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Aug 10

Budget Accommodation on Koh Chang – Our Picks for 2019-20

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Budget Accommodation on Koh Chang 2019-20

Budget accommodation on Koh Chang is found across all of the beaches, with everything on offer from a fan room with shared cold water bathroom at 250bt a night, up to an a/c bungalow, ensuite with hot water at 2,000bt.

Lonely Beach, the island’s magnet for backpackers and partygoers alike, is the centre for cheap places to stay, but you’ll also find plenty of other great value bungalows, rooms and dorms in the other areas. With that in mind, we have assembled our top picks by taking you from beach to beach down the island, north to south, before finishing up on the less frequented east coast.

We have not simply listed the cheapest rooms we can find, but tried to suggest a range that suits all travellers, whether they be a group of gap year backpackers, solo adventurers, beach loving couples, flashpackers or families.

Of course, our list is personal and it may be that a few worthy budget choices have fallen through the cracks, so please do contact us to let us know your own recommendations.

The price range range does come with a caveat. During absolute peak season, that two week period from Christmas onwards, rates may well go up.

Starting at White Sand Beach, the listings are in location order as we head down the west coast.


Independent Bo – White Sand Beach

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Independent Bo

At the northern end on the beach, this long established artist-inspired haunt is built on different levels into the hillside. All rooms are fan only with mosquito nets and double mattresses. The most basic ones share a couple of cold water bathroooms, whilst the more deluxe, up on stilts, offer ensuite with hot shower. Some have balconies too.

Independent Bo is known for its lively restaurant and evening bar and in keeping with that, there is a no children policy throughout, no exceptions.

From 400bt a night upwards, booking is walk-in only, with a minimum 3 night stay.

Other Budget Accommodation on White Sand Beach

Whilst Independent Bo stands out from the crowd, its near neighbours, Maylamean, Pen, Star Beach and Ban Na all have their own loyal followings and are worth a look.

You can also find cheaper accommodation on White Sand Beach down the little inland street behind Kacha Resort, with Island Lodge and Tuk Tuk popular.

Prices can start as low as 250bt per night at all of them.


TP Huts – Pearl Beach

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TP Huts

TP Huts sits at the end of a small inland street at the northern end of Pearl Beach (Hat Khai Mook).

With Danish and Thai owners, it offers standard or deluxe rooms up on stilts in a secluded garden setting. All rooms are fan and ensuite, with family set-ups also available. There’s a small in house restaurant and the real bonus of a swimming pool.

Though the beach in this area is pebble only, it does have great snorkeling and of course, you can hire motorbikes or use the frequent taxis to go elsehwere.

Fan rooms are from 550bt a night, with the largest room by the pool at around 1,100bt

Check Rates and Reviews at Agoda.com

Other Budget Accommodation on Pearl Beach

Also in Pearl Beach, look out too for Elephant and Castle, an English run collection of 7 fan and a/c bungalows up on the hillside. With breakfast available, rates are from 600bt per night.

Saffron on the Sea is best known for its excellent seafront restaurant, but it also has 4 to 5 very agreeable a/c bungalows in the garden. Prices are from 800bt to 1,500bt.


Pajamas – Chai Chet Beach

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Pajamas

Perhaps the best backpacker hostel on Koh Chang, Pajamas sits at the southern end of Chai Chet Beach, linked to the sand by decking and the public walkway.

It’s a mixture of double rooms with balcony and bathroom aimed squarely at the flashpacker or budget dorm accommodation, either mixed or female only with shared bathroom. All are air conditioned.

The rooms open out onto a lovely kidney-shaped pool, with bean bags to laze on and other chill-out areas to escape the heat. Food is available at Nong Bua Seafood, part of the same group, which sits next door.

Dorm beds go from 550bt, garden rooms from 2,000bt.

Check Rates and Reviews at Booking.com

Other Budget Accommodation on Chai Chet Beach

As another option, Habitat Hostel in VJ Plaza has a good selection of dorm beds – mixed or female only – starting from 500bt. Like Pajamas, they also offer private ensuite rooms at 1,800bt a night.


