Last updated on Nov 11, 2013
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Welcome to Haad Yao!
You've just entered the pearl of Phangan's west coast! ;-)
I personally find Haad Yao as the perfect destination on Koh Phangan for couples and newly weds!
Me and my boyfriend visited Haad Yao in May 2010.
Just as the other beaches in Koh Phangan, Haad Yao is clean and pretty! Since it was the low season, there were few people occupying the beach, and we had loads of space around us. The water was crystal clear and shallow.
All in all - beautiful!
Where: If you're in Thong Sala, take a Songthaew (100-150 B) to Haad Yao beach. The ride takes about 20 minutes. The beach is located on the west coast of Koh Pha Ngan.
I got to warn you, the roads in Koh Phangan are not all great. You'll mostly feel like you're riding a roller-coaster from Thongsala to Haad Yao.
And it doesn't get any better when the driver drives like Satan. So if you don't have a hard stomach, you should take a motion-sickness tablet before you get in! (I did that every time :-S)
Here's some information to help you with your trip to Had Yao!
Photo courtesy of Shiralea
Price per night: 600-1300 B (high season), 800-1700 B (Full Moon Party)
They offer basic and luxury bungalows, and Shiralea is the perfect place for backpackers! Did I mention that bungalows come with a hammock? :-) With movie nights, swimming pool, snorkeling hire, cooking courses makes this a great social spot.
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Price per night: from 1950 B (high season)
We stayed in Had Yao in early May.
Since it was the low season, they offered us a special price: room for 500 B!
Otherwise the rooms start from 1950 B (depends on season)
Our room (505) was huge, super clean, had a comfortable bed, sheets and towels were changed every day.
It came with air-con, fridge and TV. We were truly lucky about this room.
I wish that we had come to Haad Yao earlier ;-)
The resort has a restaurant overlooking the beach and a swimming pool!
Thai and Western dishes were on the menu, and the food was delicious. Their Pad Thai was amazing, and with water melon shake it is all good!
Highlight of the menu must be their BBQ, which they start after sunset.
During the afternoon, they set up tables and chairs right on the beach, so you can eat and at the same time watch the gorgeous sunset!
I tried their grilled mackerel with baked potato and curry/coconut sauce, and it was tasteful! :-)
Haad Yao bay view resort will definitely suit backpacker couples and backpacker families.
At night, Haad Yao beach comes alive with music, beers and buckets. Take a stroll along the beach and join the party which suits you best.
One night we went to Eagle Pub which is right on the Had Yao beach. Here we chilled to soft rock and the beers kept coming.
Singha bottle: 80 B
Otherwise, you can find bars along the main road, or you can take a taxi to Thongsala and Haad Rin. If you want nightlife, go to Haad Rin. That's where all the partying is…! Maybe you'll stay long enough for the Half Moon or Full Moon party...? ;-)
PS! Keep an eye on flyers and posters. There's always a big party event going on in Koh Phangan!
Links to parties:
Other than sunbathing and getting that terrific tan, you can always join the full package Safari Boat, which includes kayaking to Koh Tae Nai, snorkeling at Haad Khom, elephant riding, visit to the Chinese temple in Chaloklum and buffet lunch at Bottle Beach (1500 B - adult price with elephant riding).
Office: in Thongsala
Why not join a cooking class in Haad Yao? Mam offers cooking classes every day from 10.00 am to 12 pm. You can choose between two sets.
Where: Between Haad Yao Bay View Resort and the main road.
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