Places to Stay in Koh Phangan ✔️ Beaches – Restaurants – Nightlife

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You’re in the right place because in this travel blog I will cover where to stay in Koh Phangan and you’ll learn about all the different seaside villages on the island.

Koh Phangan island is dotted with a number of coastal neighborhoods all offering something different and catering to different tastes and budgets. Haad Rin, the beach town that hosts the monthly full moon party is the most popular place to stay in Koh Phangan and is home to the island’s most gorgeous beach.

However, Koh Phangan is a large island so choosing the best place to stay is an important decision. Whether you’re searching for secluded tranquility, a family friendly atmosphere, a vibrant nightlife scene or something in between, Koh Phangan offers a broad appeal and caters to various travel styles and tastes.

A view of a beach lined with palm trees and clear emerald water. Best places to stay in Koh Phangan
Leela beach near Haad Rin in South Koh Phangan

This guide covers the places to stay in Koh Phangan along with accommodation recommendations for any budget in each area. If you’re putting together your Koh Phangan itinerary this will help you decide which part of the island is best catered for your plan.

Best Places to Stay in Koh Phangan

If you’re seeking an accommodation in Koh Phangan that is highly rated and is within a few minutes walk to a gorgeous beach, various restaurants and amenities but don’t have a specific place in mind, below are 3 TOP recommended accommodations on the island.

Each option is in a different budget category and has been highly rated for location, amenities, cleanliness and the staff.

Tip: Koh Phangan isn’t overly saturated with accommodations. It is always advisable to reserve anything you like in advance in order to find the best deals and most options. This is even more true around the full moon party dates when everything is sold out and remaining rooms are expensive.

Haad Rin
Places to stay in Koh Phangan.
Best Budget Option

So Good Haad Rin Hostel – $

Thongsala
A beachfront rustic white building with blue windows
Mid-Range Option

Lime N Soda Beachfront Resort – $$

Sri Thanu
A villa in Koh Phangan nestled in the jungle.
Mid-Range Option

Not what you’re looking for? Don’t worry, the list below includes the best places to stay in Koh Phangan divided into different areas.

Getting to Koh Phangan

Below are the best affordable travel options to reach Koh Phangan from other popular destinations.

Bangkokbest Bangkok to Koh Phangan transport (combo)
Phuketbest Phuket to Koh Phangan transport (combo)
Krabibest Krabi to Koh Phangan (combo)
Koh Samui30 minute ferry to Koh Phangan (direct)
Koh Tao1 hour ferry to Koh Phangan (direct)

Places to Stay in Koh Phangan – By Area

In the following sections I will cover everything you need to know about Koh Phangan hotels, hostels, guesthouses and the different areas and neighborhoods around the island. This information will help you decide which part of the island is best for your plans and travel style.

I have also listed a few accommodation suggestions in each section. You can rest assured that all recommended places to stay in Koh Phangan are highly rated and are all conveniently located near a number of amenities.

Note: all recommended properties are some of the best rated and most booked in that particular area. Consequentially these properties are in high demand and often sold out unless booking in advance.

Thongsala – Best Place for Everything

At a glance: Main Port Town, Bustling Market, Diverse Accommodations, Convenient Location, Lively Atmosphere.

Thongsala is Koh Phangan’s main point of entry. This part of the island is known for it’s diverse range of accommodation options. From beachfront hotels, budget guesthouses and social hostels. During the day Thongsala is quite laid-back but as the sun goes down, the bustling markets set up near the port offering various local and international dishes at affordable prices and attracting both locals and tourists.

This is also the main town and while by no means is it overcrowded, Thongsala is the most developed part of the island. You’ll all the major banks and ATM’s here, numerous scooter rentals shops and supermarkets. Also if you’re looking for places to dine, Thongsala has the largest concentration of local and western restaurants. Arguably one of the most famous restaurants is Outlaws Saloon grilling the best steaks on the island.

Best Places to Stay in Thongsala

Below are the best places to stay in Thongsala. If you’re searching for something on the higher end, Thongsala doesn’t really have any option. Exclusive properties are mostly on the way down to Haad Rin and on the opposite side of the island in a town named Thong Nai Pan. Everything is listed below.

