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Hat Rin Beach on Ko Phangan

Hat Rin Beach (also: Hat Rin East, Rin Nok Beach oder Sunrise Beach) used to be the embodiment of Ko Phangan's spirit for many travellers. People who were among the first to see the beach in the seventies claim it was the nicest beach on our planet back then. Today, Rin Beach shows some traces of wear and has become fully developed, but it is still stunning, regardless.
The wide beach, fringed by rocky hills on both sides has won international popularity with its monthly Full Moon Party throughout the last 2 decades. The party which is held right on the beach attracts up to 30.000 people from all over the world and has become a controversial issue in the Thai media. 
When you arrive at Hat Rin Beach, you know why this place has become so famous immediately. The flat, wide beach is just perfect for a celebration of these dimensions. The fact that you can witness one of the most breathtaking sunrises on the island serves as another reason for partying all night long.
On both sides the bay is cornered by coral banks. Unfortunately, visibility is hardly ever good enough for decent snorkeling. However, unlike most of the other beaches on the island, Hat Rin Beach offers great swimming throughout  the year, as the water gets deep right away. But be careful from October to February, as there can be high waves. Watch out for broken pieces of glass on the beach and in the water. The author knows what he is talking about...

Accommodation right on the party beach:
Fairyland Club Resort - Accommodation
40 rooms  from 3,600 to 4,800 Baht
Tel.: 077-375076,375359 or 085-0571709
Fairyland Club Resort (เฟรี่แลนด์ คลับ รีสอร์ท) (HatRinBeach)
Rates: 3,600 to 4,800 Baht

Fairyland Club Resort has 40 bungalows with contemporary design. Bungalows are either Superior or Deluxe with choice of double or twin beds. Each bungalow has the following facilities:
Television (Cable)
Daily maid services
Electronic safe
Mini bar, Tea, Coffee making facilities
Hot shower

Thai-Western restaurant.

119/2 Moo 6, Hat Rin, Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani 84280
Tel.: 077-375076,375359 or 085-0571709 - Fax.: 077-375076

Palita Lodge - Accommodation
46 rooms  from 1,800 to 6,400 Baht
Tel.: 077-375170-2
Palita Lodge (ปาลิตา ลอดจ์) (HatRinBeach)
Rates: 1,800 to 6,400 Baht

Plaita Lodge offers some simple, partly shabby wooden bungalows, a little further away from the beach as well as pretty deluxe suites and villas right on the beach. Fan bungalows are between 800 and 1000, the aircon bungalows on one of the nicest stretches of beach are 1600 to 4900.

119 Moo 6, Hat Rin Beach, Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani 84280
Tel.: 077-375170-2 - Fax.: 077-375169

Tommy Resort - Accommodation
27 rooms  from 1,800 to 8,000 Baht
Tel.: 077-375215-6
Tommy Resort (ทอมมี่ รีสอร์ท) (HatRinBeach)
Rates: 1,800 to 8,000 Baht

Tommy Resort is quite popular among the younger crowd and has a hop vibe going. There are volleyball contests on the beach almost every day in high season. The resort has its own beach bar.
The resort was renovated in 2007 and a new pool has been built. The bungalows in traditional Thai style come with aircon, TV , minibar and bathrooms with hot water.

90/13 Moo 6, Hat Rin Beach, Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani 84280
Tel.: 077-375215-6 - Fax.: 077-375253

Phangan Bayshore Resort - Accommodation
89 rooms  from 1,000 to 2,500 Baht
Tel.: 077-375224-7 or 081-7977907
Phangan Bayshore Resort (พงัน เบย์ชอร์ รีสอร์ท) (HatRinBeach)
Rates: 1,000 to 2,500 Baht

Phangan Bayshore is located at one of the nicest spots on this beach. They still have their old bungalows but have also built new ones right on the beach, equipped with minbar and UBC TV.
The wonderful, very well-maintained garden adds to the general beauty of the place. Rumour has it that the staff are not the friendliest, maybe they just don't need to be nice to make people come back.
They accept Visa and Mastercard, prices are between 500 and 800 for the fan bungalows and between 2700 and 400 for the aircon bungalows on the beach.

