Best Things to Do in Koh Phangan as Digital Nomads
After Koh Samui, we went to Koh Phangan. We took a speedboat from the pier close to the airport in the northern part of the Koh Samui island. It took us 40 minutes, maybe 1 hour to get to the pier of Koh Phangan.
The island itself has a different vibe than Samui. Koh Phangan is smaller and has no airport, and maybe that’s the reason why these two islands are different. Basically, it’s harder to get there. Nature is similar to Koh Samui, but the island is less developed. At the same time, it’s more westernized.
People there, both locals and tourists are different from what we’ve experienced in Koh Samui. You’ll likely find some more cafes with western options, hear western music and meet Europeans and Australians there than in Koh Samui. Maybe it’s because of the famous Full Moon Party, but actually, this island is not only about the party.
The party itself is not that cool as it is described everywhere. We’ve been there 3 years ago and didn’t find anything interesting for us there. No DJs (just a random music going from several places on the beach), lots of alcohol which means a lot of drunk people and that’s about it. Oh, I forgot to mention fire show. It’s probably the only thing we liked there. Maybe it’s us, but I’m just sharing our experience.
Anyway, this time we saw the island in a different light, and we actually liked it more.
First of all, we stayed at a nice hotel with jungle and sea view. It’s called San Moon Star Resort in case if you want to check out this place.
That’s so cool to wake up and hear only sounds of jungles, see greens everywhere and a bit of sea on the horizon. We also had a terrace where we had our breakfast and enjoyed the view.
One day we decided to check the famous beachfront co-working space, but 500THB for drop-in seemed expensive to us. I understand that it’s located on the beach and the guy said that beach access is included in the membership, but common, you can find nice beaches for free in other parts of the island. All of that didn’t sound to us reasonable. Also, it was empty at that moment, and we wouldn’t have community benefits anyway. So we decided to try co-workings some other time and went to explore other places on the island.
I have marked several good cafes in Google Maps, and we went to explore them one by one:
You can simply find several cafes near the pier. This is probably the most developed area.
Bubba’s coffee – is a great place a decent cup of coffee with avocado toast You can easily find digital nomads there.
And we found one more good place that called Luna cafe. Nice looking interior and a good portion of iced coffee.
Also, we stopped by one place that is a hidden gem. It feels like a completely different place when you enter it because of the decorations. You can try one of these hammocks with the amazing view. Great place to chill out, read a book and sip coconuts. It is called Koh Raham.
As I mentioned before, Koh Phangan has a different vibe and you can find there a lot of relaxed people that like a low pace of living.
I think it’s a good place to relax and slow down after busy city life, go to different beaches around the island, visit parks and waterfalls in the central part.
The waterfall was dry at the moment of our visit and we couldn’t see it much, but we found this amazing view. Surprisingly this place free of charge. We didn’t pay any fees to go there. That’s a rarer case in Asia.
It was difficult for us to stay there for a month or so. Since this island is small and there is not much to do for that long. We spent one day to go around the island on a scooter and saw the majority of spots. Maybe it’s much better when beaches are swimmable, but we’ve been there when there was low tide. However, we believe different people can find something to stay there for a long period of time.
Anyway, we love the island and recommend to visit it along with Koh Samui and Koh Tao that are not far away from each other.