When people hear about Koh Phangan, Thailand, the first thing that comes to mind are the crazy full moon parties. Although the full moon parties are what attracts a lot of the tourists to this area, there is so much more to the place than just raving until the sun goes up.
We spent a good week or so exploring the different beaches and areas of Koh Phangan and completely skipped out on the drunken festivities. Instead, we rode motorbikes, explored hidden beaches, and made the most of what the beautiful island had to offer.
So whether you’re there to party it up or just relax for a few days, here are our top picks and recommendations on the best places to stay in Koh Phangan.
Best Budget Places to Stay in Koh Phangan
Lime N Soda Backpacker Resort
Near: Thongsala Pier
Price Range: From $19 a night
One of the best deals you can get on Koh Phangan is Lime N Soda Backpackers.
This budget resort has multiple amenities including a private beach, outdoor pool, BBQ and picnic area, and a bicycle rental. The rooms are basic but clean and comfortable. Every room has everything a person needs for their stay, so guests are able to relax and enjoy themselves.
With a restaurant and bar on site, guests can have a delicious meal or drink after returning from an afternoon at the spectacular beach. Although the beach is a bit rocky, there are loads of restaurants, bars, and markets nearby making it an ideal place to stay.
The Cage Hostel
Near: Full Moon Party, Rin Beach
Price Range: From $4 a night
If you’ve come to Koh Phangan to partake in the debauchery, The Cage Hostel is the place to stay. Located just minutes from the Full Moon Party and Rin Beach, this is the perfect place to meet people to party with.
They have 6, 12 and 14-bed dorm rooms where you are guaranteed to meet a fun bunch to party with. The rooms are basic, clean, and comfortable — and for $4 a night, you can’t complain!
When you’re not out partying, take a moment to chill at their bag or in the shared lounge or the terrace.
Near: Full Moon Party
Price Range: From $35 night
This hostel is known to be a great base for those who want to attend the full moon parties. The rooms are clean, the beds are comfortable, and you’re bound to meet lots of fun people during your stay.
Although it is right in the center of things, it is still reasonably quiet at night. The owner Leo is an ace guy who will help you make the most out of your stay there. This is a popular spot so you’ll want to book in advance to secure your bed!
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Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in Koh Phangan
Little Paradise Resort
Near: 500m from Haad Rin Pier
Price Range: From $20 a night
For those that really want to be right in the middle of all the action without having to stay in dorm rooms, Little Paradise Resort is a good choice for you.
The resort consists of bungalows on top of a hill — it’s a steep climb but it also takes you a bit further from the madness down below! The rooms are clean and comfortable, and the location is unbeatable for some chill vibes. They also have a pool which is perfect for lounging about recovering from the night before.
This place is great value for money in Koh Phangan!
Cocohut Village Beach Resort & Spa
Near: Leela Beach
Price Range: From $67 a night
Conveniently located on the very tranquil Leela Beach, the Cocohut Resort offers guests the island vacay they’re dreaming of but without a steep price tag.
Leela Beach is one of the most beautiful places in all of Thailand, and the resort fully takes advantage of that. Take the chance to relax by the sand with a cocktail, or soak in the pool that overlooks the ocean. The rooms are decorated in a rustic style, accenting the chill vibes of the location.
With many room types ranging from bungalows, villas, to pool terraces, there’ll be something to suit your holiday plans.
Those in search of revelry will be glad to know that the Full Moon Party is only a five-minute walk away, while those who prefer peace and quiet can seek refuge in the on-site spa. This resort has something for everyone!
Beyond The Blue Horizon Villa Resort
Near: Haad Chao Pao
Price Range: From $126 a night
Looking for some privacy during your stay in Koh Phangan? This villa resort could be the one for you!
Consisting of standalone villas, you’ll be assured of your own space and peace and quiet during your stay here. With a spacious room and a balcony, you’ll be relaxing in no time! What’s more, the resort has their own private beach so that you can chill out in a quiet area as you take in the sunshine and the sea.
When you’re not at the beach, you can choose to hang out by the pool or sample the delicious dishes at the on-site restaurant. The staff are also on hand to help you with any sightseeing plans you may have.
Definitely worth staying here!
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Best Luxury Places to Stay in Koh Phangan
Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas
Near: Naiwok Beach | Thong Sala is a 10-minute drive away
Price Range: From $304 a night
The stylish villas at Kupu Kupu Phangan is the perfect place to unwind and relax during your stay!
Pamper yourself with one of their pool villas for the ultimate beach holiday. Need more action? There is a private beach for guests as well as a concierge to assist with booking tours. You’ll also have plenty of outdoor activities to participate in that include snorkeling, scuba diving and windsurfing.
In the resort itself, you can spend the day chilling out by the infinity pool and lounging on the day beds. There are also restaurants on-site as well as a bar. They also provide a free shuttle to town during the day but trust me, you really wouldn’t want to leave this place!
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
Near: Tong Nai Pan Noi Beach
Price Range: From $321 a night
If luxury is what you’re looking for, you don’t have to look any further as the Anantara Rasananda is one of the best places to stay while in Koh Phangan.
The resort has spacious villas and suites with all the amenities that you could ever want. You may want to pick of their pool villas to pamper yourself and your loved ones! No matter which type of accommodation, the rooms here are beautifully decorated with your comfort as the priority.
If you can leave your villa, the resort premises are fantastic. Their pool area overlooks the ocean, and you can even opt for private dining by the beach! For even more relaxation, check out their spa services.
But the real winner here is the top-notch service at this lovely resort. Guests consistently rave about how welcoming, attentive, and warm the staff are and how they went out of their way to make guests feel special.
Panviman Resort Koh Phangan
Near: Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach
Price Range: From $197 a night
Nestled in lush greenery, the Panviman Resort is an awesome retreat that promises peace, serenity, and relaxation.
You can choose from a variety of accommodations, ranging from hotels rooms to cottages and villas. Some options come with their own private pool, a perfect feature for those seeking more privacy.
Regardless of which room you get, you’ll feel absolutely pampered while staying in this beautiful resort! You’ll be astounded by the stunning sea views and plush facilities offered in the resort premises.Take a dip in the pool, dine at the beachfront restaurants, get a massage, or partake in the many activities that the staff can help arrange for you.
You’ll be in the lap of luxury at the Panviman Resort!
So whether you’re looking to stay somewhere located close to all the parties or seeking something quieter, we hope that we have given you lots of useful recommendation for places to stay in Koh Phangan.
If you’re looking for things to do in the area, check out some of our guides!
- Awesome Things to do in Koh Phangan
- Guide to Choosing the Right Thai Islands to Visit
- Crazy Scuba Diving with Bull Sharks Koh Phangan
- Best Scuba Diving in Thailand
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