Bottle Beach (Haad Khuat) is located in the North East of Koh Phangan, and it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. It’s excellent for swimming, has clean white sand; it’s not built up and the sea is full of fish. This used to be a hippy enclave with only very basic bungalows and no electricity. The basic bungalows remain (Bottle Beach 2 resort and Smile Bungalows) but there are now two better quality hotels which opened up the area to a wider group of visitors, including families. This is a popular place to come to, and the range of accommodation on Bottle Beach reflects this.
Bottle Beach retains its charm because it’s difficult to get to. There is a road but it’s not concrete and steep in places. You can do the road in 4×4 car or by motorbike if you are proficient and you take it slowly. You can also arrive by boat either from Haad Rin or Chaloklum. You can also hire a long tail from Thong Nai Pan. If you fancy beach hopping from Thong Nai Pan, go to the guys selling the jet skis on either beach and they can point you in the right direction. It’s about 10 minutes by boat from Thong Nai Pan.
By 2017 Bottle Beach will be linked to the rest of the Island by a planned ring road. We advise that you to go soon if you want to experience the ‘old skool’ charm of Bottle Beach. It won’t be long before this beach becomes more commercial with new high class resorts like neighbouring Thong Nai Pan Noi.
Best Resort: Haad Khuat Resort
Garden Fan Bungalow: 400 to 700 THB
Ocean Fan Bungalow (first row): 850 to 1,200 THB
Ocean Fan Bungalow (second row): 750 to 1,100 THB
Hotel Sea View Air Con (1101 to 1201): 1,200 to 1,800 THB
Hotel Sea View Air Con: 1,500 to 2,200 THB
The closest thing to a luxury resort in Bottle Beach.
This is a comfortable place to stay. The hotel rooms are large enough and clean with good sea views. This is a small hotel with only 15 hotel rooms and a further 13 bungalows which are less well appointed.
The Haad Khuat Resort boasts the best restaurant and bar on Bottle Beach. They also have kayaks which are free to use. As with other Bottle Beach resorts you need to make your own entertainment. This is a place to come and relax without slumming it.
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2nd Best Resort: Bottle Beach 1 Resort
Standard Fan Bungalow: 700 to 900 THB
Standard Beach Front Bungalow: 1100 to 1300 THB
Deluxe Bungalow: 1400 to 1600 THB
Deluxe 2 bed garden bungalow: 1700 to 1900 THB
Deluxe 2 bed beach front bungalow: 2200 to 2400 THB
Deluxe 3 bed beach front bungalow: 3400 to 3600 THB
Large bungalows on or near the beach. Not a backpacker resort, but it retains the charm of the classic Thai beach bungalow set up.
We can’t class this as a luxury resort. It is firmly placed in the mid-range. This is a family run business and the service isn’t as professional as resorts in more developed resort areas. This said, the place has a ‘homely’ feel to it, and if you have a bit of patience with your hosts you are likely to find it a rewarding experience.
Some of the bungalows are big with two or three beds. This makes Bottle Beach 1 Resort suitable for families and quite a few stay here. Bear in mind you rarely saw families coming to Bottle Beach only 5 years ago. Kids will enjoy the pool which is fairly impressive, albeit slightly pointless given that Bottle Beach has clear water and a shallow sloping bay.
The beach front bungalows are the star of the show: great location right on the sand. Bear in mind they only have fans and cold water. Another quirky thing is that the resort is powered by a generator which is switched off for maintenance every day between 5 pm and 6 pm. It’s all a bit ‘back to basics’ but do weigh this against the positives. Depending on your preferences you may find this resort ‘heavenly’ or a bit uncomfortable – it’s all a matter of perspective.