I recently (July 2013) rented Sunrise Villa in Thong Nai Pan Noi, Koh Phangan for 7 nights. It is a 3 bedroom villa. Each bedroom has a double bed, en suite bathroom with hot water, large closet, chest of drawers and bedside tables. The rooms are air-con and a good size. There are 2 bedrooms downstairs and 1 master bedroom upstairs. The master bedroom has floor to ceiling windows with amazing views of the jungle and Thong Nai Pan Bay. Downstairs there is also a large living area with sofas, coffee table and TV / DVD player. Next to this living area is an open plan kitchen and dining table that seats 6 people.
The living area has glass doors that open out onto a large balcony that goes around the front of the villa. On the balcony is a table and chairs set.
The villa is set in about 1,000 square meters of landscaped garden. At the bottom of which is a parking area.
When you rent Sunrise Villa you get free transfers, free wifi internet and maid service every other day. You also get the option of car rental or a free taxi service to the beach. The villa is on a hill, about 800 meters from the beautiful white sands of Thong Nai Pan Noi beach. The beach has plenty of places to eat, drink and shop.
The service was fine and everything worked OK. My family and I were a bit surprised by the steep hill but the free taxi service meant it was no problem. In the end we found it hard to say goodbye to the amazing views and the peace and quiet.
The most outstanding characteristic of this villa is definitely the view from the balcony and master bedroom. The friendly rental agent is also a big plus. He helped arrange laundry and other small things for us.
I have stayed many times at Sandee Bungalow in Thong Nai Pan Noi. The first time I stayed at Sandee was in 2000. We stayed in a basic no-bathroom wooden bungalow for $3 a night. Fantastic value.
Over the years they have pulled down all the cheap bungalows and replaced them with bigger bungalows with bathrooms. They also have a couple of air-con units to rent.
Their restaurant used to be one of the best on the beach. You could get a meat fried rice for 40 Thai Baht as well as large Chang beers. They had 2 TV where you watch videos and the Premier League games. Sadly the restaurant is closed.
Sandee Bungalow is no longer the backpacker hub that it used to be, but it still has some of the cheapest rooms on the beach now that Thong Tapan has pulled down its cheap bungalows at the northern end of the beach.
The staff are friendly at Sandee and speak good English.
Sandee Bungalow is 20 meters from the beach and just around the corner are all the cheap restaurants in Thong Nai Pan Noi village.
There is an internet shop opposite Sandee run by the same people. They will also organize ferry tickets for guests.
If you ask they will provide clean towels and sheets every few days.
Renting a house is primarily for the farang who’s looking to stay in Thailand long-term (at least 3-5 years). Houses are for long-term stayers who have grown tired of apartment living and maybe require a little more privacy, away from the prying eyes of nosey neighbors. You get a feeling of status when you have the keys to your own house, a sense of oneupmanship. It’s satisfying in some strange way to be able to avoid the ‘stigma’ of telling people you live in a 5,000 baht a month studio. Another major reason is it gives freelance English teachers the chance to work from home and set up their own language business - work when you want and charge what you like. If you're looking for a townhouse, Bangkok has heaps of them, and detached houses down leafy sois are a plenty too.
for new year better to book before you get there , in a place like khophngan ,
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Back in 2005 I lived on Koh Phangan for 6 months, just got stuck there it was such a good island. During that time i met 3 english travellers that loved the place and decided they wanted set up their own resort of what they would love if they were new to a place.
So in 2007 Shiralea Backpackers resort opened (although flashpacker resort would be more apt). Each private bungalow has two huge beds with comfy matresses not thin foam ones, hot power showers, and all fresh linen and towels. The onsite pool has a jucuzzi and kiddies pool. The restaurant and bar do great food for good prices. They really have figured out what a traveller nowadays is looking for. I stayed there in low season recently for only 500 baht a night - bargain!
Fantastic friendly atmosphere and relaxed vibe.
Stayed 2 nights in July 2009 and a number of times for a week or so in the past. Has just been rebuilt from the ground up so all the old huts with hammocks are gone and replaced by a strip motel like block of rooms.
The new rooms are clean, large, well laid out with TV, hot water, fridge, security drawer and fan all for 400Bt a night.
These bungalows have been the dining focal point of the beach for years with tables laid out on the beach and BBQ fresh fish (220 Bt) available each night. It now has competition from resorts opened on either side of them but these are more expensive.
Staff are brilliant and friendly with a good memory for regular customers.
Just returned from a short trip to Thailand that included a 5 day stay at Dream Hill to find that they had processed 2 x 50,000 Bt charges on one of our credit cards.
We paid cash for our 300Bt room and also for the meals we had there.
We suspect that they either broke into our valuables bag that was held in reception or found the card number in our room.
