Koh Phangan vs. Phuket — Which Destination Scores Best for Remote Workers?

Koh Phangan vs. Phuket — Which Destination Scores Best for Remote Workers?

Koh Phangan versus Phuket: which is the best for digital nomads in 2023 and working remotely?

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If you’re considering working remotely in Thailand, you may be trying to decide between Koh Phangan and Phuket. Both destinations have unique charm and attractions, but which is the better choice for working remotely?


  • Intro: location is Phuket Town
  • What you’re not going to get in Phuket compared to Koh Phangan
  • Criteria
  • Roads, infrastructure, and electricity
  • Cultural diversity
  • Healthcare
  • Housing
  • Nature, outdoors, and beaches
  • Fitness, yoga, muay thai
  • Entertainment, restaurants, and nightlife
  • Food and dining
  • Service design
  • Final analysis: Phuket or Koh Phangan as a remote work destination

During this video, we’ll compare the two locations and score them on specific topics to help you make an informed decision.

First up, let’s look at infrastructure.

When it comes to roads and electricity, Phuket gets the higher score, with a rating of 9. The roads in Phuket are nicely paved and, while the drivers may not always be safe, the overall experience is much safer than in Koh Phangan, where the roads are sandy and dangerous, leading to a score of 2.

In terms of electricity, power outages are a common occurrence in Koh Phangan, while Phuket has relatively stable power.

Next, let’s consider cultural diversity. In this context, we’re comparing the two locations as places to work remotely, so a diverse cultural environment can be beneficial for networking and finding work opportunities.

In this regard, Phuket scores a 7, with a large expat community and a diverse range of nationalities and cultures represented. Koh Phangan, on the other hand, scores a 4, with a more homogenous population and fewer opportunities for networking.

When it comes to the cost of living, Koh Phangan is more affordable.
The cost of living is much lower in Koh Phangan, with a monthly budget of around $500 can be sufficient.

Finally, let’s consider the overall vibe and atmosphere of the two locations. If you’re looking for a laid-back, hippie vibe, Koh Phangan is the place to be.

A downside, Koh Phangan is known for attracting “gurus”.

The island is known for its laid-back atmosphere and party scene, with a strong focus on wellness and alternative lifestyles. Phuket, on the other hand, has a more mainstream and touristy atmosphere.

Phuket is the better choice for working remotely, with higher scores in terms of infrastructure, cultural diversity, and overall atmosphere. However, Koh Phangan is a strong contender for those looking for a cheaper cost of living and a more laid-back, yoga, vibe.

Ultimately, the decision will depend on your personal preferences and what you’re looking for in a location to work remotely.

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