Haad Salad Beach in the local dialect translates as ‘pirate beach‘. This is because the sheltered cove with its coral reefs and shallow bay was inaccessible by the Thai navy and hence made an excellent place for smugglers to hide. Nowadays the beautiful white sand beach and crystal clear waters of Haad Salad are no longer used by pirates but rather by those looking for a paradise beach holiday.
The beach at Haad Salad is about 600 meters long. It is fine white sand mixed with dead coral in places. Care must be taken not to cut your feet at low tide and in certain sections of the beach when swimming. This is part of an eco system that supports a nearby coral reef.
Haad Salad is well connected to the infrastructure of the island but retains a remote charm: much of the palm tree fringe to the beach remains. It is easily one of the prettiest and most unspoiled beaches on Koh Phangan. Unlike the nearby Haad Yao beach, Haad Salad is quite narrow in parts. It curves gently between two rocky head lands.
You can paddle in the sea at Haad Salad all year round. However, the best swimming is during the higher tidal months beween November and April. The northern end of the beach has less coral in the sand and on the seabed and so is better for swimming.
Haad Salad is located on the west coast of Koh Phangan just above the longer beach of Haad Yao. It takes about 20 minutes by taxi or motorbike to reach Haad Salad from the main port town of Thongsala. The roads going through the island and along the west coast are all paved, although some are in need of repair. Haad Salad makes a convenient base on the island from which to explore the interesting places in the west such as Wangsai Waterfall, Laem Som Lake, the Chinese Temple and Chaloklum village. It is also possible to get transport to Haad Rin and the Full Moon Party.
Location: Koh Phangan, Koh Phangan District, Surat Thani 84280 Thailand