Photo: Not so lonely anymore.

Lonely Beach and Bailan

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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.

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Though not particularly long or wide, Lonely Beach itself is a fine stripe of white sand with good swimming opportunities and a jungle backdrop. The minimal space and maximum popularity conspire to make it the most crowded beach on Ko Chang—head to the far northern end for a chance of finding a quiet patch. The southern end of the beach, at Siam Hut Resort, hosts some of the loudest beach parties found this side of Ko Pha Ngan.

Pull up a pew. Photo taken in or around Lonely Beach and Bailan, Ko Chang, Thailand by David Luekens.

Pull up a pew. Photo: David Luekens

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 ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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