Ko Chang is the country’s third largest island. The last time I visited Ko Chang was in 2011. I returned to Lonely beach, a small village and beach in the south of the island. Although the west coast of the island gets more and more build up, I was pleasantly surprised how little has changed in the last few years on Lonely beach.
The crowd on Lonely beach remains the same, mainly backpackers and young people. No big resorts have been build here, so mass-tourism stays away and the village stills has the same laid-back feel as years before. I discovered a few new restaurants on the main road and menus are nowadays in Russian as well. The same guesthouses and bars run parties (including fire shows) on the beach and in the village and the white sand beach feels soft on the feet as ever.
However the best thing for me on Lonely beach are the amazing sunsets. Feels like being in paradise!
Because the weather in the south was a little unpredictable I returned to the island of Ko Chang in the southeast of Thailand (I was there two years before as well). Despite it got even more touristy the last few years, I still enjoyed my time on Lonely Beach (where I was not so lonely this time). I got my own bungalow with sea view at Siam Hut and my supplies in the little village. After almost a week it was time to leave the island and continue to the smaller island of Koh Mak.
After two weeks in Cambodia I crossed the border with Thailand and went to Ko Chang. It took me two days before I had my own hut with a hammock and a sea view on Lonely Beach. This beach village is located on the south part of the green and hilly island. Because of low season it was quiet and peaceful on lonely beach and I decided to stay for a week.
I completed the trail from Bangkok through Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia and after Ko Chang I went back to Bangkok for a night to catch the early flight to Bali, Indonesia.