We were going to recommend the place for its quietness, sea breezes and hammocks but obviously not now.
All our previous stays (6 or 7) in Haad Yao were at Haad Yao Bungalows and our 2 days there this year were relaxed and comfortable but we wanted to move to a place with hammocks on the deck hence the change to Dream Hill.
Evening BBQ was our food of choice in the evening. Selection of fish, chicken, praws, etc. along with baked potato and corn on the cob.
Plates came complete with a bit of salad and the sauces.
Breakfast was typical fruit or eggs. As mentioned before the bacon plate was the best Id encounted in SEA on any trip.....6-8 big slices, 50B.
Some of the things were hit and miss there.....but I guess thats like anywhere you go in Thailand. Sad to say but it was convenient and of course easy to put the food on tab.
During the day time we could grab beers from the fridge and put on the bill...alos shakes and the odd plate of fries for munchies.
They also had a couple volley balls we could use free o charge.
After passing by by Dreamland resort and all the additons and construction going on - not to mention only one room available with AC(boo) and for 1200B/night....you can thank the addition of the pool for that increase.......we walked along the beach and inquired at the different places....althought being High season there were some available for rent and we were able to look around a bit for price and whatever else.
In short we came across Starlite Bungalows. A nice little place with probably 10 units in their upper level, 10 in the moderate level and an additional 6 in the lower end.
Price was right though and the restaurant was right there.....we scoped out the area and it was right beside a store with internet and everything else you could possibly need.....cold beer too!
Beach of course was on sight and there was evening BBQ.
Staff seemd nice enough and helpful except during the hrs of 11am-5pm when they sort of sat around in typical fashion....chatting sewing and eating snacks....the odd time sweeping - cant forget that.
None the less they were nice and helpful most the time - once they are familiar with you, they were personable sometimes.
NOTE: we realized the place was run by one Lady (we called her the Madam).....all the girls were workers and worked the restaurant and renting rooms....Madam sat in the store collecting cash from customers and guarding the till like it was a pot of gold. We found her rude, mistreating of the girls and generally a ***. In my quest to proove a point, I stopped shopping there or using the internet -it was way over priced and rarely worked - Madams calculator worked though.
...check out Madams caged birds on the customs page.
Bungalows were very well priced and we got the modrerate one. It was on a pathway about 20 yards from the restaurant and beach. Ceramic floors, fan, no tv, nice balcony with trees for shade and privacy.
Restaurant was ok....actually served very good bacon, get the bacon plate if you need a meat fix.
If you are on a super low budget, check out the basic bungalow....at the time they were going for 200B/night....we only paid about 300 for ours, sweet!
....and then we end up staying for 10 days.
High Life is on Had Yao and it has it own little beach call Had Dao Deuk.Prices range from 300- 1000 baht.There is a nice little beach bar and the huts on the cliff are good.
We were looking for a budget place and the one we got right on the beach was perfect.Clean,private bathroom,shower,double bed,fan and a hammock in front for 600 baht a night.This place is very relaxed ,we paid a 500 baht key deposit and whatever we ate and drank we just wrote it down and paid for everything when we checked out.The restaurant serves good food with fresh BBQ seafood at night.Sandy has a computer room,movie room and a place where you can do a cheap one day intro scuba class.The staff here were very friendly and easy going.
Right on the beach,nice view,friendly staff,not expensive,good food & drinks.
We had our kids there in Dec, 4 kids under 6 years old. Try www.villakohphangan.com in Thong Nai Pan, perfect for families. Good Luck
Lovely Villa with pool, 5 min walk to the beach, Great Living area and bedrooms, great view over bay
Try Fantasea Bungalows in Chalok Lam. These guys are on the Northern end of the island - where the taxi boat goes to Bottle Beach. It means you can party at Haad Rin and then chill out at a much cleaner place. Their website is at http://www.fantasea.asia/index.html and the cost is about 1800 baht for the top bungalow directly on the beach.
Building design, great views, peace, quiet, party nearby.
I was here only for 1 night and stayed at Coral Bungalows. It is a really nice place with all the services you will ever need from food, to swimming pool, internet cafe, bar and also tour agents. Basically this place is trying to be self sufficient but the down side is that it is really far away from the town area. Good place if you want to get away from it all...
If you are planning to come here for the full moon party, you might want to consider the accommodation below as it is situated very close to the beach and it really is a perfect location if you are planning to get really drunk.
S.K. Home Phangan
133/40 M.6 Haadrin Koh Phangan
Tel: 077 – 375375
Tel: 077 – 375503
Online reservation: www.phangan.info/baantalay
Tel: +66 (0) 77375083
Tel: 077-375463, 077375134
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