We came to Ko Phangan with no bookings and had Weangthai recommended to us by some people we met on the boat over... we walked in and booked 2 nights to check it out, but after half an hour talking to the staff and seeing the bar/attached dive shop, went straight back to reception and booked another week... we've now been here 2 weeks and reluctantly leave to continue our trip. Cheap & cheerful, well worth a look.
The last few reviews have trashed it, but you can see the resort has improved drastically over the last few months, and still is. A lot of the staff have been turned over and the new guard are clearly on top of things - the dive instructors really know their stuff, and there hasn't been a single staff member from any part of the resort that couldn't give us a good tip on what to check out, or where to find a good deal on anything. The staff are all super polite and friendly, and most hang out at the pool bar after hours to socialize and make sure everyone is having a good time.
During our stay they were also installing new toilets/plumbing, for those who like a little more in the way of western comforts. The rooms are simple but tidy - and just drop your key at reception anytime you want housekeeping. Honestly, we were only in our room to sleep anyway, since there's so much to do on the island and there's always people to hang out with around the resort.
Location is also great since you're 2-3 minutes walk from Thong Sala... the night markets are great for amazing food, and you're central to pretty much everywhere on the island. Mopeds can be rented from the resort (great for exploring) and they also have their own taxis, so no matter what you want to see on the island you're practically there. There's also plenty of other resorts/bars a quick walk down the beach.
The staff helped organize everything from group trips to the moon parties, outings to watch Muay Thai boxing (2 doors down the road, great show btw) and birthday parties for guests. Dive shop staff especially are amazing - we went through our Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses, and all of the instructors were more than happy to answer questions or offer tips at any time - since they're all hanging out anyway, there's really no distinction between 'lesson time' and 'beer time' if you want to talk diving.
The in-house restaurant is great; the staff are too friendly for words and the food is good - the pad thai in particular is amazing. Extremely casual atmosphere and tables flow into the lounge/common area (complete with hammocks, day beds and a library) and all overlook the pool/bar area.
We've had an amazing time and I'd recommend the resort to people looking to dive, explore the island, or party. There were families around during our stay who were happy and quite social - the resort owner's kids themselves are often around the resort amusing everyone - but if you're looking for something super quiet or secluded there's maybe a bit too much fun being had at Weangthai.
- Also Known As:
- Weangthai Hotel Koh Phangan
- Weangthai Hotel And Resort
- Weang Thai Surat Thani