I am traveling around asia in January and February 2011 on a backpacker to flashpacker budget and wondered if anyone can recomend hotels/guesthouses in any of the following areas,
Koh Phangan ( Haad Rin)
I am also looking at doing a diving course in Koh Tao and would welcome any recomendations on dive resorts to book through.
Thanks in advance
#1 hayden1988 has been a member since 12/8/2010. Posts: 4
With regards to Koh Tao, I've been a few times (and I'll be back in a few weeks!) and I've found Big Blue Diving has the best combination of staff (many, experienced, and very helpful), location (on the beach at the northern end of Sairee), equipment (clean, plentiful, good quality), facilities (bar, restaurant, small equipment shop, free lockers, etc), and options (novice to professional, tech courses, plenty of day trips and fun dives, three dive boats). It's a large operation so there are open water courses beginning every day (they like to keep group sizes fairly small).
They can also do accommodation and diving packages, although I prefer to arrange my accommodation independently.
There are plenty of other options, though. Ban's and Simple Life get a lot of good things said about them. Sairee isn't the only option, either. It's the busiest and most developed part of the island but there are lots of cool bays with their own small villages and accommodation and diving options.
for accommodation in Sihanoukville I posted something earlier this year over here https://www.travelfish.org/board/post/cambodia/10815_backpacker-accommodation-in-sihanoukville--cambodia
I used to live in Nha Trang for a while, the place is just awesome with nice beaches, waterfalls, deserted beaches, ...
best place to stay is 64 Thran Phu (you won't find it on a map I guess cause it ain't big), just a small street from the main street on the south side, nearby the beach, Sailing Club and stuff.
Hotels here range from 8 to 25$ whatever you want. Though best to check out the room before you arrange something as I've heard that not all the hotels are clean.
I also stayed in this street for a while in Nam Phoung hotel.
I was last in Nha Trang a few years back but from my past experience, you don't need to book long anywhere. There are heaps of spots and you need to look at them. Don't get too locked in for a long time cuz you may want to change and it is easy to do. Great place as last poster said.
Sihanoukville: My partner and I were here last year for New Years. We stayed in Victory Hill and down on the main beach....I would try to avoid Victory- I heard of numerous people getting ripped off up here, as we did! There are cheap places to stay down by the beach, or on the beach front- book for 1 night somewhere then go for a walk! Otres beach is beautiful as well if you're looking to relax more than party!