Haad Yao Beach in Koh Phangan
Haad Yao is located in the north-west of Koh Phangan and is a firm favourite with returning visitors to Koh Phangan. People are drawn by the peaceful atmosphere, beautiful beach and the great snorkelling and scuba opportunities nearby. Haad Yao has the healthiest coral system off the coast of Koh Phangan that stretches the entire length of the beach. There are table corals, brain corals and barrel sponges. Marine life on offer includes the Blue Spotted Stingray, Porcupine fish, Parrot fish, Squirrel fish and fusiliers. Haad Yao is great for shallow beach dives.
The beach is 1 km long and wide enough to play sports on. Many consider Haad Yao to be a "perfect beach". Haad Yao has a good selection of bars and restaurants to choose from. Favorites include Hideaway Bakery and the Eagle Pub (on the rocks at the southern end of the beach). Apple Bar has regular house parties, and Magic Bar sometimes has a pre-full moon party. On the beach Eagle Pub and Apache Bar occasionally throw a party. There are also plenty of shops to buy basic necessities, food and drink as well as souvenirs. You can also find internet shops, travel agents and ATM machines in Haad Yao.
There is an equally good selection of accomodation on offer at Haad Yao beach. You can find cheap bungalows as well as stylish resorts on Haad Yao beach. Prices start in the low season at just 400 Thai Baht for basic fan bungalows. At the other end of the spectrum there is the Boutique See Through Resort and Long Bay Resort.
Nearby Haad Yao there is Koh Phangan's only Marine Park, Koh Ma where you can spot sea turtles and other marine life. It is also a short excursion to Wang Sai Waterfall and Laem Son Lake. To find out more about Haad Yao visit www.haadyao.info.
Click the links below to find the best prices for accommodation in Haad Yao. Prices are inclusive of tax.
(Updated January 2013)
Starting under 1,000 Thai Baht
Easy Life Bungalow 400 thb - 1,000 thb (low / high season)
Haad Yao Over Bay Resort 600 thb - 1,800 thb (low season); 800 thb - 2,200 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included
Haad Yao Bayview Resort and Spa 800 thb - 2,400 thb (low season); 1,900 thb - 5,500 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included
Long Bay Resort 806 thb - 12,000 thb (low season); 1,400 thb - 15,000 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included
Baan Haad Yao Villas and Guest House 950 thb - 2,300 thb (low season); 1,960 thb - 3,900 thb (high season)
Starting over 1,000 Thai Baht
Haad Yao Villa 1,300 thb - 2,500 thb (low season); 2,500 thb - 4,000 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Haad Yao Resort 1,300 thb - 2,500 thb (low season); 2,000 thb - 4,000 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Seaboard Bungalows 1,600 thb - 2,500 thb (low season); 1,800 thb - 3,000 thb (high season)
See Through Boutique Resort 1,750 thb - 1,950 thb (low season); 2,260 thb - 2,460 thb (high season) - breakfast included