Published/Last edited or updated: 12th February, 2018
Known as Haad Tha Nam to the Thais, Lonely Beach was a secluded backpacker hideaway before a road cut over the headland from Kai Bae brought the concrete-mixing trucks and techno parties. It now draws droves of mostly young, party-minded backpackers, while neighbouring Ao Bailan has a quieter, more mature atmosphere.
Apart from Siam Hut’s shacks that put you on top of the noise at night, budget accommodation has disappeared on Lonely Beach itself. Nearly all backpackers now head further south to Lonely Beach village, an atmospheric tangle of banyan trees and simple wooden houses, including many anchoring cheap guesthouses, cafes, bars, massage shops and tattoo parlours. Expect a free-flowing scene with no shortage of dreadlocks and loud music at night.
Things get a little quieter towards the south end of Lonely Beach village, home to the long-running Magic Garden restaurant and bar, the newish Beach Jungle Hostel and the largest of BB Divers’ many bases. Along with a dive shop, BB Lonely Beach offers a fitness centre and yoga to go with the diver scene.
On the west side of the village, the narrow lanes run into a rocky coast that begins where the sand of Lonely Beach ends. Here you’ll find Seaflower’s shockingly pink bungalows on a property that once hosted the Treehouse, a long-defunct hippie hideaway that was popular back when Lonely Beach could only be reached by boat or a jungle trail. Not far from that sits the stylish Warapura Resort, but we’re partial to the bungalows at Oasis, which has a treehouse of its own affording sunset views from atop the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)
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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