The 22 Best Beaches In Koh Phangan (Ultimate Guide)

Want to explore the best beaches in Koh Phangan? From my favorite beaches, the best snorkeling beaches in Koh Phangan, how to get there travel around the island, where to stay, and my top tips for enjoying the best Thailand paradise has to offer, with this guide you’ll be covered!


No doubt Koh Phangan is a beautiful paradise island that brings in tourists all year round. Sure, the main reason for visiting is the full moon party. Though, if you are willing to explore you will come across the best beaches in Koh Phangan.

However, how do you know where to start and which Koh Phangan beaches are actually worth visiting? I mean you are on holiday and don’t want to waste your time finding the perfect spot.

One of my favorite islands in Thailand is Koh Phangan. It’s beautiful with a great vibe, and also large enough that it never seems too crowded, plus its so easy to hire a scooter and explore. I have been lucky enough to visit a few times over my many trips to Thailand.

Whether you’re a solo traveler seeking solitude, a couple in search of a romantic spot, or a group of friends craving beachside fun, Koh Phangan’s beaches offer something for everyone. From secluded coves to lively stretches of sand, there’s a beach vibe to match every mood and style

Get ready for blue seas, white sand, and gorgeous views as I list the best beaches in Koh Phangan that you need to see on your visit!


tasha amy sitting on a rock under the shade of a palm tree at haad chao phao
tasha amy sitting on a rock under the shade of a palm tree at haad chao phao

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1. Haad Chao Phao

Haad C Chao Phao is one of the quieter beaches in Koh Phangan.

It is slightly rocky, though there is still plenty of clean white sand around. It is possible to swim here no matter if it is low tide or high tide and the rocks provide a perfect place to snorkel around.

Though, if you are a confident swimmer you can paddle out 100 meters from the beach where the reef can be found.

Here you will find plenty of beautiful corals and exciting sea life making it one of the top spots for snorkeling in Koh Phangan.

Nearby you will find plenty of resorts and restaurants where you can stop and have lunch.

How To Get There: 15 minute drive from Thongsala. Hidden off the main road, just pull over and down an overgrown path is where we discovered the beautiful beach of Haad Chao Phao.

tourists swimming at haad chao phao beach in koh phangan
tourists swimming at haad chao phao beach in koh phangan

2. Leela Beach

One of the most ‘Instagram famous’ beaches in Koh Phangan is Leela Beach. Known for beautiful pristine white sand, calm blue waters, and a swing between two coconut trees there will certainly be plenty of photos being taken here.

Like many places in Koh Phangan you will need to walk through a resort to access the beach but it is well worth it. Plus just act confident like you belong there and you will be fine.

Also, because of the awkward access to the beach, it is mainly just filled with resort-goers. Leela Beach is not as crowded as the popular Haad Rin making it a great place to relax in this busy corner of Koh Phangan.

Nearby the famous coconut tree swing, you will also find a jetty on the water which you can walk out on.

How To Get There: An easy 10 minute stroll from Haad Rin, where the famous Full Moon Party is held. This spot is super accessible.

walking a;long the wooden pathway at dusk on leela beach koh phangan
walking a;long the wooden pathway at dusk on leela beach koh phangan

3. Haad Salad

My hands-down personal favorite choice for the best Koh Phangan beaches is Haad Salad. This piece of paradise is the perfect place to relax on the northern side of this island.

Slightly hidden again it can be a bit of a hassle to get to, but trust me it is well worth the adventure. We ended up parking in one of the quieter resorts.

There was pay for parking sign at the nearby restaurant, but there was legitimately nobody in there so we just risked it.

At the beach, there are crystal white sand and surrounding cliffs covered in beautiful swaying palm trees. This is a much more family-friendly place when compared to the alcohol-fueled Haad Rin. Therefore if you aren’t a partier and are visiting Koh Phangan during the full moon party, Haad Salad could be the perfect place for you to stay!

