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1. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 11y

I went to Ko Pha Ngan last year and stayed at Haad Rin and totally liked it, but this time I also want to see a bit more of the island.

What other beaches would people recommend? I fancy maybe a few days at a quiet beach but also would like to see a few beaches where you're not totally cut off, i.e. a few shops and bars.

2. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

I spent a night in Ban Tai (which for us wasnt the greatest of experience as we had a shady snake incident, my mate got attacked with a hairbrush by a crazy old woman,we spent a lot of time in the hospital and police station and suffered an almighty powercut!!!!!) However, if the circumstances had been better I think it would be a cool place to stay..... the beach is really quiet and pretty and theres a couple of really cool shacks on the sand that are all candlelit at night and great for chilling out overlooking the ocean!Theres a few little restaurants, mainly belonging to the bungalows but youre only a few minutes away from a reaggae bar and a couple of other places!!!!Its really quiet but its a nice place and a lot of it is set back into jungle!Theres always songthaews on the nearby road so you can get pretty much anywhere on the island and its not far into Thong Sala if you want to do some shopping!
Ort how about Bottle beach on the North of the Island which was VERY VERY quiet and rather expensive but its really secluded and so beautiful, plus you can organise to go on trips by boats into other bays and beaches around the island!!!
Otherwise, how about Leela Beach???We grew tired of the hecticness of Haad Rin so moved down to Leela which was a lot quieter but you could still do a walk into Haad Rin if you wanted?

3. Posted by tsubaki (Budding Member 36 posts) 11y

Hi, was in Ko pangnan back in November, stayed in Seethanu, north west of the island. Great for snorkelling (allegedly, though it rained the whole time for me)but is a beautiful area, quiet but has the pirate's bar which does the black moon party. Various bungaows (some bamboo, some more substantial) with hammocks, much cheaper than haad rin and far nicer! The owner of Seethanu was a fantastic guy who put on big barbecue parties for the 8 of us who happened to be staying there.We had a really great group going on for a couple of weeks.
Word of caution - don't sit anywhere near beach fires if there's a big section of bamboo on it - it can explode like a firework dipped in kerosene! (As I discovered and ended up with 2nd degree burns all down my neck chest and, ahem, up my skirt!) Nice.

4. Posted by festie (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y


i stayed on koh Phangan for 4 months of a 6 month stint in Asia. As you can imagine i liked it very much! we stayed in Had Yao - Longbeach (west) just a little further north of Seetanu. The area has a budding social life, but nowhere near as lively as had rin. Had Yao has a beautiful long beach and a diving shop situated just off the beach! there are real chilled beach bars, real chilled off beach bars, resturants, and at the back off the beach a very western type of bar had just gone up, offering round the world sport, snooker, ping pong and pool. obviusly, the area has beautiful little bungalows with very varied price ranges (upmarket, middle market and budget prices)

will be seeing you in May for a little break on Longbeach

5. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

Oh My God, you must have really loved it there?!?!?What were you actually doing over there?
Actually we met a girl who had been living on Ao Ton Sai in Krabi for 10 months!We were bored enough after one night but she spent months and months there just rockclimbing!!!!

6. Posted by festie (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

we started off just travelling around, but each month we went back to the full moon parties as friends had travelled over to visit us whilst we were on our travels and wanted to get to the party. Because we kept heading back to the island, we ended up becoming really good freinds with some Thai people in Had Yao and helped them out with thier new business venture.(we helped a few people in that area, with ideas) They wanted a western perspective as that's who they were mainly catering for! it was a bit hypercritical of us as we were looking for thai travel experience's, but fortunatley through our friends, we travelled to thier home towns of Panom and Nakon si tamarat. Where we stayed with thier families and friends, we had a small taste of thai life. luckily for us, we had learned a bit of Thai, which helped us in a region where no'one spoke English! it was an amazing time!

7. Posted by nickydutch (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

i satyed on the beach on the other side of had rin (just a bit more quit).
Just one tip: do not stay at coral bungolows. When i was there the owner got his gun out on 2 occations and shot in between people to get them out of a half filled pool!
(oh and there is a building site and no water in the pool).

good luck

8. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 10y

Im here now and staying at a resort Weang Thai between Thong Sala and Baan Tai beach. Its pretty decent, the beach is pretty and this place has a pool and a bar and the guy who owns this place is from Manchester originally. So it easy to get your point of view across. Although its a little overpriced, if you stay for a while - you can do a deal on the beach shacks.... I like it here cos its off the beaten track, near the beach, is very secure and ideal for single travellers to meet other single travellers. Plus the opportunity to dive courses are on offer, the dive masters are personable and friendly and so far I have had free sessions in the pool. I will be doing a one day dive for around 2000 baht in a couple of days. Its defo worth looking into in Thailand since its sooo cheap, and the Masters are British, which helps tenfold.

9. Posted by ton (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

Quoting nickydutch

i satyed on the beach on the other side of had rin (just a bit more quit).
Just one tip: do not stay at coral bungolows. When i was there the owner got his gun out on 2 occations and shot in between people to get them out of a half filled pool!
(oh and there is a building site and no water in the pool).

good luck

Really? i've already booked to stay there for the April full moon, oops.

10. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

Festie, that sounds really cool what you did!!!Cant wait to go back and see a bit more of Koh Pha Ngan...I spent too much time partying and shopping!