Haad Rin beach
Haad Rin is the beach where the world famous Full Moon Party happens every month at the zenith of the moon's progress, unless the moon's peak coincides with one of the many Buddha Day Public Holidays in Thailand. In which case the party is moved to the day after the full moon.
Even when there isn't a Full Moon Party going on Haad Rin is a lively place with many great nightspots to check out including Club 9. There are many great bars and restaurants in Haad Rin. You are spoiled for choice with food - as well as Thai you can find Italian, Indian, Scandinavian, Israeli and Japanese food in Haad Rin. There are also many shops, travel agents and souvenir stores in Haad Rin. You can also study Muay Thai or go to a fight night. For more about what to do at night in Koh Phangan check out the nightlife section of this website.
As you would expect for the main tourist town in Koh Phangan there is a full range of accommodation available in Haad Rin. For those wanting to stay directly on the party beach there is Palita Lodge and Paradise Bungalows. For those looking for international standard hotel accommodation there is the Phanganburi Great Western. Backpackers on a limited budget have the choice of several hostels that include Fubar Hostel, Our House, Gallery Dorm, Mickey Hostel and Phangan Hostel. The cheapest dorm bed is to be found at Great View Resort. All the hostels offer air-con dorm bunk beds, lockers and a party atmosphere. For those looking for a bit of style and luxury there is the brand new The Coast Resort.
Most of the resorts, guesthouses, hostels and hotels are in Haad Rin town and on the smaller Haad Rin Nai beach. There are also a few places in the hills overlooking the bay.
Haad Rin is the main tourist hub on Koh Phangan island. It has its own pier with regular ferries to Maenam on Koh Samui. There is also a good coastal road to the main town of Thong Sala. It takes about 20 minutes on a motorbike or in a taxi. Beware of the hills around Haad Rin as they are potentially dangerous for drunken and inexperienced drivers. For more about taxi prices etc. see our travel guide.
There are two beaches in Haad Rin, the bigger sunrise beach, Haad Rin Nok where the main parties occur and the smaller sunset beach, Haad Rin Nai. Be sure to reserve your accommodation well before the Full Moon Party as every party sees most places in Haad Rin fill up early. Also remember that nearly all resorts have a minimum stay requirement for the Full Moon Party.
10 minutes walk from Haad Rin town is the small beach of Haad Sarikantang (also known as Haad Seekantang and Haad Leela). There are a few bungalow resorts next to this popular white sand beach that also features mangroves.
There is a mountainous trail going north from Haad Rin for 5 km to the small beach of Haad Yuan. It is a gorgeous beach suitable for swimming. Unlike Haad Rin, Haad Yuan is a peaceful place that is more about relaxing than partying. It can also be reached by longtail boat from Haad Rin.
There are volunteer medics on duty during the FMP. There are a number of pharmacies in Haad Rin and 3 main clinics: Bandon International Clinic (Tel: 077 375471-2); Siam International Clinic (077 375521); and Southland Medical Clinic (077 375515)
Click on the links below to book a room or bungalow online in Haad Rin. All prices are inclusive of tax. For the Full Moon Party high season rates normally apply. Most places have a minimum stay requirement for the Full Moon Party period between 3 and 5 nights.
Haad Rin Reviews
To find out more about what's going on in Haad Rin as well to read reviews of resorts, bars, restaurants and activities in Haad Rin visit www.haadrinhotelreviews.info
(Updated January 2015)
Haad Rin Nok Accommodation
Moon Paradise Resort 550 thb - 2,550 thb (low season); 850 thb - 3,200 thb (high season)
Paradise Bungalows 600 thb - 1,200 thb (low season): 1,700 thb - 3,200 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Delight Resort 1,260 thb - 5,600 thb (low season); 2,800 thb - 8,700 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Sunrise Resort 1,380 thb - 3,500 thb (low season); 1,880 thb - 6,500 thb (high season)
Phangan Bayshore Resort 1,600 thb - 3,100 thb (low season); 3,250 thb - 4,750 thb (high season)
Palita Lodge 1,800 thb - 5,000 thb (low season); 2,500 thb - 5,900 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included
Neptunes Villa 713 thb - 6,000 thb (low season); 1,300 thb - 9,000 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included
Haad Rin Nai Accommodation
Black and White Bungalows 700 thb - 1,000 thb (low season): 1,700 thb - 2,500 thb (high season)
Starlight Haad Rin Resort 800 thb - 1,500 thb (low season); 1,500 thb - 2,500 thb (high season)
Black and White Guesthouse 890 thb - 1,500 thb (low season); 3,000 thb - 4,500 thb (high season)
Blue Marine Resort 1,000 thb - 2,250 thb (low season); 1,950 thb - 2,350 thb (high season)
Thaniza Beach Resort 1,000 thb - 1,440 thb (low season); 9,000 thb - 3,500 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Blue Hill Resort 800 thb - 1,200 thb (low season); 2,650 thb - 3,530 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included
Buri Beach Resort 2,000 thb - 3,300 thb (low season); 9,000 thb - 12,000 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included
Venus Resort 850 thb - 2,200 thb (low / high season)
Other Accommodation in Haad Rin
Sea Garden Resort and Spa 400 thb - 3,000 thb (low season): 600 thb - 4,600 thb (high season)
Drop in Club Sunrise Hotel 1,000 thb - 1,810 thb (low season); 1,000 thb - 3,200 thb (high season)
Amaresa Resort and Sky Bar 700 thb - 1,600 thb (low season): 1,200 thb - 2,800 thb (high season)
Baan Talay Guest House 700 thb - 1,200 thb (low season): 1,600 thb - 3,000 thb (high season)
Chang Phueak Phangan Resort 1,100 thb - 2,100 thb (low season); 1,800 thb - 3,100 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Great View Resort 195 thb - 1,000 thb (low season); 500 thb - 1,200 thb( high season)
Nap Inn Hotel 2,000 thb - 2,500 thb (low season); 2,500 thb - 3,000 thb (high season)
Sea Breeze Resort 1,275 thb - 5,100 thb (low season); 2,250 thb - 10,800 thb (high season) - breakfast included
The Coast 2,800 thb - 4,900 thb (low season); 5,700 thb - 10,500 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included