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Which places in Southern Thailand offer the ideal work and play balance?


in Thailand by @eot_fly | 5yr  | 5 comments

Hi everyone,
Iโ€™ve been in Chiang Mai, for a month, and would like to go down south for another 2 months. My priority is finding a location where I can work from, preferably somewhere that is not too touristy, yet not too remote either. Do you have any recommendations in regards to finding a place that is both attractive (beaches, scenery, outdoor activities etc.) and ideal for getting work done (co-working spaces, cafes, not too overcrowded)?

Iโ€™ve been looking into the Krabi region (Ao Nang, Lanta, Koh Lipe) and the Surat Thani region (Ko tao, Phangan and Samui). Since I have never visited any of those places, I am not quite sure if they are well suited for working as much as doing touristic activities.

Thank you

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@marcob | 5yr

@emir.gunel if you want the most โ€˜chillโ€™ vibe, while still having access to plenty of things to do, I would suggest Ko Lanta. Itโ€™s a relatively small island, but there are plenty of amazing places to eat, including lots of markets and it has the best beaches - long and full of restaurants and cafes that offer perfect working oasis. You can view some of the spaces we worked from on my instagram @marco_bisca - the one picture with the bungalows at night proved to be the best working location, itโ€™s called Somewhere restaurant - right inf ront there is a volleyball net where Iโ€™d play with the locals at sunset every day, watchout, theyโ€™re good!

Pros on Ko Lanta:
-easy access to Phi Phi, Ko Rok and other islands
-hop and a skip to Krabi
-chill vibe
-nice beaches
-not congested
-friendly locals

Good luck and enjoy your time down south.

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@travelingpm | 5yr

Chiming in from Koh Phangan in case itโ€™s on your radar. We spent a month in Chiang Mai and loved it. The networking opportunities, workshops, and convenience is really hard to beat.

Weโ€™ve been in Koh Phangan for three weeks and are just starting to find our groove. The islands amenities and cafes just arenโ€™t conducive to work, though if you want to over index on play itโ€™s great. The nomad community is small, overpowered by Full Moon Party tourists and friendly locals that seem to appreciate the offline life. The one coworking space (KohSpace) charges 1300 TBH a week and is nothing to write home about. Cafe culture is lacking and itโ€™s hard to find a place that has airflow or AC. Iโ€™d recommend it to families as there are plenty of expat families to connect with, but would limit the visit to a month or two max.

If you end up here anyway, Iโ€™d suggest working at The Flying Dutchman just north of Thongsala (not the flying dutchman in Had Rin). French press coffees for 50 THB (two cups), the Dutch/Thai staff are very friendly, 9 mbps internet, and a nice view/breeze.

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@kevinohashi | 5yr

My favorite place is Lanta. I find it has the right balance for me. http://kohub.org makes work pretty easy and pretty much an instant community to tap into if you want it. Itโ€™s got fantastic beaches, enough outdoor activities (great diving!) and decent internet most places (cafes/restaurants/hotels/3g).

Whether it will be the right balance for you? Really couldnโ€™t tell you. in your shoes, Iโ€™d just go to one place, see how you like it and try somewhere else if itโ€™s not right.

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@purplespatula | 5yr

Totally agree with the Koh Lanta assessment โ€“ itโ€™s a fantastic place. Itโ€™s got a lot of different kinds of accommodations so I think thereโ€™s something there for everyone. KoHub is amazing when you want community and there are lots of other great little spots to work from when you donโ€™t want the coworking space vibe. A couple of my favorites are Pattyโ€™s Secret Garden and Moloko Lanta. Both know the digital nomad crowd and are super friendly.

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