Leela Beach - hippie paradise on Phangan

About Leela Beach many respondedpositively, they say that this is a very beautiful beach, almost the best on Phangan, but personally it didn’t cause me any special enthusiasm. Beautiful - yes, the best - no. Perhaps because it is rather inconvenient to get here and the atmosphere around the beach is not one of those that I like. Well, or because I visited Phangan at the end of the rainy season and the weather did not always please me with sunny days. And this, you understand, does not help a positive attitude.

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Beach description

The beach is located at the foot of a steep slope throughoutits length. Leela Beach is not from the category where you drive to the sea anywhere, and, without reducing speed from the main road, you throw a scooter and go swimming. On my visit to Phangan (January 2017), the monsoons were just giving out the last wet chords, the road down was, for the most part, heavily broken.

And in one place I had to leave the bike and go on foot. But there is a way out of this situation, I just did not immediately understand it, but more on that below in the section “how to find the beach”.

The beach, indeed, can be said to be beautiful,plus it is also quite long - stretched about five hundred meters from the rocks in the north to the rocks in the south. Following the walk along the beach, I would say that Leela Beach is great for a quiet, relaxing hippie buzz, but definitely not a family holiday.

Definitely - live for a long time, I would come here withchild would not climb. Is that only a couple of hours to buy: he was, he saw, wet feet in the sea. Well, in fairness, it should be noted that Leela Beach is facing south-west, and therefore there is a steep view of Koh Samui on the horizon.

Sunset, depth and waves

I put a marker on the map, where the CocoHut Beach Resort & Spa resort territory is located

with parking through which you can freely pass to the sea.

The sand on the beach is “almost white”, which is “almosttraditional ”phenomenon for Phangan; in the water there are small pebbles with shells, which wash over the waves, the entrance to the sea is gentle, long, the depth increases gradually, and the beach's cupability strongly depends on tides.

On the shore come across large boulders, the size ofA small house that looks funny against the background of the real houses that were built for hermit tourists behind stones and low curves of trees Throughout the beach, I did not notice any particular difference where it is better to swim, everywhere about the same thing happened.

Sun beds and shade

Along the edge of the water grow lowtwisted trees, but these are not mangroves, because they do not have these mangrove-specific roots. Under the trees, you can easily hide from the sun, and under some are already suspended swing and hammocks, in which people often sleep or swing from houses. The rest of the narrow shore is occupied by bungalows.

The key word here is “narrow”, because a strip of sand is still more or less observed at low tide, and at high tide the water rises below the trees and there is no longer any place for a walk along the sea.

Beach photo

The left side near the hotel Coco Hut Village

The same resort where you can park under a canopy and go to the beach

The same resort where you can park under a canopy and go to the beach

And even there is a full-fledged restaurant with billiards.

And even there is a full-fledged restaurant with billiards.

A place where you can play beach volleyball in Phangan

A place where you can play beach volleyball in Phangan

It's all more or less domesticated

It's all more or less domesticated

Right side of Lila Beach, under a cliff with an Indian hotel

Right side of Lila Beach, under a cliff with an Indian hotel

The rightmost edge of Lila Beach, on the cliff is an Indian hotel with a beautiful sanctuary.

The rightmost edge of Lila Beach, on the cliff is an Indian hotel with a beautiful sanctuary.

The sea is shallow

The sea is shallow

The distance from the coast and the depth you see yourself

The distance from the coast and the depth you see yourself

Left and center near Leela Beach Resort

The left edge of the beach, a wooden bridge leads to the Light House

The left edge of the beach, a wooden bridge leads to the Light House

Cool thought up, along the way there are a couple of pavilions with benches.

Cool thought up, along the way there are a couple of pavilions with benches

The vegetation on the shore is like this.

The vegetation on the shore is such

There are a lot of crooked trees, hammocks are hung on them They are strong.

There are a lot of crooked trees, hammocks are hung on them They are strong.

At the strongest you can find a swing

At the strongest you can find a swing

Shadows are many - palm trees mixed with trees whose name I don’t remember

Shadows are many - palm trees mixed with trees whose name I don’t remember

If you come closer, in the houses you can see the cracks, they are made of anything.

If you come closer, in the houses you can see the cracks, they are made of anything.

There are also hippie houses of the VIP segment - made of bricks

There are also hippie houses of the VIP segment - made of bricks

Almost got to Coco Hut Village

Almost got to Coco Hut Village

Tide Please note - there is almost no beach.

Tide Please note - there is almost no beach.

View from the center towards Lighthouse

View from the center towards Lighthouse

Here in the approximation of the same area and someone's heels for scale.

Here in the approximation of the same area and someone's heels for scale

Infrastructure

The infrastructure of Lila Beach is: a long row of residential wooden bungalows, a large wasteland, where construction is quite noisy, there is still CocoHut Beach Resort & Spa

with a restaurant through which you canBut to get to the beach, and around the corner, behind the rocks on the northern half of the beach there is the Light House Bar, by the way - a local landmark. For all the other infrastructure, you will have to go in the direction of Haad Rin.

There are no shops, even the smallest ones, on Lila Beach. At its core, the beach is the Pangan section, cut off from the outside world, where people live thickly in houses with finger cracks, smoke, drink, practice yoga, meditate, sleep in hammocks - in general, they do what any office worker wants to do.

Leela Beach is geographically close toknown to all Haad Rin, who is famous for its Full Moon Party. And in the Light House bar, which is located on Lila himself, parties with tough techno are charged once a week. The event is noisy, but due to its separate placement (behind the cliff) the noise from the party does not interfere with the people on the beach.

Houses and hotels on the beach

In the place where I went to Lila Beach for the first time(leftmost edge) in January 2017, a new resort was built and a normal, large-scale construction project was observed: tracked vehicles, a lot of construction waste, and part of the coast was covered with human garbage, most likely as a result of the recent flooding. In general, at Lila Beach everything was dug up and uncomfortably noisy.

The rest of Lila is in the middle of the palm jungle, where a couple of resorts literally nestled: CocoHut Beach Resort & Spa

and Leela Beach Resort. The first of which is quite decent, and the second is completely basic and with a low rating, even outwardly they look inconspicuous and made on the knee.

Also at a distance, to the left, behind the stone cape, is Lighthouse Bungalows & Restaurant

, the one where the techno party is held. So, I would recommend Leela Beach for those who want to relax in the silence and one hundred percent atmosphere of a wild island. For me, it’s too wild.

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How to find the beach

Search on the map on the Internet or on the road signs for CocoHut Beach Resort & Spa

, he gets you the very first, if you go with Haad Rin.

By the way, it’s normal goodroad. You will need to turn left at the resort. It does not make sense to go past the resort further along primers, only if you need to go to the Lighthouse. And so, through this resort, you can safely go down to the beach, and go right or left along the shore, finding a place in the shade of a tree.

The second option is to follow the signs for"Lighthouse", that is, at the leftmost (northern) end of the beach. There is a nice wooden bridge leading along the cliffs to the Lighthouse. True parking will be at the end of a rather steep descent, be careful. All descents to the sea on Lila Beach are steep enough, keep in mind.

Of course, you can go down somewhere in the middle, therewhere the road leads (there are several primers) to the Leela Beach Resort, but IMHO is a so-so option, there is where to get confused, and the road was completely bad (2017 g).

Beach map

Lila Beach Beach Card

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