Haad Salad

Haad Salad - Koh Phangan - Thailand

Haad Salad - Koh Phangan - Thailand

Haad Salad is located on the north west coast of Koh Phangan just above the popular beach of Haad Yao and well connected to the infrastructure of the island. It is just 20 minutes in a taxi from the ferryport of Thong Sala, but it still retains it's remote charm.

Haad Salad Beach translates as "Pirate Beach" from a history of smuggling where the pirates used to hide. It is a pretty beach 600 metres long and quite narrow in parts, curving gently between two rocky headlands. The fine white sand is mixed with dead coral and care must be taken when swimming at low tide in certain sections of the beach, but you can paddle in the seas here all year round with the best swimming between November and April.

Map of villas in Haad Salad

Haad Salad is a picturesque small sandy bay book-ended with headlands covered with green tropical forests located just above the longer beach of Haad Yao

The beach is lined with mixed budget resorts some of which rent out kayaks and snorkeling equipment to use onteh coral reef and beyond. Due to the shallow waters the best months to swim would be November - April when the tides are higher but other times paddllng and cooling off sitting with water up to your shoulders is still possible.

The ring road skirting the Haad Salad beach is a drive through village withthe usual amenities such as convenience stores, ATMs and a few restaurants.

The area is well connected to the infrastructure of the island being just 20 minutes in a taxi from the ferryport of Thong Sala but still retains it's remote charm.

Haad Salad makes a convenient base on the island from which to explore the interesting places in the west such as Wangsai Waterfall, Laem Som Lake, the Chinese Temple and Chaloklum village.

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Haad Salad Beaches

Haad Salad

A stunning beach located on the northwest corner of the island sat in a secluded bay with blossoming flowers and trees overlooking the ocean. You will find all you need for a relaxing holiday here

Exploring the area
Haad Salad makes a convenient base on the island from which to explore the interesting places in the west such as Wangsai Waterfall, Laem Som Lake, the Chinese Temple and Chaloklum village

Diving and Snorkeling
There is also a coral reef just 80 meters off the coast of Haad Salad offering some of the best diving and snorkelling opportunities in Koh Phangan, with a mixture of hard and soft corals to see. Typical marine life in the area includes anglefish, butterfly fish and damsel fish.

There are several diving operations to choose from at Haad Salad as well as in the nearby villages of Chaloklum and Haad Yao, they visit the great dive sites of Sail Rock and the Angthong Marine Park.

Boat Trips
Due to the coral reef there is no pier at Haad Salad beach, so if you go on a boat trip to the neighbouring islands it is likely to be from Chaloklum or Haad Yao .

Watersports and Sea Tours

Sight Seeing Boat Trips

The stunning 42 islands of the Angthong Marine Park and the surrounding seas are home to an abundance of tropical marine life and not to be missed. A must visit is a trip to Khao Tao famous for it’s crystal clear waters full of colourful tropical fish and a divers paradise.


Most beaches on Koh Phangan have kayaks to rent by the hour and are great for exploring the coastline.

Diving and Snorkeling Trips

Snorkelling is possible almost anywhere on Koh Phangan. The reefs from Chaloklum Bay on the north west coast are in great condition, it’s even possible to dive directly from the beach.

Deep Sea Fishing Trips

Fishing trips can usually be organised with many of the island’s resorts or tour companies and often are brief long tail boat trips out to a few local spots with a hand line. There are also plenty of operations with quality rods and equipment.


The KBA centre on Koh Phangnan is located at Baan Tai and teach at the most suitable beaches throughout the year to be in the best area for wind conditions. During low tides, KBA can provide land boarding by kite such as kite skating and buggy courses.

Sailing Charters

Koh Phangan's waters are ideal for learning or an exhilarating ride for the experienced sailor. There are many international standard companies offering sailing trips and tuition.


A well established wakeboarding company provides wakeboarding lessons or board rentals on the north coast of Koh Phangan in the fishing village of Chaloklum an has receved great reviews.

Other Activities

Mountain Biking

Bicycles can be hired throughout Koh Phangan, the quality of such bikes does vary but there are many in very reasonable condition. The best areas to leisurely cycle are in the south and west coast with sights to see such as the Phaeng Waterfall, the Jade Buddha and Laem Son Lake.


Perfect for trekking and camping, many parts of Koh Phangan remain untouched. There some fun treks along the coastline linking up peaceful coves and beaches, or in the jungle interior and Phaeng Waterfall National Park.

Muay Thai Boxing

There are three small stadiums in Thongsala - you’ll easily be able to watch this popular sport during your stay.

Canopy Adventure

Zip through the trees gliding along ziplines and at walk on sky bridges 22m up in the trees.

Temple Visits

Koh Phangan has a long heritage as a visiting place for Thai royalty. There are many beautiful temples to discover and numerous spots of simply outstanding natural beauty.

Thai Cookery School

A cookery school overlooking Haad Salad has 1/2 day cooking classes which involves shopping in the local market for the ingredients, providing an insight into the ingredients used and the actual cooking with your own wok and work station.


Eating out in Haad Salad

Nearly all the resorts have attached restaurants where you can try delicious Thai food as well the usual selection of Western food items such as burgers, fries, sandwiches etc. 

Several restaurants also offer BBQ food and fresh seafood. Popular eateries include My Way, Jang's Kitchen and Salad Hut. As well as the usual suspects on the menus in Haad Salad you can also find chicken satay, pizza, Thai food cooked with unusual ingredients and Indian vegetarian food.


Haad Salad Nightlife

Haad Salad has a few good drinking options. The music is more reggae than trance and techno. It is a more laid back beach than a party beach. However, there are nearby parties in Haad Yao, Haad Chao Phao as well as big parties virtually every week in Haad Rin and Ban Tai.

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