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Haad Rin (Sunset & Sunrise)
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,
visting the many beach clubs and bars that Haad Rin is so famous
Rin Nai is located on the southern coast of the peninsula and
although there are many restaurants and places to go, it is much
more peaceful than the other side, with more boutiques 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.
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 substation, the Haad Rin
Inter Clinic, several pharmacies, a post office, two banks, several
ATMs and exchange windows.
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, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Indian and may more varieties
as well as traditional Thai restaurants and street stalls. Just
wander around the town and head for what you fancy.
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, 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.
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.
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 Playstaytions. Then there is the
infamous clubbing scene that Haad Rin offers, check local publicity
to see which party to head for.
Rin offers a great variety of accommodation options, from old
skool beach huts to palatial A/Csuites. 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 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.