On the beautiful coastline of Koh Phangan
lies Haad Rin. It's a town sprawling over two awesome beaches: Haad Rin Nok
and Haad Rin Nai - or as the locals call them, Sunrise and Sunset Beach. Visit to see one of the only places in the world with both a sunrise and sunset over the ocean. Discover a tranquil beach escape and laid-back island lifestyle, or come during the full moon as the town plays host to the biggest party in Asia. With plenty to do for even the most adventure-loving travellers, all you need to do is book your Haad Rin Nai (Sunset) hotel!
The best time to visit Haad Rin Nai (Sunset) is from December to March. With bright sunny skies and crystal clear water, you'll enjoy a perfect day snorkelling along amazing coral reefs. Take a day trip to a fantastic dive location or learn to scuba dive with a certification course. Rent a kayak to explore peaceful little bays you can't reach otherwise, or simply bring a towel and grab a sunny spot to work on your tan. Love fishing? Book a charter and have a local pro take you to the best fishing areas, or rent a sailboat and spend the day your way on the water.
Back on land sharpen your shooting technique at a BB gun range, or test your accuracy with a bow and arrow. Experience lush tropical rainforest from the back of an elephant, or give your taste buds a treat and take a Thai cooking class. Sports lovers shouldn't miss Haad Rin's Muay Thai Stadium, so check the schedule and catch a heart-pumping fight. If you're feeling adventurous take an instructional training session at one of Koh Phangan's best Muay Thai Camps and see how fit you really are.
Haad Rin Nai's spectacular sunsets are best enjoyed from the beach and you'll find many bohemian style bars lining the seaside. Dine on delicious barbecued seafood with an uninterrupted view of the day's end. Once evening hits the town comes alive with a bustling nightlife. The most famous event is the Full Moon Party, where over 20,000 partygoers descend on Haad Rin Nok (Sunrise) Beach to join Asia's biggest party. Check the schedule if you're interested, and don't forget to book ahead!
If you're looking for peace and quiet, take a day to escape to The Sanctuary in Haad Tien Bay. It's a beautiful health retreat and only 15 minutes from the pier in Haad Rin Nai (Sunset). Come for a relaxing meditation, detox or simply enjoy the calm of the beach and gardens.
Haad Rin is a popular destination on Koh Phangan, thanks to a great range of activities catering to every style of traveller. The best way to get here is with a flight to Koh Samui
, and then a short speedboat ride to your island paradise. Check out our range of Haad Rin Nai (Sunset) accommodation, and come enjoy island life!
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