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 electric. 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.
Bottle Beach retains its charm because its difficult to get to. There is a road but its 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. Its about 10 minutes by boat from Thong Nai Pan.
By 2015 Bottle Beach will be linked to the rest of the Island by a planned ring road. We advise that you go soon if you want to experience the ‘old school’ 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.
Haad Khuat Resort # 1 Best Resort
Facilities: Restaurant Bar WiFi
Prices: Hotel Sea View Fan Room: 1000 to 1200 THB
Hotel Sea View Air Con Twin Bed Room: 1500 to 1700 THB
Hotel Sea View Air Con King Bed Room: 1,700 to 2,000 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.
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 a place to come and relax without slumming it.
Bottle Beach 1 Resort # 2 Best Resort
Facilities: Bar, Restaurant, swimming pool, wifi
Prices: 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 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 10 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 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 – its all a matter of perspective.