With the famous full moon party located at the very south of the island, people tend to base themselves here and often don’t make it up towards the top of Koh Phangan. Here is our guide as to why you should definitely spend a day or two exploring the true beauty of the north!
To make the most out of this stunning part of the island, we recommend hiring a motorbike as this is definitely the easiest way to get around. We rented ours for 250 baht per day and the roads were well maintained with hardly anybody driving along them! This way, you have the freedom to travel wherever you want without the hassle of booking multiple tours and taxis.
The north of the island is home to some of the best beaches in Koh Phangan!
From the hidden paradise of Bottle Beach to the stunning strip of white sand at Mae Haad, the north is perfect for an ultimate day of beach hopping!
With some of the clearest waters and softest sand we had seen in Thailand, we were blown away by each beach that we visited and they are all located within a short drive of one another. Click here for our full 6 best beaches to visit in Koh Phangan blog.
We visited this secluded spot after a day trip to Mae Haad Beach and Ko Ma Island.
To get to the waterfall, head towards Chaloklum and follow the main road through the village as it bends round towards the south. From Chaloklum Beach the waterfall is only a 5-minute drive, so a perfect place to explore after a relaxing day of sunbathing.
The base of the waterfall can be found at the back of local houses, only a 2-minute walk from parking your motorbike. There is a small fee to enter, but the lovely lady provides drinking water and will point you in the right direction.
With a chilled and relaxing vibe, we found the waterfall makes a great place to enjoy an afternoon walk or a cool off in the pool.
Unfortunately, the flow of water was quite disappointing even though we visited during monsoon season! However, the chilled and relaxing vibe still makes a great place to enjoy an afternoon walk or a cool off in the pool. There is also a rope swing which kept us entertained and word has it that local children sometimes stop by to backflip into the water, showing the tourists how its done!
Also be sure to check out Phaeng Waterfall whilst in the area.
Haad Salad Beach
For our 3 night stay in the north of Koh Phangan, we booked Cookies Salad Hotel situated right on the beachfront of Haad Salad. It certainly was a romantic setting to enjoy some relaxation after travelling from the full moon party.
We were given a spacious room with a balcony and hammock overlooking the beautiful scenery of the beach. The pool was definitely our favourite place to chill out as it stepped right onto the sand!
Although the area lacks many shops, bars or restaurants, we enjoyed the laid back atmosphere and had a lovely candle-lit dinner on the beach one night which was the perfect end to our day of exploring.
Staying on Haad Salad Beach also meant that we could enjoy a breathtaking sunset each night as everybody gathered in the sea to witness the sun slowly fade below the horizon. It was a magical setting and one of our most memorable sunsets throughout our journey in Thailand!