141 Moo 6, Hat Rin Beach, Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani 84280
Tel.: 077-375224-7 or 081-7977907 - Fax.: 077-375226

Sunrise Resort - Accommodation
65 rooms  from 2,500 to 7,500 Baht
Tel.: 077-375144-5
Sunrise Resort (ซันไร้ส์ รีสอร์ท) (HatRinBeach)
Rates: 2,500 to 7,500 Baht

Sunrise Resort is a two story hotel building which accommodates about 65 comfortable, clean and well equipped rooms. There are 4 room types available; Standard, Superior, Deluxe and Thai house Villa Air-Con - all with hot water and mini-bar. The Superior Air-Con rooms are more spacious with a separate living room. The resort also has a nice restaurant on the beach, which turns into a lively club/bar during the night of the Full Moon Party.

136 Moo 6, Hat Rin Beach, Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani 84280
Tel.: 077-375144-5 - Fax.: 077-375147

Paradise Bungalows - Accommodation
40 rooms  from 200 to 800 Baht
Tel.: 077-375244 or 077-375242-3
Paradise Bungalows (พาราได้ซ์ บังกะโล) (HatRinBeach)
Rates: 200 to 800 Baht

For those looking to spend their time in the middle of the party, this is the right place. Paradise offers different categories of bungalows. The nicer ones sit on the rocks with great seaviews. Prizes depend on the proximity of the Full Moon Party. You won't get too much comfort for your money.
Attached Yellow Light Signal Restaurant offers Western and Thai specialties at Hat Rin prizes.
The resort has a party going almost every night, not only around the Full Moon Party. So the only time you get some quietness here is the morning hours when everyone is still in bed with a hangover.

130/4 Moo 6, Hat Rin Beach, Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani 84280
Tel.: 077-375244 or 077-375242-3 - Fax.: 077-375241

Resorts embedded in the rocky hills to both sides of the party beach:
Haad Rin Resort - Accommodation
22 rooms  from 350 to 650 Baht
Tel.: 077-375259
Haad Rin Resort (หาดริ้น รีสอร์ท) (HatRinBeach)
Rates: 350 to 650 Baht

Haad Rin Resort has rooms in the main building as well as some old but clean bungalows betwen the beach and the main road. The resort is right next to popular Cactus Bar, so it's always noisy here.
The restaurant has a big vegetarian selection, but also serves Italian and fish dishes.
Prizes for accommodation are too high for what you get, especially around full moon dates.

128/9 Moo 6, Hat Rin Nai, Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani 84280
Tel.: 077-375259 - Fax.: 077-375258

Lazy House Hostel (เลซี่ เฮาส์ โฮสเทล) (HatRinBeach)

During daytime Lazy House a cool place to chill out and watch a movie or two. On and around full moon party time Lazy House joins in the revelry by staging parties of it’s own in the evening.

91/13 Moo 6 Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani 84280

Mellow Mountain Bungalow - Accommodation
 from 300 to 500 Baht
 or 077-375347
Mellow Mountain Bungalow (เมลโล เมาท์เทน บังกะโล) (HatRinBeach)
Rates: 300 to 500 Baht

From Mellow Mountain you can see the action but you can take a breath from being part of it. Mellow Mountain lets you chill out for a while and re-group; get some energy back for another go at the partying crowd. Tons of cushions and hammocks are available for lounging at Ko Phangan Mellow Mountain. Put up those tired and aching dancing feet and rest a while at Ko Phangan Mellow Mountain.

Moo 6, Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani 84280 or 077-375347

Mountain Sea Bungalow - Accommodation
32 rooms  from 350 to 600 Baht
Tel.: 077-375347
Mountain Sea Bungalow (เม้าท์เท่น ซี บังกะโล) (HatRinBeach)
Rates: 350 to 600 Baht

Mountain Sea offers bungalows built into the rocky hill. Steep footpaths and stairs require some physical fitness, especially if you return to your bungalow at night.

