Archive | January, 2012

Koh Phangan Beaches

31 Jan

Haad Rin

Located at the SE point of the island you find two beaches, Haad Rin sunset and Haad Rin Sunrise. Both these beaches are beautiful with fine white sand, crystal clear waters and a jungle backdrop. Haad Rin sunset is the quieter beach with shallow corals with Haad Rin sunrise being the more beautiful with many restaurants and bars.

Haad Leela (Haad Sarikantang)

Travelers seeking a beach that offers a little bit of everything will be truly satisfied when they discover this coconut lined stretch of white sandy beach.  A relaxed atmosphere and a great social scene await you. Only a 10 minute walk from Haad Rin.

Than Sadet

Here the famous Than Sadet River meanders down the mountainside though the dense jungle and exits into the sea.  White sand and crystal clear blue water make this a perfect place to relax far from the crowd. The neighboring smaller beach of Thong Reng boasts clear waters and a unique rustic feel of the old Koh Phangan.

Haad Yuan

A secluded beach, accessible only by boat or by trekking through the jungles. Swimming here is possible for most of the year. With its white sandy beach an ideal place for families.

Baan Tai

This beach offers great views of the sunset mixed with a huge variety of resorts, restaurants and bars over the long stretches of white sands running from Thong Sala down to Baan Khai.

Haad Yao

Said to be one if the prettiest beaches on Koh Phangan with stretches of white sand and a good drop of for swimming. Both ends of the beach have good corals off the rocks. If you are looking for a postcard view this is the beach for you.

Thong Nai Pan

This spectacular double crescent bay on the east coast of the island has two gently sloping beaches surrounded by swaying palms. These laid back beaches are swimmable all year and attract many families as the beach is perfect for young children.


When the tides are high in Dec to Mar Chaloklum provides good swimming in many parts of its two and a half Km beach. Beautiful stretches of beach can be found on either side of Ao Chaloklum.

Haad Salad

A beautiful beach known by the Thai’s as an old place for pirates who came here to hide out until their ships were full of booty until moving off to trade. In the high tidal season of Nov to Apr Haad Salad provides good swimming and a reef of 150 metres just offshore.

Mae Haad Beach & Koh Ma

Located on the NE tip of the island lies a tiny island of Koh Ma, just across from the beach at Mae Haad. In low tide a sand bar connects the both. The months between Dec and Mar are the best times to visit as the rest of the year the tides are too low for swimming. Mae Haad provides a long stretch of beach with views of sunsets over Koh Ma

Bottle Beach

Only accessible by boat or trekking through the jungle trail this fine white sandy beach is perfect for people who want to get away from it all. Enclosed by granite rocks making it great for swimming and snorkeling, it is a beach popular for families with small children.   Just be wary of the weather, as the boats can only travel in good weather.

Haad Son and Haad Chao Phao

From the main port town of Thong sala, about a 10 minute drive along the west coast of Koh Phangan just past Leam Son Lake you will arrive at two wonderful beaches Haad Son and Ao Chao Phao.  Haad Son beach is a smaller more contained area that is ideal for snorkeling; the coral reef that stretches along the beach sustains an abundance of corals and marine life.  The low key atmosphere is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the clear blue-green water.  Haad Chao Phao is another great beach along the west coast with its small coves and bays that are great for exploring and swimming.