Koh Phangan has grown in terms of accommodation very quickly. Around 30 years ago when the Full Moon Party began, the island was mostly known for bamboo huts and basic hostels. Very much a backpacker location.
Nowadays you can expect to find something for every type of traveller here such as houses to rent, flashpacker hostels, simple wooden bungalows still and even 5-star resorts and family hotels.
When choosing the right accommodation for you there are a few things you need to consider.
If you are coming for one or two weeks, even a month then you may probably be best off staying at a hostel or resort. Everything you need will be catered for, most resorts have a restaurant and are close to amenities and hostels are in the hub of all things.
If you are coming for longer then it is best you consider a house or bungalow. It means you can have a home from home which is good if you have children also. It may also work out better in terms of cost, you can get more comfort for your budget
If you are on a tight travellers budget then a hostel is perfect. It may not be as comfortable and you will have to share a room with other people but you can make this part of the fun. In many hostels, you cannot bring in outside food or drink so bear this in mind but you can still save money by eating at local restaurants.
On a larger budget you can treat yourself to a nice house, here on Koh Phangan you can find houses from even 5000 Baht up to whatever really! It means you will have your own space to treat like home and be comfortable.
Number of People
If you are coming with many friends then it may be good to rent a house, you could even get a pool. It means you won't disturb as many people with your antics and you can all chip in and save money.
Depending on the reason for your visit, if you are alone, will depend on whether you want to rent a house or just stay in shared accommodation. Also, take into consideration your budget. If you want privacy to work on a project then maybe a house but if you’re here for fun then you could stay in a hostel and meet other solo travellers. Most hostels also have private rooms if you don't want to share.
If you want to have a kind of home from home, maybe cook for yourself and be able to have friends over and privacy then a bungalow or house is the best.
Once you have decided on your factors you can decide on the area of the island. Want to be close to yoga? Stay near Sri Thanu, Want to be away from it all? Thong Nai Pan is your place! Find out what you want to do during your stay and research the area.