If you are into discovering the underwater world Haad Salad has some of the best snorkeling in Koh Phangan. You will have to head out 80 meters to find the coral, though if you wait for low tide you will be able to walk out some of the ways. Expect to find colorful small fish with great visibility.

Down at the beach, there are a few resorts around and a couple of places to grab lunch.

How To Get There: Haad Salad Beach is located on the North East of the island and it takes roughly 25 minutes to reach from Thong Sala Pier.

haad salad best beaches in koh phangan
the calm and quiet beach of haad salad in koh phangan

4. Chalok Lum Beach

An easy beach to get to with no need to sneak through any resorts is Chalok Lum Beach. Stretching over 2 and a half kilometers long it is never overcrowded.

The middle of the beach itself is mainly just a fishing area. Here is where you can find some of those beautiful colorful longtail boats sitting in the beautiful blue waters.

On either side is where you can find areas of the beach where you can swim and relax. Though this is only through December to March, during other times of year you will likely have to plan your swim during the daily high tide.

This is also not the best beach for snorkeling off the shore due to all the fishermen who have destroyed the nearby coral reefs.

How To Get There: To get to Chalok Lum Beach in Koh Phangan, you can take a taxi boat from Thong Sala Pier. The journey takes roughly 20 minutes and costs 400 THB / $11.50 each way. Alternatively, you can rent a scooter and drive to the beach using the tarmac road that runs straight through the middle of the island. The journey takes around 30 minutes.

looking across the rocks down the shoreline at chaloklum beach koh phangan
looking across the rocks down the shoreline at chaloklum beach koh phangan
fishing boats lined up on the shallows of chaloklum beach in koh phangan
fishing boats lined up on the shallows of chaloklum beach in koh phangan

5. Haad Rin

Welcome to the craziness of Haad Rin. No doubt if you are traveling to Koh Phangan during the busy full moon time you will find yourself here at some stage. Whether that’s partying to the early hours on the beach, watching a waterside fire spinning display, or simply sunbathing on the sand.

Sure, this isn’t the quietest or most beautiful beach in Koh Phangan, but it certainly deserves an honorable mention.

The beach area of Haad Rin can be split into two different sections, Haad Rin Nok and Haad Rin Nai.

Haad Rin Nok is certainly a crazy party area where you will find yourself drinking on the sand in the early hours and hitting up the nearby bars and clubs.

The opposite of this is Haad Rin Nai which has a more relaxed bohemian atmosphere.

Overall the beach itself of Haad Rin is one of the biggest in Koh Phangan and is, therefore, one of the most crowded. It is also where you will find all the full moon party hostels.

If you are looking for a slice of paradise and some quiet time this is certainly where you will not want to be. Though, if you are a backpacker looking to chill out with a beer, people-watch, and perhaps make some new friends there is no better option than Haad Rin.

How To Get There: To get to Haad Rin from Thong Sala, you can take a ferry from Thong Sala Pier to Haad Rin Pier. The ferry ride takes around 30 minutes and is a great way to enjoy the scenic beauty of the island. Alternatively, you can take a taxi which takes around 30 minutes and costs between 350 and 450 THB / $10.00 – $13.00.

boats lined up on the shore of haad rin in koh phangan
boats lined up on the shore of haad rin in koh phangan source: Travel The World Pages

6. Baan Tai Beach

During my time in Koh Phangan, we stayed on Baan Tai Beach. Located on the southern coast of the island the beach itself stretches all the way from Thongsala to Haad Rin Peninsula.

Covered in fine white sand and surrounded by swaying coconut palm trees this is the perfect place to relax. There are plenty of resorts, affordable guesthouses, and backpackers located right on Baan Tai Beach making it a perfect option for anyone looking for cheap beachfront accommodation.

Depending on the time of year, water currents, and weather, most of the time the water is beautifully blue. Though unfortunately, this was not the case during my stay. Nevertheless, it is an excellent swimming beach with a slow gradient into the sea.

