Photo: Pirates welcome.


Climb the tree

4/28 Moo 1 (inland side of the main road), Lonely Beach village, Ko Chang T: (081) 721 2547 (090) 393 6528


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Oasis towers atop a hill around 200 metres behind the village to afford sea and sunset views from a treehouse along with quality bungalows peppered into the forest. It’s easily our favourite option in Lonely Beach for less than 1,000 baht.

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Available with fan in small log cabins and air-con in larger concrete villa-type rooms, the bungalows are spaced far apart amid dense foliage, some with porches almost completely hidden by all of the palms and branches. The priciest air-con rooms sit all the way at the top of the hill and bag you sea views from your porch furnished with hammocks and wooden chairs.

Now that is a view.

Now that is a view. Photo: David Luekens

The cheaper bungalows are more inviting than most with mosquito nets draped over comfortable beds, wall-mounted fans, hardwood floors, several windows and cold-water bathrooms sporting open roofs and stonewalls. These also have small safes, an unusual extra in bungalows like these.

Tile-floored air-con rooms also offer good value thanks to vaulted ceilings, spacious bathrooms with partitioned hot-water showers, LCD TVs, fridges and funky patterns on the bedding. Some of these also boast ceiling fans on the porches—right on! These “deluxe bungalows” are all identical but the upper editions with sea views fetch an extra 200 baht per night.

Smart bungalows.

Smart bungalows. Photo: David Luekens

Though Oasis is a long-running bungalow joint, a Dutch couple took over in 2014 and elevated it from “good” to “outstanding”—and we don’t mean “elevation” in only the figurative. New since our last visit, a circular tree house had materialised atop the spacious thatch-roofed restaurant and common area with a pirate flag flying on the roof. Don’t fret if you’re not up to the steep ladder—the view is almost as breathtaking from the main floor.

Free WiFi works in the restaurant and deluxe bungalows, but most likely not in the fan bungalows. On a previous visit we met one of the owners and appreciated her laid-back yet service-minded attitude, and most recently we also had a great experience with a young Thai man at reception. We haven’t tried the food but the restaurant is a popular sundowner venue.

Do climb the tree.

Do climb the tree. Photo: David Luekens

Though you’re looking at a 15-minute walk to the beach, the location is far enough away from the parties to stay reasonably quiet late at night. A bunch of shops, restaurants and bars, including Magic Garden and Margaritaville, are found just down the hill from Oasis in the village.

Oasis’ hillside neighbour is Eden Bungalows, a solid and similarly priced substitute if Oasis is full. In that case you also might consider Kachapura, which has square-shaped fan and air-con bungalows at similar rates on the other side of the main road, closer to the village and its noisy bars. Also on the lane to Oasis is Easy House, an ultra-laid back Thai Rasta spot with its own cheap bungalows and bar.

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Walk-in rates at Oasis

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow fan private bathroom
500 baht
750 baht
Add 100 baht in peak season
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
800 baht
1,200 baht
Plus 100/200 baht for sea view and plus 200 baht in peak.
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 500 baht, high season 750 baht. Notes: Add 100 baht in peak season
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 800 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes: Plus 100/200 baht for sea view and plus 200 baht in peak.

Where is Oasis

4/28 Moo 1 (inland side of the main road), Lonely Beach village, Ko Chang
T: (081) 721 2547 (090) 393 6528
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º18'0.77" E, 12º0'0.72" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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