Have you ever thought about idea of traveling around the world while working and earning money on the road? We’re living in a globalization era where the information is highly accessible to anyone with the access to internet. The good news is that the internet became a standard in a modern world, so you’ll most likely have a stable internet connection wherever you go.
To many people, the idea of traveling around the world while working at the same time sounds impossible, but believe me; it’s not that hard to achieve that. The term is called digital nomad lifestyle and more people are chasing that lifestyle recently.
If you ever plan to visit Thailand as a digital nomad, then you probably heard stories from people who’ve already been there.
“Thailand is a paradise for digital nomads because it’s dirt cheap compared to western world countries and community there is huge!”
Also, Thailand is a very friendly country toward digital nomads as there are many coworking spaces around the country. In this article, I will give you an honest and comprehensive review of coworking space called KoHub.
What is KoHub and Where It’s Located?
KoHub is a coworking space that is specifically designed for digital nomads and other professionals who’d love to try to work on their projects from tropical offices. It’s located on Koh Lanta, Krabi Province. Koh Lanta is an island that is surrounded by the Andaman Sea in a deep south of Thailand.
How to Get to Koh Lanta?
There are a few ways to reach the island, but I would talk about the way I’ve got to the island in details. You can land in Phuket or Krabi Town to reach the island.
I landed in Phuket and reached the island from there. When you land at Phuket airport, I recommend you not to take a shuttle or taxi as it will cost you much more than taking a regular bus. The catch is that no one will actually help you in finding a local bus as everyone in front of airport seems to be a taxi driver or person who’s working for a commission.
To reach the local bus station, you should walk from international flights to domestic flights and in front of domestic flights terminal, you will see a city bus station. There will be a driving schedule and the bus to Phuket City costs only 100BHT.
The ride will last for almost 2 hours until you reach Phuket City. I advise you to book a hotel in Phuket City if you don’t plan to stay more than two days there. There are many cheap hotels in the city, so it won’t be a problem to find something suitable for a day or two.
The only way to reach Koh Lanta from Phuket is by the boat that goes from Rassada Pier. I was located in a Rome Place Hotel and got a boat ticket from a near travel agency for 700BHT with the shuttle from the hotel to pier included.
The price is a fair one if you’re not paying more than 1,000BHT.
The whole trip will last around 4 hours and if you’re visiting Thailand in low season, you should be aware that there is only one ferry per day that is leaving around 8 AM. You can expect to arrive to Koh Lanta around 1PM as you’ll switch boats in Phi Phi Island. A great thing is that you will have around 1 hour between boat switch, so you can explore Phi Phi for a while.
You can check a video on Croatian to see how Phi Phi looks like:
Once you get on the boat from Phi Phi, you’ll be heading directly to Saladan Pier, Koh Lanta. When you arrive there, they will ask you for a funny cleaning fee of 10BHT.
Congratulations, you just arrived in Koh Lanta!
Regarding accommodation, I spent one month in KoHub hotel which was arranged by KoHub staff. The best way to reach the hotel is by getting a taxi from Saladan pier and tell the driver to leave you at the Long Beach where coworking space is located. The taxi drive will cost you around 150BHT. When you reach the coworking space, you will be awaited by the friendly and warm staff who will give you all the information and things required to get into the hotel room.
If you have any questions regarding anything about coworking space or island in general, they will gladly help you as they are local people who know English pretty well.
Coworking space is located 10 minutes by walk from the hotel which isn’t a problem even if you’re walking to the offices. The hotel has standard rooms with options of single and double bed room that are equipped with A/C and balconies. Also, the most amazing feature this hotel has to offer is the access to the roof where you have seats and table with stunning view. It’s a great place where people from KoHub can hang and meet each other with a bottle of Singha.
KoHub is a the only coworking space currently on Koh Lanta. The space looks really amazing with the vast smoking area that has an outside bar where you can order smoothies, coffee and cocktails. Also, there is a kitchen with a warm and smiling staff who’re always willing to help you. The smoking area has many benches where you can sit, eat or work outside.
If you pass through the smoking area, you will face a lobby room. Please remember that you should remove your shoes before entering the KoHub. There will be two beautiful ladies who’re working on the front desk. If you have any question regarding anything, these ladies will be more than happy to help you with anything.
The interesting thing you will notice when you first arrive there is an artistic chalkboard with activities for members. It’s amazing how they’re taking care of their members and looking to build a connected community between them. There are activities each day where you can play different games, have a dinner or drink and volunteer along other KoHub members. Radiwan is a woman who’s responsible for these activities, so if you have any question regarding these, feel free to ask her.
The full-set A/C room is located on your right when you enter the lobby. There are few desks with huge monitors and two conference rooms where you can focus on your work. In front of the lobby, there is the most interesting part of KoHub – a deck.
There are many free tables where you can set your working space on the deck, but the only problem is the heat. There are many ventilators there, so if you’re not dependent on A/C this place will be your favorite one. It has a relaxing ambient with the garden around and Buddha statue in front of deck, so when you’re overwhelmed with the work, just look around and wander. An interesting thing is that the beach is located only two minutes from the coworking space which is perfect for taking a short break from work.
They have a community kitchen where members can drink free coffee and water but also can buy soft drinks and beers for a low price. Remember always to drink a lot of fluids as Thailand has a very humid climate, so your body will naturally need more liquid intake.
There is also a play room where a member can play different board games, guitar and even a ping-pong. The staff did a great job, so the members are constantly surrounded by the environment that is set for enhanced productivity and focus.
Depending on your membership, if you take a full membership, then you’ll be able to order two meals from their online system. You simply log in into your KoHub account, choose the dish and order it to the place where you’re currently working.
The kitchen staff will soon deliver your food to your table. Such a great thing as you won’t spend any time looking for a food. Also, I need to mention there is so many different dishes and even if you try different dish each day, you won’t be able to try them all in a month period. The food is very adjustable regarding spices and portions of healthy food are huge!
The internet there is super fast and stable which will be ideal for any work, especially if you’re uploading a lot of materials. They have a backup generator that is responsible for supplying coworking space with electricity if it’s cut. During the electricity cuts, there wasn’t internet connection, but these cuts lasted for 20 minutes maximum.
Also, I can’t finish the part where I’m describing a coworking space without including the funniest members there – the cats. KoHub had three interesting cats that will make you a good company during your work, especially Panda.
If you’re interested in checking this hidden gem regarding coworking spaces, I advise you to check their official site to see the prices and membership options. Their booking staff is very responsive and helpful so that they will give you a clear answer to all of your queries.
Koh Lanta is a very chilling island with not so many things to do especially if you come in low season. KoHub is an interesting community of people who’re mainly digital nomads working on their projects.
You can meet such amazing people there and listen to their stories all day long. Also, you will get many ideas and lasting relationships after the trip. The coworking place itself is a really productive environment that is opened 24/7. You have everything you need in the office for maximum productivity and focus.
The prices for full packages are very affordable, even for people who just recently started with digital nomad lifestyle and freelance career.
My trip to Koh Lanta has lasted for one month and I can’t say any bad word about the coworking space or staff there.
Many thanks goes to the staff that helped me a lot during the trip.
I want to thank people who provide us with a great time and motorbikes there too!