The Beaches

Remembering the Treehouse on Lonely Beach

All good things must come to an end and I just realised that I hadn’t mentioned that the establishment that was solely responsible for putting Koh Chang on the backpacker’s map had closed for good.

When I first came to Thailand I stayed in a 50 baht/night dorm room off Khao San Road and met a guy who told me stories of a beautiful beach on Koh Chang, totally undeveloped apart from one place to stay at it’s southern end. To get to the beach you had to walk over a hill and then gingerly down a steep slope, with the help of ropes as there was no road. Neither was there any electricity. He’d buy gunpowder in Bangkok take it down there and spend the evenings getting stoned and making rockets to fire across the bay. That was the night’s entertainment. No music, no parties, no movies, no live football.

This was over 15 years ago and the huts were the Treehouse on Lonely Beach. The original huts went under the bulldozer about 3 years ago but the bar and restaurant over the sea survived until a couple of months ago. The building is still there but now deserted. Nearby the landlord is building new, sterile concrete bungalows on the site of the original 100 baht a night bamboo huts on Lonely Beach.

No doubt there are a few thirty somethings with fond memories of the Treehouse in its prime. Time to light up a herbal cigarette and down a bucket of Mekhong whisky & Redbull in memory.

Some photos I’ve ripped off from Flickr and elsewhere of The Treehouse in its former glory plus some taken in late Oct 2010.


  • it never re-opened, so doesnt have a new name. It just a wooden building that is slowly falling to pieces.

  • Oh damn, that place was a true gem. I just recommended it to a friend who’s visiting the island but she told me the Treehouse had closed down. Well, I hope something good rises from the ashes…

  • that’s shattering that it is closed down, heard so many good stories about that place and was planning on going there in 2 weeks. can anyone recommend at good cheap bungalow style place that still exists on koh chang?

  • You will still find cheap & cheerful huts in the Lonely Beach area. Try Siam Hut if you want to be near the sand or Little Eden for a similar price but a bit more comfort and in a quieter area away from the noise.

  • To bad, meny memories from treehouse. And they had a great
    restaurant to. Everything comes to an end:(

  • Oh dear that breaks my heart, I stayed there in 2005 and it was the amazing. I can not get my head around why the land lord forced them out. What a bummer, i feel lucky to have experienced it in its glory.

  • Cannot believe it’s gone – i had two amazing trips to Thailand and this place was a real gem – very close to my heart and will be sadly missed:(

  • Was just showin my kids some photos of the Treehouse and was promising to take them next year am guttered it’s gone,has Pamela got a new place?

  • Hi Dave. If you go to the site you will see it is now called ‘Seaflower’ – pretty nice pink AC bungalows for around 1000 Baht/night. Pamela opened a new Treehouse on Koh Pa Ngan – but just looked at their Facebook page and that has now closed too. See for info

  • So sad, I went there twice in 2001 was supposed to be for a few days, turned into 2 weeks! great memories

  • Beyond gutted this place has gone. It holds some of my most awesome/found/happiest/amazing memories! It felt awful seeing it slowly falling to pieces when I returned in 2010! :(

  • I have amazing memories from that place.. I hope my second trip back after 12 years will be as memorable.

    Where to stay?

  • Damn!!i to am truly gutted to see that the treeehouse has come to an end.I first went to koh chang 15yrs ago,when it was still wild and wooly.went in 2005 and first taste of the treehouse,what a blast!!spent a month exploring the island and took my girlfriend there 3 years ago,apart from the obvious cash in on the tourist explosion,lonely beach was still quaint,and an awesome place to stay at.was considering heading back to koh chang in a few months but am guessing i will be mostly disapointed in the excessive development tht will have occurred…..

  • Just planning a trip back to koh Chang and discovered the Treehouse is no more! What a shame. What a great place. Sitting there sipping a cold Chang as the sun went down. All the lanterns lot up. And some great parties. I can’t imagine LB is the same without it. Is it still worth going back to LB? Let me know somebody

  • Lonely Beach has changed quite a lot since you were last there, more bars, moving more upmarket and away from doing everything as cheaply as possible. Still worth going there but it will be a different atmosphere. If you want ‘old skool’ huts – then Tiger Hut on Klong Prao beach is a good bet – quiet, no loud parties, long beach , good restaurant.

  • Gutted. I stayed at Maggies Place on Lonely Beach in 2004. We were only meant to be there for a couple of days and stayed a week. If I didn’t leave then I never would. Maggies was 100 baht a night for a wee bamboo hut and a concrete basin with a bucket for washing. Feel truly blessed to have been there. Wherever Maggie is I hope she is happy. Treehouse was a magical place.

  • Completely gutted! I loved this place it was totally my cuppa tea. Great memories. We stayed here then stayed at Nature resort across the beach but went to tree house every night. best bar in the world. what a shame. Thailand is losing it’s charm. xx

  • Stayed there in 1998 this place still remains the best place I stayed. I have fond memories. I spent a Christmas there and the place nearly burned down. But we (everyone there) saved it. What was the German Chicks name? Lovely girl…and creator of “Tree house”

  • My son (then 10) and I had a great time there in 2000, very fond memories, hung out with Johan and Dao and played Pass the Pigs. Atit was the same age as my son Ryan, so it was nice he had someone to hang out with.

  • I had the great pleasure to stay there in November 1998 for 2 fantastic weeks, when Lonely Beach was still a lonely, lovely and natural place without a road. I found it to be the best guesthouse I came across in a 3-year trip around the world. It was Pamela, who took care of the place and its friendly vibe. She made it such an outstanding place for backpackers. Best host ever !!!
    Hoffentlich schaffe ich es in den nächsten Jahren doch nocheinmal aus dem kalten Franken in das tropische Thailand zum neuen Tree House auf Koh Samui zu reisen.

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