Bucket List – Haad Salad Thailand

Haad Salad

Why Haad Salad Is On My Bucket List

Haad Salad is located on Koh Phangan, the tiny Thai island that is famous for its Full Moon Parties (FMP). When we visited as part of our South East Asia trip, it was with the intention of attending the FMP but I had no desire to stay in the backpacker central of Haad Rin, (which is the beach where the party is held). After much research about the rest of the Island, I decided on Haad Salad because it was at the opposite end of the island, but there were mini bus services to and from the party throughout the night (and early hours of the morning!)

Haad Salad

Haad Salad translates as ‘the pirate beach’ – so called because it is nestled in a sheltered shallow cove, complete with its own beautiful coral reefs and banked on either side by lush green mountains. – which made it the perfect place for smugglers to hide! But at the time we were there we practically had the beach to ourselves and there was not a pirate in sight!

With only a few hotels and backpackers along the shore and with a very small township, Haad Salad is the perfect tropical beach area to get away to – without being too far away from everything else. 

 Haad Salad

Haad Salad also offers a small range of beachside activities such a snorkelling and kayaking (equipment can be hired from any of the hotels) but you can be sure there will be no noisy jet ski’s or banana boats to spoil the serenity!! And for those of you looking for a more deep-sea experience, there are a few tours desks which organise scuba trips around the island – and I would highly recommend allocating time to dive if you are qualified – the coral and the fish are stunning!

Haad Salad

As with the rest of Thailand, you are never far from a $8-10 massage, and even though they are slightly more expensive on the islands – with Haad Salad being no exception – it is a cheap price to pay for an hour of relaxation. I think I may even have had one every day!

 Haad Salad

As for dining options, your choices may be limited to the few restaurants in the ‘township’ (by which I mean a single street leading down to the beach!) or the in-house restaurants at the hotels on the beach, but the food is great all round with a mixture of Asian and Western dishes and if you like fresh seafood – you’ll be in heaven!

Haad Salad

And for those you that are not convinced that Haad Salad should be on your “Beach Bucket List” let me show you some of the most beautiful over-water sunsets I have ever seen…

Haad Salad

… see, I told you so!!

If you would like to read more about where I stayed in Haad Salad, head on over tohttp://maketimetoseetheworld.com/2016/03/13/haad-salad-best-kept-secret-koh-phangan/  “

This post was written by Vicky, who runs the blog MakeTimeToSeeThe World and it is part of my new series of my bucket list destinations.

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Haad Salad – Why It Is On My Bucket List.



  1. March 14, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Great post! I really enjoyed my time out on Haad Salad as well, it’s quiet and beautiful and really helps crush the myth that Phangan is all about the full moon party. There’s so much more to see and do!

  2. March 16, 2016 / 4:42 pm

    Sounds beautiful. Are you expected to tip for massages? I’ve always wondered about that…

  3. Alice
    March 16, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Wow this destination looks gorgeous! I’ve yet to visit an island of any kind; would love this to be my first!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

  4. March 16, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    In 1989 Koh Phangan was definitely not a party island – you had to go to Koh Samui for that. I spent 3 months on Koh Phangan in Coral Bay (if my memory is right) and we spent full moon lying on the rocky headland looking up at the stars and the moon. I remember being surprised one month by an eclipse that we hadn’t expected – not up with the news back then with no internet. Oh the memories – thanks for sparking them and glad to hear there are still some quiet, peaceful spots on that lovely island in Thailand.

  5. March 16, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    This sounds incredible! I’ve never been, and now I’m also seriously considering adding it to my “must sees” list, even if I can’t get there for a couple of years. Great post!

  6. March 16, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    Great suggestion! I stayed at Haad Tien and was SO for the relaxing time away from the party when I wanted it. I never made it over to Haad Salad though.

  7. March 16, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Beautiful photos. I really want to get on that swing! This is the fist time I’ve heard of Haad Salad and it sounds like a place I would really enjoy since I don’t care so much for overly crowded areas.

  8. March 16, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    I would love to go to Thailand, but don’t know much about it other than some of the bigger destinations. It’s always great to get a little insight and reasons to explore outside of the touristy areas. Thanks for sharing.

  9. March 17, 2016 / 1:51 am

    What a gorgeous place!! I didn’t get a chance to visit any of the islands in Thailand but it’s on the top of our list. I had wanted to check out the FMP a few years back but I don’t think my body can handle hardcore partying anymore haha.

  10. March 17, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    Looks like an incredible destination!

  11. March 17, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    What a great beach – wish I was there!

  12. March 17, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    I’ve never considered Thailand before; however, your pictures are breathtaking. Time to add Thailand to the bucket list!

  13. April 14, 2016 / 2:31 am

    Never heard of it until now, but it’s being added to the bucket list!

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