I will be on Koh Phangan with my girlfriend for the first time come Sept. 12 and I have been researching all the crazy accomodations and wanted to get some feedback on some great places to stay on the island. We are looking for some great beach bungalows backpacker to flashpacker no more than 25 bucks a night.
I want to be away from Haad Rin, as thats not really our thing. We have been looking at Haad Salad, Ao Thong Nai Pan Yai and Ao Thong Nai Pan Noi. We are planning on stayin on the island for about two weeks and then heading back over to the Krabi side (railay and Phi Phi) when the weather seems to be better.
Thanks for the recommendations!
#1 Arigato9 has been a member since 26/5/2011. Posts: 29
$25 ~ 800THB
I suggest on Haad Salad: My Way Bungalows
700THB Beachfront Bungalow
#2 greg121 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 22
In May this year I did another of my beach hops around the nicer places on Phangan - leaving Thong Nai Pan out because you have already been there I stayed at Bamboo Hut on Had Yuan, the east coast one just north of Had Rin - on an earlier visit I stayed at Beam on adjacent Had Thian, Plaas at Than Sadet further up the east coast (previously at Mai Pen Rai resort) , and Mae Had View on Had Mae beach in the north-west just above Had Salad. On a previous visit I stayed at Bottle Beach One on the beach of the same name in the island's north.
All of these are nice quiet beaches and all the accommodation was good.
Some things may help your decision:
- nicest beach: Bottle Beach
- best snorkelling - Had Mae
- nicest resort - Bottle Beach One (has a pool).
- best food - Bamboo Hut and Plaas
- best view from restaurant - Plaas
- best value - Beam
- best traveller vibe - Had Yuan and Had Thian (interconnected).
- easiest to access - Mae Had and Had Yuan/Had Thian.
Oh yeah, $25 these days may not go too far. But September is low low season so prices will be at rock bottom. btw the rainier weather often does not kick in on the Phangan side until October.
With 2 weeks I'd be thinking of trying more than one beach. The east coast ferry which runs from near the airport on Samui right up to Thong Nai Pan calls in at all the beaches (well you have to hike over to Had Thain if you are on Had Yuan) so maybe you could do as I did and jump from beach to beach that way. It's not too expensive a longtail trip from Thong Nai Pan to Bottle Beach.
We will be hopping around for sure! Thanks for the help! Also I've been thinking we see going to head there and just see what we can get since it is low season
#5 Arigato9 has been a member since 26/5/2011. Posts: 29
Actually September is not quite low season. It does drizzle down but the low season prices do not kick in until mid-October.
#6 guava_girl has been a member since 21/10/2010. Posts: 252
Thank you! We are going to stay there when we head to haad yuan in three days!
#7 Arigato9 has been a member since 26/5/2011. Posts: 29