You’ll find Haad Yao beach (aka Long Beach) on the north-west coast of Koh Phangan. It’s a real picture-postcard bay which is accessible by bike or songthaew from Thong Sala. In terms of all-round beaches, it’s as good as anywhere else on the island to spend some time during your visit.
There’s plenty of accommodation here and you’ll find lots of options right down on the beach, set back from the beach and up within the overlooking hillside. Wherever you stay, the view is cracking and the vibe here is all about kicking back and soaking up Haad Yao’s laid back culture.
Back in the day you would only find the traditional Thai style bamboo bungalows here but although these can still be found they have been somewhat eclipsed in recent years by the more modern (and often brick-built) variety of accommodation. That said, the original style bungalows on the beach are still here as well as the new crop of luxurious hotels on all areas of Haad Yao.
You can spend your days here loafing in your hammock or partaking in a Thai massage under the shade of the many palm trees that fringe the beach.
There’s a really social vibe here as many of the bungalow operations have stylish bamboo restaurants and bars on the beachfront so you’ll always have somewhere to grab some food or an ice cold drink.
With views like this.. will you ever want to leave?!
Haad Yao is west facing, meaning that you’ll be perfectly placed for a trademark Koh Phangan sunset. The view out to the ocean from a hammock will be something that makes a lasting impression in your mind. If you’re feeling hungry – head on up to Toy’s ‘Million Dollar Viewpoint’ restaurant on the southern hilltop that overlooks Haad Yao – you’ll struggle to find a better view whilst sinking a few jars.
Haad Yao beach has been a popular choice for backpackers for years with many choosing it as their base when visting a Full Moon Party. If you decide to do that then you may be best taking a longtail boat to the party so as to avoid the manic amounts of traffic that clog up the approach to Haad Rin when going by road.
Haad Yao Beach Hotel Map