Residing by the seaside is a dream for a lot of digital nomads, but it surely’s not at all times simple to discover a appropriate place. WiFi may be too sluggish, lodging too costly, or small islands simply too distant for longer stays.
In SE Asia the most effective seaside vacation spot we’d beforehand discovered for working was Koh Lanta in Thailand, which was the right mixture of comfort with out an excessive amount of growth. Discovering reasonably priced leases with a kitchen isn’t simple, although, and on our newest journey we wished to attempt a distinct island.
My first alternative was Koh Tao which is well-liked for long-term stays with many bloggers like Alex in Wanderland. As we had been initially solely planning a four-week keep (after getting into the nation on a one-month visa exemption), to make issues simpler I wished to hire a home or condominium on Airbnb, despite the fact that I knew it might be dearer than discovering a spot as soon as we arrived.
Sadly, Airbnbs on Koh Tao had been restricted and costly so I broadened my search to different islands within the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Samui appeared too developed, so I checked out Koh Phangan as a substitute—the medium sized island that’s only a 30-minute ferry experience from Samui so handy for the airport there. Koh Phangan had much more alternative on Airbnb from low-cost and fundamental to fancy seaside homes.
We ended up reserving a Thai-style wooden house throughout the street from Hin Kong seaside and that’s the place we’ve been dwelling for the final month or so. It’s not low-cost (about £600/ $800 a month) but it surely’s a lot nicer than the usual Thai leases. Our landlords really lived right here so the home is well-equipped and there are many homely particulars like cushions and throws. The WiFi is the quickest we’ve ever had in Thailand (30 Mbps down/ 11 Mbps up) and most eating places have good WiFi too (plus there are some co-working spaces if that’s your factor).
Better of all is the large terrace the place I’m scripting this now from the cozy couch (one other rarity in Thailand). I’m surrounded by timber and have a view of the ocean. There’s loads of house for yoga, a hammock and cushion chairs for stress-free, and a desk for meals.
Sadly, the seaside throughout the street is simply too shallow for swimming, but it surely’s good for morning runs and spectacular sundown walks out on the sandbar. Simply being by the ocean feels calming.
There are many different pretty seashores to discover. We love heading out on our bike (which you really want to get round because the shared taxis are rare and overpriced) and driving alongside the quiet, inexperienced west coast with hills on one aspect and sea on the opposite.
Our nearest place for a swim is Zen Seashore the place we calm down beneath a palm tree on the powdery sand and float within the blue-green water. We’re slowly working our means across the seashores on the island, however work and rain (it’s wet season on this a part of Thailand) have meant we haven’t explored as a lot as we’d like.
Koh Phangan is an island I had beforehand averted as a result of it’s well-known for its full moon events the place 20-something backpackers get wasted on the seaside, and that’s actually not our factor. However the events solely occur as soon as a month on Haad Rin seaside and they’re simple to keep away from. We’re on the other aspect of the island, a few 30-minute drive away close to the quiet village Sri Thanu which is thought for yoga studios and vegetarian eating places. It’s very chilled and we’ve been dwelling a blissfully quiet life.
Like Koh Lanta, Koh Phangan has the best mixture of comfort with out being too developed. There are supermarkets in the primary city Thong Sala, good WiFi, and homes for hire, however no purchasing malls or large motels like on Samui.
The island has been an incredible place to compensate for work (I’ve been writing about Japan and Simon has been redesigning this web site) with seaside breaks when wanted. We determined to increase our keep to seven weeks and had been simply capable of get a one-month visa extension on Koh Samui, a visit we mixed with a cinema go to and scrumptious Italian meal at Duomo in Chaweng.
The one draw back (apart from the rain at the moment of yr) is that we’ve discovered the meals a bit meh as soon as we acquired over the preliminary novelty of Thai meals once more. Maybe we’ve been spoilt by our latest stays in Japan and Ubud, although.
There are some good locations (in Sri Thanu Bee’s for Thai, Taboon for Center Japanese, and Crave for veggie burgers are our favourites), however we’ve additionally had a variety of common meals, particularly on the vegetarian and vegan eating places. At the very least it’s simple to keep away from meat right here as most eating places have vegetarian choices. There’s a produce store in Sri Thanu so we’ve been benefiting from a budget greens, rice noodles, and tofu and cooking for ourselves.
We depart Koh Phangan in just a few days for our street journey round Oman, but it surely’s someplace we’ll positively take into account visiting sooner or later—ideally within the dry season and when we now have extra time to discover. It’s ideally suited for digital nomads who’re in search of a spot to work by the ocean with good WiFi and reasonably priced home leases.
Koh Phangan Practicalities
- To get to Koh Phangan from Koh Samui Airport (which has frequent flights from Bangkok with Bangkok Airways) take the 30-minute Seatran ferry. Tickets on the airport price 400 baht ($12) together with the 10-minute minibus switch to the Bangrak pier. There’s no must e-book prematurely until you might be arriving inside just a few days of the full moon party.
- If you wish to hire a home prematurely look on Airbnb.
- For the most cost effective leases wait till you get to the island. There are many indicators for homes to hire or you’ll be able to look on the Koh Phangan Conscious Community Facebook group (the general public group, not the closed group that doesn’t permit rental listings). I’ve seen locations from 8000 baht ($244) a month.
- For top-quality leases contact Rachel at Koh Phangan House & Villa Rentals. She rented us the place we stayed and was very useful and organised. Her month-to-month charges begin from about 10,000 baht ($305).
- We rented our automated scooter from a motorcycle store known as Tik in Sri Thanu. It price 3000 baht ($92) a month for an previous bike and we left a 3000 baht deposit (most locations need you to depart your passport which I don’t advocate).
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