Ko Phangan ranked No 1 destination for 'workation'

Ko Phangan ranked No 1 destination for 'workation'

Tourists relax on a beach on Phangan island. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)
Tourists relax on a beach on Phangan island. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)

Ko Phangan has been ranked the No 1 destination for people seeking a workation (work + vacation) in a recent survey.

The survey was by the William Russell website which attracts expats, professionals, families, remote workers, digital nomads, frequent travellers, and businesses.

The survey concludes Ko Phangan is the No 1 destination for a workation, followed by No 2 - Gran Canaria, Spain; No 3 - Lisbon, Portugal; No 4 - Austin, Texas, USA; No 5 - Sao Paolo, Brazil; No 6 - Budapest, Hungary; No 7 - Canggu, Bali, Indonesia; No 8 - Belgrade, Serbia; No 9 - Berlin, Germany; and No 10 - Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The ranking is based on various factors including monthly costs (which should not be too high), internet speed (which should be fast and workable), fun and safety (low crime rate).

The Surat Thani governor said the necessity to work remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic led to the new trend - workation - from where expats can work full-time from anywhere in the world with only the internet and a computer notebook at hand.

Ko Phangan is also well-connected to Ko Samui and Ko Tao islands nearby, the governor said.

"In December 2021, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) educated business operators at Ko Phangan about accepting digital nomads because of the strong trend of working remotely. Many foreigners want to find a place to get away from the Covid-19 pandemic and at the same time work from where they stay.

"When asked by the TAT, foreigners said Ko Phangan has all they need. The cost of living there is acceptable," he said.

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  • acceptable: that somebody agrees is of a good enough standard - ที่ยอมรับได้
  • cost: an amount of money that people need to pay for something - ค่า
  • cost of living (noun): the amount of money that people need to pay for ordinary goods and services such as food, clothing and a place to live - ค่าครองชีพ
  • crime: an illegal activity or action - อาชญากรรม
  • digital nomad: a person who earns a living working online in various locations of their choosing -
  • remotely: from a distance -
  • survey: the act of asking for and recording information - การสำรวจ, การหาข้อมูล
  • trend: a new development in clothing, make-up, etc - แนวโน้ม
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