Northwest Koh Phangan
The Northwest coast of Koh Phangan Thailand is known for its beautiful beaches, fringing coral reefs and excellent sunset views. The best snorkeling and dive spots of the island can be found in this area. It is an ideal place for families and couples. If you like relaxing at the beach, snorkelling and romantic dining then this is the area for you.
Ao Sri Thanu or Laem Si Thanu (or Seethanu) is a small fisherman village 10 minutes drive from Thong Sala. The beach consists of a long, unshaded strip of sand with a little fishing port at one end. Haad Chao Phao is a nice, small and quiet bay with a few nice places to stay.
The popular beach of Haad Yao (‘long beach’) is often described as one of the prettiest beaches of Koh Phangan due to its long stretch of fine white sand, shady coconut trees and most of all amazing sunsets. It is probably the most lively beach in this area.
The beach of Haad Salad (which means “Pirate Beach”) is well known for their excellent coral reefs. Haad Salad is a very nice and quiet bay with some very good accommodation. It is located on the road from Thong Sala to Mae Haad. There are a couple of nice places to stay.
Haad Mae Haad beach and Koh Maa are located on the Northwestern tip of the island and is a striking beach. It is a quiet and relaxed with low budget beach huts. Just across the beach lies the tiny island of Koh Ma, the number one snorkeling spot of the island because of the stunning coral reef.
Chaloklum on Koh Phangan (or Chaloklam), a 20 minutes drive from Thong Sala, is the island’s major fishing village. From Chaloklum it is possible to take a longtailboat to Bottle Beach and Thong Nai Pan (see North East).
The area is very easy accessible by 3 different cemented roads from Thong Sala. One road leads you along the coast to Wok Tum, Hin Kong, Srithanu, Haad Chao Phao and Haad Yao. The other one is a bit more inland and leads you along the hospital, Haad Salad, Haad Mae Haad to Chaloklum. The third road leads you along the police station, Ban Madua Wan, Phaeng Waterfall and Paradise Waterfall to Chaloklum.
Almost all villages in this part of Koh Phangan have all necessary facilities like mini marts, internet shops, motorbike rental, massage, tattoo shops and places where you can rent diving/snorkelling equipment. If you want to go out for food or a drink there are plenty of small restaurants and bars offering all kinds of food and drinks and a great view on the sunset.
Northwest Koh Phangan Accommodation
- Golden Hill Resort – Wok Tum
- Green Papaya – Haad Salad
- Haad Son Resort – Haad Yao
- Haadlad Prestige Resort & Spa – Haad Salad
- Had Yao Bay View – Haad Yao
- High Life – Haad Yao
- Long Bay Resort – Haad Yao
- Salad Beach Resort – Haad Salad
- See Through Hotel – Haad Yao
- Sunset Cove Resort – Haad Chao Phao
- Sunset Hill Resort & Spa Haad Chao Phao
- Utopia – Haad Thong Lang Chaloklum