Islands in Thailand can be relatively affordable, if you know where to go…
I travelled to three: Koh Phayam, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Tao. Some were the perfect hidden Paradise – affordable and all. Others were more luxurious and yet, if you know where to look, it is possible to even live cheaply on those.
I compiled a series of Thailand Island Hopping, where I share my expenses and opinions about each Island I travelled to.
Let’s start with…
Koh Phayam is an island near the Myanmar border and was the first ever Thai island I have visited. I had read accounts of the place being too quiet – a bit like Thailand twenty years ago. I wasn’t sure when I read the review, why that would be a bad thing and I still don’t know. Because, for me it was Paradise!
I loved everything about Koh Phayam: empty beaches (even on busier beaches, it never feels busy), good cheap food (streetfood available), there are no cars and no boats (except for the ferries and a few speed boats but the Pier is so far removed, that wherever you are on the Island, you cannot hear them).
We loved our secluded Bungalow with outdoor shower and I have never slept so well in my life. Honestly. I’ve been struggling with Insomnia since my early twenties and this place made me sleep like a baby. It was peaceful. If you do crave some company, head down to the few restaurants and bars who offer delicious food and a chilled atmosphere. Sometimes there are live bands playing.
But what you won’t find on Koh Phayam are hundreds of 20-somethings getting drunk and loud establishment after loud establishment. This is precisely why I loved the place. The vibe on the island is so relaxed – it is not a good place to party. But a wonderful off-the-beaten-path Oasis if you seek an off-the-beaten-track relaxing island with stunning beaches and a ‘middle of nowhere’ feel.