Haad Yuan Beach in Koh Phangan
Despite the growing popularity of Koh Phangan as a holiday destination for families, party-goers, flashpackers, backpackers and the big spenders few people seem to have latched on to the fact that one of Koh Phangan's best beaches is only a short distance from Haad Rin. Haad Yuan is like a secret cove tucked away on the east coast between Haad Rin and Haad Yao East. Few people talk about this beach, and fewer go there.
Haad Yuan is a small white sand beach flanked by rocks and surrounded by impenetrable jungle. It is one of the last truly 'Robinson Crusoe' beaches left on the island. The only resort on the beach, Centara Pariya has cut a rough road through the jungle to service the resort. It is unlikely you will persuade many taxi drivers to use this road, and it is unlikely you would attempt it on a motorbike.
The way most guests arrive at Haad Yuan is by longtail boat from Haad Rin. It only takes 10 minutes and costs only a few dollars if you share the boat. The alternative is a walk through the jungle. There is a rough mountain path connecting Haad Rin to Haad Yuan. This path carries on north to Haad Yao, Haad Wai Nam and Haad Thian.
Haad Yuan has a good drop off and doesn't have a coral reef. This makes it an ideal beach for year round swimming.
It took 3 years to build a Centara Pariya Resort on Haad Yuan. It is a boutique resort that offers 39 round bungalows near the beach. All the 'villas' have air-con, hot water, deep baths, satellite TV, rain shower, mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities. The more expensive villas also feature a Jacuzzi. The resort has a swimming pool, restaurant, beach bar and spa. They also cater for wedding parties.
The water for the resort comes from a nearby waterfall. Electricity is supplied by generators. In an effort to be enivronmentally responsible the electricity is turned off between 10am and 6pm. During this time there is no electricity for air-con. Heating for the water is from solar cells. Telephone connections, the internet and TV is all from satellite. Thus, don't expect a fast internet connection on this beach.
As the Centara Pariya website stresses, this resort is not for everyone. It offers luxury facilities but not everyone will want to be without air-con during the day. Also if the weather turns bad it is possible to get stranded on the beach. The price to stay at Centara Pariya includes transfer on arrival.
The attraction of Haad Yuan is that it is secluded, far from the worries of the world. It is a beach to really unwind and forget your troubles. And of course, if you fancy a change you can take a short boat trip to Haad Rin and go 'moon mad'.
Click the link below to find out more about the Centara Pariya Haad Yuan
(Updated February 2016)
Centara Pariya Resort 4,200 thb - 11,000 thb (low season); 6,000 thb - 20,000 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included