Parties and Events in Haad Rin
Posted on Dec 17, 2014
Update: Thai Government reallows Island Festivals and Parties
“At the end of October, all beach and moon parties in the province of Surat Thani were prohibited. The Full Moon Party, was the only exception to this rule.
All other parties were closed down for the month of November. During this month, many discussions took place between top level officials and Koh Phangan party organizers. Now, Party zones were designated on the island of Koh Phangan. Security measures and restrictions were implemented which would allow the major parties to open again, once they had complied with the new regulations.
Haad Rin has been designated a special party zone on the island of Koh Phangan. All parties in this region of the island are allowed to continue as normal. Smaller parties in and around Haad Rin have been taking place, uninterrupted, as of December 2014. An open-air party zone in Ban Taai has also been designated. This covers the major open-air parties such as Half Moon, Jungle Experience, Sramanora and MAYA. All other parties outside of Haad Rin or the Ban Taai open air zone are allowed to open but are classed as bars – and must close by 1am.
After meeting the new security standards, the major open-air parties in the Ban Taai party zone have been deemed legal. They must comply with new security measures that have been put in place. CCTV cameras and adequate lighting at the entry to all parties is required. Tourist information must be provided, along with emergency exits and separate toilets for men and women. Once these standards have been satisfied, the major parties on Koh Phangan are allowed to open again.”
The small island of Koh Phangan, located in the gulf of Thailand, is famous for its vibrant nightlife and exclusive jungle and beach parties, enticing partygoers from around the globe. The life of the island is in the town of Haad Rin, where the famous Full Moon Party has grown from a small beach gathering to one of the biggest beach parties on the planet. It is the most popular destination on Koh Phangan thanks to its beautiful Sunrise and Sunset beaches, easy access through its own port and thriving nightlife that is both varied and diverse, attracting a huge mix of cultures and people from all walks of life.
There is always something going on in this young, energetic town, which is alive with parties and events that keep the town up and moving every night. Here’s our pick of the best venues in Haad Rin:
Full Moon Party
This monthly party is the most anticipated event in Haad Rin. The party is held on Haad Rin’s picturesque Sunrise Beach on the night of full moon each month. Partygoers can expect to see Haad Rin transformed for this night into a ‘party paradise’ with independent vendors selling various alcohol mixes and the 800 meter stretch of beach is filled with a number of sound systems that play a diversity of different music genres. It’s one of the most celebrated and longest running cultural events in the world which sees thousands of people that attend each month (up to 40,000 in high season). With its exceptional venue on the beach, great mix of tunes and excited partiers, the monthly Full Moon Party is an impressive celebration which brings a whole world of people together for one night.
Backyard takes over the day after Full Moon Party. The venue opens its doors at 7am and welcomes Full moon partiers looking for an extended night as well as fresh faces who come to enjoy the day party. As it’s one of the few day parties on Koh Phangan, it attracts a number of locals too. The venue is perched on a hilltop in Haad Rin, not far from Full Moon beach, and the dancefloor is on a balcony that overlooks the cool blue sea below and has spectacular views of the neighboring island of Koh Samui. The DJ’s that play here are both local and international and perform funky fresh morning sets which turns more underground as the day progresses.
Fubar is a unique venue that is known to provide a night filled with exceptional experiences and good times. Every monday, Fubar hosts its famous Monday Sessions to get the week off to a great start. Inside it’s all about good times and goods vibes and the DJ’s really know how to spin the decks. In addition to the colourfully-lit dance floor, there is also a seating area filled with comfortable cushions for relaxing and enjoying the beats. Fubar prides itself on providing a ‘home away from home’ but certainly know how to throw a great party! It’s Haad Rin’s hottest venue for Monday nights’ that offers a warm and inviting atmosphere to anyone to enters.
Located directly on the beach front in Haad Rin, Cactus bar is a popular venue and one of the most visited clubs in the town, always drawing in large crowds of people. It has an impressive entrance that is lined with tall cactus stems and is open till late every night. The DJ’s play a varied genres including house, drum and bass and classic anthems that keeps its guests dancing all night. Cactus Bar provides a venue that provides a perfect combination of areas for partying and relaxed chatting on the beach. Here you can also take part in the nightly fire displays where guests can try fire breathing or take their chances with fire limbo where the winner receives a free drink.
Drop In Bar
This is one of the largest venues on the beach which, similarly to Cactus Bar, has plenty of seating on the beach and exciting fire shows every night. It’s open throughout the night and every night it hosts a different party. It has an exciting atmosphere but is also a great venue to sit and relax with friends. It is the longest running bar on the beach and has become a popular destination in Haad Rin, offering both a chilled out atmosphere and a venue that people can party until the early hours. This venue also boasts four-star luxury accommodation, decorated with a traditional Thai theme, where guests can ‘drop in’ after enjoying a night at the bar.
If you are visiting Koh Phangan and are looking to experience some of the events that this island is famous for, you should not miss a trip to Haad Rin. It is certainly the best place on the island for an exciting night out. There is something for every crowd in this vibrant town, from lively party scenes hosted by Cactus Bar and Drop In Bar to the more chilled atmospheres of Fubar and Backyard to the beach take-over on full moon night. This town certainly knows how to keep the party going , so just walk down Haad Rin’s beach where you are guaranteed to find something to keep you entertained.