Saturday, 18 May 2013

Koh Phangan, Thailand

Mandy managed to purchase a good Groupon deal for 3 nights 4 days stay at a deluxe room with daily breakfast at Panviman Resort, Koh Phangan, Thailand. It was a get to know the in-laws retreat as both couple's parents were invited!

Panviman Resort is located on the East Coast of Koh Phangan, an island just next to the famous and more commercial Koh Samui. The resort is accessible either direct by boat or road part dirt trail by van or 4WD. To get to this exotic island, we took a Bangkok Airways flight to Koh Samui. From the nearby Patcherat pier, it is about 45 mins ferry ride to Koh Phangan. It is then about an hour's ride by road to the  resort. Although the journey to the resort is long and requires frequent transport changes, rest assured it is worth it.

The resort is nestled in a jungle fringed hill slope overlooking two picturesque bays. Our bedroom balcony has an unobstructed view of one of the bays. The view is breathtaking, guaranteed to make you forget about work and stress. The deluxe room came with all the expected creature comforts and more.

Typical of Thais, the staff were polite and friendly and the service very good. The buffet breakfast was good. You get pork bacon and not beef bacon. Hotel food prices were reasonable with ala carte dishes averaging 200 baht. Cocktails were about 180 baht. All of us caved in to the pleasures of spa treatment and were pampered with body, heat and herbal massages. On the third night, the kids upgraded their room to a villa with its very own private pool and jacuzzi.

All in all, it was a very nice and relaxing stay. We even managed to spend a couple of hours over in Chaweng, Koh Samui and even had a final foot massage at 180 baht before leaving for KL. Our thanks to both Mandy and Eddie who planned the entire trip, ground arrangements and ensuring both parents had a wonderful and memorable holiday.

View from villa

View from Deluxe Room

The three fair ladies

Destination : Koh Phangan, Thailand.
Date :12 to 15 May 2013
Accomodation : Panvamin Resort, 4 Stars, Package RM720 for 2 pax wi b'fast.
Mum's Rating : 7/10
Bangkok Airways - about RM800 pp
Airport to Patcherat Pier - RM10 pp
Ferry to Koh Phangan - RM20 pp
Pier to Panviman Resort - RM30 pp

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