We swapped the postcard beach of Haad Salad for the waves, rocks and power outages of Bottle Beach and I loved it! Haad Salad was beautiful, it was everything a beach lover would want from a Thai island - the soft white sand, lined with palm trees leading you to calm, clear water warm enough to lie in for hours. There was an array of resorts and restaurants, some average but some served up really great Thai food.
But still I have to say that I preferred Bottle Beach. It is more remote and can be reached by an extremely rough track or by boat. There are just four accommodation options and they all run off a generator which is switched off for a couple of hours each day. It was quiet. Very quiet. There were far more workers than guests and at one point we could have told you by name the only three other guests on the whole beach!
The small bay is surrounded by rocky, tree covered hills which provide some tough walks to break up all that lying on the beach. And there are waves. Brilliant waves that come crashing into the shore, waking you up for your 8am swim. Waves that make swimming in the sea more of a challenge but so much more fun! I love waves.
We really enjoyed our stay on Koh Phangan and were surprised how easy it was to find tranquility on a notorious party island. We have so much more to see in Thailand but we would definitely come back again for some sun and relaxation.