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sunset cove vs panviman

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sunset cove vs panviman

Hi my partner and I (both late 20's) are going to Ko phangan in October and are tossing up between the panviman and sunset cove. We're not really into the party scene but want a good beach and some nearby resturants. We're both keen snorkllers. I know there is no coral reef/snorkelling on the NE coast by panviman; is the snorkelling on the NW coast good enough to sway our decision? Any opinions would be appreciated.

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1. Re: sunset cove vs panviman

Hi, we've just returned from a 3 week trip (including, taking 30 people over for our wedding and our honeymoon there too). We've also done the travelling/backing thing many times in Thailand before.

I just wanted to say that the Panviman is in a beautiful setting with lovely swimming pools and comfy beds THATS IT!!

We booked in for 6 nights and only stayed 3, it is a souless place and known to many on Thong nai pan, the place where the rich stay for a few days get served by the waiters lie on the private beach take a few pics then say 'we've done Ko Phangan'.

Obviously this is only my opinion and many others will disagree, it all depends on what you would like to experience. Staying at the Panviman felt like I could've been in any other European 4 star hotel.

The private beach is hundreds of steps down a steep hill, so no waking up to the sound of the ocean, there is only one restaurant to have dinner, and to get on Thong nai Pan noi or yai you have to get a taxi. There is a small plank of wood across the water but its a five minute walk down the steep steps to see if its covered by the sea to then have another 5 min steep walk back up to go back to reception to ask them to get you a tai down to where the reception is.

Like I say it really depends on what you want, we wanted a beautiful hut right on the beach, to sit out on the balcony and listen and look at the ocean to taste authentic thai food, to have traditional thai massage and a beautiful seafood barbecue.

This you will find at Star hut or baan panburi, although only in one of their most expensive beach huts.(still half the price of panviman though)!

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2. Re: sunset cove vs panviman

My partner and I (in our mid 20s) are staying at Sunset Cove in November. It's far enough away from the party scene but still close just in case.

Apparently there is a reef just off the shore... but not sure if the snorkelling is any good. We're hopping it is.

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3. Re: sunset cove vs panviman

Haven't been to Panviman, but Sunset Cove is the opposite to what is described in the first reply. Friendly staff who become familiar with you straight away, right on the beach, where you can sit and listen to the ocean and watch the sunsets, plenty of decent restaurants around, and massage places, etc. I'm not a snorkeller, so I can't help you there.

Hope this helps.

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