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Koh Phangan : Guide to North West : Introduction

 
Introduction
The north west coast of Koh Phangan plays host to the island's most diverse and interesting stretch of coral reef. There are more corals here than anywhere else on the island due to the westery facing beach aspects and other conditions that make it so suitable for diving and snorkelling. From Haad Chao Phao to Koh Ma, there are dive sites at every beach and virtually all of can be swam to, making it possible for every level of underwater of enthusiast to enjoy the amazing marine life. At the point where Ao Wok Tum meets Laem Srithanu, the coral reef starts nearer the beach and the wide sand flats that dominate the coast further south become smaller; thus the swimming conditions improve dramatically and the coral rich area becomes a haven for marine life. The coastline also starts to break up, forming more coves and bays that isolate each beach and enhance the beauty of the landscape.
The outstanding natural beauty of the area has drawn visitors since the frist bungalow operations started twenty or so years ago, thus there are many well-established family run resorts that have set the high quality of accommodation that exists in the region; a lot have swimming pools, air con rooms and even wine lists.

There are several waterfalls in the region and it is easily possible to beach hop up the coast by foot if you want to explore the area, whilst at the southern end of Haad Chao Phao, Laem Son Lake is a great place to get a swim in freshwater under the backdrop of cool shady pines.
Due to the north-west's longstanding popularity, there is great seafood, Issan food and noodles; there are also several restaurants serving top quality European food in the region as well as plenty of nightlife, with several great beach bars/clubs.
North West Koh Phangan

North West

Srithanu

Haad Yao - Koh Ma

Chaloklum
Hotels and Resorts
Haad Chao Phao
Price from:
1000 THB
This cosy resort offers a few deluxe bungalows and comfy rooms on a private area of Haad Chao Phao beach.

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Ao Chaloklum
Price from:
1800 THB
Beachfront bungalows with fan or air-con around tropical swimming pool. Includes good long-term rates and houses for rent.

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Srithanu
Price from:
800 THB
Chills Resort is a small intimate resort in it’s own secluded bay with views of Ang Thong Marine Park. It has a range of accommodation from double fan rooms with hot showers, to deluxe split level a/c bungalows. Free WiFi.

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Haad Salad
Price from:
450 THB
Great choice of fan and air-con bungalows with options for 1 double bed or 2 double beds suitable for families. There are a couple of big beachfront bungalows and a comfy sunset restaurant.

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Haad Yao (west)
Price from:
1000 THB
Classic air-con bungalows set in tropical gardens around spacious swimming pool. Beachfront seafood BQQ every evening.

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Haad Salad
Price from:
300 THB
My Way Bungalows is an established backpacker and family friendly resort in Haad Salad. There are fan and air-con bungalow options with hot or cold shower.
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Haad Chao Phao
Price from:
400 THB
A choice of fan or air-con bungalows price starting at only 400 Baht per night and friendly beachfront bar with speciality Belgium beers..

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Haad Chao Phao
Price from:
1600 THB
A friendly family run resort, the popular Sunset Cove offers a choice of natural wooden cottages in a tropical setting and beachfront infinity pool.

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