I spent many evenings relaxing in the shallow waters watching the sun dip below the horizon.

The water is extremely sandy as well so you do not have to worry about bumping into rocks. Also during low tide, there is a long sandbar on which you can walk right out to sea!

If you are looking for an excellent place to watch the sunset Baan Tai Beach is one of your best options!

How To Get There: To get to Baan Tai Beach in Koh Phangan, you can take a shared taxi (Songthaew) from the main port town of Thongsala. The main road from Thongsala runs parallel to Baan Tai Beach and has an extensive range of shops, motorbike rentals, bars, and restaurants.

sunset ku club beach best beaches in koh phangan
the incredible colors of sunset at baan tai – one of the best beaches in koh phangan
resorts on baan tai beach in koh phangan
looking down baan tai to all the hotels and restaurants on the shoreline

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7. Mae Haad Beach- Best Snorkeling In Koh Phangan

No doubt Mae Haad Beach is one of the best beaches in Koh Phangan. It has gone through a lot of changes in recent years and road conditions have greatly improved providing easier access.

There are a few resorts located around Mae Haad Beach. Though thanks to the roomy beach it never feels overcrowded stretching over 800 meters.

At low tide, there is a sandbank beach that joins Mae Haad Beach to the small island of Koh Ma. I highly recommend exploring this section as this is where you can find the National Marine Park. That makes it one of the best areas in Koh Phangan to go snorkeling.

The waters here are extremely rich in sea life, from gorgeous coral reefs, turtles, and small reef sharks. It is extremely unspoiled and being at one of the far corners of Koh Phangan it rarely gets busy.

This is a true slice of paradise and is great competition for the best beaches in Koh Phangan. If you are looking for the perfect sunset there is no better place than Mae Haad Beach.

How To Get There: Mae Haad Beach is located at the very northwest point of Koh Phangan. I recommend renting a scooter and exploring at your own pace. The roads are great if you go either straight up the middle of the island or around the west coast way.

looking down mae haad beach with umbrellas set up along the shoreline
looking down mae haad beach with umbrellas set up along the shoreline source: Vagabond Disposition
the sand bank leading the way to koh ma from koh phangan
the sand bank leading the way to koh ma from koh phangan source: Vagabond Disposition

8. Haad Yuan

Haad Yuan Beach is a picturesque and secluded beach located on the southeast side of Koh Phangan, Thailand. The beach is surrounded by lush jungle-clad mountains and has crystal-clear blue waters.

It is a small quiet bay with old-school island charm, making it an ideal place to experience tropical island life in perfect tranquility and comfort. Haad Yuan Beach is known for its excellent swimming and relaxed vibe compared to the busier pace of Haad Rin.

The beach is accessible only by boat, hiking or 4×4 jeep which adds to its charm and seclusion.

If you’re planning to visit Haad Yuan Beach, make sure to wear comfortable shoes and carry mosquito repellent and plenty of water. The journey to the beach can be quite an adventure, but the variety at this tiny bay is impressive.

How To Get There: To get to Haad Yuan Beach in Koh Phangan, you can either take a boat from Haad Rin Beach or hike through the jungle on the east coast for about 2 hours. The beach is located about 3 kilometers north of the famous Haad Rin.

If you choose to take a boat, which is what I recommend, you can find a longtail boat at Haad Rin Beach waiting for customers to take them to the east coast of the island. Depending on the season and demand, prices vary slightly between 200 and 300 THB / $5.50 – $8.50 per person one way.


9. Haad Son / Secret Beach

Haad Son, also known as Secret Beach, is a 600-meter-long secluded bay located on the west coast of Koh Phangan, Thailand.

The beach is surrounded by tall coconut palms and acres of white sand, making it a perfect spot for relaxation and unwinding. It is also a great place for snorkeling, with a coral reef located just a short swim away from the shore.

