Sunday, May 17, 2009

Koh Phangan Beach Review: Haad Mae Haad

Haad Mae Haad is an out of the way beach on the north west tip of Ko Pha Ngan. Literally at the end of the main road, it sits on a 2 mile stretch of beach. A couple of no frills Thai/Western restaurants, inexpensive bungalows and shady palm trees run up the shore line.

Compared to other beaches on the island, the water is only waist deep, and you have to watch out for the small to large rocks scattered on the sea bed which actually helps protect the beach. Unfortunately, many of Koh Phangan's beaches are littered with disregarded gas cans and gas spills from the long tail boats. In Haad Mae Haad the shallow, rocky coast prevent the boats from coming anywhere close to the shore. The result is a pristine white sandy beach with crystal clear water.

The beach also has it's own island, Koh Ma. With only 10 acres, you can only reach the island at low tide via a sand bar that connects it to the mainland. While there are currently no accomodations on the island, it is for sale for an easy US$ 7.5 mil. A small price for your own private Koh (island in thai).

There doesn't seem to be much of a nightlife on Haad Mae Haad but that's part of it's charm - a great place to disappear for a couple of days... or weeks.

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