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Our Virtual Nomad Existence on Koh Phangan


Digital nomad life on Koh Phangan in Thailand - sunset at Hin Kong Beach

Dwelling through the seaside is a dream for lots of virtual nomads, but it surely’s no longer at all times simple to discover a appropriate position. WiFi can also be too sluggish, lodging too dear, or small islands simply too far off for longer remains.

In SE Asia the most efficient seaside vacation spot we’d up to now discovered for operating was once Koh Lanta in Thailand, which was once the very best mixture of comfort with out an excessive amount of building. Discovering reasonably priced leases with a kitchen isn’t simple, despite the fact that, and on our newest commute we needed to check out a distinct island.

My first selection was once Koh Tao which is common for long-term remains with many bloggers like Alex in Wanderland. As we have been to begin with handiest making plans a four-week keep (after getting into the rustic on a one-month visa exemption), to make issues more straightforward I sought after to hire a space or condo on Airbnb, even if I knew it will be costlier than discovering a spot after we arrived.

Sadly, Airbnbs on Koh Tao have been restricted and dear so I broadened my seek to different islands within the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Samui gave the impression too advanced, so I checked out Koh Phangan as a substitute—the medium sized island that’s only a 30-minute ferry experience from Samui so handy for the airport there. Koh Phangan had much more selection on Airbnb from reasonable and elementary to fancy seaside properties.

We ended up reserving a Thai-style wood space around the highway from Hin Kong seaside and that’s the place we’ve been dwelling for the closing month or so. It’s no longer reasonable (about £600/ $800 a month) but it surely’s a lot nicer than the usual Thai leases. Our landlords in fact lived right here so the home is well-equipped and there are many homely main points like cushions and throws. The WiFi is the quickest we’ve ever had in Thailand (30 Mbps down/ 11 Mbps up) and maximum eating places have excellent WiFi too (plus there are some co-working areas if that’s your factor).

Absolute best of all is the large terrace the place I’m penning this now from the cozy settee (every other rarity in Thailand). I’m surrounded through timber and feature a view of the ocean. There’s a lot of house for yoga, a hammock and cushion chairs for enjoyable, and a desk for foods.

Our Airbnb house on Koh Phangan

Our Airbnb space on Koh Phangan

Our Airbnb house on Koh Phangan

Our patio

Sadly, the seaside around the highway is simply too shallow for swimming, but it surely’s best for morning runs and impressive sundown walks out at the sandbar. Simply being through the ocean feels calming.

Hin Kong Beach, Koh Phangan

Hin Kong Seashore

The calm water of Hin Kong beach on Koh Phangan on my morning run

The calm water of Hin Kong on my morning run

Dogs on Hin Kong beach at sunset on Koh Phangan

Canines on Hin Kong seaside at sundown

There are many different pretty seashores to discover. We like heading out on our bike (which you actually wish to get round because the shared taxis are rare and overpriced) and riding alongside the quiet, inexperienced west coast with hills on one facet and sea at the different.

Our nearest position for a swim is Zen Seashore the place we loosen up beneath a palm tree at the powdery sand and flow within the blue-green water. We’re slowly operating our method across the seashores at the island, however paintings and rain (it’s wet season on this a part of Thailand) have supposed we haven’t explored up to we’d like.

Zen Beach on Koh Phangan

Zen Seashore

Zen Beach on Koh Phangan

The opposite finish of Zen Seashore

Haad Salad beach on Koh Phangan

Haad Salad seaside

Koh Phangan is an island I had up to now have shyed away from as it’s well-known for its complete moon events the place 20-something backpackers get wasted at the seaside, and that’s actually no longer our factor. However the events handiest occur as soon as a month on Haad Rin seaside and they’re simple to keep away from. We’re at the reverse facet of the island, a couple of 30-minute force away close to the quiet village Sri Thanu which is understood for yoga studios and vegetarian eating places. It’s very chilled and we’ve been dwelling a blissfully quiet lifestyles.

Mason's Arms pub on Koh Phangan

For Simon’s birthday we went to this weirdly misplaced English pub

Minigolf on Koh Phangan

And performed minigolf!

Like Koh Lanta, Koh Phangan has the perfect mixture of comfort with out being too advanced. There are supermarkets in the primary the town Thong Sala, excellent WiFi, and homes for hire, however no buying groceries shops or large accommodations like on Samui.

The island has been a great spot to compensate for paintings (I’ve been writing about Japan and Simon has been redesigning this site) with seaside breaks when wanted. We made up our minds to increase our keep to seven weeks and have been simply in a position to get a one-month visa extension on Koh Samui, a commute we mixed with a cinema seek advice from and scrumptious Italian meal at Duomo in Chaweng.

Sunset on Hon Kong beach, Koh Phangan

Sundown on Hin Kong seaside. There are a couple of eating places at the sand the place you’ll benefit from the view.

The only drawback (as opposed to the rain presently of yr) is that we’ve discovered the meals just a little meh after we were given over the preliminary novelty of Thai meals once more. In all probability we’ve been spoilt through our fresh remains in Japan and Ubud, despite the fact that.

There are some excellent puts (in Sri Thanu Bee’s for Thai, Taboon for Center Jap, and Crave for veggie burgers are our favourites), however we’ve additionally had numerous moderate foods, particularly on the vegetarian and vegan eating places. A minimum of it’s simple to keep away from meat right here as maximum eating places have vegetarian choices. There’s a produce store in Sri Thanu so we’ve been profiting from the inexpensive greens, rice noodles, and tofu and cooking for ourselves.

We go away Koh Phangan in a couple of days for our highway commute round Oman, but it surely’s someplace we’ll no doubt imagine visiting at some point—ideally within the dry season and when we’ve extra time to discover. It’s ultimate for virtual nomads who’re in search of a spot to paintings through the ocean with excellent WiFi and reasonably priced space leases.

Sunset at Hin Kong Beach, Koh Phangan

Sundown at Hin Kong

Koh Phangan Practicalities

  • To get to Koh Phangan from Koh Samui Airport (which has common flights from Bangkok with Bangkok Airlines) take the 30-minute Seatran ferry. Tickets on the airport value 400 baht ($12) together with the 10-minute minibus switch to the Bangrak pier. There’s no wish to guide upfront until you’re arriving inside of a couple of days of the overall moon birthday celebration.
  • If you wish to hire a space upfront glance on Airbnb.
  • For the most cost effective leases wait till you get to the island. There are many indicators for properties to hire or you’ll glance at the Koh Phangan Aware Group Fb workforce (the general public workforce, no longer the closed workforce that doesn’t permit condo listings). I’ve observed puts from 8000 baht ($244) a month.
  • For fine quality leases touch Rachel at Koh Phangan Space & Villa Leases. She rented us where we stayed and was once very useful and organised. Her per month charges get started from about 10,000 baht ($305).
  • We rented our automated scooter from a bike store known as Tik in Sri Thanu. It value 3000 baht ($92) a month for an outdated motorbike and we left a 3000 baht deposit (maximum puts need you to depart your passport which I don’t suggest).

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