To answer this question you first need to have a think about what it is you want from your beach during your stay on Koh Phangan. Is having a flexible location important or are you thinking more along the lines of sunset, party, solitude, sunrise, snorkeling or family-oriented beaches?
Below is a guide to help you choose the best beach to suit your particular requirements. Think carefully about what’s most important to you and then investigate the options available.
Best Sunset Beach
Haad Yao (Long Beach), west coast ==> Hotels <==
If you are a sunset junkie then look no further than Haad Yao, a fine stretch of white sand that faces directly west for those unique sundown moments on Koh Phangan. It is very well located for exploring the rest of the island and is served by a good and reliable road. There are some great beachfront bungalows here which put you in pole position for watching sunsets in your hammock… [read more]
Best Party Beach
Haad Rin, southern peninsula ==> Hotels <==
If you’re looking to party then you should consider staying right in the heart of the action on Haad Rin. There are two beaches here that back on to each other on the southern peninsula of Koh Phangan. You can even choose between a sunset or sunrise view too as there are west and east facing beaches here. There’s a buzzing town in between the beaches so you certainly won’t get bored… [read more]
Best Solitude Beach
Bottle Beach (Haad Khuat), north coast ==> Hotels <==
You can only get to this beach by boat or on foot. Well actually that’s not strictly true as some people try to get here by bike but that’s not an easy task as there’s no roads to Bottle Beach. This is one of Thailand’s most beautiful and secluded coves but that’s not to say it’s totally quiet here all the time as they do like a bit of music in the bars on the beach from time to time… [read more]
Best Sunrise Beach
Haad Sadet, east coast ==> Hotels <==
This beach is a real gem and the bungalows on it are perfectly positioned eastwards for those amazing Koh Phangan sunrises. It’s so chilled out here that you’ll feel like you’re in another world and you’ll feel far, far away from the banging tunes on Haad Rin. Just look at the picture, could you really ask for a more beautiful place to call home for a few days, weeks or months… [read more]
Best Beauty Beach
Thong Nai Pan, north-east coast ==> Hotels <==
The prize for beauty surely goes to the twin crescent bays of Thong Nai Pan. It’s a long way here from Haad Rin and Thong Sala but it’s well worth making the effort for. You get to choose between a long sweeping white sandy bay (Yai) or it’s smaller and more bohemian sister (Noi). They’re so close together that you can wander between them until your heart’s content… [read more]
Best Snorkeling Beach
Mae Haad, west coast ==> Hotels <==
Mae Haad has a gorgeous little island (Koh Ma) joined to it by a sand bar which can be walked across when the tide is at its lowest point. There is some good snorkeling off the beach and around Koh Ma and it’s a great beach for kicking back on. There is a really relaxed vibe to this place and it’s always been popular with Scandinavians who love to swing in their hammocks here… [read more]
Best Family Beach
Haad Salad, west coast ==> Hotels <==
This beach is popular with families and also for those with young children, probably because of the calm waters here and nice secluded feel to the bay. It’s close to Haad Yao for day trips but really comes into its own at night as it’s a sunset beach that is as chilled as you like come the evening. It has lovely white sand and is well suited to some hammock action… [read more]
Do you have any other requirements for a beach during your stay in Koh Phangan? If so, let us know in the comments and we’ll update this post to include one that best meets your needs.
Still not sure..? Check out our Top 10 beaches list.