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When we asked to see the cheapest rooms at this large resort that occupies Lonely Beach's best (and northernmost) stretch of sand, three receptionists handed us a key and told us to go find it on our own.
That's unusual for such a large resort, but we understood why after huffing it all the way up long concrete stairs to a cluster of stilted wood bungalows. Relics of the days when Lonely Beach was "just a backpacker beach", the huts are showing their age, but the spacious front porches still afford some of the best views on the island. Inside, they should do for budget travellers -- two single beds with worn chocolate and vanilla coloured blankets, two mosquito nets, rustic wood floors, several windows and basic hot water bathroom. They all have air-con, which seems to be a mistake by the resort as it stays fairly breezy up on the hill. More comfortable but far less inspiring, Siam Beach also has a range of newer rooms in long two-storey blocks or pricey villas set around a wide and welcoming swimming pool. The resort is about 15 minutes walk to the main village so you may want to rent a motorbike, which the resort can help with.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.