Koh Phangan is home to a huge selection of beautiful beaches. Trying to pick a single beach on the island is difficult, because there are so many to choose from. By far the most popular way of getting around the island is by Scooter. The cost for scooter rental is around 200-250 baht per day.
Whether you are looking for beach bars and parties or a secluded and peaceful beach to relax – on Koh Phangan everyone will find his or her perfect place. Are you planning on exploring some of Koh Phangan’s most beautiful beaches? In this guide we will show you the top 5 beaches on Koh Phangan.
Here is our pick of the top 5 best beaches in Koh Phangan:
1. Haad Yao Beach Koh Phangan
Haad Yao beach on Koh Phangan is one of the islands most spectacular beaches and is located in the North West. The beach is 1km in length and plenty of space wide, Haad Yao (meaning “long beach” in Thai) is commonly referred to as the “perfect” beach.
Haad Yao has developed over the years maintaining a sense of closeness and connection to nature and the environment, making it a very popular destination for travellers. There are plenty of restaurants situated across the beach, offering all kinds of western and Thai dishes.
A less common known fact is the coral reef surrounding the island to the west and south, a fantastic area for snorkelling, containing crystal clear waters and marvellous marine habitats.
2. Bottle Beach Koh Phangan
If you know anything about Koh Phangan then you’ve probably heard of Bottle Beach. Bottle beach is only accessible by either a taxi or longtail boat. Although it is possible to access the beach by scooter, it is highly discouraged as the roads are extremely steep and unsurfaced. The most popular way of accessing the island is by getting a taxi to Chaloklum and then getting a longtail boat to Bottle Beach. A one-way boat fare is between 100-150 baht.
Once you finally arrive at Bottle Beach you will be greeted by stunning views, a white sand beach and clear-blue waters. If you’ve been searching for a place of relaxation and and quiet then welcome to Bottle Beach. Make most of your time here by relaxing and unwinding, enjoying the breathtaking views and the sound of the splashing waves.
As there is little to do other than relax, we wouldn’t recommend staying at Bottle Beach for any more than 1-2 nights.
3. Mae Haad Koh Phangan
Mae Haad beach is a slightly more interesting beach due to the fact it’s connected to a national preserve and marine park named Koh Ma. You can access Koh Ma by walking along a narrow section of sand from Mae Haad during low tide. The beach is located at the North West of Koh Phangan, and is possibly one of the most popular beaches on the island due to its link to Koh Ma.
The beach is wide-spread and has various massage huts and resorts situated along the front of the beach. You will find beach swings, hammocks and the usual attractions you find on the beaches of Koh Phangan. The sand on Mae Haad typical for Phangan; fairly fine and soft, and extremely yellow.
4. Haad Yuan Beach Koh Phangan
Haad Yuan beach is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in Koh Phangan. Here you will find the most amazingly perfect beach. Picture-postcard views, white sand, clear aqua-blue waters and wonderful panorama. If you like to relax and you’re looking for somewhere to unwind on Koh Phangan, we would definitely recommend looking for accommodation here.
The island is difficult to get to and only accessible via Taxi Boat, hence you will not find many visitors here. Taxi fares vary slightly depending on the season, but you can expect to pay anywhere between 200 and 300 baht one way.
5. Secret Beach Koh Phangan
Last on the list is Koh Phangan, Secret Beach. Although it’s called secret beach, it’s no longer really that secret since the growing number of tourists who visit here every year. This said, the beach is still very beautiful with soft white sand, shallow waters and magnificent sunsets.
The only downsides to Secret beach is that there isn’t many shaded spots to hide from the sun and it can get extremely busy during tourist season. Still, this is one of our favourite beaches on Koh Phangan and definitely not a place to be missed!
There are plenty of other beaches that can be found on the island of Koh Phangan which are not mentioned on the list, these are just a few of our personal favourites.
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