Haad Salad’s white sand beach has palms for shade and a reef located 150 meters offshore that is a well-known dive site with an abundance of colorful tropical fish. Swimming is possible year-round, but best from November to April when the tides are higher.
Historically, this quiet beach acted as a meeting point for pirates to exchange their booty. Today, bungalows and resorts line the full length of the beach and the surrounding hills, but it is still one of the most peaceful parts of Koh Phangan.
Some hotels still cater to backpackers, with basic rooms equipped with hammocks and mosquito nets, but the newer resorts are more luxurious affairs. These resorts can help arrange fishing and kayaking trips, as well as bike and jeep rentals to make the rest of the island more accessible.
While there are several markets and internet cafes, the beach remains quiet, with a wide choice of accommodation and restaurant options. Visitors can also enjoy one of Thailand’s only sea view cooking schools here.