I spent 10 days in Koh Phangan as a digital nomad – full review here. Per usual, I spent the entire first day scootering around trying to find the best places to live in Koh Phangan, taking photos and wifi speed tests along the way.
Best Neighborhoods In Koh Phangan
If you want a pretty beach and people, go to Haad Rin. If you want yoga, vegan-faire, and seclusion, head up north or to the east cost of the island. If you want it all, live in Ban Tai – which is where pretty much all of the places I looked at below were.
Best Places To Live In Koh Phangan For A Digital Nomad
After scouring Airbnb, Booking.com, and other sites for reviews, here are the best places to live in Koh Phangan as a digital nomad.
If you want a studio apartment with a baller view, I recommend Viewpoint Apartments. If you want a beautiful beach and an on-site restaurant, I’d recommend Phangan Resort and/or this AirBnb. NOTE: It’s off-season here so prices were severely discounted for me aka don’t hate me if those suggestions are really expensive when you look.
I decided to go with an AirBnb property called Plumeria due to it’s beauty, kitchen, fast internet connection, and it is within walking distance to the beach, grocery store (Makro), gym (Koh Phangan Muay Thai & Fitness), and a ton of cafes. It’s internet connection isn’t the fastest on the list, but it’s more than ample at almost 21mbps download.
This was my #2 pick behind Plumeria because it was a full house with kitchen, steps away from an incredible beach, with access to Phangan Resort’s restaurant and pool next door. The decor was a outdated and had little natural light, which is a dealbreaker for me.
These studio apartments had solid decor and an amazing view of the ocean. They quoted me at 7000 tbh per week ($30 USD per day), which seemed reasonable for the quality, however the downside of the hillside view is that it wasn’t close to much and the drive was treacherous.
Sarana Bungalows were nice enough, just not my favorite and internet speeds were lacking.
These are the guest rooms that are directly above Bubba’s Cafe. Internet was better in the rooms than in the actual cafe…and you get a free cup of coffee every day if you stay there. The rooms were pretty bare though and didn’t have desks, and the internet in the cafe below was pretty weak.
A party hostel with solid internet? Yeah, I was surprised as well. I stayed here my first night just because it was cheap while I looked for my longer-term home. The rooms were like prison cells without windows, however the pool and social scene is really why people go there.
Nice, but poor internet.