Secret Beach (Haad Son) Koh Phangan | Beach Guide
The Secret Beach on Koh Phangan, often called Haad Son, is a beautiful and very popular beach located on the West Coast of the island. In general, the western part of Koh Phangan is rather quiet and especially suitable for families and couples, who seek a place for relaxation. In addition, the Secret Beach is a fantastic starting point to explore the most beautiful places on the island and the other wonderful beaches in Koh Phangan.
In this travel guide we tell you all about the Secret Beach, where you will find the most beautiful accommodations next to the beach and why a stay at this dream beach definitely pays off.
Secret Beach on Koh Phangan
The Secret Beach on Koh Phangan is a real feel good beach. Actually, our landlord had given us this beach tip and we also loved it there. The small bay is about 200-300 meters long and lies on the western coast of Koh Phangan. The beach scenery here reminds of paradise. Trees and huge palm trees provide cool shade. Fine warm sand between your toes and a heavenly backdrop complete the beach ambience perfectly.
Also, families with children will enjoy this very gently sloping beach. Surely, the Secret Beach is not a real secret anymore and especially in the high season, the beach can be a bit crowded at noon. But still, this beach is one of the loveliest places at the island.
Koh Raham – Beach Bar
The Koh Raham is actually part of the Haad Son Resort and one of the coolest bars on Koh Phangan. Located right on the edge of the Secret Beach, this location is truly unique and can hardly be surpassed. The bar is set in a jungle where swings, hammocks and colorful lights in the trees create a really amazing atmosphere.
The restaurant stretches out to the cliffs from where you will get incredible views of the ocean and beach. Here cozy hammocks invite to chill out and take cool pictures. If you visit Secret Beach, you should definitely stop by and enjoy a drink at Koh Raham!
The best spot for snorkelling at the Secret Beach, you will find near the cliffs at the restaurant. If you jump into the water from Koh Raham restaurant (check out the sign “diving spot”), you are immediately surrounded by corals and shoals of fish. Even turtles have been spotted sometimes. A really special place for snorkelling!
Tip: snorkel sets can be borrowed for 100 Baht directly at the restaurant.
How to get to Secret Beach
Koh Phangan island can be reached by ferry. These connect Koh Samui, Koh Tao and the mainland with the island. The nearest airports are on the neighbouring island of Koh Samui and in Surat Thani. More about can be found at our guide from Bangkok to Koh Phangan.
The Secret Beach is located about 10 kilometres north of the ferry terminal in Thong Sala. For getting to the beach you could either rented a scooter or take an island taxi. A sign with “Secret Beach” indicates the right turn off to the beach.
Tip: Combined tickets (bus + ferry + hotel transfer) are available at 12go.asia.
Where to stay at Secret Beach
The Secret Beach doesn´t have a large range of accommodation and so on this dream beach you will only find a few bungalows. Although the above described Haad Son Resort has a super cool bar, we would like to recommend two other places to stay.
Especially beautiful are the Secret Beach Bungalows, a lovely family-run resort right on the beach. This is the perfect place to relax for a few days. The bungalows are simple and clean and with a few steps you are in the sea.
Another great hotel tip are the Tantawan Bungalows. Although they are about 5 minutes’ walk from the beach, a nice pool and a beautiful view makes this accommodation really special.
Conclusion: Although the Secret Beach or Haad Son is no secret anymore, it is still one of the most beautiful beaches in Koh Phangan! If you do not want to party, but recover, this beach will be a great choice!
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