Haad Plai Laem is located on the west coast, north of Thongsala. Plailaem (Plaaylaem) is optically one of the most beautiful beaches on Koh Phangan, as the smaller and larger rock formations in the water create a very special atmosphere. The sea in Ao Plaay Laem is very clear most of the year and shimmers emerald green, but it is not particularly deep. The reef is only about 100 meters from the coast here. The beach is a little below the road and there are resorts and bungalow complexes both on the road and directly on the beach. In addition to simple bungalows, the Kupu Kupu Resort also has one luxury complex in Plaaylaem.

Activities in Haad Plai Laem

You can get one Kayak Borrow and, for example, paddle north to Hin Kong to refresh yourself at the Free Way Bar, or explore the small island of Koh Tae Nai, which is located in front of Thongsala. But please pay attention to the tides, it is exhausting to row back at low tide! The snorkeling Well worth it at the nearby reef, and of course around the islet. In this beautiful, quiet corner you will be at one beach walk enjoy, or you sit down in the evening on one of the rocks around the Sunset to enjoy. On the beach itself Massages offered.

Toprock Bar Ko Phangan

Restaurants and bars in Haad Plaaylaem

Two of the top spots for sunsets are here: First, the well-known AmStarDam Bar and on the other hand the Top Rock bar, In both bars you will get cocktails and drinks as well as food. Especially in the high season it gets extremely crowded shortly before sunset, so it can be useful to arrive earlier. While you can drive to the AmStarDam Bar right up to the bar, taxis are also driving up the mountain, felt like a few hundred steps between the street and the TopRock Bar. The atmosphere here is generally (still) more relaxed. Are you looking for a fine dinner, also Sunset inclusive, you will be in Kupu Kupu find out who have since 2019 also a very stylish rooftop bar to end the evening appropriately. Haad Plai Laem is still very close to Thongsala with all its amenities, such as the food market, massage studios, shopping, hairdressers and restaurants of all classes. Every Saturday there is a walking street near the pier.

Accommodation in Haad Plailaem

Hotel Koh Phangan

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Bungalows or studios right on the beach. After breakfast, the kitchen can be used as a communal kitchen.

Hotel Koh Phangan

Kalulushi Bungalows Eco Lodge

Charming, smartly furnished bungalows with kitchenettes incl. Coffee machine.

Hotel Koh Phangan

Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas

Each spacious unit has a private pool.

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From Thongsala Pier, follow the coastal road for less than 10 minutes. If you are going by taxi the price should be around 100 Baht. Taxi fares can vary widely and depend on season, number of passengers and time of day.

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