic though sturdy and clean.... Read our full review of Best View Villa.

Grand Sea Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
152 Moo 1, Ao Nai Wok, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 776-7

Definitely the flashiest and finest setup on Nai Wok, perhaps even on Ko Pha Ngan's west coast, Grand Sea Resort is very posh and comfortable. All bungalows and hotel-style buildings here feature the beautifully-carved wood and high pitched roofs of northern Thai, Lanna style. While suited to big spenders, the atmosphere remains quite relaxed. The unpretentious management and staff are incredibly... Read our full review of Grand Sea Resort.

Joon Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Nai Wok, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (087) 881 0988

Joon is a very chilled out and friendly spot popular among the backpacking crowd. The owners, Steph and Anna, and the rest of the staff are very hospitable. The only room actually on the beach here are the most expensive and best-equipped, but all bungalows are very reasonably priced. They're huge wooden units, worn but clean, though many are rickety with plenty of cracks and spaces for critters... Read our full review of Joon Bungalows.

Pha-ngan Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Nai Wok, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 377 191

Sprawled along a grassy beach side coconut grove, Pha Ngan Bungalow is an inexpensive choice for shoe-stringers and backpackers who want to be near Thong Sala but not too near. A long line of tiny rustic huts sits near the sea while newer, slightly larger bungalows form a second row. These cost only a little more for some extra space, but they really aren't much better and sit very near the road.... Read our full review of Pha-ngan Bungalows.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Thong Sala? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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