Remote and very basic
The remote and very basic Long Beach Bungalows sit on a property first established as the second incarnation of Treehouse, a now-defunct flowerchild hangout that helped put Ko Chang on the backpacker map decades ago.
The backstory involves backpackers who were annoyed with the changing scene on Lonely Beach, where Treehouse had a long and successful run until the sealed road introduced techno parties and large resorts. They sought relief on the distant, opposite side of the island at Long Beach, or Haad Sai Yao, then accessible only by an extremely rugged road.
Despite changing theme, the Thai-run spot open today has in many ways honoured the old Treehouse method by offering only dirt-cheap, bare-bones shacks near the seafront pavilion built by Treehouse crew and repaired by the current owners. Sit on a floor cushion, order a beer or som tam and strike up a conversation as you gaze south across the vast Gulf to Ko Wai. Then shed some clothes, wander past the boulders to swim off this stripe of sand before retiring to a beach towel beneath the umbrella trees and coconut palms.
The huts at Long Beach are as spartan as they come—slender log frames with thatch-leaf walls, metal roofs and hard mattresses on unfinished wooden floors. Though some rooms set at the top of the hill were doing the droop, the beachfront editions appeared functional enough. Electricity is supplied only when the owner feels like switching on the generator, and there’s no WiFi. Bring candles, torches, mozzie spray and as many packs of Oreos as you can carry.
Beachfront huts place you farther from the shared cold-water bathrooms with squat and Western toilets in a thrown-together cement building at the top of the hill, accessed by steep concrete stairs. The only other structure is a little thatched shack, Fuck You Bar, offering cocktails to go with the apparently tongue-in-cheek attitudes. The woman we spoke with in the common pavilion was on the brusque side, though she did answer all of our questions adequately.
On a 2014 visit we arrived shortly after the property had changed hands to the current Thai owners, and at that point we were shown air-con rooms in a concrete building set a little further up the lane, which we thought was obtrusive and out of place on Long Beach. Sure enough, electricity supply has been an issue and these rooms sat unused when we last passed through.
Expect to pay upwards of 1,000 baht for a songthaew ride from one of the car ferry piers to Long Beach; there’s no motorbike rental down here and those without a vehicle will feel very isolated. If you like the idea of staying deep down on the elephant trunk in southeast Ko Chang, but you think Long Beach too remote and basic, check out Journey’s End.
Address: Long Beach, Ko Chang
T: (087) 979 4572 ; (086) 014 1382;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º25'45.13" E, 11º57'38.34" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan share bathroom|
300 baht for beachfront
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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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