Week Two On Koh Phangan – Haad Yao

I’ve already written a bit about the cruisy routine we fell into during our second week on Koh Phangan but this post will go into more detail about accommodation and where we enjoyed eating.

We stayed on Haad Yao beach at Sandy Bay Bungalows. We booked this way in advance as it was the venue for Dave’s brother’s wedding. We paid 2025 Baht (~$AUD70) for a huge bungalow with two double beds, aircon, enormous bathroom, tv, and (intermittent) wifi.

Our bungalow at Sandy Bay

Inside the bungalow

our bungalow

Outside of bungalow

We had a nice big verandah with a view over the pool and a glimpse of the beach too.

bungalow view

Bungalow view

The beach right out the front had lovely soft sand and was nice and shallow most of the time for the kids.

Our favourite place for breakfast was High Life Bungalows which we got to up a flight of stairs at the end of the beach. If the tide was high you had to go around by the road (or get wet) but at breakfast time it was low enough to walk around. Dave and I also ate dinner here one night (and waded back through the water afterwards.) The view was great and the food good too.

breakfast view

View from High Life Restaurant

We ate dinner a few times further down the beach at See Through Restaurant. Nice Thai food, swings and hammocks, chairs and cushions on the floor, and right on the beach. The kids loved this place.

On our last night we decided to try the Eagle Bar for dinner. A place tucked into the cliff between our resort and the stairs up to High Life that we had bypassed all week. The food was fantastic! Best of the week so it was a pity we only discovered it on the last night. The tide was up high when we were there which made getting there an adventure in itself. (You can see the stairs up to High Life in the background of this next photo.)

across the rickety bridge

Across the rickety bridge

And the view at sunset was beautiful.

choose a table

Eagle Bar Restaurant

I can’t write about week two without mentioning the wedding of Dave’s brother James and Cara. They were married right on the beach at a high tide with a beautiful personal ceremony they wrote themselves. Lillian and Edward were flower girl and page boy.

squinty flower girl and page boy

Carrying the flower petals

The reception that followed was full of yummy Thai food, great speeches, Irish dancing, gangnam style dancing, normal dancing and lots of fun. The kids actually asked to go to bed at 10.30pm they’d partied so hard. The invitation to this wedding is what sparked the whole idea for this trip so we are very grateful and wish them a lifetime of happiness together.

It was with some sadness that we dragged ourselves away from Haad Yao yesterday and I hope we return one day. We’re now on Koh Samui (which is quite different) until Friday when we travel by ferry, bus and overnight sleeper train to Bangkok.

Next week our trip will enter a new phase as we begin our one month homestay and English teaching placement in rural north-east Thailand. We’re very excited and a little nervous!

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4 Responses to “Week Two On Koh Phangan – Haad Yao”


  1. 1 Beck August 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Glad to hear you are having a fantastic time. Congratulations to James and Cara.

  2. 2 Emma August 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Seems like a few weeks in Thailand by the beach has been quite enjoyable! Glad the wedding went well and you had some time with the extended family. Good luck for your next travels and settling into the home stay and school, will be thinking of you.
    Btw- the kids love catching up with the photos


  1. 1 List 47/52 – Family Accommodation in Thailand | The places we go Trackback on November 24, 2013 at 2:43 am

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