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Koh Phangan : Guide to South East : Haad Rin (Sunset and Sunrise)

 
Haad Rin (Sunset and Sunrise)
Haad Rin can be divided into two sections, Haad Rin Nok the lively party beach and Haad Rin Nai, which has a quieter bohemian feel. Haad Rin Nok has the biggest concentration of rooms, clubs and bars, so if you stay there you will be right in the thick of the party vibe. The beach itself is one of the biggest on the island and it fills with sunbathers by day and party goers at night, visiting the many beach clubs and bars that Haad Rin is so famous for.
Haad Rin Nai is located on the southern coast of peninsula and although there are many restaurants and places to go, it is much more peaceful than the other side, with more boutique than bars, It's only a short walk to the party beach, so it's an ideal place to stay, within walking distance to all the action but far enough away for some peace and quiet.
Services
Haad Rin is fairly well serviced and has numerous facilities in the town so that you do not have to head to the island's capital if you need assistance. There is a police sub-station, the Bandon Inter and Haad Rin Inter clinics, several pharmacies, a post office, two banks, numerous ATMs and money exchange windows.
Restaurants
Haad Rin offers the most cosmopolitan mix of restaurants on Koh Phangan, with a vast choice of different tastes all within walking distance of each other. There are beachfront seafood BBQs, Italian, Mexican, Israeli, Scandinavian, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Tapas, Indian and many more varieties as well as traditional Thai restaurants and street stalls. Just wander around the town and head for what you fancy.
Entertainment
There is plenty to keep you occupied between partying in Haad Rin, with several boat trips going to waterfalls and beaches around the island, fishing trips and watersports such as sailing and diving, beach volleyball, beach football and of course sunbathing! There are also some great walks over to the hills of the east coast to secluded beaches and some great beach walks up on the south coast.
Shopping
Haad Rin is a great place to shop with an excellent variety of crafts, jewellery, clothes, artwork and traditional Thai items. There are a great number of boutique shops throughout the town running all the way to the pier. Prices are reasonable and are often hard to beat, even in Bangkok, there are also many outlets supplying goods in bulk for export.
Bars and Nightlife
You are spoilt for choice if you fancy a drink in the island’s nightlife capital. There are beachfront bars for sunset cocktails, beach clubs if you want to dance and loads of bars in the town with everything from pool tables to Playstations. Then there is the famous clubbing scene that Haad Rin offers, check local publicity and flyers to see which party to head for.
Accommodation
Haad Rin offers a great variety of accommodation options, from old skool beach huts to palatial A/C suites. The main party beach of Haad Rin Nok is very lively, but great if you want to be in the middle of everything. Haad Rin Nai is quieter and often easier to finding a room on. Further round the peninsula on Leela beach there 133 are several nice new resorts and down to Ao Hin Lor there are some great value huts as well as a few high end operations.
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Haad Rin


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Hotels and Resorts
Haad Rin Nai
Price from:
2500 THB
Bay Lounge and Resort is situated in a secluded cove on the sunset coast. The resort has an incredible backdrop of huge granite formations that provide shade to the lounge and bar.

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Haad Rin Nai
Price from:
2400 THB
The first International hotel in Koh Phangan, Phanganburi is a popular resort with air-con bungalows and hotel rooms. Beachfront swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Free WiFi connection throughout.

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Haad Rin Nok
Price from:
900 THB
Within easy walking distance to Haad Rin and the FMP, Chang Phueak is a quiet resort with fan and air-con bungalows. Relax by the swimming pool and enjoy the stunning views.

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Haad Leela
Price from:
2650 THB
Good choice of bungalows and rooms at different standards so suit most budgets; include swimming pool and beachfront bar and within walking distance to the party.

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Haad Rin Nok
Price from:
1715 THB
Based in central Haad Rin with top-end hotel facilities, including penthouse suites, swimming pool and spa. Host to the bimonthly Foam Party.

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Haad Rin Nok
Price from:
3600 THB
Fairyland has 40 air-con bungalows at the quiet end of sunrise beach. All bungalows are spacious with private balcony and modern in-room facilities.

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Haad Rin Nai
Price from:
1500 THB
Easy to find directly next to the pier, the resort has a range of cheap fan bungalows or comfy air-con rooms all with excellent sunset views.

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Haad Leela
Price from:
1275 THB
Air-con and fan bungalows on the beach and hillside near to the main town of Haad Rin. Beachfront swimming pool and bar. The Sarai Spa looks out directly to the sea.

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Haad Rin Nai
Price from:
1500 THB
On the hillside in Haad Rin, Sojourn Villas is a small private resort only a few minutes walk to the beach. There are 5 unique villas built around a swimming pool, each with aircon, TV and Wi-Fi.

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Haad Rin Nai
Price from:
3100 THB
Retreat to the peace and relaxation of The Coast Resort after enjoying the colorful nightlife. Offers stylish modern air-con rooms and beachfront pool.

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