Budget
Best hotels in Ko Phangan
The Pier
PropertyPrice
The PierFrom $23
Buakao InnFrom $22
Phatra HostelFrom $10 (p.p)
Buakao InnFrom $23
Phangan Barsay HostelFrom $35
Mid Range
A beachfront rustic white building with blue windows
Lime N Soda Beachfront

Baan Tai – Convenient

At a glance: Good for families – selection of bars – restaurants – outdoor foodcourt

If you can’t decide where to stay in Koh Phangan, then Baan Tai could be the answer. Baan Tai is the town in between Thongsala and Haad Rin. It’s less developed and not lively as the nearby town but there’s all the amenities including bars and restaurants and a number of accommodation that are cheaper for the same level of service.

What we loved most in Baan Tai is how easy it is to navigate. All the amenities are located along a straight main-road, including most of the accommodation. The convenience is also a bonus. Thongsala is just a 4 minute drive up the road and about 10 minutes drive south is the gorgeous beach in Haad Rin. There’s also an open air food court that opens every day and has various stalls with local and international cuisine.

Best Places to Stay in Baan Tai

Below are the best places to stay in Baan Tai for any budget. Keep in mind this is a less developed part of Koh Phangan and while there’s lots of amenities, everything is somewhat spread out.

Budget
Best places to stay in Ko Phangan
→ Sea Love Beach Bar und Bungalows
PropertyPrice
→ @HOsTEL PHANGANFrom $21
→ Phangan Beach ResortFrom $26
→ Laewan GuesthouseFrom $33
→ Sea Love Beach Bar und BungalowsFrom $35
→ Tiki Beach Koh PhanganFrom $37
Mid-Range
A rustic beachfront houses with thatched roof and green windows
→ Sand Terrace Beach Bungalows

Haad Rin – Best Beach and Lively

At a glance: Best beach – lively atmosphere – hotels for any budget

While Haad Rin is ground zero for entertainment and partying, this relatively chaotic scene is mainly concentrated on the beach and only around the full moon party dates. Haad Rin is still going to be lively outside the full moon party dates but it isn’t going to be anything crazy.

Besides, Haad Rin is home to the most beautiful beach in Koh Phangan. If you had to describe the pure definition of paradise, this would be it. Powdery soft sand spilling into crystal clear water in a cove with jungle on both sides. I understand why the hippies in the 70’s where so fascinated by this place which from a small gathering started an event known globally.

Haad Rin beach and the town is a peninsula on the southern tip of Koh Phangan. The main beach, Haad Rin faces East and on the opposite side there’s another beach where you’ll find some of the more fancy accommodations. The entire town is small and regardless where you stay you can easily walk to anywhere in the Haad Rin area within 20 minutes.

Best Places to Stay in Haad Rin

Below are the best places to stay in Haad Rin for any budget. Haad Rin is one of the most popular areas to stay in Koh Phangan. Not only because of the full moon party but also for the amazing beach. The best deals and hotels are often booked in advance. If you already know your travel dates, make sure not to leave until the last minute.

Mid-Range

Sri Thanu – Hip and Funky

At a glance: Yoga Hub, Wellness Retreat, Eco-Friendly Accommodations, Spiritual Atmosphere, Organic Cafes.

Sri Thanu is basically the yogi part of the island. There’s a number of wellness centres and retreats. This also brings along numerous trendy cafes and organic, vegan, healthy (and the likes) restaurants and places to eat. I don’t want to give the impression that the whole area is just a touristy/spiritual place, because by no means it is. There’s still various local eateries and lots of locals live here too.

Sri Thanu offers a chill atmosphere and most accommodations are in the mid to high price range. If you’re on a budget it is best to stay in Thongsala, as it’s relatively close. Sri Thanu is where there’s Zen beach a famous sunset beach in Koh Phangan. Regardless of where you stay, definitely visit Zen beach for sunset, its truly magical.

Best Places to Stay in Sri Thanu

Below is the list of best places to stay in Sri Thanu: the hippiest, trendiest and coolest part of Koh Phangan.

