Through the years, Thailand has reaped the reputation of being the “hub of backpackers” in Southeast Asia. It has a reasonable cost of living, diverse activities, and historical and natural tourist destinations like the island of Koh Phangan.
Koh Phangan is an island found on the southeastern part of Thailand where the hips, millennials and backpackers alike find home in because of its white sand beaches and tropical terrains. Since it is the fifth largest island on the country, some parts of Koh Phangan are still waiting to be discovered, but it sure has a little bit of everything for everyone.
There are more than 20 dive sites to plunge in, serene spots for the most needed alone time, and then there’s the glorious beach of Haad Rin where up to 30,000 people gather to celebrate the world-renowned Full Moon Party every year.
And while the island can get serene and wild on its due season, people surely needs rest from all of the shenanigans each day brings. The budget-savvy ones may opt to stay in hammocks underneath the palm trees, where billions of stars sighting awaits. The backpackers may find refuge in a fan-roomed beach hut or in a beach front-roomed hotel. Whichever floats your boat, Koh Phangan has you covered with its wide selection of accommodations available for every budget.
Here, I listed luxury, middle, and budget accommodations that you might want to keep for reference in your future trip.
LUXURY (US$ 150 and up)
Imagine this: fully-furnished villas, cloud-nine-soft beds, rejuvenating spa rituals, infinity pool with an impeccable view of the ocean, private boat transfers, and world-class customer service. Ahhh, the luxurious living by the sea! If you feel like spending on a one-time-big-time weekend getaway, then these selection of hotels and resorts are for you!
1. Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas & Spa by L’Occitane
Conveniently situated by the sea, Kupu Kupu Phangan is a 5-star resort on the island that has 33 villas and two suites, made available to fulfill your tropical living dreams. Apart from these, Kupu Kupu boasts of its traditional hotel boat where guests could do a three-hour snorkeling cruise to Koh Ma and a sunset cruise to West Coast side.
Kupu Kupu also has a spa, perfected with an unobstructed seascape, to rejuvenate your weary self after a day’s worth of exploration on the island. And if these still doesn’t soothe your mind and body, the resort made sure to equip your private villa with air conditioning, own swimming pool, L’Occitane toiletries, and an amazing sunset show right in the convenience of your room.
Definitely worth of the bang on your Baht!
Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas & Spa by L’Occitane is located at 69/13 Moo 4 Naiwok, Koh Phangan, Amphoe Ko Pha-ngan, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84280, Thailand.
2. Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas lives up to their word: “A retreat tucked discreetly amidst the towering coconut palms.” Its peripheries are surrounded by the coolness of the palm trees that serve as the perfect escape for the crowd and the urban life.
The 64-villa and suite resort has a contemporary and traditional architecture that makes everything more appealing. While you’re here, be sure to try their Anantara Spa, authentic regional Thai cuisine by the beach, luxury yacht transfer, the only wine cellar with a promising view of the ocean, and diving spots, among others.
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas is located at 5/5 Moo 5 Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Baan Tai, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand.
3. Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
Furnished with classic Thai design, Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa gives all the authenticity vibes of the country while being in the comforts of the beach.
The eco-chic resort has wooden interiors carved into perfection, a huge free form swimming pool, wooden transportation services, Ayurvana Spa, and villas with remarkable attention to detail that will leave you in awe. If this resort doesn’t give you all the Thai royalty feels, I don’t what else will!
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa is located at 22/7 Moo 5 Bantai, Koh Phangan, Suratthani, Thailand 84280.
MIDDLE (US$50 to US$ 150)
If you still want to have the best of what the island has to offer without spending too much, then check these mid-range-priced accommodations out. These promises equally satisfying customer services, breathtaking views, and good food. The best part? You won’t have to break the bank!
1. Le Divine Comedie Beach Resort
A 10 to 15-minute ride away from the Full Moon Party location, Le Divine Comedie Beach Resort is the place to be you want to veer away from the wild crowd after or in between the festivities. Luckily, the boutique hotel has beach-front bungalows where guests could watch a breathtaking sunset shows.
They also have a restaurant where Thai and Western cuisine, and local produce are served like the barracuda fish–all made better by the views of the infinity pool and the ocean.
Le Divine Comedie Beach Resort is located at Baan Tai,Thong Sala,Kho Pha Ngan, Surat Thani, 84280 Baan Tai, Thailand.
2. Sea Love Bungalows
As the name suggests, Sea Love Bungalows will make you fall in love with the sea even more through its location, rooms, and owners who will treat you like a member of their family. Its beach-front bungalows give comfort, style, and peace like no other.
Meanwhile, the owners or the staffs can personally arrange the itinerary, transfers, and insider guides for you during your stay. A home away from home, indeed!
Sea Love Bungalows is located at 1/2 Moo 2 Baan Tai, Koh Phangan, 84280 Baan Tai, Thailand
3. The Nidhra Boutique Resort
A stone’s throw away from Thong Sala, The Nidhra Boutique Resort is a good place to stay in given its spacious rooms, wide windows, and overlooking views of the garden and the pool. Its rooms are modernly and traditionally styled, which keeps the guests at a soothing mood during their stay.
Staff and manager are friendly as well. While you’re here, find time to plunge in their outdoor pool and devour some Thai cuisine feast in their restaurant.
The Nidhra Boutique Resort is located at 217 Moo1 Bantai, Koh Phangan, Suratthani, 84280 Baan Tai, Thailand.
BUDGET (US$ 50 and less)
For the wanderlusts who prefer staying in hostels, inns, and backpacker’s hubs over hotels at the best beaches in Koh Phangan, these are for you! Share rooms, turn strangers into friends, and learn different cultures and traditions under one roof!
1. Baan Tai Backpackers
Baan Tai is sandwiched between Thong Sala and Haad Rin, which makes it a perfect spot to stay in when you’re on the island for the well-celebrated Full Moon Party. Baan Tai Backpackers has affordable dorms rooms and private rooms that doesn’t fall short with quality experience.
Here, you can hire bikes and cars, mingle with all walks of life, and play games–virtually and personally–that will make you forget about the party!
Baan Tai – Backpackers is located at 61/3 Moo 1, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, 84280 Baan Tai, Thailand.
2. Love Station Hostel
Well, what can I say? In Love Station Hostel, you will surely feel all the love in the world, or in the station rather, with what the place has to offer.
It has an in-house bar, free private parking area, dorm and private rooms, homey environment, balconies in the presence of palm trees, and a fireplace that’s easily a favorite of every guest of Love Station Hostel. After leaving the hostel, you will surely leave a piece of your heart here.
Love Station Hostel is located at 81/37 Moo 2, Tambon Ban Tai, Amphoe Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani, 84280 Baan Tai, Thailand.
3. Hostel 69 Koh Tao
Swearing by the glorious summer days in 1969, Hostel 69 is a hostel built by two travelers who wanted to shelter people from different walks of life and live the island life, make long-lasting friendships, share memories, and forget about the worries of life even just for good three-day stay or more!
It has a huge courtyard, hammocks, movie room, barbecue feast with live jamming sessions by the garden, and a friendly community of travelers to give you a total experience on the island.
Hostel 69 Koh Tao is located at 2/34 Moo 3 Maehaad, 84360 Ko Tao, Thailand.
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And there you have it! The offerings on the island of Koh Phangan wouldn’t end. From parties to white sand beaches, to living-the-life community of expats and locals, to good food, and to accommodations turned homes away from home, you will definitely enjoy every bit of your time here! So, when are you coming?
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