The picture is a cottage I stayed at in Koh Phangan Island in Thailand. Backyard of a family-run bungalow has a bunch of these little cottages, tucked amidst banana plantations keeping you cool under the asbestos roof. There is also a restaurant attached but the best part for me is the turquoise beach right outside my door. When I stayed there, I felt great because I paid $4 per night for this beautiful view and a cottage (minus the common baths from hostel culture) all to myself.
|Cottage at Haad Yao|
Why did I pick this place? And most importantly, how did I pick this place?
Koh Phangan is the famous Full Moon Party island. The closer you stay to Haad Rin beach, the closer you are to chaos. And after a night long party, you just want to sleep a peaceful day though the noon. So I picked this place about 20 kilometers from Haad Rin. (yeah, that is a long ride!) But then, I loved the feel of the entire Koh Phangan island I got while I rode my rented bike through the diameter of the island to party at Haad Rin and back to rest at Haad Yao. :-)
If that's the price for picking a place so far away from the party beach, I loved the price I paid!
My 2 cents here.. pick the place away from 'the real attraction' of the destination. You pay much lesser than the touristy price. You enjoy the feel of your destination town and not just the 'tourist attraction'. You enjoy the peace away from 'tourist' crowd. You have a blast!!!