As Koh Phangan was originally known as a backpacker destination before attracting other types of travellers, one thing the island has plenty of is budget and affordable accommodation.
You can find places to stay within this price range all over the island, in whichever area you would like to stay, meaning you are not stuck to one location if on a budget.
It will be useful to know a little about the area in which you choose to stay before looking for budget accommodation on Koh Phangan. You’ll have knowledge about amenities, events, goings-on and the type of vibe and atmosphere in the village. Here’s a little you might want to know:
The famed Full Moon Party takes place at Haad Rin Shore, which is located on the island's south-east corner. The Haad Rin Queen Boat will carry you straight to Haad Rin pier from Koh Samui's Buddha Pier, or you can take a taxi if you arrive by boat to Thong Sala.
The Full Moon Festival, which takes place once a month, draws over 10,000 participants who party all night and through the next day. Haad Rin Beach is one of the island's most gorgeous beaches, and if you go between full moons, it's a nice spot to go sunbathing and fishing. It's also incredibly quiet and calm.
The Lifestyle and centre of the island include Thong Sala and Ban Tai. This is because Thong Sala is considered Koh Phangan's "capital." This small village port has developed into a bustling hub of fantastic western and local bars and restaurants open all hours of the day and night. From hummus and falafel to fried chicken and authentic Thai cuisine, the Pantip Market has it all. Every Saturday in Thong Sala, there is a market that transforms the street into 'Walking Street.' The market is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and features a variety of vendors offering low-cost clothing, art, snacks, and more!
Baan Tai has a lot of hostels, hotels, pubs, and restaurants, and it's a perfect place to go any night of the week. Most bars have drink and food deals, so check them out. The key party venue, Ban Tai, now hosts Jungle Experience, Waterfall Party, Half Moon, and Loi Lay Floating Bar. Whether you're looking for a disco or a bar crawl in the evening, this is the spot to be. This zone is perfect for water activities such as kite surfing and stand-up paddleboarding; go to Ban Tai beach to find a multitude of coaches to assist you in mastering the ways of the wind and seas!
This portion of the island is renowned for being the island's dive hub. Chaloklum is the largest village in this part of the island, and it is home to a variety of dive shops. With pool leagues, dartboards, a Muay Thai ring, and beachfront dining and drinking, you can fall in love with this ‘sleepy little village. Many long-term ex-pats prefer to remain in Chaloklum because it maintains its old-school elegance while also having all of the essentials.
SriThanu is a Yoga and Well-Being centre where you can detox or retreat away from it all when participating in spiritual practices. This place is a vegan and vegetarian foodie's heaven. Here in Hin Kong, around the coastline, there are some of the finest sunset spots on the island, with views over the ocean to Samui. In recent years, Hin Kong has attracted some of the most exquisite restaurants, and L'alcove, which is known for its wine and live music nights.
This Koh Phangan health and wellness area exemplifies the island's other hand; it maintains its charm, and the spiritual side of things adds to that!
This portion of the island is the quietest and least inhabited on Koh Phangan, with stunning views both on the shore and inland. This area of the island is designated as a protected national park, which ensures that construction and visitor behaviour is controlled. The Than Sadet Waterfall is a must-see attraction on the island, but during the dry season, it can be more of a drip than a waterfall! There are absolutely breathtaking sights at night that must be experienced to be believed. Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai, the key beaches in this district, are home to some of the island's most luxurious resorts and are popular with families, couples, and honeymooners. This is Koh Phangan's origins; it has evolved with time with the advent of resorts on the North East coast, but the whole region remains spectacular and secure, and every tourist can see it!
Simply put, a hostel is a low-cost form of lodging that emphasizes a shared social experience. One of the best aspects of staying in a hostel is the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life from all over the world. You never know who you'll meet, which adds an element of excitement that is difficult to achieve when you're alone in a hotel room. In terms of amenities, many hostels offer everything you'd find in a hotel, plus a lot more. Before booking a hostel, make sure to read the description carefully because no two are alike. Most hostels nowadays are fairly well equipped, with swimming pools, pool tables, and beer pong tournaments. So there's plenty to keep you occupied!
