Koh Phangan business owners have been reluctant to fully embrace the digital age. Up until the early 2000s most resorts only dealt with island-based travel agents. They shunned online booking companies. Koh Phangan had a cash based economy. People wanted paying in cash at the point of delivery.
Even today most resorts in Mae Haad and Koh Phangan won’t accept credit cards. You won’t find an uber taxi and you will struggle to find a restaurant that has a credit card machine.
However, the times are changing. In 2016 two resorts in Mae Haad joined up to Agoda and so are now available for online booking.
Mae Haad View Resort
Mae Haad View Resort is located at the southern end of the beach, next to a small lagoon. It has a selection of wooden bungalows on stilts. The bungalows have a fan, bed, mosquito net, cold water shower and small private balcony. The bungalows are spread over a hill and on the beach. Prices for bungalows start at 500 Thai Baht a night.
The resort also features a beachfront restaurant with a menu of Thai and Western food items as well as a range of drinks. Next door is an attached bar made up of drift wood. It is a funky spot to have a few cheap drinks.
Mae Haad (Beach) View Resort is a friendly backpacker spot that harks back to the olden days of Koh Phangan tourism with the important difference that now you can book online. Although they still don’t offer free wifi!
Wangsai Garden Resort
Just up from Mae Haad View Resort is Wangsai Garden Resort, named after the nearby waterfall. It is a mid-range resort that features well-maintained fan and air-con bungalows. The fan bungalows have cold water showers. The air-con bungalows have hot water showers as well as fridge.
The fan bungalows start at 850 Thai Baht a night and the air-con bungalows start at 1,300 Thai Baht a night. There are a few bungalows available for rent on the beach.
The resort covers quite a wide area. The restaurant is accessed via a small ridge over a river. It serves a selection of tasty Thai and Western dishes. The resort offers free wifi in public areas.
That only leaves a small handful of accommodation providers who have not signed up to a major booking engine. They are Why Not Bungalows and Mae Haad Cove Bungalows.