Haad Chao Phao Beach in Koh Phangan
About the beach
Most visitors opting for the West coast of Koh Phangan head for either Haad Yao or Haad Salad. In many ways Haad Chao Phao is just as good and it is closer to Thongsala. It has a good range of accommodation and has a couple of good bars and restaurants. If you want to try a new beach on Koh Phangan we recommend giving Haad Chao Phao a visit.
The beach is 500 meters long and consists of clean white sand. It is a good beach for swimming, and a great beach from which to watch the stunning Koh Phangan sunsets.
100 meters out from the beach is a healthy coral reef teaming with marine life. It is a great reef for snorkeling or diving, Between the beach and the reef there is good year round swimming that unlike many of the spots along the West coast is unaffected by seasonal tide changes.
Bars and Restaurants
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.
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. It is easy to catch a taxi from Thongsala to Haad Chao Phao. It is also possible to catch public transport to the other beaches north of Haad Chao Phao and to Koh Ma Marine Park.
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. Prices for bungalows start at as little as 300 Thai Baht a night at Benjamin's Hut. Phangan Paragon offers a luxury holiday experience and Sunset Cove has boutique accommodation. Sunset Hill is a new apartment resort with a selection of seaview accommodation.
Click the links below to find out more about accommodation in Haad Chao Phao.
(Updated February 2016)
Starting under 1,000 Thai Baht
Benjamin's Hut 300 thb - 1,350 thb (low season); 400 thb - 2,500 thb (high season)
Niramon Sunview 400 thb - 2,500 thb (low season); 500 thb - 3,000 thb (high season)
Seetanu Bungalows 450 thb - 1,800 thb (low season); 1,000 thb - 3,600 thb (high season)
Hut Sun Bungalows 600 thb - 1,900 thb (low season); 1,200 thb - 3,200 thb (high season)
Phangan Cabana Resort 690 thb - 2,900 thb (low season); 790 thb - 3,900 thb (high season)
Sea Garden Resort 900 thb - 5,500 thb (low season); 1,550 thb - 7,950 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED
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) - RECOMMENDED
Sunset Cove Resort 1,200 thb - 2,700 thb (low season); 1,500 thb - 3,350 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Sunset Hill Boutique Resort 1,750 thb - 7,250 thb (low season); 2,275 thb - 8,950 thb (high season)