Hi. Does anyone know where there is some cheaper basic bungalows with a nice chill athmosphere and beach quite near?
From my personal experiences:
Haad Chao Phao: Seaflower Bungalows has a range of bungalow types as well. Great bar and restaurant, and owners are very good. They're in the process of building a pool and new hotel building.
Different parts of the island, both have their good points.
Good luck planning.
It all depends upon the cost budget and timing. Staying near Haad Rin beach will surely be more convenient due to a lot of accomodation options from basic bunk beds in hostel, resorts, big hotels and private houses that can be rented for bigger groups who plan to stay longer. If you are traveling solo or in group and doing all planning on your own, it is best to check before well in advance as the most sought after hotels tend to sell out faster and many hotels have a minimum compulsory requirement of 3 days booking before the Full Moon Party which can cause some issues if you just landed there without any booking. However, it all depends on the season and you can easily find many affordable options without any restrictive clauses at slightly further places in North East side of the island like Ao Thang Nai Pan with great views of the sea and scenic tropical forests from balcony in many properties and chilled relax vibe as compared to the densely congested Haas Rin areas if you are looking for both partying and staying at a quiet peaceful place. Transportation is free to and from the hotel to the Full Moon Party on the typical Thai iconic Songthaew shared taxi trucks at few Bahts only or you can also rent out a scooty for exploring the island at your own pace. Do your own research and plan in advance. Happy tripping.
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