Lose track of time
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.
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.
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.
Address: Chek Bae, Ko Chang
T: (098) 856 3050 ; (097) 938 3799;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º24'5.83" E, 11º58'53.33" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Tent||150 baht||150 baht|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||650 baht||650 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||900 baht||900 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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