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Guide to the best drinking spots in Haad Rin
Haad Rin is a party town. It is the party town in Thailand since it has the biggest party in Thailand. However, Haad Rin is nothing like other nightlife areas in Thailand such as Sukhimvit in Bangkok, Pattaya and Patong in Phuket which combine buying sex with partying. There is only one red light area in Koh Phangan (on the road between Ban Tai and Haad Rin) and the fun to be had in Haad Rin is very much removed from the prostitution scene.
There are lots of great bars in Haad Rin. It is not only along the main party beach of Haad Rin Nok that you will find bars but also in the town, by the port and on the smaller Haad Rin Nai Beach. Most bars sell both Thai favorites and Western food such as pizza and English pub grub. Many bars also have drinks promotions and happy hours to get the punters in. Naturally as the Full Moon Party approaches various bars have warm-up parties to get people in the mood for the big event. Here is a list of some of the best bars in Haad Rin
Reggae House is situated on the coastal road next to Haad Rin Nai beach. It is a long time favorite with party goers. It has a chilled atmosphere as is to be expected from a place with ‘reggae’ in its title. There are beanbags and hammocks and a pool table. Reggae House serves beers, spirits and cocktails. Reggae House also has a tattoo studio.
Just a few meters away from Reggae House is Lazy House. It is another place that focuses on relaxing rather than going wild. Lazy House serves generous portions of food and plays movies all day long. Perfect for those days when you need to escape the sun or nurse a hangover.
Same Same is on the southern road linking Haad Rin Nok with Haad Rin Nai. It is more of a guest house than simply a bar. Same Same has an eclectic selection of food on offer: British, Scandinavian, Mongolian, Mexican and Thai are all possibilities when you dine at Same Same. They also have a Full Moon BBQ and often host live music events. Same Same is definitely not the same as other bars in Haad Rin.
Outback is on the main road going up from Haad Rin pier. It is, as the name suggests, an Aussie theme pub. It is a popular early evening spot for those planning on going wild. Outback Bar do the simple things well – ice cold beer and good pub food. Draft Guinness available.
This is one of the major full moon party venues on Haad Rin Nok beach. When the party is not in full swing this is an excellent spot to drink on the beach. The bar is unmissable since the top half is a boat. There’s a bar downstairs and upstairs is an open air restaurant.
This is the bar on the rocks at the northern end of Haad Rin Nok beach. It plays chilled and psychedelic music which is a perfect accompaniment to the special milkshakes on offer. There are bean bags and plenty of nice seating spots. During the FMP Mellow Mountain is a great place to take a breather from the mayhem on the beach.