“BTW, I’m not a yogi, vegan, healthy eater, spiritual leader, meditate or anything similar, but personally Sri Thanu is one of my favorite areas on Koh Phangan”

Mid to High
PropertyPrice
ECO 2From $45
Phangan Cove ResortFrom $55
Crystal Whte Sand ResortFrom $55
Phangan AkunaFrom $57
Shanti Boutique HotelFrom $85

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Haad Yao – Convenient and Quiet

At a glance: Sunset Views, Tranquil Setting, Range of Accommodations, Relaxation, Swimming and Snorkeling.

The most popular areas in Koh Phangan are located on the west side of the island. Thongsala is busiest part and further up you go, the quieter it will get. Haad Yao is past Srithanu and this is where the island turns into s really chill vibe.

In Haad Yao you can find a number of accommodation but significantly less than the nearby Srithanu. It’s a rather small area with limited amount of dining options. However, you’ll have a gorgeous beach nearby and the cool cafes and dining options in Sri Thanu aren’t that far away.

Budget
PropertyPrice
Easy Life BungalowsFrom $23
Shiralea Backpackers ResortFrom $19
Silver Beach BungalowFrom $42
Apache Bar Haad yaoFrom $35
Bounty ResortFrom $30
High-End

Haad Salad – Family Friendly

At a glance: Family-Friendly, Relaxing Atmosphere, Mid-Range Resorts, Snorkeling Spot, Quiet Compared to Party Areas.

The Haad Salad area spills into Haad Yao and is a little further north along the west coast. It’s relatively secluded yet still within accessible reach of neighboring Srithanu however not within walking distance so you may want to consider a scooter rental.

Haad Salad offers a family-friendly atmosphere and a relaxing ambiance, making it ideal for travelers seeking a peaceful retreat. Here you’ll find mid range to high end properties and beach bungalows.

If you want a budget option in Haad Salad, check out →Haad Salad Resort. Here they offer simple bungalows (not on the beach) at a very affordable price.

Below are the best places to stay in Haad Salad

Mid to High

Chaloklum – Thai Charm

At a glance: Fishing Village Charm, Scenic Bay, Authentic Atmosphere, Diverse Accommodations, Waterfront Restaurants.

Nestled among the secluded and lush landscapes in North Koh Phangan, Chaloklum offers a glimpse into the authentic Thai way of living. The beach itself stretches for over 2 km and has a pier in the middle. Colorful longtail fishing boats anchor along the bay.

Chaloklum is the answer to the popular Bophut neighborhood in Koh Samui. In the small town you’ll find wooden Chinese houses along with a number of budget to mid range accommodation both on the beach and in town. It’s a charming place to stay in Koh Phangan that blends in with Thai culture. This is a rather secluded area and amenities including restaurants are limited.

Budget to Mid Range

Thong Nai Pan – Luxury Retreats

At a glance: Luxury Retreat, Serene Atmosphere, Upscale Resorts, Ideal for Couples and Families, Beachfront Setting.

Thong Nai Pan is a small and secluded town on the Eastern side of Koh Phangan. It’s a laid back area that is far away from everything and completely surrounded in jungle. This remote location is divided into 2 sections and 2 beaches. Thong Nai Pai Noi is a beach resort area and home to Koh Phangan’s most exclusive properties. Most of the resorts are self contained and have everything onsite such as restaurants, spas and entertainment. However, there’s still a couple of budget accommodation and dining options.

Further down there’s Thong Nai Pai Yai. This is the actual town and you’ll find a handful of amenities such as local eateries and a few convenience stores and also a number of accommodation ranging from budget to mid range. Remember, this is an isolated part of Koh Phangan so everything is going to be limited. If you’re searching for a laid back atmosphere that isn’t touristic this is the place.

Thong Nai Pan Yai

Conclusion

This guide provides an overview of accommodation options in Koh Phangan, starting with its main port town, Thongsala, situated on the west coast.

Thongsala boasts the highest concentration of amenities, including restaurants, accommodation, bars, and grocery stores. Moving north and south from Thongsala, the ambiance becomes progressively quieter, with the exception of Haad Rin, located at the island’s southernmost tip and still bustling with activity. Beyond the villages and neighborhoods on Koh Phangan’s west coast, the rest of Koh Phangan offers remote and secluded options for those seeking a more tranquil retreat.

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