Lonely Beach Koh Chang – Explore with Our Guide

Lonely Beach At a Glance

Likely to meet:
Backpackers, solo travellers, party people and flashpackers
The Beach:
Not the longest beach but good sand, best at the northern end, nice friendly atmosphere
Mainly bungalows, huts, guesthouses but odd boutique and swankier resort
250bt rooms, cold shower, fan up to 7,500bt for the pool villas
Lots of choices, cheap Thai, western, think Khao San Road small scale
Parties, dj’s, some live music, lots of bars
Lots of choice if you want a tattoo
Nightlife, meeting other travellers and fun lovers
Noisy at night pretty much everywhere
Thai Name:
Hat Tha Nam (hat, beach, tha nam, pier)

Lonely Beach At an Island Pace

Lonely Beach has become the backpacker hub and the party centre of the island. Situated far down the south west coast, up and and over a mountain, it is split into two parts, the beach section running for a few hundred metres from the bottom of the mountain, and a kilometre or so further along, the village section, laid out along the main street, with two sois running off it down to the rocky seafront.


Up until the late 1990’s, there was no connecting road and backpackers hiked the across the mountain to stay in simple thatch huts. Those huts have mostly disappeared or been upgraded, with accommodation now ranging from shared bathroom guesthouses, to densely packed rows of bungalows and mid range offerings, right up to the odd boutique and higher end resort. On the actual beach, there are just four places to stay, with the rest in and around the village.

Different bars, again either on the beach or in the village, take it in turns to host a party each night of the week, with a supposed cut-off time of 2.00am. Alongside these venues, there are of course a myriad of other bars offering something for every taste, plenty of cheap restaurants and cafes, a whole alleyway of tattooists, dive shops, a gym, massage, internet and tour shops. All in all, it is a fun and busy place to stay, attracting both the budget travelers and backpackers and those that are just looking for a good time.

Lonely Beach – Down the mountain and along the beach

Coming from the north, the road climbs out of Kai Bae Beach, first passing the main road entrance of Seaview Resort and then an excellent vantage point complete with visitor centre. The view from here is spectacular taking in the offshore islands, beaches to the north and to the south and the sea disappearing off the horizon.

The road, flanked by wonderful old trees towering above the surrounding canopy and with curves and tight corners aplenty, continues on up and over, reaching the clifftop annex of the same Seaview Resort, perched on the rock edge at the midway point, then the turning to Siam Bay, with a switchback corner immediately after, providing the first glimpse of Lonely Beach beneath.


Dropping down this last section of the mountain, the road passes the original huts of Siam Beach Resort on the hillside, its new bungalows on the mountainside and the villas and main building at the bottom on the beach, before it winds on around the back, past an undeveloped area of scrubland.

The upscale Bhumiyama Beach Resort is located in the middle of the beach, the cheaper Nature Beach Resort next door and the cheapest Siam Huts at the southern end, with nothing on the mountain side but jungle and a few overfed monkeys.


You can walk through Nature Beach or Siam Huts to get to the sand itself, with the best section running north from Nature Beach to Siam Beach at the end.

Next door to the entrance to Siam Huts, there is a minimart and bakery but adjoining them, the newly named Go To The Beach Road also runs down to the sea. This is the entrance to a fledgling development to create another whole mini-village and early arrivals include Hug Coffee on the corner, whilst the already popular Cancun Bar, Sun City and Aire Cafe are by the ocean.

Continuing along the road, it is an easy walk to the village itself.

Lonely Beach – In the village and up and down the sois (streets)

Gu’s Bay Bar and the tattoo shop, Danny’s are located in the shop houses just before the bridge, which itself is flanked by the Riverstone bar and the mini resort, Joy Cottage.

The Kitchen, one of the better cheap restaurants, lies across the road alongside others of a similar ilk such as Dang Seafood and Rim Tarn. Soi Tian Chai 1, as it is somewhat grandly named, is the first street that comes off the main road running down to the sea.


Down Soi 1, Thale Guesthouse, part of the very long established Stone Free, has its home a hundred meters or so along, with Sunshine Cafe adjacent and Himmel Bar and Ting Tong, both leaders in the party scene, almost opposite each other about half way down. Banana Guesthouse and Unique Cocktail Bar are tucked in amongst them.


Maco Jaco Bungalows and the wooden rooms of Sunshine Cafe are in a small connecting street which joins up with Soi Tian Chai 2, itself running parallel 50 meters away. Sunflower Bungalows find themselves in the thick of the action after Ting Tong, with Friend Bungalows opposite after the row of tattooists.

Following the curve to the right at the bottom of the soi, you reach the bungalows of Sea Flower Resort, which sit on the rocky seafront. The original party and backpacker Treehouse Lodge was located around here and so goes the story, the owner coined the name Lonely Beach as a means of attracting early visitors to her bungalows in the late 1990’s. The name is now universal, though locals do still refer to Hat Tha Nam, the real Thai name.


At the very end of the track, it is sometimes possible to to hop across the inlet and walk along the path past the new large-scale development to emerge at Siam Huts and the beach, a useful shortcut.

Back at the soi itself, shortly after Banana Bar, Sunset Huts, also one of the very first resorts to open in this area, sits at the end with its bungalows in rows along the seafront. Following them to the left leads you to Sky Beach and on the corner, Warapura Resort, a boutique resort. This is actually the bottom of Soi 2, so by taking this back to the main road, you complete the grid.

Along the way, you pass the hostel KLKL, with Antenna Guesthouse and Carpe Diem a little further up, opposite the other end of the row of bungalows of Maco Jaco, on their cut through street to Soi 1.

Marco’s Place, an Italian run guesthouse, Lam Yai Bungalows, on their very own little track, and the other entrance to Thale Guesthouse/Stone Free are all found round and about in this section.

The coffee shop Sleepy Owl, with its accompanying hostel at the rear, is located on the corner where the soi rejoins the main road.

Lonely Beach – On the hillside and leaving the village

Between the two sois on the main road, Ploy Inn offers rooms on the mountain side behind its restaurant, before another soi, Soi Tian Chai 3, heads inland with Day Night Bungalows at its start. Janina’s Resort, Easy House and Little Eden are spaced out further up and Oasis Bungalows has prime position at the top, with fabulous views out over the whole area, especially from its tree-house.


Kachapura Resort, a well designed resort in rolling gardens, sits opposite this soi, the restaurants of Yummy and Baan Mai nearby, with Lonely Beach Resort, Fish House and Magic Garden Resort side by side as you head south. Each of these resorts have their own roadside restaurants, while nightime action is provided by Kamrai, sister bar to their bungalows in Bailan Beach, the brand new Beach Jungle, formerly the Q Bar and at the very end Margaritaville. Look out too for the bar built around the amazing ancient tree by Fish House which has a bar built around it.


BB Divers, its shop, swimming pool, gym, dorm rooms and restaurant, The World of Tapas, dominate the mountain side of the road, while Exotic Bungalows, Janrassammee Homestay, Green Sun, Margaritaville and My Hostel provide more accommodation on either side.


A couple of curious huts are the last buildings on this side, but across the street, just after the new Lemon Bar My Hostel, a final tree-shaded soi leads down to the boutique resort, Nest Sense Resort and Paradise Cottage, with its bungalows, restaurant and bar by the sea.

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