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Island Lodge

Budget digs off the sand

8/17 Moo 4, Ko Chang T: (039) 619 037 (081) 000 3938

Island Lodge

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Opened in 1998, the British/Thai-run Island Lodge was among the first budget alternatives to pop up in the inland reaches of Haad Sai Khao village, and it remains a solid budget choice within a 10-minute walk of the beach.

The bright yellow-and-green property consists of small concrete bungalows and larger rooms in a couple of buildings stretching up a grassy hillside—only the lowest-lying bungalows don’t require a huff up some stairs. Dubbed “cabins” by the owners, these come with spring beds (or two), fans, a couple of screened windows, tiny balconies and small wet bathrooms with hot water.

Hold your horses Elle Decor.

Hold your horses Elle Decor. Photo: David Luekens

While the low-end rooms aren’t too shabby for the price, we suggest climbing a little further up the hill for a similarly bland but more spacious room with extras like TV, desk, fridge and maybe a picture of a sunset on the wall. The lodge also has some family rooms and those who can handle multiple stairways will find views of the mountains from the upper floors. All rooms are dated but the ones we inspected appeared well kept.

Island Lodge is set in a quiet spot down a scenic side lane in central Haad Sai Khao—you can’t miss the eye-catching sign out on the main drag. Beer and breakfast are available in the attached cafe, known as the Filling Station. While we’ve yet to encounter the English owner, the young Thai man who showed us around most recently was helpful and welcoming.

Right next to Island Lodge is the smaller Tuk Tuk Guesthouse, which offers similarly cheap bungalows and was also staffed by a welcoming Thai guy when we inquired. These are just two of the many budget options found on the inland side of the main drag through Haad Sai Khao—you might also consider Arunee Resort and Chill Paradise Guesthouse.

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Walk-in rates at Island Lodge

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow fan private bathroom
300 baht
600 baht
Superior double room
400 baht
800 baht
Fan-cooled. Add 100/200 baht for air-con
Family room
900 baht
1,800 baht
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 300 baht, high season 600 baht. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 400 baht, high season 800 baht. Notes: Fan-cooled. Add 100/200 baht for air-con
Room: Family room, low season: 900 baht, high season 1,800 baht. Notes:

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Where is Island Lodge

Island Lodge
8/17 Moo 4, Ko Chang
T: (039) 619 037 (081) 000 3938
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º16'27.99" E, 12º6'22.41" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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