Haad Rin to Haad Yuan Hike: Complete Guide

The Haad Yuan trail takes you to one of Koh Phangan’s most exclusive and remote beaches.

Haad Yuan Hike

Right around the coast from Koh Phangan’s infamous full moon party beach lies Haad Yuan – a “secret” beach that’s a lot more laid back. It’s chill atmosphere mainly stems from the fact that it’s extremely tough to get to.

Most people visit Haad Yuan as a day hike from Haad Rin, but the trail is steep and somewhat confusing.

In this guide, we’ll detail the Haad Rin to Haad Yuan hike so you know what to expect and how to get there.

Haad Rin to Haad Yuan Hike

The Haad Rin to Haad Yuan Hike goes over a mountain and through a forest to get to Haad Yuan, a secluded beach with bungalows and a few restaurants. Along the way is a viewpoint where you can see Haad Yuan and the coastline of this remote area of Koh Phangan.

Haad Rin to Haad Yuan Hike Details

  • Hike Distance: We hiked from the start of the trail in Haad Rin to the end in Haad Yuan. This was about 3.5 km. If you want to return to Haad Rin then the hike will be 7 km total.
  • Hike Duration: The hike took about 2 hours each way.
  • Hike Difficulty: Medium to high difficulty with steep inclines and some slippery rocks.
  • Hike Incline: 300 meters to get over the mountain, and then another 300 meters to go down from the mountain to Haad Yuan beach.

How to get to the Haad Rin to Haad Yuan Hike

The trail starts right above Haad Rin and isn’t too hard to find. We walked to the trail from our bungalow in Haad Rin.

The trail cuts through a residential area before entering the mountain.

Here is a Google Maps pin for the location of the trail in Haad Rin.

Our Experience on the Haad Rin to Haad Yuan Hike

It’s not too often that you get to hike over a mountain to a beach. We’re not huge partygoers (anymore) so when we found out about this hike, it was the first thing we did in Haad Rin.

The hike started innocently enough but quickly escalated. As the trail entered the forest, it got much steeper.

After the steep sections, the trail followed a road system that got a little confusing. We walked along the road for a while and missed the turn back onto the trail. Luckily, we had a GPS track of the trail so we were able to backtrack to the bridge where the trail picked back up.

When we reached the top of the mountain, the trail flattened out and came to a crossing. We took a side trail to the Haad Yuan viewpoint. From this area, we caught our first glimpse of Haad Yuan below us. We hung out on the stone outcropping to soak in the views of the coastline and met a few other hikers there.

We should probably mention at this point that we weren’t originally intending to hike back to Haad Rin. We were told that water taxis transport people between Haad Rin and Haad Yuan for a small fee. So our plan was to hike to Haad Yuan, and then take a water taxi back to Haad Rin. However, our plan didn’t pan out (you’ll find out why soon).

After taking a break at the viewpoint, the trail was all downhill to Haad Yuan. The path eventually met up with the dirt road that goes to the beach, and we saw firsthand how bad the road was. It was completely rutted out, it reminded me of what roads look like after flash floods. We saw only 2 vehicles on the road, and they were locals on motorbikes riding to and from Haad Yuan.

After hiking down the roads, we walked by some bungalows and finally got to Haad Yuan. Getting to the beach was a relief after hiking over the mountain. The first thing I noticed was that the ocean was a bit choppy. We were planning on taking a swim in the ocean but it was a little too rough to swim so we decided against it.

We walked around for a bit and spoke with some of the businesses along the beach and they quoted us a price of 3000 THB to get a boat back to Haad Rin. The price was actually 500 THB per person for 6 people, but if we wanted our own boat we could pay 3000 THB and leave now.

It seems like the boat taxi drivers charge whatever price they want for a ride. So if the seas are rough or there aren’t many other boat taxis running that day, be prepared to pay increased prices.

Another factor that comes into play regarding boat taxis is its weekly party at Eden Bar. Every Saturday night, Eden Bar opens up and throws an underground dance music party until Sunday morning. This is when the beach sees the most traffic so more water taxis are going to and from the beach.

Unfortunately it was later in the day so we didn’t have time to wait around for other hikers to arrive to potentially split the boat with, and 3000 THB was a steep payment for a boat ride, so we opted to hike back instead.

The hike back over the mountain on the way out was more difficult than the hike in. We were already tired from the hike in, and by the time we were back in Haad Rin we were completely exhausted.

It didn’t help that we were expecting to ride a boat out of Haad Yuan, so we weren’t mentally prepared for the return hike. Had we known we would be hiking out, we would have packed more snacks and started the hike earlier in the day.

Things to know about the Haad Rin to Haad Yuan Hike

The Haad Rin to Haad Yuan hike goes up and over a mountain, so all the elevation you gain is lost by the end of the hike. The inclines are pretty steep at times. The hike isn’t overly dangerous, and there was only one part that you would potentially need to use your hands to keep balance.

The road that leads to Haad Yuan is made of dirt and is completely rutted out. Only four wheel drive vehicles and those experienced with motorbikes use the road to get in and out of Haad Yuan.

At Haad Yuan, there is a small store that sells water and snacks, among other items. So if you happen to run out of water on the hike in or want to grab a snack then bring some extra cash.

One important thing to keep in mind is that the hot and humid weather of the island can be hard to deal with if you’re not used to it. We hiked the trail during Thailand’s dry season, which sees slightly cooler temperatures, and we still sweat quite a bit.

Trey Lewis is an outdoor enthusiast. Whether its hiking knife-edge ridges or just fishing by the river, Trey isn't afraid to get dirty in search of the next adventure.

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