Photo: Enjoy the leafy setting.

Tree House Cottages

Lagoon-side shacks

Khlong Kloi village, Bang Bao, Ko Chang T: (061) 770 5569  https://www.facebook.com/Tree-House-Cottages-1468899716713381/

Tree House Cottages

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Accessed by walkways that reach alongside an estuary and into the mangroves, Tree House Cottages is probably the most atmospheric of the many small, cheap and very laid-back bungalow spots found in Khlong Kloi village.




Designers tipped their hats to the original Treehouse Bungalows, which drew hippie types to Lonely Beach way back when it was still kind of lonely. The same chilled-out scene that will remind old-timers of Lonely Beach now has firm footing in Khlong Kloi, and this fresh take on “Treehouse” is no exception. Expect plenty of dreadlocks swaying to the beats of roots reggae here.

Rooms are very simple.

Rooms are very simple. Photo: David Luekens

Relying on shared cold-water bathrooms, the cheaper metal-roofed wood shacks sit alongside a walkway running far back into some orchid-dotted trees. Inside you get little more than a fan, table, mosquito net and hard bed with blankets provided. Though none of the trees are strong enough to support an actual treehouse, you can lie back in a hammock on your porch amid the trees.

Tree House also has similarly designed bungalows with air-con, private hot-water bathrooms, TVs and porches overlooking the estuary that gives Khlong Kloi Beach its name. While not bad, these are not as inviting as the bungalows at Indie Beach, which cost 200 baht more but are better equipped and within steps of the beach.

Some of the rooms have a great outlook.

Some of the rooms have a great outlook. Photo: David Luekens

For now Tree House lacks fan-cooled bungalows with private bathrooms, but it’s a newish place at research time and we won’t be surprised to see that category filled by the time we return for the next spin through Chang.

Anchored at a wide lagoon-side deck with floor cushions, billiards table, restaurant, bar and WiFi, we like the reggae-inspired hostel vibe and we arrived to a young group of backpackers chatting with the Thai owner.

Watch your step.

Watch your step. Photo: David Luekens

For a more straightforward setup and the option of private bathrooms in fan-cooled rooms, nearby Lakchai, Santisook, T Garden and Yak all offer cheap bungalows set closer to the main lane running behind Khlong Kloi. If you’re looking for even cheaper digs with the reggae-fied vibes, check out nearby Freedom House or Rasta Home and Hippy Hut on the way back to Bang Bao.

These are all small businesses in an evolving scene that old-school backpackers will love. Forget advanced bookings; just take a stroll around Khlong Kloi village and you’ll probably find a bungalow for you.

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Walk-in rates at Tree House Cottages

Type of room
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Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow fan share bathroom
450 baht
450 baht
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
1,200 baht
1,200 baht
Room: Bungalow fan share bathroom, low season: 450 baht, high season 450 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,200 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes:

Where is Tree House Cottages

Tree House Cottages
Khlong Kloi village, Bang Bao, Ko Chang
T: (061) 770 5569 
https://www.facebook.com/Tree-House-Cottages-1468899716713381/
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º19'27.14" E, 11º58'33.21" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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