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Bottle Beach is located on the north coast of Koh Phangan. It is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Until 2003 Bottle Beach was cut off from the rest of the island, with access only by long tail boat from either Chaloklum or Thong Nai Pan or a trek through the jungle. Now there is a rough road connecting Bottle Beach and Thong Nai Pan. Despite no longer being cut-off from the rest of Koh Phangan, Bottle Beach remains one of the most unspoiled and remote beaches on the island.
About the Beach
The original name of the beach is Haad Khuad (also sometimes spelt ‘Haad Khuat’) which translates into English as ‘Bottle Beach’. The name comes from the bottle shape of the beach. The beach is about 500 meters long and is in a crescent shape. The sand is fine, white and powdery. The sea drops off at the perfect angle for swimming. There are no corals off the coast so the sea is good for year round swimming, without any sharp corals under foot. Sometimes you can see small fish near the coast, testament to the cleanliness of the water.
Back from the beach is a line of coconut palms interspersed with the buildings of the 4 resorts on Bottle Beach. Care has been taken to retain the tree line and prevent the over-commercialisation of the beachfront.
There are 4 places to stay in Bottle Beach. They are Smile Bungalows, Bottle Beach 1, Haad Khuad Resort and Bottle Beach 2. They all have traditional Koh Phangan bungalows on stilts near the beach.
Bottle Beach 1 has a swimming pool, good quality beachfront bungalows as well as a mixed dorm for budget travellers. Haad Khuad Resort has an accommodation block of hotel style rooms. Bottle Beach 2 and Smile Bungalows have the cheapest bungalows. To explore the differences between Bottle Beach Resorts use the links in the navigation bar.
At present Smile Bungalows, Haad Khuad Resort and Bottle Beach 1 and Bottle Beach 2 can be booked online. If you want to stay at Bottle Beach you can usually turn up and get a room. There is a steady trickle of people visiting Bottle Beach, but it is not a beach that gets flooded with people around the full moon unlike beaches like Haad Rin and Baan Tai. Find out more about accommodation in Bottle Beach.
Getting to Bottle Beach
Bottle Beach is not as remote and inaccessible as it used to be. There is now a rough road connecting the beach to Thong Nai Pan. You can catch a taxi to Bottle Beach or a longtail boat from either Chaloklum or Thong Nai Pan. Those adventure minded souls might want to follow the trek from Haad Khom to Bottle Beach
For more travel information please check out our travel section.
You can get a bungalow on the beach for as little 400 Thai Baht a night. If you are content to be a little back from the beach you can can find cheaper bungalows. The mixed dorm at Bottle Beach 1 has dormitory beds for as little as 400 Thai Baht a night. There is sometimes room to negotiate cheaper bungalow prices if you plan to stay for a week on more (only if you don’t book in advance).
As you would expect, the food and drink on Bottle Beach is a little more expensive. A plate of Thai curry that would cost 40 Thai Baht in Thongsala costs 60 or 70 Thai Baht at one of the resorts on Bottle Beach. There aren’t any independent shops or restaurants on Bottle Beach so there isn’t any competition to drive down prices.