#3 Best Island
For many years Koh Phangan was inhabited only by local families of Chinese fishermen that settled here about 200 years ago. Then in the early 1980s wandering backpackers discovered the island. Word of the island’s unspoiled beauty quickly spread and more and more travelers made Koh Phangan a must-see during their travels. Koh Phangan offers activities for all types of vacationers. Lay back and relax on one of the island’s many white-sand beaches. Or for the more active types lace up your hiking shoes and venture up into the coconut-covered hills and look out at the spectacular postcard views below. Looking for a way to get around? Well, grab a map and tour the island on a bicycle, motorbike, or 4-wheeler which are all for rent by the day.
Haad Yao is a beautiful white sand beach that bends gently around the northwest of Koh Phangan. It is on a Thai island famous for its pristine nature and great beaches. Among stiff competition, Haad Yao is called Koh Phangan the perfect beach. That is because it combines all the ingredients for a perfect beach holiday
The soft white sand slopes gently to the warm clear sea. The water is ideal for swimming. The white sand is flanked at one side by the inviting water and on the other by towering palms. Behind the beach is more nature rather than a built-up area with an intrusive road. The beach is also 1 km long. This makes it ideal for finding some space on the beach to sunbathe or enjoy a game of frisbee.
Haad Yao West
White Sand &
One of the first resorts located in the center of Haad Yao, established 20 years ago by a Thai family. Newly renovated in 2021 by Pedro & Suzy teamed up to help improve the property after the Covid crises hit tourism in Thailand.
The couple visited Koh Phangan for 6 years and fell in love with this paradise more each time. Finally, they decided to make this paradise their home. Over 24 years of experience in the restaurant business, they decided to follow their dreams of owning a business on a tropical island. The success of their first Italian restaurant, Loccos Pizza Bar, motivates them for expanding their passion. Partnering up with the Thai family to improve the existing resort and build a restaurant on the beach created Tropicoco Beach Resort and Coco Locco Beach Bar & Restaurant.
How to Get to Here
Direct transfers between Bangkok and Koh Phangan by bus and boat via Chumpon are available from Seatran Discovery and Lomprayah Catamaran. See www.seatrandiscovery.com and www.lomprayah.com for further details. Alternatively, you should be able to buy a combined bus and ferry ticket at most travel agencies in Bangkok or at the bus station, either via Chumpon or Surat Thani / Donsak. All ferries from Chumpon or Surat Thani / Donsak arrive at Thong Sala on Koh Phangan.
From Bangkok (Most Convenient & Fastest)
There are around 15 flights a day from Bangkok to Samui, on either Bangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com) or Thai Airways (www.thaiair.com). There is a desk at the airport that can arrange a transfer to the pier for the next boat to KohPhangan. Boats go to either Thong Sala or Had Rin. Lomprayah high speed boat takes about 25 minutes to Thongsala pier. HaadRin queen boat takes about 50 minutes to arrive in HaadRin pier.
There are also direct flights to KohSamui from Phuket, Krabi, and Chiangmai.
International cities with direct flights via www.bangkokairways.com : Kuala Lumpur, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Singapore.
It is also possible to fly to Surat Thani with www.nokair.com, www.airasia.com & www.vietjet.com. All the airlines have a package from Don Maung airport to Surat Thani airport then air-cond bus to Don Sak pier where you will be transfer to the car ferry in Don Sak or Lompraya high speed ferry in Suratthani.
If you are looking for an economical way to travel take the VIP bus from Khao San Road or from the New Southern Bus Terminal at BoromratChonnani Road in Bangkok. The VIP buses are more comfortable than the regular “A/C” busses. Tickets are easily available in most travel agencies in Bangkok or at the bus terminal and go to Chumporn or Suratthani. Ferry fee is often included in the price but make sure to confirm it when you buy the bus ticket
Another way to travel is the night train from Hua Lamphong, the Bangkok Railway Station, to Suratthani. The sleeping cars are a more comfortable option for this eleven hour journey. It is a little bit more expensive than the bus but you will be well rested for the day ahead. Upper beds are less expensive than the lower ones and a private “first class” cabin for two people is also available. From Donsak pier near Surat Thani you can take a ferry ride to KohPhangan.
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