Haad Son Resort is located on a private stretch of the beach and offers elegant accommodations with traditional Thai hospitality. The resort has a popular bar called Koh Rahm, which is one of the coolest bars in Koh Phangan.

If you’re looking for a perfect place to stay, Secret Beach Bungalows is a great option. The bungalows are located in a great location directly on the beach.

How To Get There: To get to Secret Beach (Haad Son) from Thongsala, the nearest ferry terminal, you can take a taxi, a shared taxi, or hire a scooter. The beach is located about 10 kilometers north of the ferry terminal.

a sandy beach between the reef at haad son beach in koh phangan
a sandy beach between the reef at haad son beach in koh phangan

10. Haad Yao

Haad Yao Beach is a popular and beautiful beach located in the northwest of Koh Phangan. The beach is over a kilometer long and is often referred to as the perfect paradise.

The sand is white and the water is crystal-clear, making it an ideal spot for swimming and sunbathing. Haad Yao Beach in Koh Phangan also has a lively coral reef, which makes it a great place for snorkeling and diving.

One thing to note is that it is best to visit during high tide, as during low tide the water goes out so far making it impossible to swim.

How To Get There: You can take a taxi or rent a scooter and drive to Haad Yao. The drive takes approximately 30 minutes from Thong Sala.


11. Malibu Beach

Malibu Beach is a beautiful beach located in the village of Chaloklum, Koh Phangan. The beach is part of the Malibu Beach Bungalows and is situated on a small island in the center of Chalok Lum Bay, offering stunning views of the bay and mountain backdrop.

You will need to walk through the resort to access the beach, but it is 100% worth it.

The sand is silky white and the water is crystal clear and turquoise. The beach is becoming more and more popular, but during the off-season, it is still a very quiet spot. There are lots of palm trees and a small bar that often plays reggae music.

Malibu beach is best visited during high tide so you can make the most out of the gorgeous spot.

How To Get There: To get to Malibu Beach from Thongsala you can take a taxi or rent a scooter. First, you need to drive to the village of Chaloklum, which is located on the west side of Chaloklum Bay. Then, you can drive on to the Malibu Beach Bungalows on the main road.

Stop at the 7-Eleven and walk onto the road where you cross a concrete bridge and arrive at the beach.

It takes about 20 minutes by taxi and approximately half an hour by scooter from the pier where you arrive at Koh Phangan


12. Thong Nai Pan Noi & Thong Nai Pan Yai

Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach is a charming bay located in the northeast of Koh Phangan. The beach is surrounded by rocky, coconut tree-covered headlands and densely forested mountains.

It is known for its soft white sand and turquoise warm sea. Thong Nai Pan Noi is considered one of the nicest beaches in Koh Phangan.

Its bay is divided into two parts, Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai, which together form what is probably the most beautiful and popular spot on Koh Phangan. Thong Nai Pan Noi is the busiest of the two resort areas.

The beach is ideal for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling and diving. It is also a great place to watch the sunrise. There are many activities available here such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing.

How To Get There: To get to Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach from Thongsala, you can take a taxi, or car or hire a scooter. The distance between Thongsala and Thong Nai Pan Noi is approximately 10.4 km and it takes around 30 minutes to reach.

looking down at thong nai pan yai beach from the viewpoint
looking down at thong nai pan yai beach from the viewpoint

13. Bottle Beach

Bottle Beach is a beautiful and secluded beach located on the north side of Koh Phangan. It is named after its protected cove, which is shaped like a bottle from above.

This is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the more popular beaches on the island and enjoy some peace and quiet.

At Bottle Beach, you will be rewarded with white sand, green mountains, crystal clear water, and a big beach that you have almost entirely to yourself. The sand is soft and easy walking, with almost no rocks. There aren’t too many people. And there are several restaurants and volleyball nets at the beach if you want to stick around longer.

