How to Get to Haad Rin
Posted on Oct 5, 2014
The peninsular beach and town area of Haad Rin is located on Koh Phangan’s most southern tip. It has an energetic and social atmosphere and attracts many people who want to experience a slice of adventure on their travels. This town has so much to offer, including attractive resorts, bars, restaurants, colourful shops, and the famous Full Moon Party, all surrounded by tropical greenery and overlooking the tranquil blue ocean.
Until recently, Haad Rin was somewhat dangerous to get to. A treacherous dirt road, which cut sharply through the mountains, was all that connected the island’s main towns to Haad Rin. Luckily, in 2000, a concrete road replaced the dangerous dirt one, making Haad Rin much more accessible. Here’s a list of the best ways to get there:
Haad Rin has its own pier so getting there by boat is a breeze. If you’re coming from Koh Samui, the Haad Rin Queen ferry is the quickest way to get there. It connects from Koh Samui’s Northeastern pier, on the shores of Big Buddha Beach, direct to Haad Rin pier. It’s the cheapest boat to the pier and runs later than most other ferry services. Boats leave every two to three hours and the sailing time is around 50 minutes.
There is also a daily longtail boat that departs from Maenam Beach on Koh Samui at 12pm and within half an hour drops passengers at Haad Rin beach, before completing its tour at Thansadet on Koh Phangan.
Alternatively, there are a number of boats to the island’s main town of Thong Sala, where you can then get a transfer to Haad Rin, including:
- Lomprayah – Runs 5 times a day and takes 30 minutes
- Seatran – Runs twice a day and takes 30 minutes
- Songserm – Also runs twice a day and takes 45 minutes
Mini-bus/ Songthaew Taxi
The recognisable Thai songthaews are a convenient mode of transport for getting to Haad Rin. The open back allows a cooling breeze to pass through and passengers can look out across the spectacular scenery along the way. It can be a bit of a bumpy ride but fear not as there is an overhead-bar to hold on to as the truck makes it up the notoriously steep hills to Haad Rin. Just let the driver know where you want to go, he has probably driven along the same road a few hundred times. The ride to Haad Rin takes approximately 25 minutes from Thongsala and costs around 100 THB per person.
When you book a room with certain resorts, they sometimes offer their own island transfer services. They will outline where they will pick you up and how to arrange collection. Some resorts will provide their own branded songthaews exclusively for guests whilst others will provide air conditioned mini-vans with a separate section for luggage.
There are plenty of bike rental shops located around the island and starting from around 100 – 250 THB per day, it’s a cheap option not only to get to Haad Rin but around the island too. There are a whole host of bikes available for rent but 125cc automatics are popular options, especially for inexperienced bike riders.
Renting a bike on Koh Phangan doesn’t come without warning. Although most of the roads have been reconstructed over recent years, there remain steep hills, tight corners, and the occasional pothole. Most insurers will not pay out for bike accidents, so stay safe on the roads; always wear a helmet, drive slowly and stick to the left-hand side of the road, be aware of all other road users and never, ever drink and drive.
We hope you enjoy your trip to Haad Rin! Have a safe and relaxing holiday.