Beach Mae Haad (Mae Haad), which is sometimescalled Mae Had - this is a fairly famous place on Phangan. It is located on the northwestern edge of the island, where literally a hundred meters from the coast is located the satellite island of Ko Ma, where you can easily walk along the sandy spit.
This place is called the Phangan business card andit is easily recognizable by those photographs, where a snow-white sandy spit with an azure sea and walking people stretched between two green banks. Something similar, but much larger in scale, you will find on the neighboring island of Ko Nangyuang, near Koh Tao.
The content of the article
- 1 Beach description
- 2 Sunset, depth and waves
- 3 Sun beds and shade
- 4 Beach photo
- 5 Infrastructure
- 6 Houses and hotels on the beach
- 7 How to find the beach
- 8 Beach map
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Right in front of you will be a two-hundred-meter strip.sand, which is exposed only at low tide and is quite suitable for walks and beach holidays. The spit stretches from south to north and it offers a great view in any direction other than the north - there the horizon overlaps the island of Ko Ma.
The lack of a spit is that it catastrophically depends on the water level and the season — during the storms it is strongly broken by the waves.
Left and behind you will be the longest coastala part of Ma Had - 600 meters of pleasant yellowish sand and a wide beach. This part of Phangan is facing west and from here a beautiful view of the clear sea horizon with splashes of islands to the left opens up from here.
Approximately in the middle there is the mouth of a seasonal river -after the end of the monsoon, it dries out, leaving behind a couple of greenish dams and a ditch in the middle of the beach, but the Thais blurred water quickly fall asleep, restoring the beach until the next rainy season.
Right from the center of Mae Hud stretched order.two hundred meters of the beach a little more terribly outwardly - here the coast is fortified in places from blurring with the help of concrete rings. Yes, and the sea is smaller, but that does not prevent the guests of local resorts to enjoy the beach holiday.
This part of the beach looks to the north and the entire horizon is blocking the island of Ko Ma, and the sunsets without leaving the houses will not work.
Sunset, depth and waves
The width of the beach varies from 5 to 25 meters, andthanks to the classic Pangan shallow water, all parts of Mae Hada are flooded at high tide. For example, when I was on the beach at high tide, there was no sand bar at all.
Accordingly, with high water to Ko Ma youyou will no longer walk carelessly, but wade into the depths of the chest. It is because of this that I did not get to Koh Ma, but as far as I understood it, by and large there is nothing to see, only a small beach and a few bungalows.
Mae Haad is very beautiful at low tide, and the tideeats up almost the entire beach. Because of the depth of the sea, as a rule, there are no high waves at a quiet time of the year, which makes it a great place to relax with children. The sand is light yellow, fine, with a large number of pebbles and shells, often larger stones are found, both on the shore and under water.
Log into the sea comfortable, flat, and hang in the water in full growth will be only about twenty meters from the coast, provided that it is now tide.
Sun beds and shade
Mae Haad is an exceptionally beautiful beach, andA large number of trees grow on the shore, so there is a shadow, but on the western half of the beach - just before lunch. But on the site where the access to the sandy spit, a rather thick grove grows on the shore and there is a shadow at any time of the day, although most of the space there is a cafeteria and restaurants.
On the right side of Mae Hada (northern) with a shadow, there are no problems throughout the day, there are some advantages to this corner.
Exit to the sea on the left and near Wang Sai Resort
The central part of the island near Koh Ma
Right side near Maehaad Bay Resort
There are two organized parking lots on Ma Hade, onecloser to the right edge of the beach, the other - closer to the left. The right one is covered with asphalt, there bikes stand in rows and parking comes almost to the shore, and the one to the left is parking on the sand. On the right side of Mae Hada, in the same bay, boat parking is organized, and there are also a couple of resorts on the shore, if you want to stay here to live - you go there.
Just remember - you'll be watching on the shorestones and boats, sad landscape. That is why all the people hang out near the place where the spit and the western part of Mae Hada begin. The very thing, a serious concentration of people - right here.
The place is generally very pleasant, the area is small,there are only a few hotels directly near the beach, some small resorts, little infrastructure and all of it comes down to services for tourists - these are resorts cafes and massage fats. Sala is the Thai bower, if you do not already know. Shops within a radius of 200 meters, I did not notice, neither the network nor the Thai private shops.
True, there is a significant negative - global construction in2017 I don’t know when it will end, but there is still a lot of dirt and noise from it. But, to be honest, even without a construction site, I would have thought ten times whether it would be worth wading in the area, wilderness.
Of sights: waterfall Wang Sai Waterfall and a park recreation area near it, and also Bar "360". The waterfall and recreation area are in the depths of the island, and the bar 360 is the roof of an abandoned hotel, which (according to rumors) belongs to the police.
Previously, it was just a wild abandoned building and the subject of adoration lovers of abandons. And now everything is cultural and panoramic view almost 360 degrees.
Next to Bar 360 on the same mountain is the popular Hotel and Restaurant Utopia Resort. The institution has a high rating, but tired interior and exterior. However, due to the specific restaurant there is always an influx of people, despite the fact that all the latest reviews about it are no longer very good.
You can think of him as a settlement option, but- mountain, remember? He is on a mountain, and if he settles there, he will have to either go by bike, not to die back on the ascent, or walk from the heart attack.
Houses and hotels on the beach
Resorts in the area are very different - there are houseswooden, large, and there are very unpretentious. Plus construction. Previously, it was a quiet peaceful place, but now a large-scale building has developed, maybe there will soon be steep resorts, but for now, everything is in noise and dust. So I would not stop here for the time being, all these rattling excavators ... it is better to come, sunbathe and go back to a quiet place.
As options for a couple of weeks off, I would recommend these two resorts - Mae Haad Beach View Resort
and Mae Haad Bay Resort
. The first is on the left side of the beach, the second is on the right. Given that all beaches are within walking distance, there is no need to scrupulously disassemble the pros and cons of each.
Hotels in Mae Hade>
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How to find the beach
Drive to Wang Sai Resort
, it is easy to find it, it is signed in capital letterson pointers. Through this resort there is a passage, or rather through a cafe, belonging to the resort and the bridge. And if you do not aspire to Wang Sai, but turn a little earlier to the right, then you will fall almost to the sandy spit.
But through the bridge it is more interesting, although the administrator of the cafe constantly swears and makes you take off your shoes so as not to remove the sand after you.
Mae Haad Beach Map
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