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Ko Pha Ngan's Haad Saikantang (spelling is open for debate), also known as Leela Beach, is a pristine white sandy beach lining the western end of the Haad Rin peninsula. This provides a peaceful alternative to the bustle of Haad Rin centre, with the party scene still being easily accessible just ten or fifteen minutes away by foot.
The lovely white sandy beach is lined by palm groves with high rising rocky headlands on either end for a picturesque tropical atmosphere.
The clear turquoise water is fairly shallow, so swimming here isn't great, but splashing or floating around are popular alternatives, and soft corals and some fish can be seen not far from shore towards the western end of the beach.
The resorts here are among the finest in the area, providing comfortable lodgings and good atmospheres for budget to midrange travellers. This is a great place to escape the crowds and constant debauchery of Haad Rin in a beautiful and tranquil setting.
With a primarily younger and lively clientele, parties have been known to break out here, but it remains mostly very peaceful.
Located just ten minutes by foot over the hill to the west of Haad Rin's main centre, Haad Saikantang has easy access to all of the services and parties in Haad Rin. Travel booking and internet access are provided at Coco Hut and Sarikantang Resort, and laundry can be done at all setups. ATMs and money exchange, pharmacies and medical services, and just about anything else imaginable is available in Haad Rin.
By Stuart McDonald.