It took only 30 minutes to get to get to Koh Phangan from Koh Samui, and the ferry which transported us from the one island to the other was very comfortable and clean. In all of our travels from northern to southern Thailand, this certainly was one of the easiest moves we had ever made. There were numerous other travellers onboard with us – some heading to Phangan to party it up, others heading onward to Koh Tao to partake in some diving adventures. We visited Koh Tao in 2012, so we already knew how beautiful the island was, our hope was that we would similarly alluring surroundings on this new island.
Once we arrived on Koh Phangan, we caught a motorbike – with handy side-car – from the ferry port to our resort which was located on the south-west coast of the island, on Baan Tai Beach. We’d been looking for something quiet and right on the beach, and Charm Beach Resort offered precisely that. Our beachfront bungalow was right next to the ocean, and only a few meters away from the resort’s swimming pool, restaurant, beach bar, massage hut, and within walking distance of a huge supermarket. We were able to stock up on essentials, snacks and drinks. From the beach it was possible to see Koh Samui, the island on which we had just spent five days, in the distance. We were welcomed by the friendly staff, and then showed to our bungalow which was very simple but adequate. We immediately felt at home here, and couldn’t have been happier with our move.
The view from our bungalow
This was just what we had wanted – the ocean right outside our bungalow, trees for shade, some hammocks to relax in, and complete peace and quiet. There was an awesome treehouse bungalow but it was all booked out for the time that we were on the island. It looked like such fun to stay up there in the trees, but let’s be honest, it’s probably better that momma-to-be didn’t have to climb into the trees every time she needed to get to her bungalow. That would be an accident waiting to happen!
The beach bar
Although we were not there to enjoy the cocktails, beers or Thai Rum, we were impressed by the bar located right on the beach under a thatched roof with authentic Thai lighting. We walked along the Baan Tai beach having a look at similar resorts and each of them had bars like this, but each was was unique in some way.
There were pamphlets at the front desk showing that there would be Boot Camp and Yoga classes taking place on Baan Tai Beach in the mornings and evenings. I was super excited about this, but unfortunately I never did see these taking place. Perhaps we slept too late, and then we were out wandering along the beach around sunset time, but we missed all of the workouts. Too bad – that would have been a nice way to start – or end – a couple of days here.
The resort was lovely during the day and at night. When we didn’t want to lay on the beach or in our bungalow, we would relax on the resorts couches or in the open-air “TV area”, where we were able to play DVDs and lay back on pillows. There may have been a few mosquitos buzzing around, and a million geckos crawling on the ceiling above where we lay, but it all added to the rustic feel of the place, and we loved every bit of it!
Baan Tai Beach
As you can see in the picture above, Koh Samui is visible just above the horizon. We had read that this beach was not ideal because it was too shallow, but we enjoyed walking on the sand when the tide went out in the late afternoon. The dogs who lived at the resort would follow us out and keep us company. Even during the day, when the tide was high we had to walk quite far to dip into the water but it was warm and pleasant so we couldn’t complain. On the plus side, the resort had a pool so swimming in the ocean really wasn’t necessary.
This massage area offered a huge variety of massages, oils and rubs, and it was located right on the beach so while you enjoyed your relaxing treatment, you could enjoy the view of the beach and even the sunset. This is definitely one of the top reasons why Thailand is so freaking amazing!
Another gorgeous sunset