Welcome to the gorgeous east coast of the dream island of Koh Phangan! The east of Koh Phangan is quiet, secluded and untouched. If you really want to relax, unwind and explore paradisiacal bays and beaches, you’ve come to the right place.
And it gets even better: On the east coast of Koh Phangan there is one of the undoubtedly most beautiful hotels on the island. Are you looking for a refuge of a special kind on an absolute dream beach? Great, then read on. We’ll tell you where you can really celebrate doing nothing on Koh Phangan.
1. Koh Phangan East Coast: What to expect The east coast of Koh Phangan is the quietest part of the island. While the west of Koh Phangan is lined with beaches, the east is more secluded and untouched. There are fewer bays, fewer accommodations and fewer restaurants and bars.
The fact that the east is not as well developed for tourism as the west is partly due to the lack of road connections. In recent years, some paved roads have been built (e.g. to the popular beaches of Thong Nai Pan Noi & Yai), but many bays are still only accessible by waterway.
But don’t worry: If you stay in the east of Koh Phangan, you are also not completely off the beaten path. With the scooter you can reach the island’s capital Thong Sala from the two beaches Thong Nai Pan Yai & Noi in about half an hour.
For whom is the east coast of Koh Phangan the right travel destination? Peace seekers: Whether couples or young families – if you are looking for peace and seclusion, the beaches in the east of the island are the right place for you.Beach lovers: The beaches in the east are really beautiful. They don’t slope quite as gently as those in the west and are therefore a bit more suitable for swimming. Early risers: As is well known, the sun rises in the east. Although you have to do without island sunsets, sunrises in Thailand are at least as beautiful.
2. Our hotel tip: Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas Home away from home! One thing we can promise: A stay in this fantastically beautiful island hotel is definitely a holiday that will be remembered. If you are looking for an exclusive, luxurious retreat , then we warmly recommend this hotel to you.
The hotel is located directly on the beautiful beach Thong Nai Pan Noi, one of our personal favorite beaches on Koh Phangan. A side note: on the day of arrival we extended our stay, because we felt so comfortable from the first moment. Says it all, doesn’t it?
The suites and villas at Anantara Rasananda In a sprawling tropical oasis are a total of 64 Suites and Villas. And now it comes: Each of them has a private pool! Wrong, isn’t it? So, of course, we had one thing to do every morning: Get out of our pajamas and into the cool water. View of the lush green garden included – or of the sea, depending on which of the suites or villas you stay in.
We would have loved to spend the whole day in our little kingdom, that’s fine we felt In the rest of the hotel area you have the feeling of having landed in the middle of a tropical paradise . The hotel is comparatively small, manageable and very personal. It can happen that the employees greet you by name.
Breakfast with your toes in the sand One of our daily highlights was the Breakfast buffet. From shakshuka to quiche and granola to freshly squeezed smoothies and delicious exotic fruits – we honestly raved about what we’ll treat ourselves to the next day.
By the way, you have breakfast here in the restaurant with your toes in the sand. Of course there is also a wonderful view of the sea. If that’s not the perfect start to the day. An absolute dream!
You can book the hotel here: Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
3. The most beautiful beaches along the east coast Thong Nai Pan Noi & Yai Let’s start with two beach favorites on east Koh Phangan. The two neighboring twin beaches Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai are among the most beautiful beaches on the island.
The northern beach Thong Nai Pan Noi is the one where the more expensive accommodation tends to be located. Here, for example, is the highly recommended hotel Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas that we mentioned. The southern beach Thong Nai Pan Yai is just as beautiful.
Although both beaches are quite remote from the action, you have to rely on a certain tourist infrastructure don’t give up. In the meantime there are some nice restaurants and also small shops with things for everyday needs. With a holiday at Thong Nai Pan Noi or Yai Beach you can look forward to peace and seclusion, but thanks to the well-developed road you can still explore the island on your own.
Arrival to Thong Nai Pan Noi & Yai Beach Across a asphalted road through the jungle you reach about 30 Minutes by scooter to the island’s capital, Thong Sala. Some of the more expensive accommodations even offer a private boat transfer from Thong Sala or even from Koh Samui.
Haad Yuan Haad Yuan Beach can only be reached by water (or alternatively by a very adventurous off-road track). The flair on this remote beach is very special. With its rock formations and the huts built into the jungle, Haad Yuan Beach exudes a very special vibe.
