The 6 Best Sunset Viewpoints on Koh Phangan
When we say Koh Phangan, you say Full Moon Party.
Koh Phangan! Full Moon Party! Koh Phangan! Full Moon Party!
Getting absolutely wrecked at the world’s largest beach rave is the reason people visit us here on Thailand’s beautiful east coast. But we’re here to tell you that the island offers so much more. From adventure activities to relaxation, you’re sure to find something that tickle your fancy in between parties.
So we have a challenge for you—try to see as many sunsets in Koh Phangan as you can! The island offers some of the most beautiful views. Whether you’re avoiding the party or getting away from it, relaxing and soaking in the last drops of sunlight is a perfect way to spend your night. Grab a beer, lay out a towel, and get ready for an Insta-worthy view.
Without further ado, here are our top six spots to view the sunset in Koh Phangan:
Haad Sarikantang (Leela Beach)
Leela Beach is as close to a hidden oasis as you’re gonna get. Its soft white sand combined with hammocks between mangrove trees is serene. And if you’ve spent any time on “Full Moon Beach”, the peace will be a much appreciated change of scenery! It’s truly one of the best spots to see the sunset in all of Thailand.
Most backpackers, however, make the mistake of watching the sunset from the beach itself. Instead, it’s better to walk to the end of the (seemingly never ending) pier. Grab a few drinks from the nearby 7/11, make your way down, and you’re in for the best sunset of the year!
Leela Beach is also home to gorgeous resorts if you’re looking for a few high-class drinks before or after sunset hits. Be sure to check out Cocohut Beach Resort & Spa, Leela Biss Bungalow, and Cabin Beach Resort for cocktails. And if you want rowdier fun, the Backyard Club (popular for Full Moon after-parties) is just a stone’s throw away.
Haad Son (Secret Beach)
The phrase “secret beach” might be a bit misleading. However, this is one of the least developed beaches you’ll find in all of Thailand. It was complete devoid of buildings until roughly a decade ago. Around that time, the Haad Son Resort opened. But to this day, the resort remains one of the only pieces of development on the entire beach—meaning you’re left with wide open spaces and perfect spots to watch the setting sun!
If you’re hoping to get a bit boozy, we’d recommend the Secret Beach Bar. Cocktails are extremely affordable, meaning you can enjoy a few on a budget! It’s a great spot to grab dinner or simple enjoy post-dinner drinks. And because it’s just steps from the beach, you can easily make your way to a more private spot for the sunset.
Haad Rin Nai (Sunset Beach)
Koh Phangan’s (in)famous Full Moon Party is held on Haad Rin Nok. And while most sunset watchers avoid party central like the plague, Haad Rin Nai is the main beach’s quiet little sister. All along the beach you’ll find relaxed, old-timey bars. It’s a great chance to grab a drink and perch on the sand. Just be sure you don’t leave right away, because it’s a gorgeous spot to stargaze as well.
Seeing the clear divide between Haad Rin Nok and Haad Rin Nai is absolutely amazing. In addition, staying so close to the action makes it easy to head into town after sunset. You can carry on partying or get back to your hostel quickly. Best of both worlds!
Haad Yao (Long Beach)
If you’ve seen a postcard from Thailand, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Haad Yao. It’s a picture-perfect spot, offering the perfect mix of development and wide open spaces. Even with restaurants and activities popping up constantly, Long Beach hasn’t lost its charm. This is certainly one of Koh Phangan’s best sunset views.
The Seaboard Bungalows are a great spot to grab a few drinks after sunset. Personally, we love heading over to Haad Yao on Wednesday nights, because the expats all gather for a great night out. You can’t go wrong with their mix of house music and booze! And better yet, the beach will be lit by nothing but the moon and the party’s tiki torches.
Long Beach is also a great spot if you’re looking for pre-sunset activities. Whether you spend a few hours on nearby Koh Ma to spot turtles and reef sharks or head up the beach to see the coral reefs, you’re sure to have a blast. Haad Yao can be the perfect end to a busy day in the area!
Ao Plaay Laem (Amsterdam Bar)
Anyone who has been to Koh Phangan has heard about the Amsterdam Bar. And anyone who hasn’t visited it is missing out! Even though it’s not the world’s most gorgeous beach, the bar makes up for it. You’ll be nestled into the nearby mountainside. That, coupled with a pool and amazing drinks, makes it a great sunset spot.
Make sure to arrive early! This is an extremely popular spot, so it fills up quick. If you want the best views, you need to claim a seat fast. Then, as soon as the sun sets, you can mix and mingle with all the backpackers and expats nearby. There’s just not a better way to spend your night.
Baan Tai (Sunset Walk)
Even though it’s a newer spot, Sunset Walk is one of our favorite places to chill in the evening. The area is booming, and this is a great chance to see it before it gets huge. Better yet, it’s located the perfect distance from Thong Sala and Haad Rin. It’s an awesome escape from backpacker-ville.
Be sure not to miss their happy hour from five to six. It’s a great chance to get their amazing cocktails at backpacker prices. And even when it’s full price, it’s worth the extra baht. Sunset Walk’s bar staff is simply amazing. When you want a break from drinking, don’t miss the nearby market and restaurants either!