Haad Yao Koh Phangan
The resort area of Haad Yao Koh Phangan is on the north west coast of the island and has a very laid back atmosphere, ideal for families, couples and single travellers alike. The prices in general are reasonable, all the amenities are in walking distance and you’re never too far from Haad Yao Beach (also known as Long Beach). Haad Yao Beach is a popular destination and boasts over a 1km of soft, silky white sand. The beach slopes gently down to the warm clear, turquoise waters, with plenty of shade from the backdrop of coconut palms and tropical fauna. The beach never seems over crowded due to its size so you’ll always find a spot to lay down your towel and soak up the sun.
The water at Haad Yao Koh Phangan is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. The water can get quite shallow during low tides but this makes a perfect place for young children to safely paddle and play. The snorkelling is very good here, with a coral reef full of colourful marine life just a few metres from the shore. Scuba diving is also excellent and you can dive with any of the local dive shops here.
If you like to stay above the water then you can rent a stand up paddle board or kayak from a number of resorts along the beach and spend some time making your way around the bay. It’s a great way to take in the stunning views of the surrounding scenery. You get some of the best sunsets on the island at this beach so don’t forget to bring your camera!
There are plenty of resorts and beach side bungalows to choose from in Haad Yao Koh Phangan. Resorts stretch along the whole length of the beach and up the rocky hill, behind and at either end. Haad Yao offers accommodation for all budgets – From family friendly resorts, backpacker style bungalows and luxury villas. Search through the best accommodation options in Haad Yao with us as we give you guaranteed lowest rates and the widest selection. During high season and peak season it is advisable to book in well in advance.
Food & Drink
There are some great bars, cafes and restaurants in Haad Yao Koh Phangan – both along the beach and behind, on the main road. Most of the resorts have their own bars and restaurants, with Seaboard Beach Bar right on the beach. This is the perfect place to relax with a cool beer or spicy cocktail and watch the beautiful sunsets. A couple of local bars do have the occasional party but otherwise the nightlife is pretty relaxed and low key.
For your evening dining experience, many of the resorts setup tables on the beach where you can enjoy delicious Thai or Western cuisine. Food within the resorts is reasonably priced, ranging from around 100 THB for a Thai dish to around 300 THB for a fresh fish BBQ. If you’re looking for something a little cheaper then head out onto the road where you can find some small Thai restaurants serving meals from 50 THB. There’s also a couple of cafes serving real coffee, pastries and cakes.
Haad Yao is small enough to walk around and does have all the basic amenities you would require for a beach holiday. The main coast road is just minutes away from the beach and as well as the cafes and restaurants, you will find a 7-Eleven, pharmacy and a couple of shops selling clothing, beach accessories, ATM’s and souvenirs. For supermarkets and a larger range of shops and banks then Thongsala is about 20 minutes away by taxi or motorbike. If you require a taxi you can either book one from your resort or walk out onto the road, where you will find taxis waiting near the 7-Eleven.