Compared to other places in Southeast Asia the Thai islands really aren't that cheap, especially around the holidays. Here on Koh Phangan, most budget accommodation starts at about 300 baht* and can double or even triple around Christmas and New Years. You can imagine my surprise when I found accommodation for a mere 150 baht/$5 US, which is pretty unheard of here. Although it's cheap I'm definitely getting what I'm paying for. This is what $5 gets you on Koh Phangan:
|My own little bungalow|
|Again, I'm getting what I'm paying for|
|A pretty decent common area!|
It's nothing fancy but I really don't need fancy. It's cheap, clean, close to the beach - it does the job. Plus when I save money by staying somewhere inexpensive I can justify spending a little more on other things, like the occasional massage! It kinda feels like camping but I'm enjoying my little bungalow, and the price is definitely right.
* 30 baht = $1 US