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Chek Bae, Ko Chang T: (098) 856 3050 (097) 938 3799

Journey’s End

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Fittingly located near the end of the coastal lane in a scenic and quiet setting, Journey’s End has a few simple bungalows and tents alongside a bar fronting a slip of ocher sand and mangroves. Also, you’ve got to love that name.

Attracting travellers who really want to leave the world behind, the place was originally founded by a couple of Spanish hipsters under the name Little Gipsy, having transferred to British management sometime around 2016. Otherwise it feels roughly the same, with a very laid-back vibe pervading a seafront chill space that includes cushions in a big beached boat.

We operate on dog time here.

We operate on dog time here. Photo: David Luekens

Budgeteers could opt for a small tent and use shared cold-water bathrooms, while those with a bit more to spend can try their luck with the half a dozen fan and air-con bungalows, each a little different from the next. The air-con room we saw had a firm bed tucked under a slanted roof to go with fridge, several windows and hot-water wet bathroom—we’d happily stay there for less than 1,000 baht.

Wooden fan bungalows were full during our visit; they look more rustic but come with the same hammocks facing the sea. Decorated with fairy lights and polished coconut shells, for example, each room has been personalised by long-stay travellers over the years. Metal roofs and wooden walls have seen their share of storms and geckos do make it inside, but the interior we checked out appeared adequately kept.

Bar, boat or bed? Your decide.

Bar, boat or bed? Your decide. Photo: David Luekens

Journey’s End is associated with a boatman who launches custom-tailored snorkeling and fishing trips from this very patch of coastline. You’ll also find kayaks, free WiFi, a Thai kitchen and lots of places to sit and relax. The owner and Thai staffers are all personable, even if some of the resident dogs like to greet arriving patrons with a barking salute.

Though not quite as isolated as Long Beach, Chek Bae has only a few restaurants and many guests rent a vehicle to head into the larger (but still sleepy) Salak Phet village, reachable after a circuitous 10-kilometre ride from Journey’s End. Also keep in mind that you’ll likely have to pay a premium if taking a songthaew down here from one of the piers.

There is always camping, with or without a tent.

There is always camping, with or without a tent. Photo: David Luekens

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Walk-in rates at Journey’s End

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
150 baht
150 baht
Bungalow fan private bathroom
650 baht
650 baht
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
900 baht
900 baht
Room: Tent, low season: 150 baht, high season 150 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 650 baht, high season 650 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 900 baht, high season 900 baht. Notes:

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Where is Journey’s End

Journey’s End
Chek Bae, Ko Chang
T: (098) 856 3050 (097) 938 3799
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º24'5.83" E, 11º58'53.33" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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