Hits you where it counts
While you don’t get to gaze at islands from the balconies at Phangan Island View, the spotless and comfortable rooms do come with views of a central swimming pool within walking distance of Thong Sala town and the beach.
Set in a pair of white two-storey concrete buildings with dark-wood trim on either side of the long pool, the rooms are spacious and equipped with comfy beds, desks, TVs, fridges, safes, bathrooms with hot-water showers behind curtains and glass sliding doors opening to balconies with cushioned benches. White tile floors and white walls are punctuated by single framed prints – decoration was not much of a consideration here. Even so, we felt that Island View’s rooms are considerably better than the similarly priced digs at Phatchara Boutique Hotel, which goes for a trendier style on the northern fringe of Thong Sala town.
Several plastic lounge chairs rim the pool, while breakfast is served to rattan tables in a small dining area. WiFi is free and the English-speaking staff can help with bicycle or motorbike rental, ferry tickets and info on exploring the island. The location puts you just east of Thong Sala town, about a 10-minute walk from the ferry piers, making this a good choice for a night if you’re leaving first thing in the morning. It also makes a comfortable base for those who don’t need to be on the beach.
Address: 219 Thong Sala - Ban Tai Rd, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (081) 082 5333; (077) 377 877; F: (077) 377 876
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º59'42.24" E, 9º42'30.98" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||800 baht||1,100 baht|
|Superior double room||900 baht||1,300 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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