How to get to Mae Haad beach
Located on the North coast, Mae Haad beach is best reachable by motorbike. We rent a bike for 180 Baht per day and found our way to the Wang Sai Resort where you have to park your scooter. You have to walk through the resort and restaurant before you can enter the beach. This is totally normal in Koh Phangan where a lot of beaches are only accessible via a beach resort. The parking and access to the beach are both free.
What to expect on Mae Haad Beach
The 800 metres long beach is beautiful and has many massage booths and a few bungalow resorts lined up along the front. You can also find beach swings, hammocks, sun beds and a beach bar where you can order drinks and food.
One of the main attractions and reasons that many tourists visit Mae Haad beach, is the ability to walk over the sandbank to Koh Ma Island with low tide. This unusual combination of the long straight beach connected by the sandbank to the green Koh Ma island gives Mae Haad beach its charm and unique appeal. You can get picture perfect paradise shots, especially when you have a drone!
We made this picture below during our visit at Mae Haad beach, pretty awesome beach isn’t it?
Mae Haad beach comprises two very different beaches. The main one is a long, sandy stretch facing west, while at the top is a moon-shaped bay facing north. This is protected by the island and sandbar, allowing local fishermen to anchor their boats in safety. This is not a swimming area because the shore is rather rocky and the bottom somewhat muddy.
Things to do on Mae Haad Beach
If you plan a day of relaxing on Mae Haad beach you made the right decision. This beautiful beach is perfect for sunbathing but also provides enough shadow by the trees. As said before you can even get a massage here at the beach! Although we experienced that the massages at the beach are not of such good quality as you can get in ‘real’ Spa salons.
If you want to be more active, there are several options to do!
You can rent kayaks for 200 Baht per hour so you can explore the surrounding bay of Koh Ma island. If you’re more into exploring the underwater world, you can rent snorkelling gear and enjoy yourself in the water with the beautiful reefs and tropical fishes. On the south side of the island and sand bar is one of the most colourful coral reefs remaining in this area. Koh Ma island also has a viewpoint, so if you want to be really active, then take good shoes with you to the beach and hike up to the top of Koh Ma and enjoy the panoramic views.
Koh Phangan weather
The island has a dry season and a very wet season. The weather of Koh Phangan basically has three seasons; the horrid monsoon season which is luckily short, the drier season and a hot season which has frequent heavy showers. The dry season lasts from late December through to March, with February as driest month. These months are also the main tourist season of Koh Phangan. The peak season weather is hot, bright and not too humid. Just perfect for lounging on the island’s fantastic beaches or doing some of the best hikes on Koh Phangan. From April until September there are some chances of downpours, alternated with bright blue skies. We were in Koh Phangan in June and only had some rain during the evening or night. The monsoon season which arrives from the south west, strikes between September and mid November. These are the months to avoid going to Koh Phangan.