Food Stalls along the beach
Pretty much every night in Haad Rin there is some sort of party going on....along with the party and the people come the thais looking to make money....selling buckets, drinks, body paint and food.
This is an example of a beachside stall with lots of variety....I guess you have to be a bit careful with this stuff but we did (on occassion) have a little nibbly along the way. Lots of selection, some things youll recognize, others you wont....cost ranging from 5-20Baht....get them to heat up as well.....not the greatest at all but can fill a quick hunger on the go in about 30 seconds. Be careful what you choose but dont be to to affraid.....Im still here!
If you have APS camera, bring a lot of film with you. APS film is very hard to get all around Thailand, even in Bangkok.
And if you have digital video camera, bring also your DV-films with you.
Full Moon Madness
One of the main reasons thousands of people flock to Ko Pha Ngan is for the Full Moon Parties, held every month on the full moon. The party is held on Had Rin beach. The beachfront is lined with restaurants and bars, and with the addition of huge speakers and pumping sounds systems, the beach becomes a huge outdoor nightclub. Early in the evening there are tables and mats along the beach for people to have a quiet drink at dusk. By 10pm the beach is packed with thousands of people sharing "buckets of joy" and dancing their hearts out. Amid the fire twirlers, glowing tattoo's and flashing paraphenalia sold by the locals, you can find a bar cranking music that you fancy (anything from trance to Kylie Minogue to Eminem and everything between). By 5am there are a lot of bodies passed out around the beach but the party is still cranking. At midday the next day, the beach is littered with debris, of the human and rubbish form, and there are still a few people carrying on the party.
We had a fantastic time at the FMP, but if you're after a quiet night out, it's probably best to avoid Had Rin in the days around the full moon.
- check the date of the full moon party as there is sometimes a Buddhist holiday on the actual day of the full moon, so the party is the day after. There is a website that lists all the dates.
- There are limited toilets at Had Rin, and every business owner charges at least 10 Baht for use of their facilities. As the night goes on, the ocean becomes a communal toilet (eww).
- There are bars all along the beach selling alcohol. One of the novelty drinks are the "buckets of joy", made up of a bucket of ice, straws, coke, red bull and Sang Song, a Thai whiskey.
- Be aware drugs illegal and if caught you face large fines. There are also road blocks along the way to Had Rin where police search everyone in the vehicle. It is also common for people to require hospitalisation (for Psych issues mostly) after using at the party. Whatever takes your fancy!!! Shoes are recommended, as there can be glass in the sand. I know of someone who cut his foot at the FMP and spent a few days in hospital. Nasty way to spend your holiday! It's also advisable to leave valuables at home (or in one of the lockers around Had Rin).
Taxis and roadways
Taxis - whatever the form...car, 4 wheel, pick up or bike - are all easy ways to get around the island...they are generally available through the evening and run more so on holidays and nights of the full moon party....for a shared cab your looking at 100 baht ea one way....a couple yrs ago the same trip would have been half that....in any case....bungalow resorts will provide this service no problem and sometimes have scheduled daily departures to different areas of the island....makes an easy way to move around or to do some day tripping. And finally, if youre so inclined, you can hire a car and driver for the day or evening to take you around...one yr we were on a pretty secluded beach and wanted to go out...we arranged for a taxi which took us to tong sala for the night ...bar to bar...thai boxing and food...returned us home when we wanted...5 of us 100 Baht for the night...you can do the smae during the day going form beach to beach or sightseeing......not bad!
Good simple food
Service has always been less than average but the food makes up for it. As cliche as it is to go to Thailand and eat pizza, sometimes you just need something your stomach is familiar with....the pizza here was awesome...thin crust and many different varieties. You can catch the tube or people watch on the lane way. Pizza ...decent shakes and lemon juice.