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Same Same restaurant and bar is where a lot of the party action starts in Ko Pha Ngan’s Haad Rin Nok, the same beach that’s home to the world famous Full Moon Party. Owned and run by two Danish women, the place is party central for full moon and many of the other moon parties on Pha Ngan, providing a free taxi to wherever they are.
The restaurant does great food — don’t miss the chicken Caesar wrap, 180 baht — and has a comfy lounge area towards the back. The sound system is wicked, with the base reverberating through the walls on every floor, especially when there’s live music, which happens from time to time.
The week of full moon they have different-themed parties every night, such as Wild West night and Scandinavian night. There are also body paint contests, game night, pub quizzes, beer pong, and more fun games. The pool table near the elevated bar gets good use, while food served up is in the form of either an Italian or Mexican buffet. They claim to be “absolutely the best and craziest place to start your full moon night”, and they aren’t far off. Offering free body painting, this is the spot to get your glowing decor going before heading out to dance on the beach.
On non-party nights (if those exist), their Italian stove oven pizzas are super popular.
Their drinks aren’t cheap – a Sangsom bucket goes for the same price as a vodka bucket (260 baht), while other cocktail buckets are a pricey 450 baht. Not everything is overpriced though, with a three-litre Chang tower 500 baht, which isn’t a bad deal.
Head on up to the rooftop area with your drinks, and chill out with your new mates, checking out the Haad Rin beach view it provides.
Free WiFi works intermittently and while there’s an attached guesthouse with air-con and fan rooms at decent prices, given its proximity to the constant loud party, this is recommended for very serious partiers only.
Find it towards the far right-hand side of Haad Rin Nok (if you’re looking at the ocean), up a hill, just beside Paradise Resort. If you wish to stay somewhere close-by, but not in the centre of the action, turn left at Same Same restaurant and bar, and walk towards Moon Paradise, where they have fantastic fan rooms for 550 baht.
By Kaila Krayewski
Last updated on 24th March, 2015.