Baan Khai is a sunny beach on Koh Phangan’s southern coast with fantastic views over Koh Samui. Quieter than nearby Baan Tai, Baan Khai has a laid back atmosphere, with a selection of beach bars and bungalow resorts making it a fun, chilled out and convenient place to stay.
One of several long, shallow beaches on Koh Phangan’s southern coastline, Baan Khai is an extremely popular place to stay. Cheap bungalows and budget resorts have made Baan Khai, as well as nearby Baan Tai, favourite beaches for backpackers visiting for the Full Moon Party.
Most accommodation on Baan Khai Beach is mid-priced or aimed at backpackers, with three star resorts and cheap bungalows, often without air conditioning, both easy to find. Since the beach is a short songthaew ride from Haad Rin, rates can rise before the Full Moon Party.
Baan Khai begins at the eastern end of Baan Tai and stretches down towards the small hills separating Haad Rin from the rest of Koh Phangan. The beach itself is wide and has shallow water that makes it better for sunbathing and relaxing than for swimming.
Like Baan Tai, Baan Khai Beach has a coral reef off the shore that can be snorkelled, although the shallow water makes it far from ideal. If you’d like to swim right off the beach, it’s best to take a passing songthaew to Haad Rin, which offers better swimming and deeper, clearer water.
In the evening, Baan Khai is one of Koh Phangan’s best beaches for watching the sunset, with a stunning view over the sea to Koh Samui. Beach bars and a great selection of Thai and Western restaurants make drinking and dining on Baan Khai Beach simple.
Although it’s far from Koh Phangan’s best beach for swimming, Baan Khai’s beautiful views of neighbouring Koh Samui, relaxed and chilled out atmosphere, cheap accommodation and easy access to Haad Rin make it a great “hub” beach for staying on the island.
Best Hotels on Baan Khai Beach
- The Bay Resort & Restaurant
The Bay Resort & Restaurant is a nice three star resort on a quiet part of Baan Khai Beach. The rooms are comfortable and well decorated, while the resort’s convenient location makes it easy to explore Baan Khai on foot or by kayak.
- Villa Baan Kai
Villa Baan Kai is a hillside resort hotel with a selection of simple but comfortable rooms offering great views of Baan Kai. Since it’s several kilometres from the beach, Villa Baan Kai is best for long-term visitors to Koh Phangan with their own transportation.
- Baan Kai Hostel
Baan Kai Hostel is a low-cost backpacker hostel just 500 metres from Baan Kai Beach. A variety of bunk beds are available in single sex or mixed dormitories. Free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and a communal kitchen area make this one of the best hostels in the Baan Kai area.
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Koh Phangan Travel Guide:
- Koh Phangan – A Very Quick Travel Guide
- Full Moon Party Koh Phangan
- Drugs on Koh Phangan
- Full Moon Party Accommodation on Koh Phangan
- Things To Do On Koh Phangan
- Places To Eat On Koh Phangan
- Koh Phangan Villas For Rent
- Where To Stay On Koh Phangan
- Koh Phangan Day Trips
- Koh Phangan Weather
- How To Get To Koh Phangan
- Koh Phangan Airport
- Koh Phangan Beaches