Koh Phangan Beaches are famous for their well-known full moon parties. What most people don’t realise is that these beaches are also full of crystal clear water, white sand, and plenty of tall palm trees. In this blog we’ll be giving you our top 6 Koh Phangan Beaches!
How to get to Koh Phangan
To get to Koh Phangan, we used 12Go to book a quick ferry from Koh Tao. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way to get around Thailand and other popular Southeast Asian countries.
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Where to stay
There are plenty of budget and luxury accommodation options all around Koh Phangan. We decided to stay near Thong Sala pier as it was close to the popular night markets and food markets. A nice budget accommodation option in this area is Tranquil Bungalows by Beck’s. You’ll have your own little bungalow close to everything that you need. A luxury option close by is also the popular Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas which has an infinity pool overlooking the beautiful blue ocean.
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Koh Phangan Beaches – Our Top 6 Picks!
1. Leela Beach
Leela Beach is a secluded slice of paradise located on the very south of the island. The beach is full of tall palm trees with long swings. You’ll also find crystal clear water and even a floating jetty. The water on the beach is clean and very blue although it is also quite shallow. Leela Beach is fairly quiet while being surrounded by a large resort which is what makes it feel secluded and exclusive. If you’re after a perfect slice of paradise to spend your afternoon or to take some beach front photos, Leela beach is the perfect spot! This beach was definitely one of our favourite Koh Phangan Beaches.
For more details on Leela Beach, check out our full blog post here.
2. Bottle Beach
Bottle Beach is another one of the very secluded Koh Phangan Beaches. This beach is harder to access than the other beaches on the island, however it is definitely worth the extra effort. You can either catch a quick taxi boat from the neighbouring beach or if you’re a confident driver, you can go by scooter. Once you’ve made it onto the beach, you’ll have the reward of soft white sand and pristine blue water which is perfect for swimming. This beach is also quiet apart from the few hotel guests that are relaxing along the sand. Bottle Beach is also surrounded by tall palm trees and large boulders which you can explore.
For more information on how to get to Bottle Beach, check out our full blog post here.
3. Chaloklum Beach
Chaloklum Beach is a quiet, long stretch of perfect white sand. The beach has many tall palm trees as well as the signature mountain landscape of Thailand. Similar to all the beaches on Koh Phangan, the water is perfect and calm while being crystal clear. It’s a great spot to sit in the calm blue water. Keep in mind while visiting this beach that there is no shade at all so bring plenty of sunscreen. A different feature of Chaloklum Beach is that it’s not hidden behind a hotel or resort unlike some of the other popular Koh Phangan Beaches.
For more details on Chaloklum Beach, check out our full blog post here.
4. Haad Rin Beach
Haad Rin Beach is most famous for hosting the popular full moon party. Many people don’t realise that during the day this beach is actually a very clean and beautiful beach. The sand on Haad Rin Beach was blinding and the whitest we had seen on the island. You’ll find no shortage of cheap food and pubs as there are endless amounts all up and down the beach. During the day you’ll find plenty of tourists relaxing on the white sand as well as having a swim in the warm blue water. The beach has a completely different atmosphere at night with the different bars and clubs blasting loud music.
For more information on Haad Rin Beach, check out our full blog post here.
5. Haad Salad Beach
Haad Salad is a popular beach with resorts and restaurants spread along the whole length of the beach. On this beach you will mainly find families on holiday or couples on vacation. The water on the beach is clean, shallow and clear, while the sand is also grainy and perfect to relax on throughout the day. To the right of the beach there is also a hanging palm tree which has a small swing. Haad Salad is also an ideal spot to watch the sunset from as the sun sets right in the centre of the beach.
For more details on Haad Salad Beach, check out our full blog post here.
6. Mae Haad Beach
Mae Haad Beach is a large stretch of sand which is busy with many families on holiday and people getting massages. This beach is also behind a resort so you’ll find many guests relaxing and having fun on the sand. A unique feature of Mae Haad Beach is that it is connected by a sand bank to a small island called Koh Ma. The water on the beach is clean and clear while the sand is also grainy and well maintained. Due to the sand bank, you have two different sea types on each side. One of the sides is a popular snorkeling spot so be sure to rent a snorkel so you can explore the underwater life.
For more details on Mae Haad Beach, check out our full blog post here.