Our review of Coco Gardens in Koh Phangan in Thailand.
Name: Coco Gardens, Koh Phangan, Thailand.
Type: Hotel/Cabins Beach Side
Date of Stay: 21st January – 29th January, 2014 8 nights
Booked through: Booking.com
Why we went there?
As part of our last month of our 2013/2014 RTW journey we wanted to be able to chill on an island in Thailand and catch up on written content for the launch of our website. There are plenty of islands available in Thailand to choose from but we were after a smaller, laid back island that had plenty of good cheap accommodation. Koh Phangan fitted the bill and the budget!
Why we chose it?
We had been recommended Coco Apartments in Koh Phangan by a fellow Travel Blogger and we booked the accommodation. It turned out to be the wrong place, that being said we were fine with the reviews and were looking forward to the touchdown. Coco Gardens had good reviews on Trip Advisor and Booking.com. It was close to Thongsala and the ferry port. They had a very cheap double room with ensuite overlooking the garden and provided free Wi-Fi.
What was it like?
A few days before we arrived we reread the booking confirmation and noted that we had booked a bungalow that only offered cold water. We contacted the resort by email to see if this was the case and whether or not we could upgrade to a room with hot water. A double room with ensuite and hot water shower was available so we accepted that. On arrival we were also offered a beachfront room at a higher rate which we readily accepted. Coco Gardens is located on a lovely part of the beach of Thongsala. There are 25 bungalows so it is a relatively small resort. The Owners Lee and Adrian are hands on and run a tight ship. The complex is clean and well maintained. Rooms can be serviced if requested and clean towels when required. The restaurant has a varied menu, high quality food and good prices. The staff are friendly and efficient. The beach bar is attended by Lek who makes great Island Ice Teas and knows the area very well.
What was around it?
Thongsala town centre is a ten minute walk away where there are supermarkets, banks, ATMs, restaurants, daily markets and cafes. Saturday night there is a walking market in town offering local handicrafts and several food stalls. There are many travel agencies around offering onward transport services, bike and car rental and various tours. The ferry port is a ten minute walk.
Would we return?
Yes. We would return but we have issues with the Wi-Fi connection it is intermittent.
Costs: THB 1250/AUD 43 per night
How was the Wi-Fi?
The Wi-Fi is only available in the restaurant and is weak and intermittent.
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