Blue Lagoon – Klong Prao Beach

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Blue Lagoon

Run by a vibrant French and Thai commmunity, Blue Lagoon offers a a great selection of naturally styled rooms from basic fan through a/c bungalows all the way up to family houses.

Rooms are either on the canal or in the garden, with Klong Prao Beach just metres away. There’s a highly recommended restaurant, the equally well reviewed cooking school and all sorts of other activities, with kids especially well catered for.

Booking is through their website, with prices in peak season from 700bt for the fan up to 6,000bt for the whole house which sleeps 8.

KP Huts – Klong Prao Beach

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KP Huts

As old as the hills, the wonderfully peaceful KP Huts sits right on the beach at the northern end of Klong Prao, offering a mixture of bungalows high up on stilts in the sea-row or more basic affairs, back under the trees, in the row behind.

In-room facilities consist of a fan, double mattress and mosquito net. The stilted rooms on the front and some of the bungalows behind do have bathrooms, but it’s cold water showers only and let’s be honest, they have seen better days.

There is a restaurant on site which also has WiFi.

Rooms on the front are normally around 1,100bt in peak season, whilst the rooms behind can be had for as little as 400bt.
Check Rates and Reviews at Booking.com

Other Budget Accommodation on Klong Prao Beach

Next door to KP Huts, Tiger Huts is another peaceful backpacker resort with fan bungalows in rows leading back from the beach. It has an excellent restaurant on site. Prices start at 500bt in high season.

On the northern canal, Baan Rim Nam is well recommmended guesthouse with helpful owner, offering budget, standard and a family room, rates 1,000bt to 1,900bt in high season. Watercolours next door has 6 rooms, twin or double, 1,450bt a night in high season.

Papaya Cottage has also caught our attention since it opened in late 2018. Set inland on the back tracks not far from Blue Lagoon, the Italian owned resort provides a/c rooms with double beds and ensuite hot water bathrooms. Throw in WiFi and a decent restaurant, it seems excellent value at just 1,300bt a night. You can walk to the beach in 5 minutes.


Porn’s Bungalows – Kai Bae Beach

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Porn’s Bungalows

Another Koh Chang old favourite, Porn’s Bungalows sits at the southern end of Kai Bae Beach, the best stretch of sand in the area.

It’s a motley set of older bungalows run by 2 brothers, with the restaurant dividing the 2 halves. They come in all different sizes, styles, some offering hammocks, some more shaded than others but all have ensuite bathrooms, double beds, mosquito nets and fans.

The in-house restaurant serves up very good Thai food but is also famed as one of the island’s best spots to watch the sunsets, often with a fireshow from one of the locals.

Booking is walk-in only, prices between 600bt and 1,500bt in high season.

Other Budget Accommodation – Kai Bae Beach

Siam Cottage at the other end of Kai Bae is another good budget option. Its fan or a/c bungalows, all ensuite, are arranged in a row leading back from the sand, with restaurant on site and a great location to access all the action in the village.

Look out too for some of the cheaper guesthouses like M & M and Blues Guesthouse, where rooms start as low as 350bt – nothing special but again very central.

Sea Turtle is a cute hostel at the northern end, from 400bt a night, mixture of dorm styles.


Oasis Bungalows – Lonely Beach

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Oasis Bungalows

Dutch owned, Oasis Bungalows overlooks Lonely Beach village from its vantage point on the mountainside.

With either fan or a/c options, all rooms have ensuite bathrooms, mosquito nets, safes and terraces. The restaurant, which serves up highly rated Thai and western food, has a unique treehouse above it, from where the sea views are simply stunning.

The bungalows are priced at 1,000bt to 1,850bt in the peak season, great value for such a relaxed and popular spot away from the crowds.
Check Rates and Reviews at Booking.com

Nature Beach Resort – Lonely Beach

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Nature Beach Resort

From its humble beginnings over 20 years ago, Nature Beach has grown and grown into the top notch budget resort you see today, with its accommodation right on the sand still attracting a mix of backpackers and partygoers looking for that perfect holiday vibe.

