Could anyone tell me which,in their experience, is the best beach on Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Samui. I know the full moon party is in Haad Rin but after that i'd prefer a quieter part of the island to soak up the sun. I'm not going til next december but thought i'd try and get some info now.
Any advice on the beaches and cheap places to stay would be ideal.
I'd definately be interested on the advice posted for this thread...so all of you who have been to these islands, help us out with your worldly advice!
looks like we're out of luck louloul.
Too bad!! I have recently read though that the west is the quiet side with Hat Yao (Long Beach) as well as Ao Mae Hat. In the far south is the lively part of the island with Hat Rin Nai (west) &Hat Rin Nok(east)
hope this helps
We were in Phangan and Samui last year.
So some thoughts. In Phangan try Had Yuan beach. You get there from Had Rin via a 10 minute and 50 baht Taxi boat ride. Its quiet, beautiful, has 2 or 3 bars and is very close to had Rin for all the action. If you want quieter still try Had Thien with its health resort (in the guide books unfortunately and expensive) or really quiet the next bay along Had Whynam. These are all on the East cost of the island and within easy reach of all the transport etc at had Rin.
We stayed on Had Yuan at the Ocean Song beach huts which are above the rocks on the left side of the bay as the boat pulls up to the beach. Really cheap - 300 baht a night with a shower and cheaper if you use a communal shower. The food there is also really good and affordable and the owner is friendly.
Apparently Bottle Beach is fantastic though. On the north of the island but we didn´t make it that far.
In Samui the most peaceul beach is Mae nam on the north of the island. We were there with a handful of locals only, no other tourists and very few bars. Plenty of quiet bungalows though. Alternatively Chaweng has a really nice beach, but picture Faliraki, Magaluf, Playa de Lingles etc etc for the type of resort it is fast becoming. That said, there are plenty of bars, clubs, lady boys (if that´s your fancy) etc there.
Hope all that helps.Drop me an email if you have any questions, happy to trade for advice on Nepal or India..