However, if you're looking for privacy, we wouldn't recommend it. It can be difficult to sleep in an 8-person dorm, especially if you are a light sleeper. Many hostels especially on Phangan are built around partying, so if you're a night owl who enjoys getting merry every night, you shouldn't have any trouble falling asleep.
A resort is a full-service accommodation establishment that caters to vacationers and is often situated in locations where people go to rest or unwind, such as beaches. The variety of facilities and amenities provided separates it from a ‘basic' hotel. A Resort can be described as a self-contained facility that meets the majority of a vacationer's needs while keeping them on the premises. One of the advantages of staying at a Resort is that the guest receives all-around treatment on the property. You will, if you like, be able to eat, drink, swim, relax, have treatments and arrange activities all without leaving a resort.
A hotel is a form of business that is built to house visitors for the night or longer. The property has a number of quarters, each with beds, duvets, cushions, a toilet, and everything else necessary for a guest's stay. The services provided differ by property, but they are both designed to meet the needs and desires of the consumer. What makes them different from resorts is that they may not have some amenities like swimming pools, restaurant, laundry and other services, more so just a place to sleep and relax.
The Thai islands are well-known for their bungalows ranging from basic wooden huts to more concrete styles and all in between. Bungalows can be found within resorts with things such as pools, restaurants, shops etc or just a place with bungalows managed by a company/family and nothing else. Bungalows (sperate to houses rented from a landlord in this case) come in a vary of styles and comfort, some with basic bed and toilet and others with balconies and kitchens.
If you want to stay for more than a month, finding a monthly rental on the island is a great deal for the money and more convenient. This will provide you with your own personal room, as well as peace which quiet, and will serve as your true ‘home' for the remainder of your visit. Most house rentals often have kitchens, meaning you can prepare your own meals instead of dining out all of the time. Read our full in-depth article on House Rental here.
Before choosing your budget accommodation you’ll want to make a list of the things that are important to you. We have already covered the areas of the island and the styles of places to stay, now you want to choose your amenities and services. Maybe you don’t want anything, so a hostel will suit you and you’re ok sharing with others. But what if you desire a certain comfort when it comes to bedding or laundry service or pool? Write these things down and check them with the establishments.
With bungalows strewn around the garden, the resort has been built to blend in with its surroundings. The basic facilities are included in the plain yet well-kept bungalows, whilst the newer, more spacious apartments offer more luxury. Private toilets, electricity, bed linen and blanket, free WIFI, fan and/or air-conditioning, and expansive balconies with views of the garden or beachfront are included in bungalows.
Lazy House Shenanigans is a hostel and bar situated in Haad Rin, Koh Phangan. They have high-quality service with the island’s Full Moon town right around you, with a wide variety of on-site events, pool, lounge, and a host of amazing employees. Warm-up parties with major foreign DJs and BBQs are popular.
During full moon times, paradise bungalows have always been a common hangout for partygoers. Outside of the full moon party time, it is a tranquil setting where you can unwind and relax by the big outdoor pool that leads to Haad Rin Nok beach's gorgeous white sands.
With a wide range of bungalows and suites, Paradise offers travellers a wide range of options and types of lodging. On the grounds, there is a professionally licensed bar and restaurant offering Thai and international food with stunning views of the ocean.
One of the first resorts on Koh Phangan's east side. Leela is a long sandy beach with just three resorts that cover the whole coastline. The resort has 40 bungalows, both fan and air-conditioned. Most of them are beachfront, with a beach mere steps away from your balcony. Just a 7-minute walk from our resort can take you to Haad Rin beach.
All is within convenient walking distance of the Phanganist Hostel. They’ve lifted the bar for dormitory accommodations by delivering tidy, convenient AC rooms with bed isolation, privacy curtains, light and power sockets, and wide lockers, enabling you to sit back and relax in the privacy of your own bunk. Here, you'll have the whole ecosystem of this magical island at your fingertips, and this hostel is so much more than just a spot to stay.