If you’re looking for more scenery, there’s even a Bottle Beach viewpoint you can hike to on the hill above. The trailhead for the viewpoint starts behind one of the food shacks in the middle of the beach, near the river. Just look for the makeshift sign or ask a local to point it out to you.

Hiking to the Bottle Beach viewpoint takes about 30-60 minutes going up. The trail is shaded, but it’s all uphill so it can be pretty strenuous in the midday heat. Bring water!

How To Get There: To get to Bottle Beach, you can hire a longtail boat from Chaloklum Beach or Haad Khom Beach for 150 THB / $7.00 per person, per way. The boat ride takes about 15 minutes and is a scenic journey through the Gulf of Thailand. Alternatively, you can hike to Bottle Beach from Haad Khom Beach, which takes about 1-2 hours one way.

longtail boats lined up transporting tourists to the incredible bottle beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in koh phangan
longtail boats lined up transporting tourists to the incredible bottle beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in koh phangan

14. Haad Khom

Haad Khom Beach, also known as Coral Bay, is a small bay located in northwest of Koh Phangan. The beach is famous for its spectacular and colorful corals, making it an ideal destination for snorkeling.

Occasionally corals grow into the bay, but you can easily bypass them on the sandy underwater paths. This spot is particularly popular with long-term vacationers who appreciate the relaxed, quiet atmosphere.

Haad Khom is located a 20 minutes walk from the conveniences of Chaloklum village. There are only four restaurants on the beach and the Coral Bar.

At the end of the road, a path through the jungle leads to Bottle Beach, just follow the bottles.

How To Get There: To get to Haad Khom, take the Police Road from Thong Sala and follow the signs to Chaloklum. There you turn left to Haad Khom.

swimmers enjoying the shallows at haad khom beach in koh phangan
swimmers enjoying the shallows at haad khom beach in koh phangan

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15. Zen Beach

Zen Beach is known for its golden sunsets and is a popular spot to be at dusk. It is located on the west coast of the island, near Sri Thanu, which is home to a number of yoga studios, schools, and wellness retreats.

Also known as Naked Beach it is a prime spot to watch the sunset. During the high season, the beach is filled with vibrant activity. There are dancers, drum beats, kids playing, and laid-back travelers sitting on the beach waiting for the sun to go down.

Every evening, there is a different kind of entertainment on the beach that visitors of all ages can appreciate. The atmosphere here is one-of-a-kind; enhanced by the magical colors of the sky as it changes for sunset. The coast is also lined with cool, bohemian beach bars that serve the perfect snacks and refreshments for the day’s end.

The best time to visit is around 5 pm, which is perfect for you to grab a cocktail and find a comfortable spot as you soak up the sunset views.

How To Get There: Finding Zen Beach is easy, just go to the top of Sri Thanu, turn into the school, and then keep going. You will reach a fork in the road but take the right turn and park.

watching a meditation circle in the ocean at zen beach koh phangan
watching a meditation circle in the ocean at zen beach koh phangan

16. Thong Sala Beach

The town of Thong Sala is home to a one-kilometer-long beach. This beach is ideal for swimming and relaxation and is great for families.

It is backed by coconut palms and tropical fauna, which we definitely used to hide away from the harsh sun.

Thong Sala Beach is not the most beautiful of beaches, but it has the advantage of having lots of shops and activities nearby.

Thong Sala itself is the largest town in Phangan and has numerous shops as well as a food market where you can find all kinds of delicious food.

How To Get There: To get to Thong Sala Beach, you can take a taxi (Songthaew) or rent a scooter. It is pretty close to where the ferry dock so no doubt you will be passing by at some stage.

the beach of the main township thong sala with fishing boats lined up
the beach of the main township thong sala with fishing boats lined up

17. Baan Nai Wok

Baan Nai Wok Beach is 650 meters long and located on the west coast. It is relatively unknown but does end up being some traveler’s favorite.

