Boasting the longest stretch of sand on Koh Phangan
, Haad Rin Nok (also known as Sunrise Beach) is a wonderful beach in Haad Rin - the island's most famous town. Filled with boutique shopping, fantastic restaurants and access to every activity the island has to offer, it's the perfect destination for your next vacation. Haad Rin is also home to the Full Moon Party, Asia's biggest monthly celebration. Discover the charm of island life while you stay in a great Haad Rin Nok hotel, all you need to do is book!
The beach on Haad Rin Nok is sandy and clean, so take a dip and enjoy the warm tropical water. Find a spot to soak up the sun, or join a game of beach volleyball - it's very popular here! Shoppers love the excellent variety of handmade jewellery, crafts, unique fashion, and funky artwork available in specialty stores all over town. Take a snorkelling trip and explore an underwater paradise, or learn how to dive and get your scuba licence.
Like hiking? Follow a winding little track and head east over the hills; the walk takes you to secluded bays and beaches that are great for a picnic lunch. A bit further from town is the Phaeng Waterfall, which you can see during the rainy season (May-October) in its full glory. A visit to the Muay Thai Stadium is a must, where you can watch athletes compete in Thailand's national sport. Grab a traditional Thai massage to really unwind, and find a great restaurant for dinner along the beach - home to the best dining in town.
Book your trip to align with a Full Moon Party, and join the dancing frenzy that starts building at dusk. Fantastic DJs offer music for everyone, jugglers and fire dancers add to the festivity and fireworks light up the sky. What started in the 1980s with a group of friends enjoying the rise of the moon, has become a massive celebration, and it's now common to see 20,000-plus people at the party. During the other weeks of the month Haad Rin is quieter, but remains a wonderful destination. Beachfront clubs offer dance floors on the sand and there's a huge choice of bars to enjoy an evening. Fire shows are common on the beach, watch as experts dazzle you with their skills, or relax in a quieter venue and have a game of pool.
Haad Rin Nok offers every visitor exactly what they are looking for. Whether it's the must see party or the calm of this lovely beachside town throughout the rest of the month, we guarantee you will enjoy your stay. Grab a flight to Koh Samui
and take a speedboat directly to Haad Rin, all that's left is to book your Haad Rin Nok accommodation. Come visit and find out why so many people are raving about Koh Phangan!
Image credit Fabio Achilli