Rooms, all ensuite, with double beds and a/c, come in 2 distinct styles. The older ones, ochre coloured with thatch roofs, nestle at the back by the small canal, whilst the newer additions, which have a sleeker practical design, run down one side. A terrific swimming pool with loungers was also added a couple of years ago.

The hugely popular restaurant is open all day, a great spot for people-watching.

In peak season, expect to pay around 1,400bt for the rooms at the rear rising up to 2,700bt for the seaview ones at the front.
Check Rates and Reviews at Booking.com

Other Budget Accommodation – Lonely Beach

There are so many budget options in Lonely Beach that we cannot mention them all here. However, the Australian run Beach Jungle has a nice feel to it – dorm beds at 450bt and bungalows, all individually styled with lots of unique artwork, starting at 1,450bt.

Carpe Diem is in the centre of the party area so it certainly cannot claim to be a quiet night’s sleep, but the a/c ensuite rooms by the small swimming pool are clean, modern and the operation is professionally run. Price is 1,850bt in peak.

Look out too for the following, all popular and all good value:-

    Seaflower Resort, bungalows by the sea from 400bt to 1,000bt
    Magic Garden, old style wooden bungalows in a pretty garden from 600bt upwards
    KLKL Hostel a selection of doubles and triples starting at 600bt. Swimming pool.
    Little Eden, fan rooms at 750bt, a/c cottage at 1,100bt per night

The Mangrove – Bailan Beach

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The Mangrove

A very understated affair, The Mangrove sits on its own stretch of beach at the northern end of Bailan Beach.

Constructed from wood, bamboo and thatch, its 10 bungalows nestle amongst the trees on a gentle hillside leading down to a large chill-out deck and restaurant. The fan rooms each have double beds, mosquito nets, storage and vast bathrooms with cold water showers.

The bungalows start from 1,200bt up to 1,700bt for the 3 on the seafront.

You can only book through their website – here.

Other Budget Accommodation – Bailan Beach

By the sea in the heart of the village, Elephant Bay Resort has an eclectic mix of funky beach hut style fan rooms or a/c bungalows, with a swimming pool, restaurant, bar and pool table. A friendly, relaxed atmosphere, rooms start at 990bt in high season.

Set back from the main road, Jungle Garden is a German/Thai owned collection of large wooden bungalows with nicely designed ensuite bathrooms. Rates are for 500bt for fan and 750bt for a/c.

Lazy Republique has changed owners and moved more upmarket in the last year, with the addition of a swimming pool, rooftop bar on the restaurant and general facelift. It remains a good budget choice for couples though at 1,500bt and upwards for one of its 8 brushed concrete a/c rooms.


Coconut Garden – Bang Bao Village

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Coconut Garden

Newly renovated and reinvented, Coconut Garden is a homestay style set-up just before Bang Bao village and pier.

It provides a wide choice of accommodation via mixed or female only a/c dorms, twin a/c rooms with shared bathroom and fan or a/c bungalows, both of those with ensuite hot water bathrooms. The dorms have safe boxes, bunaglows get fridges and there are mosquito nets throughout.

The new Dutch owners also added a swimming pool on arrival and have successfully reinvigorated the restaurant area into a welcoming, fun spot for travellers to hang out.

Prices start at 450bt for the dorm bed, 800bt for the fan bungalow or twin room and 1,600bt for the a/c option.

Check Rates and Reviews at Agoda.com

Indie Beach House – Hat Sai Noi (nr Bang Bao Village

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Indie Beach House

Indie Beach House is a Norwegian/Thai homestay on the tiny strip of sand known as Hat Sai Noi, which is itself located between Bang Bao and Bang Bao Beach.

In a lovely summery design of whites and pastels, they offer nine double bungalows and one family bungalow, all a/c with ensuite bathrooms. Their jewel in the crown, though is a 2 floor beach house, open style, with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and small kitchen area.

The restaurant and bar are in the same style, with its whitewashed old wood construction contrasting with its bright colorful signs, all making for a vibrant cool spot by the sea. During the day and evenings, expect lot of reggae tunes to complete that hip but welcoming feel.

