One of the best treks to do in Koh Phangan is from Haad Rin up the east coast to the small and tranquil beach of Haad Yuan. It is a beach that can only be reached by longtail boat or by jungle path. Those brave enough to take the jungle path are rewarded with great views as well as a decent workout.
The walk takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. It is important that you follow these precautions:
Don’t set off late in the afternoon
Bring water and sunblock
Wear something more sturdy than flip flops (thongs) on your feet
Sportstracker.com has the best information concerning the walk. It is 6.67km. There is an ascent of 721 meters and a descent of 714m. The time to do the walk on the site is 2 hours and 22 minutes walking at an average speed of 18 km/h. If you are healthy and acclimatised to the heat and humidity you can do the trek in a faster time. But what is the hurry? Take your time and enjoy the views and jungle scenery.
The iframe above is from the Sports Tracker site. It gives a map of the walk with info about altitudes. You can click on the camera icons to see pictures of places along the way.
Once you are on the trail there is little problem about getting lost. There is only one trail and it is a well-worn one. The biggest problem is getting on the right trail when you leave Haad Rin. I recommend you watch this video below. It shows the start of the trail. Note you have to follow the path that goes right by someone’s house. You will see it in the video. Hopefully some kind soul will get around to marking the start of the trail a little better.
The first quarter of the trek is a continual steep climb. After that the trail levels out and the jungle clears at points to reveal some great views. The final part is a wooden rickety walk by the rocks that puts you on the beach at Haad Yuan.
At Haad Yuan you will find some hippy looking bars and resorts as well as the posh eco resort called Pariya Resort. You can’t mistake the place as the bungalows are round. Ask around if you want a longtail taxi back to Haad Rin.