Bottle Beach

Bottle Beach

Bottle Beach (also called Haad Khuad) is a beach in the north part of Ko Pha Ngan in Southern Thailand.

Understand

Bottle Beach has been called one of the best beaches in Thailand, according to Conde Naste Traveller. It's secluded, and tends to attract a more laid back, hippie type of tourist.

Historically, it was the home to Chinese fishers. In the 1980s, European tourists visited the area, making them the first non-Asian visitors and bringing the area out of obscurity. It became popular with backpackers, and remains so today.

Get in

All trips to the island end in visitors taking a boat, however, there are various ways to get to your boat. All of these trips will have you arriving at Thong Sala, the main port of the island, or Chaloklum or Haad Rin. Depending on the boat, it takes between 15–40 minutes. Take a taxi or songthaew to Chaloklum. Once you arrive at Chaloklum, you can take a boat to Bottle Beach. The taxi drivers should know how to get you to Bottle Beach and the proper boat docks to bring you there.

Bottle beach 1 resort has a regular taxi-boat schedule (BB to Chaloklum at 8:30, 11:00, 14:00, 17:00, Chaloklum to BB at 10:00, 12:00, 15:30, 17:30) leaving about 100m after "Rose villa, Chaloklum" for 100 THB per person and direction, at other times or to other destinations not scheduled it´s about 200 THB; transfer by car between Bottle beach and Thong Sala pier is 200 THB if arranged by the resort (all prices and times as of March 2016). The other resorts should have similar arrangements, check with the one you´re staying with.

There are other taxi boats for hire (near the restaurant just before you reach "Rose villa"), they usually request 150 THB/person with a minimum of 5 persons.

More information on travel to Bottle Beach, including by trail, is here.

By bus

The cheapest way to get to Bottle Beach is by bus, which will eventually lead to a ferry ride to Ko Pha Ngan. VIP offers a cheap bus service to the island. You can catch VIP buses from Bangkok's main bus terminal and purchase tickets there, or from travel agencies. Bus tickets should include ferry tickets, but always double check.

By boat

Two private companies offer trips from Chumphon and Bangkok to the island:

By plane

Flights leave Bangkok to Ko Samui approximately 20 times a day, two airlines provide flight services. Whether you purchase your tickets ahead of time or at the airport, make sure you request a ferry transfer to get to the island.

Another possibility would be to fly to Suratthani airport, both Lomprayah and Seatran offer a combined bus/ferry ticket from/to the airport.

By train

You can travel via train from Bangkok's Hua Lamphong station to the coastal town of Surat Thani. The train takes about 11 hours. Sleeping cars are available. It's more expensive than the bus, but more relaxing. You can get a cheaper "upper" bed or pay a bit more for a "first class" bed which is private and can hold two people. When you arrive at Surat Thani, you'll take the ferry from the pier named Donsak.

Do

Eat

The resorts on the beach each have restaurants. Most specialize in Southern Thai food, but also offer Thai and western food. Seafood is popular, including fish, crab, lobster, squid, mussels, scallops and prawns, often cooked in clay pots. You'll also find rice noodles and rice dishes, often served with spicy curry. You can also visit Chalok Lam to try other Thai dishes and western specialities.

Drink

Being a resort beach, most of the resorts in the area have their own bars. You can also visit Chalok Lam for additional bars.

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

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