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, Koh Phangan's only real 'club'. 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.
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 on 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.
(Updated January 2013)
Haad Rin Nok Accommodation
Paradise Bungalows 1,100 thb - 6,700 thb (low season): 1,800 thb - 9,700 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Drop in Club Sunrise Hotel 1,150 thb - 2,140 thb (low season); 1,590 thb - 2,940 thb (high season)
Drop in Club Sunset Villas 1,980 thb - 3,040 thb (low season); 2,720 thb - 4,170 thb (high season)
Delight Resort 1,200 thb - 4,900 thb (low season); 2,000 thb - 6,900 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Palita Lodge 1,800 thb - 5,000 thb (low season); 2,900 thb - 6,400 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included
Neptunes Villa 1,680 thb - 2,100 thb (low season); 2,400 thb - 9,000 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included
Moon Paradise Resort 550 thb - 6,500 thb (low season); 850 thb - 9,500 thb (high season)
Haad Rin Nai Accommodation
Black and White Bungalows 900 thb - 1,500 thb (low season): 1,900 thb - 2,800 thb (high season)
Thaniza Beach Resort 1,180 thb - 1,410 thb (low season); 3,290 thb - 4,520 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Blue Hill Resort 1,200 thb - 1,500 thb (low season); 2,470 thb - 3,180 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included
Phanganburi Resort and Spa 2,000 thb - 6,000 thb (low season); 5,500 thb - 6,240 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included
Blue Marine Resort 1,050 thb - 2,600 thb (low season); 1,500 thb - 2,650 thb (high season)
Starlight Haad Rin Resort 800 thb - 1,500 thb (low season); 1,500 thb - 2,500 thb (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)
Baan Talay Guest House 600 thb - 1,200 thb (low season): 2,000 thb - 4,200 thb (high season)
Amaresa Resort and Sky Bar 660 thb - 1,530 thb (low season): 1,130 thb - 2,590 thb (high season)
Phangan Ing Phu Resort 1,600 thb - 2,900 thb (low season): 1,600 thb - 2,900 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Sea Breeze Resort 1,500 thb - 6,000 thb (low season); 2,500 thb - 12,000 thb (high season) - breakfast included