Top 10 Koh Phangan Beaches

Get the lowdown on the best Koh Phangan beaches. There’s so much choice here.. and they’re all awesome!

koh phangan beaches1. Bottle Beach ==> Hotels <==
From the moment the longtail boat skirts the headland and you see the bay unfold in front of you, you’ll know you’ve arrived at one of the world’s most stunning beaches. Get here by jumping on a songthaew to Chaloklam and then make your way to the pier or boat pick up points just to the right of it. It really is a stunning place and spending a few nights here is definitely worth it if you like to… [read more]

Haad Salad2. Haad Salad ==> Hotels <==
A few minutes up the west coast from Haad Yao you will find the little gem of a cove that is Haad Salad. You’ll feel a world away from the noise of the southern part of Koh Phangan here – this beach was made for hammocks. Still within striking distance of the main town, Haad Salad is one of those Thailand beaches that you will always remember as being a provider of total and utter tranquility… [read more]

Haad Yao3. Haad Yao ==> Hotels <==
Near the top of the west coast lies Haad Yao, a beautiful beach from whichever angle you have the pleasure of viewing it. It’s about a 20 minute or so ride from Thong Sala and is easily accessible by bike or songthaew, making it as good a choice as anywhere to feel the sand between your toes. There’s been a lot of development here with accommodation options on the beachfront, set aside… [read more]

Thong Nai Pan4. Thong Nai Pan ==> Hotels <==
There are two crescent shaped bays at Thong Nai Pan – Thong Nai Pan Yai (big) and Thong Nai Pan Noi (little). Once upon a time there was nothing but bamboo huts on the beach here but in recent years these have been removed to make way for larger, more modern resorts. It’s still a very calm place though, especially at the far end of Thong Nai Pan Yai where you’ll still find some of the more… [read more]

Than Sadet5. Than Sadet ==> Hotels <==
If you love to be awake for the sunrise then you need to stay on Than Sadet, one of Koh Phangan’s premier east-facing beaches. It’s a real hideaway here as it’s not so accessible as some of the islands more mainstream beaches. It’s a cracker though, and if you’re awake in time to see the sun climb up over the horizon you’ll be in for a treat. Most of the accommodation on Than Sadet conforms… [read more]

Mae Haad6. Mae Haad ==> Hotels <==
Mae Haad has something extra going for it in addition to the other beaches on Koh Phangan – grab your snorkel and head out from the beach (or around Koh Ma which is joined to the main island by a sand bar that is walkable during low tide) and you’ll find out. It’s dead laid back at Mae Haad and you’ll see wannabe scuba divers learning the ropes here as there’s plenty of coral… [read more]

Haad Yuan7. Haad Yuan ==> Hotels <==
On the south-east coast of Koh Phangan, just north of the noisy and full on Haad Rin, lies the quieter beach option of Haad Yuan. You’ll need to walk here from Haad Rin or catch a longtail boat from Haad Rin Nok (Sunrise Beach) as there are no roads connecting the two places – and this is a blessing in disguise. That’s the beauty of Haad Yuan beach as it is the calm before the storm if… [read more]

Ban Tai8. Ban Tai ==> Hotels <==
Ban Tai beach may not be the most stunning of Koh Phangan’s bays but it is charming nonetheless and is well located for both Thong Sala and Haad Rin to its south. The waters on Ban Tai are fairly shallow and not as crystal clear as on some of the western and northern beaches but it’s as good a place as any to lay back in a hammock and relax. On clear days there are also good views… [read more]

Haad Rin9. Haad Rin ==> Hotels <==
Home to the famous Full Moon Party, Haad Rin beach is frequented by hundreds of thousands of party-goers each year. It’s not the most chilled of Koh Phangan’s beaches as a result but if you like to party then this is where it’s at. Many of the boats from Koh Samui arrive at Haad Rin which adds to the amount of bodies passing through here on a daily basis. Haad Rin is a town in itself… [read more]

Chaloklam10. Chaloklam ==> Hotels <==
It’s very sleepy at Ao Chaloklam.. but that’s not all as there’s a sweeping, sandy beach to kick back on and forget your troubles. If you stop by here for a week or two you’ll soon forget about where you come from and the stresses and strains of everyday life. Relaxing at Chaloklam will keep you nice and chilled but if you’re seeking further solitude then jump on board a longtail boat and head around… [read more]

As you can see from the above list, there are an amazing and varied choice of Koh Phangan beaches at your disposal should you choose to visit the island. Picking one or two different beaches to stay on while you’re there doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the others as the island is fairly small and easy to get around. So.. there’s no reason you can’t visit all of them during your stay!