Baan Nai Wok is covered with fine sand and is flanked by swaying coconut palm trees. The water is usually gorgeous blue, depending on the time of year, water currents, and weather. It is not the best beach for swimming as it stays quite shallow for a long way out but it is very popular for water sports such as kiteboarding.

The tiny village of Baan Nai Wok, which is adjacent to Thong Sala and has just a few homes, is virtually unnoticeable when you drive or stroll past it. People who desire the comfort of Thongsala near them will often head to this beach.

How To Get There: The easiest way to get to Baan Nai Wok is by scooter or taxi.


18. Ao Plaay Laem

Ao Plaay Laem Beach is a serene and picturesque spot with clear emerald-green waters and rock formations that create a unique landscape. It is situated at the foot of Khao Hin Nok, a granite mountain and provides a stunning view of Angthong National Marine Park.

The beach is not very deep, but it is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. It is also a great spot to watch the sunset.

Visitors can enjoy a lazy afternoon on the beach, soaking up the sun and relaxing in the calm waters.

How To Get There: To get to Ao Plaay Laem Beach, you can take a taxi from Thongsala Pier. The ride should take less than 10 minutes and cost around 100 THB / $4.60. Alternatively, you can rent a motorcycle to explore the island and its beaches at your own pace.


19. Wok Tum and Hin Kong

Wok Tum and Hin Kong are two serene beaches in Koh Phangan. Hin Kong Beach is located parallel to the main coast road and is an extension of Wok Tum Beach.

The coral reef lies about 300 meters off the beach, which makes it ideal for swimming during high tide. The beach has beautiful views, breathtaking sunsets, and never seems to be crowded.

Snorkeling is possible here, and kayak rentals are available from some of the resorts.

How To Get There: To get to Hin Kong Beach and Wok Tum Beach from Thong Sala, you can take a taxi or rent a scooter. The distance is approximately 4.5 kilometers and takes around 10 minutes by car.

watching the sunset from wok tum beach in koh phangan
watching the sunset from wok tum beach in koh phangan

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21. Hin Ngam Beach

Hin Ngam Beach is a hidden gem located in the north of Koh Phangan.

The beach is unique in that it is covered in multi-colored pebbles instead of sand, which gives it a distinctive look. The name “Hin Ngam” means “beautiful stones” in Thai.

It is surrounded by shady trees and is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. There is also a restaurant where you can sit and eat, or you can bring a towel to lie down and enjoy the view.

How To Get There: The best way to reach Ao Hin Ngam is by taxi or hiring a scooter which I highly recommend. It is about 12 kilometers from Thong Sala and takes around 25 minutes to drive.


22. Than Sadet Beach

Than Sadet Beach is a stunning hideaway on Koh Phangan’s east coast. Its rugged beauty tends to attract adventurous travelers, as well as those seeking relaxation.

The beach is about 300 meters long and is separated by a small freshwater estuary that comes down from a waterfall. The sand is white and the sea is deep enough for year-round swimming, though be aware that the waves can be rough.

It is well worth having snorkeling equipment with you, as at both ends of the beach there are large rocks where you can find many colorful fish and coral.

Via a small, rustic, wooden bridge you can reach the remote neighboring beach of Haad Thong Ra, which has no amenities or infrastructure but is ideal for spending a few peaceful hours.

How To Get There: To get to Than Sadet Beach you can drive along Ban Tai Road along the coast towards Haad Rin. In Ban Tai, turn left at the 7/11 crossroads and follow the road until the signposts take you right at the roundabout. Than Sadet Beach is now easily accessible via the beautiful, wide Tong Nai Pan Road.

looking down at a secluded sadet beach on koh phangan
looking down at a secluded sadet beach on koh phangan

Koh Phangan Travel Tips

Now you know where to find some of the best beaches in Koh Phangan, let’s get into other tips you may want to know for your travels there.


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How To Travel Around Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is a relatively large island so if you want to explore the best beaches you will definitely need some mode of transportation.