Prices start at 1,400bt for the double bungalow.

Check Rates and Reviews at Booking.com

Other Budget Accommodation – Bang Bao and Hat Sai Noi Beach

Near to Hat Sai Noi, Hippy Huts by the road and down by the sea, Rasta View, are two proper old school Thai-hippie haunts. Each provides fan rooms at their most basic, with just mattress, fan and mozzie net, prices to match, 250bt per night.

Cliff Cottages is a perennial favourite on the other side of Bang Bao, with standard a/c rooms (1,000bt), bungalows on the hilltop (1,200bt) and even Mongolian yurt style bell tents (from 650bt in high season only).

On the pier, the tiny Bang Bao Paradise is a tastefully styled wooden homestay, comprised in the main of fan rooms with shared bathrooms, but also offering a couple of a/c ensuites. Expect to pay around 600bt a night.


Klong Kloi Cottages – Bang Bao (Klong Goi Beach

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Klong Kloi Cottages

Situated at the far end of the island, Klong Kloi Cottages is a long running affair which has in many ways helped create the laidback atmosphere for which this beach is famed.

The resort is aimed firmly at backpackers and travellers, with a wide selection of fan bungalows set back under the trees as well as a/c alternatives nearer to the seafront. For families, they offer a couple of much larger rooms too. As standard, each room has a double mattress, ensuite hot water bathroom, mosquito net and window screens, together with a small porch area for hammocks.

The excellent restaurant is open all day, with a BBQ most evenings and it’s a great place to wile away the hours in between a dip in the shallow waters of this bay.

In high season, the cheapest fan rooms are from 550bt, a double bungalow at 1,100bt, triples at 1,800bt and a family room around 2,000bt.

Check Rates and Reviews at Agoda.com

Other Budget Accommodation – Bang Bao Beach

Back on the small tracks behind the beach, there are a host of other budget choices, with our favourite at Freedom Home, ramshackle huts hidden away under the trees, just 300bt night.

Alternatively, Yak Bungalows has just a handful of good quality wooden fan options at 650bt a night.

Located on the lagoon which gives the area its name, Treehouse Cottages, offers both fan and a/c options, connected up by little walkways to a central restaurant area for chilling. Fan rooms start at 450bt, a/c from 1,200bt a night.


Long Beach Bungalows – Long Beach

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Long Beach Bungalows

As remote as you can get, Long Beach Bungalows (formerly Treehouse Bungalows) occupies the northern end of the otherwise undeveloped Long Beach in the far south east corner of the island.

The accommodation itself is at one end of the beach looking out over the ocean from its hillside location, whilst the restaurant sits next door a few steps from the sand.

The rudimentary wooden bungalows, which come with mattress and mosquito net only, are as basic and unfinessed as they come but they do get good sea breezes to help with the lack of a fan. Shared cold water bathrooms sit at the top of steep steps by the carpark. Electricity is sourced from a generator which shuts off at 22.00 nightly, so bring a torch.

The restaurant serves as the hub of the resort, great for hanging out and meeting other guests, but also busy all day due it being the last stop for those touring this side of the island. There are no other shops and WiFi comes via a limited, poor service off mobile data.

Bungalows are 250bt to 300bt walk-in or call Joe on +66 (0)87 979 4572 for reservations. He will also pick you up from the main road junction near Salak Khok. Taxis are 100bt per person from the ferry piers at 09.00, 11.00 and 15.00 only or you must charter your own at rates around 1,500bt from the pier

Other Budget Accommodation – South Coast

In Salak Phet a few hundred metres further on past the temple, Sleepover! is a new hostel sleeping 16 in two mixed a/c dorms, beds at 600bt per night.

The same owners also have Baan Yemaya, a great little homestay in the heart of the fishing village, where the 3 rooms start at 600bt in high season.

Over in Chek Bae, after the turning to Long Beach, the aptly named Journey’s End sits in the far corner of the bay. It’s another laid back spot of just 6 bungalows, 800bt for basic fan up to 1,600bt for the double a/c with seaview. You can pitch a tent too at 150bt.