Mae Haad is a beautiful, isolated beach in the northwest of Koh Phangan. One of the island’s most stunning beaches, Mae Haad has beautiful white sand, amazing sunset views over Koh Ma and some of the best off-the-beach snorkelling and diving spots on Koh Phangan.
mae haad beach © Davidlohr Bueso
Quiet and chilled out, Mae Haad is one of Koh Phangan’s least developed easily accessible beaches. Aside from a few dive shops, restaurants and bungalow resorts, there’s none of the usual mass development here that you can find all too easily elsewhere on the island.
The water at Mae Haad is calm and clear, with the island of Koh Ma one of Koh Phangan’s top snorkelling spots. The beach is particularly stunning in the evening, when the sun sets against the Gulf of Thailand, filling the sky with a beautiful orange-pink hue.
Accommodation on Mae Haad ranges from mid-sized four star luxury resorts to small beachfront bungalows, many of which are quite affordable. Since Mae Haad is far away from Haad Rin, it’s mostly unaffected by the flock of tourists that travel to Koh Phangan before the Full Moon Party.
Although Mae Haad is quiet and peaceful, there’s lots to do on the beach. Restaurants and bars are plentiful, with Thai and Western food available. Several dive shops offer snorkelling tours of nearby Koh Ma, as well as dive trips to popular sites around Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
Despite its quiet atmosphere, Mae Haad is a conveniently located beach that’s not too far from the local town. If you’re searching for a quiet beach that offers a slice of life on Koh Phangan as it once was 20 years ago, Mae Haad is one of the best options you’ll find on the island.
Best Hotels on Mae Haad
- Maehaad Bay Resort
Maehaad Bay Resort is a luxurious four star resort at the northern end of Mae Haad, close to the popular snorkelling spot of Koh Ma. A large outdoor pool and a selection of spacious and luxurious rooms, suites and villas make it a great choice for people seeking peace and quiet.
- Phangan Utopia Resort
Phangan Utopia Resort is a three star resort located on a hilltop between Mae Haad Beach and Chaloklum Bay. The resort has comfortable rooms and a swimming pool with fantastic views of the sea, although its location on a hillside means accessing the beach involves a short walk.
Phangan Utopia Resort offers a free shuttle service to several of Koh Phangan’s most popular beaches for its guests.
- Maehaad Garden Inn
Located a short walk from the beach, Maehaad Garden Inn is a small and simple inn aimed at budget travellers. Rooms are simple but comfortable, clean and equipped with free Wi-Fi. One of the best budget accommodation options for people that want to stay near Mae Haad without paying for a beachfront bungalow
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Koh Phangan Travel Guide:
- Koh Phangan – A Very Quick Travel Guide
- How To Get To Koh Phangan
- Full Moon Party Koh Phangan
- Drugs on Koh Phangan
- Full Moon Party Accommodation on Koh Phangan
- Things To Do On Koh Phangan
- Places To Eat On Koh Phangan
- Koh Phangan Villas For Rent
- Where To Stay On Koh Phangan
- Koh Phangan Day Trips
- Koh Phangan Weather
- Koh Phangan Airport
- Koh Phangan Beaches