Thong Nai Pan Yai is the sister beach to Thong Nai Pan Noi, which is home to Koh Phangan’s most luxurious resorts. Unlike Thong Nai Pan Noi, Thong Nai Pan Yai has retained more of an old school feel with cheaper accommodation options and more night life. This said some of the resorts have ‘stepped up’ to offer something a bit better than the basic beach bungalow for young backpackers.
Top Three Resorts in Thong Nai Pan Yai
The three resorts described below offer a decent standard of room and of service for families and older travellers. They aren’t particularly cheap by Thai standards, but cost a fraction of the price of the hotels on the neighbouring Thong Nai Pan Noi. Neither beach in Thong Nai Pan is a cheap destination but balance the extra expense against the great location. These are the best two easily accessible beaches on Koh Phangan and you pay for a premium for staying on them.
1st Place: Havana Beach Resort
Standard Room: 2,150 to 2,650 THB
Superior Room: 2,300 to 2,800 THB
Deluxe Room: 2,500 to 3,000 THB
Beach Side Superior Room: 3,000 to 3,300 THB
Beach Side Deluxe Room: 3,300 to 3,600 THB
Aquarium Suite: 3,600 to 4,000 THB
Havana Suite: 3,900 to 4,500 THB
Good quality hotel with rooms in two blocks running at right angles to the beach. The quality of the rooms is comparable to our second choice, Candle Hut, but the restaurant and the service makes this our overall winner.
The rooms are adequate in size with balconies, air-con, en-suite bathrooms, safety deposit box, hot water and fridge. They are kept clean as well. For families the Deluxe rooms come with a double and single bed. The Havana Suite is a massive 50 sqm.
The centre piece of the resort is the large, if oddly shaped, pool. Around this are well maintained gardens leading down to the beach front restaurant and bar. The restaurant has two menus: Ash (Indian food) and Sailrock (Thai food and BBQ). The food is some of the best in Thong Nai Pan Yai. The restaurant has tables under cover and tables situated on the sand. The bar is pretty good as well. If you like sitting at the bar this is a good option for you with a large screen TV situated above and a relaxed atmosphere. You can sit here, have a beer, watch the game and, more often than not, participate in good humoured conversation.
Overall, this a great place to stay. For the money you should have few if any complaints. We note that this is the first Thong Nai Pan Yai resort which has caught on with large travel agents. Even SAGA now runs package holidays here.
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2nd Place: Candle Hut Resort
Wooden Fan Bungalow: 1200 to 1500 THB
Wooden Air Con Bungalow: 1900 to 2200 THB
Sea View Villa: 2,450 to 2,900 THB
Pool View Villa: 2,800 to 3,400 THB
Beachfront Pool Villa: 2,800 to 3,400 THB
Family Suite: 2,900 to 3,600 THB
Beautiful cluster of beach front bungalows around a swimming pool. Very popular with families.
The resort is built around a swimming pool set slightly back from the beach. Throughout the year, and particularly in the summer, the pool is full of children playing happily and safely whilst their parents sit comfortably outside their bungalow letting the kids get on with it. The beach is about 15 metres away, along with the resort’s bar and restaurant ‘The End’. Candle Hut has recently revamped and renamed this restaurant. They have aimed at something slightly better than your typical resort restaurant and they haven’t done a bad job. There is still room for improvement but we commend the effort they have made and it’s a step in the right direction.
The resort is about 50/50 modern well appointed concrete bungalows and more basic wooden bungalows. The wooden bungalows are not so special. You can get the same thing for cheaper at other resorts. However, the concrete bungalows are ‘top-notch’. There are four types. All come with air-conditioning, satellite TV and hot water. They are also nicely decorated inside and out. The family suite has two bedrooms, one with bunk beds and the other with a double, making them perfect for families. Book early as these are in demand.
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3rd Place: Dreamland Resort
Standard Fan Bungalow: 600 to 800 THB
Standard Air Con Bungalow: 1,200 to 1,500 THB
Superior Air Con Bungalow: 1,500 to 1,800 THB
Family Air Con Bungalow: 2,000 to 2,500 THB
Deluxe Air Con Bungalow: 3,500 to 4,000 THB
Large and well run bungalow resort with range of bungalows from cheap to mid-range.
Dreamland is one of the older resorts in Thong Nai Pan Yai. It’s on a big scale in terms of rooms offered, size of restaurant etc. There is a large swimming pool, with swim up bar, large beach front restaurant and 50 bungalows. In addition there is an onsite supermarket and internet shop. It is also possible to rent out motorbikes and kayaks. The resort provides cheap taxi services as well.
The restaurant is inexpensive and has a good range of Thai and international dishes. It is the only place in Thong Nai Pan where you can buy a veggie burger – if that’s your thing. The restaurant is situated on the beach front and right by the pool area making it a great place to hang out. The service is fairly swift and polite.
The bungalows are a good standard and represent value for money. For backpackers on a budget the wooden fan bungalows are a good option. They have hot water which cannot be said of all budget bungalows in Thong Nai Pan. At the other end of the scale the Superior, Family and Deluxe rooms all come with nice furnishings and satellite TV. For the price you can’t really go wrong with a room at Dreamland.
This resort runs their own dive boat service (Dreamland Divers) with the cheapest diving trips in the area. They use a converted long tail boat which will get you to Sail Rock in about 50 minutes.