As you can see from the picture, there’s something very special about Bottle Beach (Haad Khuat) on Koh Phangan. As soon as the boatman points the longtail towards the bay you’ll realise just how wonderful this place is.
Sure, it’s more hassle to get here as it’s at the more remote northern end of the island but don’t let that put you off. If you get the boat from Chaloklam you’ll pass Haad Khom on the way but it’s only a couple more minutes to Bottle Beach and it’s well worth the wait! Kick back here for a few days and you’ll see what we mean.
The sand is powdery white and the water is a gorgeous aquamarine yet clear colour. Make no mistake, this bay is an absolute gem but if you’re coming to Koh Phangan especially for Bottle Beach make sure you don’t come at a time of year when it will be difficult to reach the bay. During the monsoon months it gets very windy and choppy around the headland that leads to Bottle Beach and as a result boats might not come here. If you want to be sure of being able to get here then come here between February and March when clear blue skies and calm blue seas are far more likely.
It would be criminal to visit Bottle Beach and not go up to the viewpoint that looks down on the bay (similar angle view to that in the first picture on this page).
Despite the effort required, it’s well worth the steep hike up and the pathway is marked from the beach so you can find it easily.
You’ll regret it if you don’t make the effort to gaze down on this beautiful beach from higher up.. definitely something for the memory bank.
Oh, and if you do come here and the boats aren’t going there you can hike there from Thong Nai Pan so you could get a songthaew there and walk the rest of the way. Just in case.. it’s good to have another way of getting to Bottle Beach, Koh Phangan.