Haad Salad

Haad Salad, Koh Phangan Thailand

Although it is not actually in Chaloklum, Haad Salad is about a 10 minute drive south along the ring road past Mae Haad on Koh Phangan’s West coast .

Entering Haad Salad from the main road, you must pass through its small commercial area which hosts a number of small shops, motorcycle rental places, some restaurants and the Reggae Village and long-standing Haad Salad Reggae bar. One shop in the village actually stocks a decent supply of  wines that have been properly kept – a rarity among the mom and pop operations on Koh Phangan that proudly place their wine selection in the front window.

Haad Salad is more commercial than its neighbor Mae Haad. It is home to a number of  resort and bungalow operations which you must pass through to reach the  beach. The shore line has been increasingly built up with some mid-size to large resorts with swimming pools over the past few years, though the traditional Koh Phangan style bungalow is still available, especially towards the north end of the beach.

Salad beach is also home to an increasing number of villas and small private homes, especially up in the hills that overlook the ocean. It is home to a number of long-term residents who form a part of the Chaloklum Village community. Higher end resorts on the beach include the Green Papaya,  Haad Salad Prestige Resort, and Salad Buri  Resort. There is also the large Salad Beach Resort, though beware, it is a draw for European package tourists and you have to get up pretty early in the morning to place your towel on a  lounge chair if you want to spend any time around the pool.If it is a private house or luxury rental you are looking for Talay Tong has a number of villas that are sure to please.

All that said, Haad Salad’s main draw is the beach, and it is well worth a visit.  Like most large bays on the west coast of Koh Phangan, Salad beach has lovely soft white sand. With a coral reef just offshore, it is a shallow beach in the summer months, but has excellent snorkeling year round, especially just off the northern point  where there are a number of large coral formations to explore.   Kayak rentals are also available  – an excellent way to explore the bay.

Salad beach is an excellent place to either stay or spend the day. If you are looking for a resort or you never have to leave, Haad Salad is a great choice. Likewise, if you wish to explore the West Coast or all of Koh Phangan, Haad Salad is perfectly placed — all you need to decide is whether to tun left or right.

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