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Haad Rin Beach In Koh Phangan – A Complete Guide

Haad Rin Beach Koh Phangan has some of the softest white sand on the island. Here’s everything you need to know when visiting.

How To Get To Haad Rin Beach

Haad Rin Beach is located on the southern tip of the island, and is the most spoken about Koh Phangan beach due to the full moon party.

If you’re looking for transport to and from Koh Phangan, you can pre-book all of your Lomprayah transfers.

We stayed in the Thong Sala area of Koh Phangan and rented scooters for 180 Baht per day.

It’s definitely the easiest way to explore the island, and takes roughly 30 minutes to reach from Thong Sala Pier.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

If you are based in Koh Samui and just want to attend the famous Full Moon Party at this Beach, the Van and Speedboat Full Moon Party Transfer will get you there.

Haad Rin Beach Entrance Fee

It’s free to visit Haad Rin Beach.

Haad Rin Beach Opening Times

Haad Rin Beach is open all day, every day.

Best Time To Visit Haad Rin Beach

The best time to visit Haad Rin Beach is between December and March, when the weather is dry and sunny.

The water is also pretty calm and clear during this period, making it perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

If you are a party animal and want to enjoy a full moon party at Haad Rin Beach then just wait for the full moon – you won’t be disappointed.

Even if, like us, you’re not a party animal, a visit to the famous Full Moon Party is highly recommended as a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience.

What To Pack

Photography Camera


Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle


Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel


Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

What To Expect At Haad Rin Beach

Haad Rin Beach can be divided into two sections.

There’s the sunrise beach, Haad Rin Nok. The most popular and also the most lively party beach where the famous Full Moon Party is held. This happens once a month at full moon.

Then there’s the sunset beach, Haad Rin Nai. The much quieter beach and best to visit in the day time to hang out and enjoy the beauty.

We only visited Haad Rin Nai, once in the day time to chill out and once at night for the Full Moon Party.

With it having the largest concentration of rooms, clubs and bars, most tourists flock here to get right amongst the party vibe.

In the day time it is definitely one of the most stunning Koh Phangan beaches. Considering this is the spot where all the parties happen, we didn’t expect it to be so beautiful.

There are restaurants and shops located in the nearby town, which is just a few minutes walk away from the ocean.

Haad Rin Koh Phangan Beaches In Koh Phangan
One of the nicest spots on the island
Haad Rin Koh Phangan Beaches In Koh Phangan
It was empty the day we visited prior to the Full Moon Party
Haad Rin Koh Phangan Beaches In Koh Phangan
This beach makes for a perfect chill spot

Full Moon Party

Most of the nightlife in Haad Rin Koh Phangan happens at the beachfront.

Apart from the music and bars on the beach, a famous feature of Haad Rin Koh Phangan are the nightly fire shows.

Given the constant parties in this beach town, the area itself is relatively clean.

We attended the Full Moon Party in July 2018 and, bearing in mind that we don’t drink and never really party, it was surprisingly not as bad as we thought.

There were a lot more families with young children than we expected and it wasn’t all drunken tourists and vodka buckets.

If you are based in Koh Samui and just want to attend the Full Moon Party, the Van and Speedboat Full Moon Party Transfer will get you there.

Haad Rin Koh Phangan Beaches In Koh Phangan
The resorts and palm trees
Haad Rin Koh Phangan Beaches In Koh Phangan
Lauren wrapping up the afternoon.

Where To Stay In Koh Phangan


Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas

Located along beautiful Tong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas offers spacious villas and suites with free WiFi, private pool and terrace.

It also features a fitness room. With a modern Thai design villas and suites feel very traditional.

Situated in a garden setting, rooms comes with a 32-inch LCD TV with Apple TV, home entertainment system and iPod docking station.


Le Divine Comedie Beach Resort

Le Divine Comedie Beach Resort features a unique and stylish design with a private terrace.

This beachfront property boasts an outdoor infinity pool and on-site parking facilities. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

Le Divine Comedie Beach Resort is located 5 miles away from Haad Rin.

Each room has its own character. The rooms include air conditioning, a minibar and a safety deposit box. All en suite bathrooms come with free toiletries and shower facilities.


Oasis Hostel

Situated in Thongsala, within 900 yards of Thongsala Pier and 650 yards of Thongsala Walking Street, OASIS hostel offers free WiFi.

All rooms feature a kitchen and a shared bathroom. Thong Sala is a 7-minute walk from the property.

All units at the hostel come with a seating area. Guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave.

A continental breakfast is available daily at the property.

For more places to stay in Koh Phangan, you can click here for the latest on

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

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Book Your Accommodation

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Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

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They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

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