In Haad Salad you can find all the holiday items you need including mini-marts for basic groceries, massage shops, tattoo shops and rental for and diving/snorkelling equipment and motorbikes.
The resort has developed a reputation as a wellness centre and there are lots of courses and schools to attend which offer expert tuition in yoga, astrology and much more.
There are also Thai cooking classes and plenty of good snorkelling nearby Haad Salad as well.
Haad Salad Yoga Schools
Pyramid Yoga Centre
This well-regarded yoga centre is situated on rocks above Haad Salad and Haad Yao beaches and so naturally boasts serene views.
The Yoga Retreat
This family-run yoga centre at Haad Salad is ideally situated amid the dense jungle and offers unrivalled peace and tranquillity. There are causal classes and more intense courses/retreats for every level including introductory tasters to in depth teacher training, as well as a vegetarian restaurant that boasts a wide range of health food and a fabulous Indian Buffet (every Friday, 19:00).
Haad Salad Thai Cooking Schools
Chef Tummys Thai Cooking School
As one of the only ocean view cooking schools in Thailand, Chef Tummys attracts a loyal stream of students hoping to learn the secrets of authentic Thai cuisine from the widely-acclaimed proprietor. Trips to the local market along with a background discussion into Thai cuisine culture are included in the programme, as well as a catalogue or awe-inspiring recipes garnered from the four corners of the Kingdom.
Koh Ma and Haad Mae Had
Koh Ma is a tiny island connected to Haad Mae Had by a small sandbar, and is part of the archipelago of islands known as the Angthong Marine National Park. A popular dive and snorkelling site, the coral is home to small (harmless) sharks, turtles and shoals of tropical fish. There are a few small bungalow operations on the island itself or you can stay on the main beach. The best time for swimming here is between December and March, with the waters becoming too shallow at other times of the year.