Moo 6, Hat Rin Beach, Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani 84280
Tel.: 077-375347

Sea View Haad Rin Resort - Accommodation
40 rooms  from 300 to 400 Baht
Tel.: 077-375160 or 080-5508046
Sea View Haad Rin Resort (ซีวิว หาดริ้น รีสอร์ท) (HatRinBeach)
Rates: 300 to 400 Baht

Sea View's rather worn down bungalows in the backland seem to be a little too expensive. The better choice are the more spacious and luxurious bungalows near the beach.

134 Moo 6, Hat Rin Beach, Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani 84280
Tel.: 077-375160 or 080-5508046

21 rooms  from 200 to 250 Baht
Tel.: 089-4725687 or 085-7900398
Serenity Residence Bungalow (เซเรนิตี้ เรสซิเด้นท์ บังกะโล) (HatRinBeach)
Rates: 200 to 250 Baht

Serenity Residence is located within the steep Northern cliff. There are some rickety huts as well as some comfy bungalows with fantastic views.
It never really gets quiet here.
All bungalows come with fans.

120/12 Moo 6, Hat Rin Beach, Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani 84280
Tel.: 089-4725687 or 085-7900398

 from 300 to 400 Baht
Tel.: 077-375222  or 077-375423
Hua Laem Resort (หัวแหลม รีสอร์ท) (HatRinBeach)
Rates: 300 to 400 Baht

Hua Laem offers simple, but well built and clean bungalows in the rocks South of Sunrise Beach. The bungalows are scattered across the hill and there is a tough path to a bay where you can swim in silence. The Thai-Norwegian management is very hospitable and also runs a restaurant on top of the hill from where you have a great view.

Moo 6, Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani 84280
Tel.: 077-375222 or 077-375423

Food! But where?
Mexican Restaurant
Tel.: 085-4714211
Bamboozle (HatRinBeach)

Mexican restaurant with beer garden and pool tables.
The menu also includes Thai fusion dishes, salads.
Cosy sofas.
Beer garden.

Hat Rin
Tel.: 085-4714211

Japanese Restaurant
Tel.: 084-8890907
Joy Sushi and More (จอย ซูชิ แอนด์ มอร์) (HatRinBeach)

Japanese and Thai food, steaks, sushi - all you can eat and one drink for 800B.

Hat Rin
Tel.: 084-8890907

Seafood Restaurant
Tel.: 077-375125 or 077-375498
Lucky Crab Restaurant (HatRinBeach)

Lucky Crab has large selection of international entrees and seafood. Dont forget to try their special dishes like sizzling seafood in a hot pan.

94/18 Hat Rin West
Tel.: 077-375125 or 077-375498

Indian Restaurant
Tel.: 086-0632930
Om Ganesh (HatRinBeach)

Om Ganesh is a popular Indian restaurant that serves authentic curries and set menus, as well as Nepalese dishes. Sometimes you have to wait for your food a little longer.

Hat Rin
Tel.: 086-0632930

International Restaurant
Tel.: 077-375200
Same-Same Restaurant (HatRinBeach)

Same-Same is a Scandinavian restaurant, run by Danish girls. The menu includes many European dishes, pizza, cocktails and drinks.

Hat Rin
Tel.: 077-375200

Fast Food Restaurant
Tel.: 077-375200
Same-Same Burger Bar (HatRinBeach)

Fast food Burger Bar with American style burgers, made from fresh ingredients. Take away service available.

Hat Rin
Tel.: 077-375200

Recommended shops:
Honey Funk Boutique & Tattoo (HatRin)

Honey Funk has two branches in Hat Rin. You can get a tattoo here or look for a nice shirt in their selection of 2nd hand shirts and exceptional accessories.
Tattoos by machine and bamboo.

Pulp (HatRin)

Pulp offers a versatile and interesting choice of clothes. Many items you will only find here.

Amazonas (HatRin)

There are Amazonas branches all over Hat Rin. When one closes down, there will be another one opening on the other side of town.
Here you will find a huge selection of clothes and leather products.
Specially discounted items often have unbeatable prices.

Places to get a new old book:
Books Store
D's Books (HatRin)

D's Bookshop has probably the biggest selection of new and used books in virtually all languages.
Very well sorted, decent prices.
Attached there is a chic cafe in modern design with free wifi.

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