Haad Rin Beach (Sunrise Beach)
Sitting on a thin peninsula of land in the far south of Ko Pha Ngan Island, Haad Rin Beach stretches along the Gulf of Thailand for around 800 metres. Facing east, it’s sometimes also called Sunrise Beach (Haad Rin Nok), although it’s much better known for its monthly full moon parties. They attract up to 20,000 revellers, so you’ll want to book a place to stay well in advance if your visit coincides with one.
During the day, Haad Rin Beach is a relatively mellow stretch of sand, with a good depth of sand as well as length. Immediately behind the beach, visitors will find a host of bars and night spots featuring live DJ sets and fire shows. Haad Rin Nai, or Sunset Beach, on the opposite side of the peninsula has an even mellower vibe. It takes 10-15 minutes to walk between the two.
The trickle of international travellers that have reached Haad Rin since the 1980s means the area is well served with facilities, including several ATMs and currency exchange offices, pharmacies and a small police station.
When it comes to food, restaurants have menus that are just as varied, with hardly any world cuisine absent. Beside them you’ll find competitively-priced stores selling beachwear, handicrafts and other souvenirs.
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