Haad Yuan Koh Phangan
Haad Yuan Koh Phangan is just another example of how there’s so much more to the island than just the famous Full Moon Parties. Much quieter and with no real road, Haad Yuan Koh Phangan is a paradise beach area, offering excellent swimming and a mostly relaxed vibe, compared to the busier pace of Haad Rin. Haad Yuan Koh Phangan is a small quiet bay, with old school island charm, located on the southeast side of Koh Phangan.
Haad Yuan is just 15 minutes away by boat – just north of Haad Rin. If hiking through the jungle and up some steep hills is your thing, you can walk from Haad Rin, which will take you around 1.5 hours and offers some amazing views on the way. The alternative method of getting here is by 4 x 4, through the dense jungle and dirt track system. If you’re staying at any of the resorts in this area, they may offer to collect you from the pier when you arrive. Some resorts also have their own boats and will collect you from Haad Rin Nok Beach. Once here, Haad Yuan is navigated entirely on foot – there is no road system. With wooden walkways perched on rocks at each end of the beach and lots of magical views await. The northern end of Haad Yuan is the busiest, with a system of rocks and wooden walkways that lead to popular spots on the way to Haad Thian Beach – including the famous Eden Garden Party.
Food & Drink
There are a good choice of places to eat and drink at in Haad Yuan Koh Phangan. All the resorts here have their own restaurants and you will find a few bars as well. Perched on the rocks at the northern end, you’ll find Bamboo Hut – a popular bungalow resort that has excellent restaurant. Along with great views of the beach and generous food portions, Bamboo Hut comes highly recommended. Eden Garden, located on the rocks beyond Bamboo Hut are open daily for Thai cuisine and makes a great place to sit and relax during the weekday evenings. You’ll also find a couple reggae bars and other chilled out watering along Haad Yuan Beach.
Haad Yuan is small and fills up quickly during the islands peak season (between November and April) – particularly in the months between December and March. Paying for a taxi boat to get here, only to drag your luggage around and find out that there are no rooms left in Haad Yuan isn’t fun at all. Make sure you book your accommodation well in advance!
Prices for water, beer, meals and other items are slightly higher in Haad Yuan than in other areas of the island. There are only a couple of very small convenience stores in Haad Yuan – stocking just basic refreshments, snack toiletries and alcohol, so make sure you bring all your essentials with you! Currently there are no ATM’s in Haad Yuan or the next bay along at Haad Tien, so make sure you bring enough cash with you – credit cards are rarely accepted here. Reliable Wi-Fi is difficult to find in Haad Yuan, and so can the electricity – some resorts run their power on generators and may not have them running at certain hours of the day. Also phone signals here are not very reliable either.
Although Haad Yuan is removed from much of the party scene found in other ares of Koh Phangan – such as Haad Rin, it isn’t entirely quiet all of the time. People flock to Eden Garden on a Saturdays for a night of underground music and dancing – with Ocean Rock, the opposite end of the beach now holding an all day party on Sundays. So if you’re looking for total tranquility, avoid staying here during the weekends.
The long tail taxi boats to Haad Yuan can be quite a rough ride on choppy seas ,so be prepared to get a little wet! There is no pier, so you’ll be in knee-deep water when getting in and out of the boats. Taxi boat prices vary considerably and can range from 300 THB per person to 1000 THB per person – depending on season, weather and waves. There is no haggling with them either, so don’t waste your time.