Munchies is a real traveller’s paradise, and the scenery is breathtaking. They love good vibes and take care of customers as much as they can.
Tiki is situated on the stunning Baan Tai Beach with its own beach bar and restaurant, as well as a bathing pool next to the beach, a large lawn, and a communal space with a pool table where all of the guests can mingle.
Thongsala's First and Frang Hotel is a comfortable place to rest. Rooms have free WiFi connections, and private parking is accessible for a fee. At the house, guests can also find a convenient shop. Many of the air-conditioned rooms come with a refrigerator, a minibar, and complimentary water bottles. The en suite bathroom comes with either a shower or a bathtub. At the front desk, service-oriented employees are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Coco Garden is a lovely garden with shady palm trees on Ban Tai sand, just 5 minutes by taxi from Thong Sala's main town and 20 minutes from Haad Rin. The big, palm-fringed beach is an ideal location for sunbathing, watching the sunset, and taking in the views of neighbouring Koh Samui.
In addition to air-conditioned 10, 8, and 6-bed dorm rooms they even have four-person beachfront bungalows. Much higher up in the banyan tree, they have a private double bedroom with ensuite – the only treehouse in a hostel in the Gulf of Thailand! They have fantastic cuisine, a beachfront lounge, a pool to chill in and around, and, of course, a lively and welcoming staff who work on-site and will ensure that your stay in Thailand is unforgettable!
Every air-conditioned space has a balcony with views, a flat-screen satellite TV, a wardrobe, and a desk. A private bathroom comes with a shower and complimentary toiletries.
The bungalows at Sea Gate are located under a canopy of tropical greenery and come with either a fan or air conditioning. Each bungalow is simply furnished and comes with its own private balcony and bathroom. At the resort, visitors will relax with a massage. At the front desk, you can book tours and events like snorkelling and swimming. At the front desk, there are even secure deposit boxes.
Nice Sea Resort is a typical Thai-style resort owned by a welcoming family. This well-managed resort is situated on the west coast of Srithanu.
Traditional Thai bamboo bungalows with western-style bathrooms are available at Seacroft Bamboo Village. The resort is nestled between green palm trees and has a tiny swimming pool. It is just a few steps away from Hin Kong beach, which offers spectacular sunset views.
The resort is a lovely addition to the island's natural scenery, and the rooms were built with natural, local materials. Each bungalow is designed in a simplistic but elegant manner and has a soft, inviting atmosphere. With a hint of authentic Thai touches, they strive to create a relaxing and serene environment. It's a peaceful destination close to local beaches, ideal for an island getaway or a pit stop on the way to anywhere else.
This secluded, rustic-chic resort is 5 km from both the Phaeng Waterfall and Than Sadet-Ko Pha-Ngan Sok National Park and is set on a palm tree-lined beach overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. The sleek rooms include balconies with lake, lawn, or beach views, as well as satellite TV and minibars. There are bungalows and living quarters with additional beds. Room service is available.
Smile Bungalows has become a long-time favourite on Bottle beach, a secluded bay on Koh Phangan's north shore. Bottle Beach is known for its sparkling blue water and white beaches, making it the ideal spot for a relaxing vacation in paradise. The bungalows are both fan-cooled and have a private bathroom and toilet, as well as a balcony with a hammock. Most of the bungalows have views of the sea.
In Chaloklum, Mythai Guesthouse is a cosy and friendly villa. There are 7 large and comfy rooms in the residence.
Exceptional support and a full variety of amenities can ensure that you have little to worry about during your stay at Dreamland Resort.
This understated beachfront resort is 9 km from Than Sadet-Ko Pha-Ngan Sok National Park and 3 km from Paradise Waterfall and is located in a seaside complex. The bungalows are basic but cosy, with free Wi-Fi, fans, and terraces. Air conditioning and/or televisions are included in improved bungalows.
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