Monthly soccer tournament
Home of world-famous Full Moon Parties, not many tourists know much else about Haad Rin, but it also has a monthly soccer tournament with a great deal of people from around the world participating each month. The tournament first kicked off about 6 years back. For people visiting who would like to take part, there is a THB500 fee which covers admission to the tournament and a t-shirt. THB100 is taken out of the fee from each participant to be added together as a reward for the winner along with a commemorative medal.
The best team on record is a local Thai team, but being the best doesn’t mean they’re unbeatable. It’s always great fun to see westerners come over and take on the challenge of putting their skills to the test to try and beat the local champions. The final round is always set to be a couple of days before the Full Moon, so the winners can boast to the world with the medal hanging on their necks at the party. Amazingly, Haad Rin welcomes over half a million Full Moon Party-goers each year, with even more arriving since the party got expanded into Half Moon Parties, Black Moon Parties and even the waterfall parties and jungle parties that can be found on the island.
However, Haad Rin has more to offer – apart from all entertainment, there is a beautiful nature watching and diving spot which is not far at all from the island, and a whole range of accommodation starting from backpacker rates to high end luxurious getaways offering something to suit everyone’s lifestyle.