If you feel comfortable hiring a motorbike this is no doubt your best option for getting around and this was the option I chose.

Taxi prices will add up fast. Also, it will be fairly expensive to hire a longtail boat to take you around to all the beaches.

It is extremely easy to find a shop hiring motorbikes, but it may be hard to find somewhere that won’t scam you. Ask around to get opinions on a good hire spot. Also, Facebook groups can be helpful for this, or simply just asking around at your hostel like I did.

Either way, it is always a risk, but instead of handing over your passport, you can always ask to pay a deposit or hand over a second passport if you are lucky enough to have dual citizenship.

I am surprised at how well-maintained the majority of the roads are in Koh Phangan, especially compared to other places around Thailand. While on the island there was a lot of roadworks going on and potholes being filled.

Of all the places I road around Thailand Koh Phangan definitely had the nicest roads to drive on. It’s also a lot less quiet on the roads than in many other Thai tourist spots.

However, if you are looking at getting completely off the beaten track your best to head south to islands like Koh Yao Yai or Koh Yao Noi.

There is a mixture of quiet country roads, busy bustling villages, and wide highway-like streets around Koh Phangan. I had previously driven in Vietnam, but Koh Phangan was the first place I drove around Thailand and it was incredibly easy to do so.

views haad chao phao best beaches in koh phangan
tell me this isn’t the perfect instagram spot on haad chao phao!

Where To Stay In Koh Phangan?

Some of the best areas to stay in when traveling Koh Phangan include:

Haad Rin: This southern beach is one of the top areas to stay in Koh Phangan because it is the location of the famous Full Moon Party. Guests can certainly get their party on at least once a month, and even when the festivities are not raging, can expect to indulge in everything that this beach paradise has to offer. There are routine fire shows, tons of beach bars, and low-key dining options that perfectly suit a backpacker vibe.

Baan Tai: This beach is known for being pristine and gorgeous while the sun is up, and a fun place to hang out when the sun dips below the waves. There are plenty of beach bars in Baan Tai, and you can’t go more than a few feet without stumbling across some amazing local music.

Thong Sala: This is the main town of Koh Phangan and is a great place to stay if you want to be close to everything. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars in Thong Sala, and it’s easy to get around the island from here. The town is also home to the island’s main pier, so it’s a great place to stay if you’re coming from the mainland.

Srithanu: This is a great place to stay if you’re looking for a more laid-back vibe. The beach is beautiful and there are plenty of yoga studios and wellness centers in the area. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars in Srithanu, so you won’t be lacking for options.

Haad Yao: This is a great place to stay if you’re looking for a quieter beach experience. The beach is beautiful and there are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area.

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Other Things To Do In Koh Phangan

How many things do you really need to do when you’re in paradise? Not too many. Though Koh Phangan has a wide array of activities on offer to keep everyone busy.

Full Moon Party: The full moon party is probably the number one thing to do in Koh Phangan and is the reason the majority of travelers actually come here. Seriously during this time of the month, the island can receive an influx of 20,000+ travelers! There is a party every month, but here you can find exact dates and tickets cost $6.00 / 200 THB. Don’t worry if you can’t make those dates, there is also a half-moon party and a quarter-moon party.

Sramonora Waterfall: Next up, head to Sramanora Waterfall located on the South Side of Koh Phangan in Ban Kai Village. It is a simple 5-minute drive off the main road making it super accessible. What makes this waterfall a step above others on the island is the natural pool at the top.

Zip Lining: If you like something a bit more fast-paced than island life why not do zip lining with Just for Fun Canopy Adventure? The park offers 1 suspended bridge (30m), 3 short ziplines (30-40m), 1 staircase, 1 ladder, and 1 long zipline (450m). It costs $25.00 / 800 THB per person.

Ang Thong Marine Park: If you snorkeled all of the beaches while in Koh Phangan why not head out a bit further afield on a day trip to Ang Thong Marine Park? It is made up of 42 separate islands and is one of the best spots to snorkel in the Gulf of Thailand. Prices generally start around $30.00 for the day trip on a group tour.

