Haad Chao Phao Beach in Koh Phangan
Haad Chao Phao is one of the best beaches on the west coast of Koh Phangan. The beach is over 500 meters long, has fine white sand and a great sunset. There's a coral reef 100 meters out with an abundance of marine life that is great for diving and snorkelling. Before the coral reef the sea shelf drops steeply making Haad Chao Phao a good year round swimming beach that is not affected by tidal changes.
It takes about 10 minutes to reach Haad Chao Phao from the main port town of Thongsala. The road is mostly flat and in good condition.
There are a number of good bars and restaurants on Haad Chao Phao. Of particular note are the Pirate Bar set in its own small cove and the Seaflower Beach Bar on the middle of the beach. Pirate Bar has a Full Moon Set Party 3 days before the full moon. Also worthy of mention is the Village Green Restaurant and Pub that serves excellent Thai food and English pub grub.
Haad Chao Phao beach has developed slowly as a tourist destination and has maintained a laid back vibe. On the night of the Full Moon Party, however, things liven up with some establishments throwing pre-party bashes.
There's a good selection of accommodation at Haad Chao Phao. A number of new resorts have joined the secure r24.org booking engine in 2012. All prices are inclusive of tax. Click the links below to find out more about accommodation in Haad Chao Phao.
(Updated January 2012)
Starting under 1,000 Thai Baht
Seetanu Bungalows 400 thb - 1,800 thb (low season); 500 thb - 2,700 thb (high season)
Niramon Sunview 450 thb - 2,000 thb (low / high season)
Phangan Cabana Resort 690 thb - 2,900 thb (low season); 1,290 thb - 4,900 thb (high season)
Starting over 1,000 Thai Baht
Phangan Paragon Resort and Spa 1,150 thb - 10,000 thb (low season); 1,750 thb - 12,300 thb (high season)
Sunset Cove Resort 1,200 thb - 2,700 thb (low season); 1,800 thb - 3,850 thb (high season)
Blue Ocean Garden Beach Resort 1,200 thb - 2,400 (low season)