On this beach there are few accommodation and restaurants. If you want to spend the night here, you have to like the seclusion. Alternatively, it is of course also possible to visit the beach as part of a day trip.
The Haad Yuan is also known for its parties – above all the Eden Garden Party on Saturday. Anyone who wants to celebrate away from the Full Moon Party is in good hands here.
Arrival to Haad Yuan Longtail boats run from Haad Rin at regular intervals, which will take you about 10 minutes to Haad Yuan Beach. The trip costs per person about 200 until 300 Baht (one-way), so it’s more expensive.
Bottle Beach (= Haad Khuat) The Bottle Beach is one of the most legendary beaches on Koh Phangan. Among many backpackers there is a real hype about this remote beach. The reason: You can only reach Bottle Beach by boat (or alternatively via an adventurous path through the jungle).
Bottle Beach has a few basic accommodation options, but most visit the beach as part of a day trip. The tranquility is therefore (in the main travel season) sometimes spoiled by the numerous long-tail boats. Nevertheless, the scenery with the fine, light sand and the turquoise blue sea is of course beautiful and well worth seeing.
Arrival at Bottle Beach From Chaloklum you can reach Bottle Beach in about 15 minutes by longtail boat. The price for the trip (one-way) is approximately 150 until 200 Baht per person.
4. More highlights & destinations in the east of Koh Phangan Than Sadet Waterfall A beautiful destination in the east of Koh Phangan is the waterfall in Than Sadet National Park . We were lucky because the waterfall had enough water when we visited. In the dry season or when there has been little rain, the waterfall is said to be less spectacular.
To get to the waterfall, simply follow the road towards Haad Than Sadet. On the right you will come to a small shop. You can park there and reach the waterfall via a 5- -minute walk.
By the way, it’s worth continuing the road to the secluded Haad Than Sadet Bay. There are a few bungalow complexes there. However, the beach would be too quiet for us to stay overnight. It’s perfect for cooling off in the sea!
Thong Sala with Walking Street A visit to the island’s capital is particularly worthwhile on Saturdays. From about 17/16 the weekly Walking Street takes place in Thong Sala. The streets in the old town will be closed to traffic and transformed into a huge open-air market.
Countless await you here Market stalls, where you can buy souvenirs, clothes, bags and much more. You can also try lots of well-known and lesser-known Thai delicacies at the food stalls .
Speaking of Thai delicacies: if you can’t make it to Thong Sala on a Saturday, there’s still the Phantip Night Market . From the late afternoon, the most delicious Thai food is prepared here at the cookshops.
Bottle Beach Viewpoint You want to be sporty press and be rewarded with a amazing look? Then we can recommend the hike to Bottle Beach Viewpoint.
The sweaty climb takes you roughly 30 until 45 minutes up to a rock from which you enjoys a breathtaking panoramic view of Bottle Beach. The hike starts behind Bottle Beach Resort 2 and is signposted.
5. More travel tips for Koh Phangan Transportation: Getting from A to B Most of the beaches in East Koh Phangan are only by boat accessible, only a few lead to a paved road. Unfortunately, boating is not exactly cheap in the long run. For a one-way route, depending on the distance, you have to until 300 Calculate baht.
If you prefer to be flexible, you should look for accommodation on a beach that is connected to the road network. As already mentioned, our tip in the east is the wonderful Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas on Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach.
What you should consider when riding a scooter on Koh Phangan can be found in our detailed travel guide: Koh Phangan west coast.
Recommended Guide Variant 1: Travel guide for all of Thailand Koh Phangan is just a stopover on your Thailand tour? Then we recommend Stefan Loose’s travel guide, which we like to use ourselves in Southeast Asia.
You can buy the guide here: Stefan Loose Thailand
Variant 2: Travel Guide for Koh Phangan You are staying on Koh Phangan for a longer period of time and want to explore different corners of the island? Then this detailed and highly recommended travel guide could be something for you.
You can buy the guide here: Koh Phangan Guide
Transparency: Partial Invitation & Affiliate Links We were invited by the hotel for 2 nights. We extended for another 2 nights at our own expense. This blog article contains our personal recommendations in the form of so-called affiliate links. If you book or buy something through the links, we will receive a small commission. For you, this does not change the price at all. A thousand thanks from both of us!96199619
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