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LEELA BEACH (HAAD LEELA)
Leela Beach or Haad Leela is a small beach located near Haad Rin in the west of Koh Phangan. The Thai themselves regularly call Leela Beach Seekantang Beach. From Leela Beach you are within ten minutes at Haad Rin Nok (Sunrise Beach) and in fifteen minutes at Haad Rin Nai (Sunset Beach). Whether or not there is a Full Moon Party, a stay at Haad Leela is a good alternative for a place to sleep on and around the beaches of Haad Rin. If you want to be romantic you can enjoy the beautiful sunset together.
Our article about Haad Rin to learn more about the village of Haad Rin,
Route from Haad Rin to Leela Beach
From Chicken Corner (center Haad Rin) you’re walking within fifteen minutes on Leela Beach. With the scooter of course a lot faster. Once arrived we recommend you to go to the beach at Cocohut Beach Resort & Spa. Look at the map for the route to Haad Leela, you’ll be there in no time!
Leela Beach is about one kilometer long and consists of fine white sand. Together with the many palm trees this makes Haad Leela a beautiful typical Thai beach! Unfortunately, every now and then, due to the current, debris such as driftwood and plastic can wash ashore on the beach. Nevertheless, we are fans! Eric Clapton sang “Leela, darling, won’t you ease my worried mind” for a reason. Well believe us on this beach, your worries will disappear like snow in the sun! Besides the beautiful sunsets that can be seen here, you can also look out from Leela Beach on the island of Koh Samui. The beach is just a short walk from Haad Rin, so even if you don’t sleep here you can still catch a sunset!
The sea at Leela Beach
Despite the attractive beach, the sea at Leela Beach is not great. The many rocks and coral on the bottom of the water makes swimming less attractive. In addition, there is regularly seaweed floating around that sticks to you so nicely. With a little watch out where you walk you can easily walk into the sea with small children. Deeper and further into the sea there are a number of places where you can snorkel. So take your snorkel gear with you if you want to make a visit to Leela Beach.
In the rainy season (May to October) there can be a dangerous current due to the strong wind that blows here from time to time. In that case, be sure to check with the resorts or ask for advice from the locals.
Instagram-worthy places on Haad Leela
Besides the sunset there are some nice places on Haad Leela to impress your Instagram account. For example, Leela Beach has a very long and floating pier. Perfect for diving into the water but also an ideal place to take beautiful pictures. Another good Insta location is the wooden walkway at the end of Haad Leela. From here you can take good pictures of the entire beach. If you walk through the walkway you’ll end up at outdated bungalows. Last but not least, how about swinging on one of the many swings you’ll find on this beach. If you don’t have a nice holiday picture on a swing yet, take your chance here!
Sleeping on Leela Beach
Sleeping on Leela Beach is a good alternative to sleeping on the two beaches of Haad Rin. It’s quieter and you’ll be in Haad Rin in no time. We show you three resorts that can be found on Haad Leela. These resorts are highly regarded and are therefore a good choice for a relaxing and unforgettable holiday on Koh Phangan!
Book your room on time because if there is a Full Moon Party, the rooms will be sold out in no time.
Cocohut Beach Resort & Spa
This year (2019) Cocohut Beach Resort & Spa celebrates its 10th anniversary. The 79 rooms all have standard wifi, air conditioning, safe, minibar and breakfast. The rooms all look beautiful and well taken care of! There are different types of bungalows, such as the wooden bungalow, suite with sea view or a villa with its own swimming pool. Whatever room you choose, each room is cleaned daily and has its own balcony or terrace. The breakfast choices are huge and during lunch and dinner you can eat and drink more than fine. Massages are given here by professional Thai masseuses. The friendly staff will do everything they can to make sure you don’t lack anything. WelCOCOme to paradise!
DO YOU KNOW?
During the Full Moon Party Cocohut organizes a party in its own resort. Music will be played and people will hand out free snacks and drinks, what a party!
Sarikatang Resort & Spa
The Sarikantang Resort & Spa on Leela Beach is a fine resort with a good price/quality ratio. The resort has a wide choice of rooms with free breakfast, wifi, swimming pool and the lovely beach almost on your doorstep. There is a wide choice of spa treatments where you can use a sauna or steam bath. The rooms all have a sitting area outside and are very neat and clean.
The Cabin Beach Resort
The Cabin Beach Resort is the most luxurious option in Leela Beach. You can choose from a Deluxe Room, Beach Villa with private pool and The Nest Studio Suite. The rooms are a mix of industrial and wood. Personally we liked The Nest Studio Suite very much! Each room is of course including wifi, balcony, air conditioning, spacious bathroom, minibar and safe. Almost every room overlooks (partly) the sea.