Haad Rin – It’s Where The Party’s At On Koh Phangan

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Haad Rin Nok (Sunrise Beach), Koh Phangan

Haad Rin is where the Full Moon Party happens and as a result this place gets heaving with shed loads of party-goers each year. It’s certainly not the quietest of Koh Phangan’s beaches so you have been warned if you’re someone who prefers their peace!

Most of the ferries arriving from Koh Samui dock at Haad Rin which adds to the influx of people coming through this town on a day-to-day basis. It has a myriad of shops, bars, restaurants, tattoo parlours and hair braiding stalls to choose from.

You’ll find a heady mix of bars and clubs here with music that bangs late into the night.

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Aerial photo of Haad Rin, Koh Phangan

If you’re staying in Haad Rin you can pick from either the ‘sunset’ beach called Haad Rin Nai (west, left in aerial pic) or the ‘sunrise’ beach called Haad Rin Nok (east, right in aerial pic) and there are many bungalows, hostels and hotels to choose from on each strip of sand.

The town itself is sandwiched between the two parallel beaches and offers yet more accommodation options. As mentioned above, it can be quite noisy here, so if you are the kind of person who likes your sleep then you might want to pick somewhere else on Koh Phangan to stay.. you have been warned!

That said, this is a beautiful island and the Haad Rin beaches are breathtaking, especially when the big waves come rolling into shore from both sides of the peninsula. There is also Haad Leela to consider as a beach to stay on, which is just a little bit further down the coast from Haad Rin Nai (sunset).