Haad Rin can be divided into two sections with different characteristics. Haad Rin Nok is the energetic party beach while Haad Rin Nai has a quieter bohemian feel to it. Haad Rin Nok has the biggest concentration of accommodation, clubs and bars. When staying here, you are right in the middle of the party vibe. The beach itself is one of the biggest on the island and it fills with sunbathers by day and party goers at night, visiting the many beach clubs and bars that Haad Rin is so famous for.
● Yao Beach
Haad Yao or Long Beach is like a postcard picture. The one kilometer long beach is wide enough to play football on. The beach offers great sunset views, coral reef, beautiful vistas and enough space to allow its continuously growth of popularity. For many visitors, this is the “perfect” beach.
Haad Yao is a scenic secluded bay with white sand and clear waters and is only accessible on foot or by boat, there are only two resorts and both have to generate their own power giving it a real desert island feel.
● Tien Beach
Haad Tien is an isolated beach with a reef within swimming distance. Swimming here is only possible during the high tidal season, November to April.
● Thong Nai Pan
Thong Nai Pan has been one of the island’s major destinations for many years. Travelers come here to enjoy the astonishing landscape, great vibe and the unique islander hospitality that this part of Koh Phangan is famous for. Thong Nai Pan is truly is laid back but it also has plenty to offer such as two beaches, several beach-bars and restaurants as well as many other things to do. The mountainous terrain provides some excellent hikes and walks, with a scenic waterfall trail strating from Thong Nai Pan Noi that runs for about 2km and there is endless tropical rainforest to explore. Offshore there is everything on offer from scuba diving to fishing trips and loads more if you have the energy.
Thong Nai Pan Noi is the busier of the two with the most nightlife and a couple of 4 star hotels, but Thong Nai Pan Yai has a small village and more space between the rooms. Both have internet and offer a variety of rooms, from A/C suites to island style huts. No matter which you choose, they are within walking distance of each other and are both equally as rewarding.
● Baan Chaloklum Beach
Chaloklum Village is the main fishing port on the northern part of Koh Phangan. It has a lot of inexpensive seafood restaurants serving all kinds of fresh delicacies including locally caught squids. There are also a few bars to visit and Chaloklum is home to Paradise Waterfall, a fantastic hillside nightclub.
The maritime roots have encouraged several dive school to locate here and there are numerous dive and snorkelling sites nearby, It is fairly mountainous and gets more rugged as you head east, thus there are a number of trails to climb if you're into walking, waterfalls to visit ad the Chinese Temple just outside the village.
● Salad Beach
A beautiful and secluded beach known by the Thai’s as an old place for pirates who came here to hide out until their ships were full of booty until moving off to trade. In the high tidal season of Nov to Apr Haad Salad provides good swimming and a reef of 150 metres just offshore.
● Nam Tok Beach
Haad Nam Tok (Waterfall Beach) is close to Thaan Prawet Waterfall and can be reached via a small trail. The waterfall is rather isolated but there are a few good value resorts with a traditional feeling.
● Koh Tae Nai
Koh Tae Nai is a small island situated just outside Tong Sala on Koh Phangan. You can reach the island within five minutes by boat. The high jungle-covered hills, the long golden sandy beach and its thriving coral reefs are some of its major attractions of Koh Tae Nai. Accommodation in the form of bungalows is available.
● Mae Haad Beach
Located on the NE tip of the island lies a tiny island of Koh Ma, just across from the beach at Mae Haad. In low tide a sand bar Mae Had has recently gone through a lot of changes, it has greatly improved road connections and there is a village building up behind it. There are quite a few resorts, but as the beach is fairly long, there's still enough room for solitude. It has sunset views over Koh Ma and the waters and coral reef that surround it are designated as a Marine Park as they are so rich in sea life, with turtles and small reef sharks. The beach has a sand bar that you can walk across to reach Koh Ma.
● Bottle Beach
Bottle Beach (Haad Khuat) is one of Koh Phangan’s most famous beaches. It is a Mecca for long-termers and old school Phangan visitors. Many consider Bottle Beach to be one of the most beautiful places of the island because of its wide golden shoreline and the lush mountainous surroundings. Its inaccessibility has meant visitors tend to stay longer than a week and it is usually reached by boat taxi from Chaloklam.