Relaxed hostel scene
With so many guesthouses offering basic fan-cooled private rooms for 300 baht or less in Lonely Beach village, a hostel needs to offer more than the minimum to make a dorm bed worth its weight in gold. One place that serves up extra-cushy dorms along with half-furnished tents, big air-con bungalows and a fun scene with a lot of potential for activities, is Beach Jungle.
The hostel had been open only a few months prior to our last visit and was still taking shape—this is one to watch. After greeting us with a bare chest and cowboy hat, the young and enthusiastic Australian owner showed us around and invited us back for a beer if we decided not to stay.
Attached to the main building up front, each of six bunks in a mixed gender dorm room bag you a thicker- and wider-than-average mattress, privacy curtain, reading lamp, tiny safe and electrical outlet. These were built lengthwise into one side of the room with walls dividing each bunk for optimal privacy. We like how the other side of the room was left open apart from a table and one hot-water bathroom attached to the room. The same building also has small double and triple rooms with similar designs.
Heading back to the hillside, tents equipped with fans, proper mattresses and electricity fetch the same dirt-cheap rates as tents with none of these extras at some other places. Further back, a couple of square-shaped white concrete bungalows were full during our visit, but they look promising and come with TVs and fridges. The largest sleeps four and has a kitchen, we were told.
Activities offered by the young and artistic crew behind Beach Jungle include a muay Thai course, Thai cooking class, salsa and kizomba dance classes and diving with Chang Divers. You can also relax with a cocktail and watch sports on the flatscreen or play a round of billiards or table tennis in the large open-sided bar and common area that stretches up to the main road.
The scene can be a lot of fun, with occasional live music and usually cool people to talk to after dark, but it tends to stay quieter here than at many bars in this area. Beach Jungle is located towards the northern end of Lonely Beach village—you’re looking at a 15-minute walk to the beach and a much easier hop to plenty of other bars, restaurants and shops.
Other air-con dorm options in Lonely Beach include the simple Bee Sleep set in a small concrete building, and My Hostel, which is an extension of Lemon Bar at the far northern end of the village. An offshoot of Warapura Resort, KLKL Hostel has a prison theme complete with high fences, lookout towers and drab concrete rooms which are, not surprisingly, usually vacant. You’ll also find dorms at the big BB Divers guesthouse and gym; in a small concrete building attached to the Sleepy Owl Cafe; in a slightly larger concrete building at Stay Inn near the beach; and above Cafe del Sunshine on the nightlife lane.
Address: 1/3 Moo 1 (inland side of road), Lonely Beach village, Ko Chang
T: (097) 060 1308;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º17'52.44" E, 12º0'0.18" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Camping||200 baht||250 baht|
|Dorm air-con||250 baht||350 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||600 baht||800 baht|
|Triple air-con private bathroom||700 baht||900 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||850 baht||1,600 baht|
Bungalow, sleeps four
|1,600 baht||2,400 baht|
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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