There are 2 Haad Thian (also spelt ‘Tien’) beaches in Koh Phangan. Both of them are small beaches tucked away in coves and over-shadowed in popularity by more famous beaches nearby. On the south east coast there is Haad Thian East which has a famous yoga / New Age place called the Sanctuary as well as a few bungalow resorts. Haad Thian West is located between the two most popular beaches on the west coast – Haad Yao (to the south) and Haad Salad (to the north). There is one place to stay at Haad Thian West – that is Haad Thian Beach Resort. For those looking for a ‘private beach’ experience, but without the isolation and poor access Haad Thian West is a great holiday option.
Haad Thian West is a 15-minute drive from the main port town of Thongsala. You take the western coastal road and take a left at the junction past the turning for Haad Yao West. This road goes straight to Haad Gruad; to get to Haad Thian West take a left turn.
The beach at Haad Thian West is quite small, about 70 meters across. The white sand is slightly course as it is mixed with coral. A short distance out from the coast is a coral reef. This makes swimming in the sea better during the high tidal months from April to November. During other months the best swimming option is to cross the coral reef and swim in the open sea. One fun activity at Haad Thian West is exploring the corals b snorkelling. For those who want to dive there are several dive shops at Haad Yao and Haad Salad.
Accommodation at Haad Thian West consists of one resort called (not surprisingly) Haad Thian Beach Resort. It is a friendly, family-run resort with a good range of bungalows for rent. A basic bungalow with fan costs just 490 Thai Baht during the low season. There are also basic fan bungalows with two double beds. The ‘superior room’ is a concrete bungalow with air-con, satellite TV, DVD player and hot water. These start at 1,090 Thai Baht. Deluxe rooms are beachfront bungalows with large balconies as well as air-con, hot water shower, satellite TV, DVD player, mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities. These start at 1,690 Thai Baht per night. The same facilities are available in rooms located in an accommodation block. There is also one ocean view room and one family room with sea views.
The resort has a restaurant and bar serving a range of beverages and, of course, delicious home cooked Thai food as well as burgers, sandwiches, pasta and French fries. For sun worshippers there is a medium sized pool next to the beach with sun loungers. Other facilities include a convenience store, table tennis, laundry service, booking centre, internet shop, Wi-Fi, Thai massage and vehicle rental. In short, Haad Thian Beach Resort provides everything needed for a fun and stress-free holiday on a quiet and beautiful beach. Currently, Haad Thien Beach Resort in Koh Phangan (not Koh Tao) is unavailable for online booking with either Booking.com or Agoda.
And for those who want to explore the small beach of Haad Gruad is just a couple of miles away. There is also the nightlife of nearby Haad Yao to explore and the laid back vibe of Haad Salad experience.
Haad Thian West is not the most beautiful beach in Koh Phangan, but it is one of the most relaxed. It has one resort and so is spared a long row of businesses across the beach. Most evenings there is a fantastic sunset over the ocean. This is a place where you can enjoy nature’s spectacle without interruption.