Hike Khao Ra Mountain: Lastly, you could go for a hike up Koh Ra Mountain. This will give you some awesome views of the island. There is an entrance fee of $0.67 / 20 THB. The hike will take you around 3 hours return to complete. It is well-signposted so you need to have a guide. It starts at Khao Ra Retreat and then you can just follow the marked path from there.

walking out into the water at haad salad , one of the best beaches in koh phangan
walking out into the calm waters of haad salad

FAQs About The Best Beaches Koh Phangan

Does Koh Phangan have good beaches?

Yes, Koh Phangan is known for its incredible beaches. There are many choices to pick from, and it’s easy to get around the island with songthaews and plenty of motorbike rental shops. Some favorites include Bottle Beach, Haad Salad, Leela Beac, Haad Yuan, and Mae Haad.

Is it safe to swim in Koh Phangan?

Yes, it is safe to swim in Koh Phangan. However, it is important to take some safety precautions while swimming in the ocean. Tips include learning how to spot a rip current and keep clear of it, checking the latest weather forecast, not swimming at deserted beaches if you’re on your own, and not swimming under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

What is the most secluded beach in Koh Phangan?

The most secluded beach in Koh Phangan is Bottle Beach. It is located on the northeastern coast and is only accessible by boat or a 3-hour hike through the jungle. The beach is surrounded by lush greenery and has a serene atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for those who want to escape the crowds.


Ready To Hit The Best Beaches In Koh Phangan?

If you’re looking for the best beaches in Koh Phangan you will know where exactly to find them now.

Whether you just want somewhere to swim and relax on the beach or go snorkeling in Koh Phangan there is a beach for everyone.

Personally, this island is one of my favorites in Thailand and I am excited to share this slice of paradise with you!


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Get ready for blue seas, white sand and gorgeous views as I list the best beaches in Koh Phangan! The definition of paradise, Koh Phangan has tourists flocking there all year around, including for the full moon party. Though, if you are willing to explore you will come across the best beaches in Koh Phangan making this island a must visit while backpacking Thailand


Photo credit: “Thailand Koh Phangan Thongsala Strand | beach” , “Thailand Koh Phangan Haad Son Secret Beach Bucht Strand Schnorcheln” & “Thailand Koh Phangan Ao Thong Nai Pan Yai Panorama | view(CC BY 2.0) by FLASHPACKER TRAVELGUIDE . “Water Meditation Circle at Zen Beach” (CC BY 2.0) by Kyle Pearce . Bottle Beach” (CC BY 2.0) by Christian Haugen .


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8 thoughts on “The 22 Best Beaches In Koh Phangan (Ultimate Guide)

  1. Avatar for Gthomas
    Gthomas says:

    You missed the best beaches. You went to the common ones. Next time you should try some that it takes work to get to. There are many-none on your list.

  2. Avatar for Victoria
    Victoria says:

    I never made it to Koh Phangan while we lived in Thailand. This post is making me regret that! Lol

  3. Avatar for Clazz
    Clazz says:

    Honestly think Koh Phangan was one of my highlights of Thailand! It’s such a shame people only go there for Full Moon and then claim to hate it because they only see that side of it. We stayed on the opposite side of the island and it was like paradise! Sooo, so nice! I could happily go and spend a week there.

  4. Avatar for Maria
    Maria says:

    Your picture are so beautiful and relaxing that I want to get on a plane right now! I’ll save this post for when I finally get to Thailand, Koh Phangan will definitely be on my itinerary!

  5. Avatar for Josy A
    Josy A says:

    These beaches all look incredible. They remind me of the beach (the book)…at least before it gets all scary and horrible ;)

    I always thought Thailand’s best beaches would be more busy than that, but these all look quite empty. Did you go early in the morning, or were they just pretty chilled areas?

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