Not sure how to explore the wild and unsettled beaches of the Eastern coast of Koh Phangan? Find here a guide to each beach on the East coast of the island. The most mountainous region on the island offers peace and relaxation. Lounge on a beach tucked away behind lush hills. Away from the crowds, this side of the island is the perfect setting for romance or quiet family time. The East is popular with rock climbers, with its outcroppings of granite that tower above stretches of white sand. Lose the western world and yourself as you immerse yourself in true Thai Island living. But don’t worry about getting bored – there are plenty of waterfalls, villages and trails along the beaches for the adventurous traveler.
AO THONG NAI PAN YAI
Together with its twin beach, Thong Nai Pan Noi, the Thong Nai Pan beaches make up the most popular beaches on Koh Phangan’s sunrise side, or northeast coast. A long, rocky, potholed road makes travel to the beaches difficult, but once you arrive you’ll discover the ambitious journey was worthwhile. Thong Nai Pan translates in Thai to “the bay of Pan”. The story goes that a man named “Pan” (a common Thai nickname) did a great service for the King of Thailand, and was thus given this bay, thereupon known as Thong Nai Pan. Coming upon a place with towering palm trees, white sand beaches, and huge granite boulders makes the secluded beaches seem all the more exotic. Thong Nai Pan Yai is the less expensive and more popular of the two beaches, with a bit of a bohemian vibe. There are bars and restaurants lining the beach, some of which have funky parties in the evening/ night time. There’s also a small village with shops that provide you with just about everything you could want or need on a beach vacation.
AO THONG NAI PAN NOI
Looking for a romantic beach escape? Look no further than Thong Nai Pan Noi. This beach is where most of the five-star resorts on Koh Phangan are located, and with good reason. This beach’s soft sand and clear waters are complemented by its selection of chic, classy restaurants and bars scattered along the beachfront. In town, there are shops selling essentials, beachwear, food and drinks. There are also walking trails and waterfalls, and rocks for experienced climbers nearby for those who feel like exploring. Located on the northeast coast of Koh Phangan, with a treacherous rocky, muddy, potholed road being the only access, Thong Nai Pan is far from everything, and difficult to get to, and that’s how the couples who go there like it. Instead, this is a beach you come to do nothing but lie in the sun, read a good book, and enjoy a romantic meal with your loved one.
HAAD THONG RENG
Escape the crowds and the noise on the quiet and somewhat secluded beach of Haad Thong Reng. Just a few minutes walk from Haad Sadet, Haad Thong Reng is the smaller of the two beaches. Perfect for escaping the world and civilization, the beach is better for relaxing than swimming. Sip a fresh, young coconut and crack open a book; no one will bother you here.
HAAD THAN SADET
Located at the bottom of the waterfall, Khlong Than Sadet, this beach has hosted Royal families from afar. Than Sadet actually means “river visited by Royals.” Surrounded by steep green hills, this beach is protected from the world. The crystal blue waters are perfect for swimming. It’s a short walk to it’s neighbor, Haad Thong Reng.