Drop in Club, Koh Phangan

Drop In Club, Resort and Spa
157/1-10 Haad Rin, Baan Tai
Koh Phangan, Suratthani 84280
Thailand

Ideally located between Haad Rin Nai and Haad Rin Nok beaches, the Drop In Club Resort and Spa offers four star accommodations including air conditioning, western style bathrooms and a TV and mini-bar. Only a five minute walk from the ferry station (which departs almost hourly from Koh Samui), the Drop In Club offers some of the best accommodations on the island of Koh Phangan. 

Situated on the very top of the island, the resort overlooks the waters and hills in the distance. Each of the rooms and suites is furnished with teak wood and decorated traditionally. Thai style buildings surround the pool, and a larger building faces the quiet, less developed beach of Haad Rin Nai. Every morning, my complimentary breakfast was served to me while I sipped coffee and took in the views from the Tantawan Restaurant, which serves both Thai and Western cuisine.

A jeep shuttles guests from the resort down the hill to Haad Rin Nok where daily activities include fishing trips, hikes, beach excursions and snorkeling. If you choose to remain on Haad Rin Nok for the day to swim and play volleyball, be sure to bring a hat as there is little shade to offer protection from the sun. To get to the beach you can also rent one of the island's very popular motorbikes at the front desk, or feel free to navigate Phangan's narrow streets by foot. 

Just at the bottom of the hill to the resort, the little town of Haad Rin Nok is bustling. Many tourist shops sell interesting pieces of clothing and jewelry, and restaurants are abundant. In addition to offering Thai food and of course, seafood, many restaurants serve Israeli food due to the large amounts of Israeli travelers to the island. 

After dark, Haad Rin Nok is a place like none other. Tourists rush to dance at one of the many beach front clubs, offering an assortment of mainly western music. A very popular destination is the clusters of chairs placed out on the sand atop Thai rugs in front of these bars. It is here that the young men and women literally play with fires. People take turns twisting ropes and fire around their bodies to the delight of onlookers sipping cocktails. It really is a must-see.

- Cara Chase

 

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