Most bungalows are found on Ao Yai, divided by natural features into North, Central and South. A bit further south, Ao Tadaeng has a few more bungalow spots, while a few tiny beaches on the far northwest coast each has one place to stay. The two bungalow operations down on Ao Siad are worth considering if you really want to get away from it all. Many places to stay are very similar, all with cold-water showers and power switched on only from around 18:00 to 22:00. Travellers staying a week or longer can expect significant discounts. Only a few places on Ko Chang Noi can really be called “resorts” and only one of these, Koh Chang Resort, which we’ve found overpriced and not so well kept, offers air-con and can be booked through booking sites like Agoda (filed under Ko Phayam). It’s usually fine to just show up and grab a bungalow on the spot, but do call ahead to reserve a room if you’ll be on the island around Christmas and New Year’s. Expect rates at some places to spike from mid-December to February. Virtually every place closes during rainy season from May to October.
We have 9 places to stay in and around Ko Chang Noi.
The long and quiet northern stretch of Ao Yai has a handful of places to stay along with the island’s only temple, the hippie-style Bar La and the Om Tao yoga venue, both of which also rent out a few bungalows. Great for strolling on the sand without being interrupted by rocks or canals, North Ao Yai is the island’s longest uninterrupted beach.
Wedged between an estuary and an outcrop of rocks, Central Ao Yai is the shortest of the bay’s three sections. From here it’s a straight 1.5 kilometre walk inland to the village, and both the northern and southern stretches of Ao Yai can be reached in 10 minutes or less. Central Ao Yai hosts Thai Bar and Freedom Bar, making it the best area for some low-key nightlife.
The bay’s fairly long southern section extends beyond a rocky outcrop and so feels more like a separate beach. Tsunami Bar provides some reggae-inspired nightlife in the southern corner, with a couple of slightly more upmarket resorts overlooking the sand and a few more places to stay on the hill-topped peninsula which forms the southern rim of Ao Yai.
A five-minute walk further south through the rubber trees from the southern end of Ao Yai takes you to Ao Tadaeng, a stumpy beach with dark sand and a few little bungalow joints. It’s a good choice if you prefer an added layer of seclusion without being too far from Ao Yai and the village.
Walk north for a half-hour from the northern end of Ao Yai and you’ll pass the Navy base before reaching four tiny beaches, each with its own equally tiny bungalow joint. Our favourite of these is featured below, but any of them will do if you’re after a rustic bungalow in an isolated location.
Accessed only by boat or a multi-hour hike through the forest, this far southern bay draws nature lovers in need of ultimate seclusion. It’s one of the most remote corners with accommodation that we’ve come across on any Thai island, but there is cell coverage and even a freestanding eatery or two.