Saving money and getting more
Koh Phangan continues to attract more and more people to its beautiful tropical beaches and raucous all night beach and jungle parties every year. Although lacking in many of the amenities that the neighboring island of Samui boosts, Koh Phangan makes up for it in natural beauty. The island spoils the visitor for choice when it comes to perfect beach locations.
While most of those attending the Full Moon Party and the other parties on the island tend to book mid-range or cheap accommodation, there is a growing trend on the ‘non-party’ parts of the island to create stylish, low key but luxury accommodation. Places like Thong Nai Pan Noi especially are attracting people happy to spend $1,000 a night staying in a luxury bungalow on a stunning white sand beach. People will pay a premium not just to be near bowling alleys etc. but also to be in a truly natural setting.
The downside of this is that many couples and families would like to stay on these wondrous beaches but they cannot afford the high fees. The answer is villa rental in Koh Phangan. There are now a growing number of villas and large bungalows for rent from private owners on the island. These properties offer the luxuries of air-con, satellite TV and more space. Moreover, for those with families the option to self-cater occasionally is both welcome and allows for further savings.
There are some great villas near many of the best beaches in Koh Phangan. They often have stunning views over the sea. They also provide more privacy than staying in standard hotels or resorts where often the occupants are packed in to maximize the profit per square meter of beachfront land used. At night this can sometimes cause problems sleeping.
Another advantage of renting a villa is that you can deal directly with the owner. It is often possible to negotiate a discount over the internet. This is now virtually impossible to do if you book a hotel room in Koh Phangan online.
One particularly stunning place to rent is Sunrise Villa in Thong Nai Pan Noi. It is just 800 meters from the beach. It has 3 large double bedrooms that are air-con and that are en-suite with hot water showers. The lounge has folding glass doors leading to a wrap around balcony. The view from here is second to none. The ocean, the tree covered mountains and the sunrise are sights that make people linger on the balcony for hours.
The cost of renting Sunrise Villa is $166 a night. Between 6 people that makes $28 each. For this price it is impossible to get anything more than a very basic bungalow on the beach. Instead with Sunrise Villa you get lounge, dining area, kitchen, 2 floors, a 1,000 meter squared garden and maid service. That makes villa rental a very good idea.