Thailand is full of beautiful islands, on those islands there are many stunning beaches, for us the best island was Koh Phangan. In this post we take a look at our favourite beaches on the famous party island, starting with the most famous but only our fourth favourite.
#4: Haad Rin:
Of course, we had to include the famous full moon party beach.
The main full moon beach is beautiful. I can see why they hold the main party here, the water is clear and warm, the sand is soft and golden and it’s huge!
Because we went during low season the place was calm and quiet, but I can imagine it gets very busy in the high season! Lovely spot though!
#3: Koh Ma & Mae Haad Beach:
These two beaches are connected by a sandbar you can walk across to get to the little island, Koh Ma. Neil, Ella and I went here to watch the sunset, it was a wonderful spot to swim and chill before the sun went down.
And there was good snorkelling just off the shore.
#2: Leela Beach
Wow. This place was stunning!
Just around the corner from Haad Rim this little private slice of paradise is worth spending time at. There is no sealed road leading here, so it gets a bit rough, but I guess thats what deters tourists from flocking here? If unconfident on a scooter, just park up and walk – it’s not far!
We hung out here for a few hours sunbathing and jumping off the floating pier into the crystal clear water, an instant favourite!
Beach swings galore! We are obsessed with beach swings. Theres nothing better than having your hubby push you (put that man to work!), the wind swishing through your hair and the beautiful view ahead!
You can actually stay on this beach at the Cocohut or Sarikantang resorts. If we weren’t backpacking, this would be our pick of resorts on the island – they looked great from the outside!
#1: Haad Khom:
The best beach we went to on Koh Phangan. Haad Khom is a bit of a secret beach, we met a lady there, Maggie, who had built little bungalows you can stay in and a bar (DukDik bar) on the beach. She said it’s always quiet and she hoped it would stay that way.
She was originally from Israel, but fell in love with a Thai man and moved to this beach 17 years ago. For the last eight years Maggie has had a pet pig named DukDik (means wiggle in Thai) who was raised with dogs and lives on the beach – so cute and cuddly!
We’d ventured here with our friend Ella from Sweden who we met in Vietnam and had randomly bumped into, she had a great time sunbathing while Neil and I checked out the snorkelling. Being so quiet, people feel free to bath topless comfortably here, a refreshing change of pace from young peering tourists.
Maggie pointed out exactly where the reef was best and how to swim there. The reef was lovely and colourful and the fish were super weird and cool! It was a beautiful spot to simply relax.
Although the beaches are a significant part of the island, there is so much more to Koh Phangan! Read more here.
Do you have a favourite beach on this island we may have missed? Comment below!