Had Tha Nam, as the locals of Lonely Beach affectionately refer to it, can be said to be one of those areas of Koh Chang which has a had a good stroke of fortune, accounting for exactly how the place is at present.
Lonely Beach has lagged behind a bit in its development, not quite developing as quickly as the other parts of the island, and while this may initially appear to be a bad thing, totally the opposite applies.
It is this lack of fast-paced development that has preserved the meaning of the name “Lonely Beach”, resembling something like a fine wine that is matured over longer periods of time.
The once completely deserted beach, which is where the inspiration for the name originates, is very slowly undergoing commercial development, with a lot of bars and restaurants springing up, more as part of holiday resorts and lodges than single standing attractions.
The focus seems to be more on quality however, rather than quantity, as the other parts of the island seem to be far more popular, by way of visitors as well as developers and service providers.
If it’s a rowdy night of hard partying and wild drinking you’re after, Lonely Beach is an area of the tourist guides you’ll be highly likely to skip over, if it is even featured in the most popular of them.
Lonely Beach is always described as one of the best kept secrets of the Koh Chang tourism scene, with a lot of tourists discovering it by mistake, or on the recommendation of someone who has previously discovered the peacefulness of this side of the island.
A lot of romantics and conservatives prefer this side of Koh Chang, as it offers an undisturbed sort of refuge from the wilder side of proceedings.
It is not as secluded as it once was, but the “lonely” part of the name still rings true today, in only a good way though.