The best family accommodation on Ko Pha Ngan

The best family accommodation on Ko Pha Ngan

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When it comes to picking the right place for a family holiday on Ko Pha Ngan, don't make the mistake of thinking your only option is some fancy-pants expensive resort, as the island has some great – and affordable – family options. Aiming for more memorable, maybe a little rustic and definitely less cookie-cutter, here are our top picks for family-friendly resorts and guesthouses on Ko Pha Ngan.

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A few points should be kept in mind when looking for family accommodation on Ko Pha Ngan. Watch out for extra bed charges, which can range from as little as 200 baht through to as much as 1,000 baht per night. Also keep an eye on mandatory Christmas and New Year gala dinners, a greedy practice popular with fancy hotels across the Thai islands. Children should be half price (or exempt), but you may want to try to avoid altogether. Also, be wary of booking a double room with an extra bed and hoping to sneak two kids in — some hotels will throw a hissy fit at this. If your kids are older, consider booking two bungalows rather than one family room, as this can sometimes be cheaper.

Bamboo everywhere. : David Luekens.
Bamboo everywhere. Photo: David Luekens

Baan Tai: Milky Bay Resort
Milky Bay in Baan Tai has just about everything a family could want: a fine stretch of beachfront, swimming pool, table tennis, foosball, spa and spacious A-frame villas with multiple beds for around 2,700 baht. The rates for extra beds are pricier than some resorts, but the service is exceptional and the location puts plenty of good restaurants within walking distance.
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Pretty colours. : David Luekens.
Pretty colours. Photo: David Luekens

Baan Tai: Sabaii Bay Resort
Located about halfway between Baan Tai and Thong Sala on the south coast, Sabaii Bay is a winning family option thanks to family villas that sleep five for less than 3,000 baht and superior rooms for around 1,500 baht with a single bed in addition to a double bed, as standard. The laid-back and highly flexible staff put no limit on the number of extra beds allowed in a room, also offering a swimming pool and a solid patch of beachfront.
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Simple fare. : David Luekens.
Simple fare. Photo: David Luekens

Baan Tai: First Villa
The first place to stay on the far western end of Ao Baan Tai, First Villa has family written all over it. Just ask affable manager Bobo and her uncle, auntie and the rest of the islander family owners who sometimes bicker, endearingly, over muay Thai matches. Air-con family rooms sleep four and are basic but affordable at 1,300 baht. From 22:00 the place is usually quiet enough to hear a pin drop.
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Poolside at Palita. : Stuart McDonald.
Poolside at Palita. Photo: Stuart McDonald
Haad Rin sunrise side: Palita Lodge
Set almost as far from the party as it could be, Palita Lodge looks far more backpacker style than it really is, with some very smart rooms and a great swimming pool running back from the beach. The grounds are shady and cool, offering a respite from the heat and the low key backpackery restaurant lets you squelch your feet in the sand while you have breakfast. The beach out front is terrific. From 2,000 baht. People looking for something more traveller style should continue down the beach to Seaview Sunrise whose beachfront bungalows, while quite rundown, are still great value.
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Chill out at Candle Hut. : Stuart McDonald.
Chill out at Candle Hut. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Thong Nai Pan Yai: Candle Hut Resort
Set at the northern end of Thong Nai Pan Yai, midway up the east coast of Ko Pha Ngan, and right before the rocky headland, Candle Hut Resort is a solid flashpacker option with over-sized bungalows on spacious lawn grounds. The resort should appeal to families who want a bit of space for the kids to run around on and the pool is an absolute sweetener. You're also just a short walk back into the village for more eating options. From 1,200 baht.
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Great for families. : Stuart McDonald.
Great for families. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Haad Khom: Ocean View Beach Resort
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 as 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 stylish beach-chic outlook. Family rooms from 1,400 baht.
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Prime beach frontage. : Stuart McDonald.
Prime beach frontage. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Haad Salad: Salad Hut
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 lot of rooms, so it fills up fast. Dark and wooden, rooms are oversized, with plenty of space for an extra bed – the friendly and helpful staffer who showed us around mentioned that guests often put two extra beds in for bigger families – and quite a few of the rooms come with two double beds as standard. From 1,400 baht.
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Oh so pretty. : Stuart McDonald.
Oh so pretty. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Haad Yao: Seaboard
You'll find Seaboard towards the southern reaches of Haad Yao where they offer some very smart, renovated midrange concrete chalets along with some older, more affordable backpacker focussed bungalows.The concrete chalets have plenty of windows so are bright and airy inside and have plenty enough space inside to swing a cat. Bedding is simple, but furnished with a flourish and facilities include TV, WiFi, air-con throughout, minibar and hot water bathrooms. Decks are of a good size as well. We'd imagine these are popular with families. From 1,800 baht.
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Some great beach out front. : Stuart McDonald.
Some great beach out front. Photo: Stuart McDonald
Ao Chaophao: Seaflower Bungalows
In business since the late 1980s, Thai-Canadian run Seaflower Bungalows remains the pick of the bunch on Chaophao, 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. Family options from 1,700 baht.
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A beachfront bungalow. : Stuart McDonald.
A beachfront bungalow. Photo: Stuart McDonald
Ao Plaay Laem: Shambhala
Lush and jungly, Shambhala sits on a great stretch of Plaay Laem Beach and offers an excellent standard of well maintained classic Ko Pha Ngan beach bungalows. The setting is lush, with palms and banana trees (we could almost reach some bananas from our balcony hammock) delivering a generous dose of privacy to just about all the bungalows, each of which has a good size deck with at least one hammock and a table setting.
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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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