One of the most commonly asked questions about Haad Salad and also Koh Phangan is: when is the best time to visit? The answer really is any time except for during the monsoon in October and November.
For many visitors to Haad Salad their trip is timed to coincide with a Full Moon Party. Remember at this time many places insist on a minimum stay of between 3 and 5 nights, so it is important to allow nearly a week if you are coming from Bangkok to allow for travelling and resort stay restrictions.
Another consideration when people plan a trip to Haad Salad is the tidal variations. As with all the beaches on the west coast of Koh Phangan, the water recedes far out during the low tidal months between May and October. If you take out the rainy season months this means that the best months for swimming in Haad Salad are December, January, February, March and April. Out of these 5 months December is the most expensive (it’s peak season from mid-December to the first week in January), and January is high season. If you want to get a good deal on accommodation and a high tidal weather system the best months are therefore February, March and April.
Naturally, most people with jobs cannot choose when they have a holiday, especially people with kids. On the island July and August are very busy. These are the two months when most people in Europe and the USA take their summer holidays. It is also the time when the resorts, hotels and bungalow outfits put up their prices.
The most important festival in Koh Phangan is Songkran or Thai New Year. The date of the festival used to be based on the Thai lunar calendar but is now always held from April 13th to April 15th. All over the island people are having water fights and enjoying the holiday atmosphere, but the best place to experience Songkran mayhem is Thongsala. The main road packs out with party goers drinking and drenching each other.
The graphic below gives information about average rainfall and temperature on Koh Phangan.
Follow this link to find out the dates for the Full Moon Party as well as the Half Moon and Black Moon Parties.
Party schedules for Koh Phangan