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4 of the best beaches on Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is one of the most magical islands in Thailand. It’s notorious for its partying reputation, but there’s a serene side, too: you have to know where to go. There are around 30 beaches on the island, with a narrow hilly road climbing through the jungle of the island, making most of them accessible by road. In this blog, we’ve selected 4 of the best beaches on Koh Phangan to visit and stay at. So, we hope you enjoy these top picks.

 

Bottle Beach (Haad Khuad)

 

Bottle Beach (featured image) is located on the island’s north side and is absolutely stunning. You get there by boat from Chaloklum Beach or travel by road through the jungle. Once there, you won’t be disappointed. The white sand and the laid-back atmosphere are serene. Many resorts on this beach range from simple bungalows like Smile Bungalow to mid-range resorts like Bottle Beach 1.

Bottle Beach is frequented by chilled-out travellers and families looking for a peaceful getaway. Many visitors return to Haad Khuad year after year for the relaxed vibes. It isn’t the easiest beach to get to, but it is well worth the effort. And the snorkelling here is also fantastic, which is why we consider this one of the best beaches in Koh Phangan.

Bottle beach 2, is a great place to eat on Haad Khuad. Best of all, in the evenings, they often have a barbecue beach party with a campfire.

Haad Wai Nam

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Some of the best beaches in Koh Phangan are actually close to the busy area of Haad Rin. Take a boat from Haad Yuan to Haad Tian, and from there, take a pleasant walk over to Haad Wai Nam. This is our 2nd pick for the best beaches on Koh Phangan. Visitors are rewarded with a beautiful view of the beach as you come over the hill. Wai Nam is Thai for ‘swimming’, and this is the perfect place to do just that. Nestled in its own little cove, it’s a serene spot where you will find just a few lovely bungalows that book up fast.

Haad Wai Nam is arguably one of the most secluded and beautiful spots on the Koh Phangan. The beach is stunning, and the surrounding jungle is fantastic, too. There are no shops, bars or restaurants in Haad Wai Nam, which adds to the peaceful nature of the location.

For a great dining experience, eat at Bamboo restaurant which is located between Haad Yuan and Haad Tian, high up in the rocks. From this viewpoint, there are spectacular views of the ocean. 

If you want to experience yoga in a beautiful beach location, head to Haad Tian. Because this is the location of The Sanctuary, the yoga centre is famous and has an impressive vegetarian restaurant. Therefore, this is a great place to feel healthy and relaxed.

Make sure you take out plenty of cash prior to travelling to any of these beaches because they have no cash machines.

Thong Nae Pan Yai and Noi

 

Tong Nai Pan Beach, Koh Phangan
Tong Nai Pan Beach

Thong Nae Pan is an extraordinary part of the island. And it’s our 3rd pick for the best beaches on Koh Phangan. And best of all, you get two beaches! You could spend your entire holiday in this one area and be completely satisfied. It’s located on the island’s northeast side and is accessible by a very hilly road. You can also take the Thong Nae Pan Express boat from Haad Tian, Than Sadet and Haad Rin. 

Yai means significant in Thai, and Noi means small, which tells you something about the size of these two beaches. Thong Nae Pan Yai is quieter and more relaxed than Thon Nae Pan Noi. We prefer Thong Nae Pan Yai for its peaceful nature.

Longtail Beach Resort is on Thong Nae Pan Yai. The rooms here are nice, but the main attraction is the excellent beachside restaurant. They serve their food on beautiful little dishes shaped like longtail boats. Try the Gai Thod Phanaeng (deep-fried chicken with Penang sauce). It never disappoints.

Thong Nae Pan Noi is a beautiful beach and great for snorkeling and swimming. It also hosts some of the best hotels on Koh Phangan, like Anantara Rasananda Villas, which is a beautiful 5-star experience. 

Koh Raham

 

Koh Raham, one of the best beaches on Koh Phangan

Our 4th and final pick for the best beaches on Koh Phangan is Koh Raham. This beach is located on the northwest side of the island. Haad Son and Secret Beach are also worth a visit, but the lovely and memorable beach called Koh Raham is nestled in between them.

Access to this remote beach is via Secret Beach. Walk to the end of the right side of Secret Beach, up the stairs and into Koh Raham Restaurant. This is arguably one of the most fantastic beach bars ever, by the way.  There are hammocks to relax in when you are full of Phad Thai and Massaman curry. And best of all, a tiny bridge leads to a rock platform where you can jump off and swim with the fish. From there, you can access the secluded Koh Raham.

In addition to being a beautiful beach, Koh Raham is one of the best places on the Koh Phangan to catch the sunset.

And there you have it, folks – a whirlwind tour of Koh Phangan’s beach paradise! From the elusive charm of Bottle Beach to the secluded serenity of Haad Wai Nam, these spots are the island’s best-kept secrets (well, not so secret anymore). We’ve dived into the crystalline waters of Thong Nae Pan Yai and Noi and lounged in the laid-back luxury of Koh Raham. And let’s not forget about that epic beach bar – a remarkable place you’ll forget to check if your smoothie is Instagram-worthy.

But hey, don’t just take our word for it. Pack that sunscreen, grab those flip-flops.

Did you agree with us? What are your favourite beaches on Koh Phangan?

Image Credits

Images courtesy of flickr.com – Featured image, Bottle Beach by Fabio Achilli, Haad Wai Naam by Zillah Dee, Tong Nai Pan by Fabio Achilli and Koh Raham courtesy of www.edtguide.com

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