Would like to get your view on the beaches on Koh Phangan. We are a family with 2 teenagers (14 & 16). We don't want to go to a resort beach yet neither to an isolated beach with few options to eat and socialize. We are used to traveling. We are looking for a beach with a nice laidback vibe, where you can walk on the beach and find alternatives for eating with feet in the sand; sit in the shade and take a drink or read a book. Although we have teenagers we are not looking for a party place but if the beach can offer a place where people meet up for drinks, games and social life, that would be perfect. From googling I have narrowed it down to the following:
Haad Salad - Nice beach with a bit of development, few places to stay
Haad Yao - Nice beach like Salad, a bit bigger/more options for staying than Salad and more developed
Thong Nai Pan Noi - Lovely beach and vibe, but a bit up-market
Thong Nai Pan Yai - Lovely beach and vibe, like Noi but more budget options.
What do you think, which one do you think would be the beach for us :)? Many thanks for sharing your knowledge. Lotta
#1ladelstal has been a member since 27/3/2018. Posts: 1
Sorry for the late reply, I've been offline the last two weeks.
All four of the beaches you list are very solid options, though I'd say Haad Salad is more built up than Yao, mostly because Salad is a smaller beach, so there is more crammed in.
As you say Thong Nai Pan Noi is quite upmarket—there is nowhere on the beach I would consider being affordable there. Thong Nai Pan Yai is a great beach—one of my faves on the island—and of the four you mention, I would lean towards there.
Take a look at Longtail Resort, at the far southern end of the beach, or, at the northern end, Candle Hut both of these are good options for a family. Also, because Tong Nai Pan Noi is not to far away, you get a better range of eateries and bars etc.