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Ta Nam has a silly tourist name, Lonely Beach

This pretty little beach well down the island’s west coast is widely known in English as Lonely Beach – a name that is neither a translation of the Thai nor a realistic description today. So we abandon the silly tourist moniker and stay with the real name, Ta Nam Beach.
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Until recently all beachfront accommodation here was originally geared towards the backpacker market, and the beach offered a simple, bohemian vibe that attracted young travellers from around the world. Today’s guests are still reasonably young (but not all) and many would qualify for the new term flashpacker. But the number of backpackers is diminishing fast as more upmarket accommodations move in.
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While there are still a lot of budget beachfront bungalows on the rough coast south of the main beach, the biggest number of rooms right on Ta Nam itself are more comfortable, in the 3-star and 4-star range, with services like air-conditioned beach chalets, modern bathrooms and a swimming pool.
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This beach is typical of the narrow slivers of sand along Koh Chang's west coast, squeezed tight between mountains and sea. Here the flat land where building is possible is very narrow, and the road at back takes a chunk of that. Space for accommodations so limited that most of the cheaper bungalows have been forced onto rocky shores south of the main beach.
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Ta Nam has fine white sand, crystal clear water in the high season that is quite deep and good for swimming, and a forest of coconut palms and other shoreline trees providing good shade at the top of the beach.
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Ta Nam is both a quiet beach by day, and a party beach by night, with classic reggae music blaring, and bars opening late into the night. There is no development, shops or services on the main road here, not even an ATM (as of 2015) just mountain and forest.
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The sandy part of the beach is barely 700 metres long, with four beachfront hotels and some valuable empty land behind.
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Currently the most modern resort is the 4-star Bhumiyama Beach Resort Koh Chang. This has a fitness centre and spa, plus a swimming pool for children, making this the most comfortable hotel here. After this comes the 3-star Siam Beach Resort, which enjoys a wide, quiet area at the top of the beach. Here it faces the widest sand, the deepest water and best swimming conditions.
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by John Everingham
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