Just south of Lonely Beach lies the smaller and quieter Bailan Beach. Most of the shoreline at Bailan is rocky, and any actual sand there lies to the south of the bay where the five-star Mercure Hideaway Resort is located.
Don’t be fooled by the presence of an expensive resort though, Bailan has a much more relaxed and lower budget vibe than most of the island. The majority of the accommodation that is available is of the low to mid-range beach hut type.
At first a few little bungalow resorts developed at Bailan as a place to stay for people who found Lonely Beach a bit too intense for their liking. These days Bailan has around 15-20 places to stay. There still isn’t much here in the way of things to do but then that’s half the point. It still has a chilled-out atmosphere that many places on the west coast of Koh Chang left behind some time ago, and it is right next door to Lonely Beach if the peace gets too soporific for you.
Bailan Beach Accommodation
White House Bailan Resort
Moving down a couple of price levels, this Balian resort next door has decent waterfront bungalows (painted white of course) beside a swimming pool… more details and booking
Mercure Koh Chang Hideaway
This four star Lonely Beach resort offers 96 rooms with stunning views of Ao Bai Lan beach, just 22 kilomtres from the ferry terminal. This classy Balian Beach hotel almost forms its own little village. It is an attractive and well-run resort with a particularly nice spa and if you fancy a splurge then the rooms with private swimming pools are worth a look. Guests can enjoy diving, kayaking and hiking in this natural environment filled with rainforests, waterfalls and tropical marine life. A Kids’ Club keeps children occupied with a range of outdoor activities...more details and booking
Koh Chang Bailan Beach Resort
This Bailan resort offers watersports, jungle treks, plus an adventure park. The complex boasts several restaurants as well as shopping facilities. Rooms are well equipped and offer gorgeous sea views…more details and booking
Eating and Drinking in Bailan Beach
Other than the bars and restaurants at the resorts there are a couple of other interesting places to eat and drink at Bailan Beach. Boat Seafood across the road from the Mercure Hideaway is a pleasant Thai restaurant in a little garden that specialises in fresh seafood.
There are also a few spit and sawdust Thai restaurants on the roadside by the bridge where you can get delicious local food at rock bottom prices.
If you’re looking for somewhere to go for a drink then Jungle Garden is worth a visit. It’s an attractive relaxed German-run bar located on the beach side of the road just over the bridge in the centre of the village. An alternative is the Happy Turtle, a bar with a pool table run by a dive photographer.
There’s not much in the way of communications but if you are feeling isolated then Kai Bae Internet have a few machines as well as good selection of second hand books for sale.
Bailan Beach Activities
The list of things to do in Bailan is a short but interesting one. Treetop Adventure Park is located in the hillside jungle next to the south end of Bailan. It consists of a series of treetop walkways that you traverse in an aerial jungle adventure. It is exciting and well worth a go. If you are a little nervous of heights then don’t worry, there is a beginner’s course and when you get the hang of that then why not try the advanced course which boasts a massive rope slide at the end.