Haad Yao is one of Koh Phangan’s most beautiful beaches and is wide enough to get an informal game of soccer going, with lots of shallow water and swaying palms. Facing west, it also enjoys wonderful sunsets. Flanked at either end by huge granite rocks, it's home to several resorts and at Haad Yao View Resort, at its northern end, you’ll find a few shops, a supermarket, and massage facilities.
Haad Salad is Haad Yao’s younger sister. It's a beautiful but narrow beach – in places the beach is just 1 metre wide. The vibe is quieter with fewer swimming possibilities, but it's nevertheless stunning.