Haad Yao is a beautiful white sand beach that bends gently around the north west of Koh Phangan. It is on a Thai island famous for its pristine nature and great beaches. Among stiff competition, Haad Yao is called in Koh Phangan the perfect beach. That is because it combines all the ingredients for a perfect beach holiday.
The soft white sand slopes gently to the the warm clear sea. The water is ideal for swimming. The white sand is flanked at one side by the inviting water and on the other by towering palms. Behind the beach is more nature rather than a built-up area with an intrusive road. The beach is also 1 km long. This makes it ideal for finding some space on the beach to sunbathe or enjoy a game of frisbee.
There is a coral reef across the bay. It is about 400 meters off the coast. It is one of the best reefs off the coast of Koh Phangan and is good for both snorkeling and diving. There is plenty of marine life to see. There are also a few dive schools in Haad Yao that offer a range of scuba diving courses. Other nearby snorkeling and diving spots include Haad Salad and Koh Ma.
Haad Yao has plenty of beach front rooms to choose from. There are big resorts, boutique resorts as well as traditional Thai bungalows to choose from. Room prices start at about $12 to stay at Easy Life Bungalow and go up to $85 at Haad Yao Villa. There are rooms suitable for families, backpackers as well as those looking for luxury.
There are some great bars, cafes and restaurants in Haad Yao. Both along the beach and further back towards the main road you can find a good range of eating and drinking options. There are a few bars with a lively atmosphere for those who like staying up late at night. Haad Yao is not a ‘party’ beach like Haad Rin and Bantai but it does have a nightlife. Places like Apache and Bebob throw parties in the high seasons (December-February and July-August).
The main reason why people come back year after year to Haad Yao is its laid back atmosphere. Everyone is friendly and there is absolutely nothing to get stressed about. The prices are reasonable; everything is in walking distance; and you are never far from the beach.
Haad Yao and the surrounding area has plenty to keep visitors occupied during their holiday. There are some great diving and snorkeling sites nearby including Koh Ma Marine Park. There is deep sea fishing. You can also visit places of cultural interest like the Chinese Temple and Wat Phu Khao Noi. For nature enthusiats there is Wang Sai Waterfall and Laem Son Lake.
Location: Koh Phangan District, Surat Thani 84280 Thailand