The Sunsets of Koh Chang are Amazing

sunset lonely beach koh chang

Koh Chang was the first Thai island I visited and it was the perfect introduction to this part of the world. I was hoping to discover something close to paradise and I certainly found it.

Spending my days lying on Lonely Beach and working on my tan, my evenings were spent watching the sunset and drinking 500 buckets at any one of the bars lining the beachfront.

Those are some of my fondest memories of Koh Chang. 

The sunsets differed every night, but each one was stunning and had me excitedly reaching for my camera. I took over 200 sunset photos while I was there and these are some of my favourites.

My first sunset on Koh Chang. Stumbling over rocks on our way to the beach, I stopped to catch my breath and as I looked towards the sea this was the sight that greeted me. A stunning sunset that left me feeling relaxed and at ease. Little did I know, the best was yet to come.

sunset on lonely beach koh chang

This bright red sunset was seen from my favourite bar in Koh Chang: Sunset Bar. Given the name, it is one of the best places to watch the sunset on the island and this one didn’t disappoint.

I distinctly remember gazing out towards the horizon, lost in my thoughts as I heard backpackers in the distance eagerly discussing their upcoming trip to Australia. According to my original plans, I should have been in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa at that very moment. As I looked around, I smiled to myself. I definitely made the right decision to stay in Thailand.

sunset on lonely beach koh chang

This golden sunset was the perfect way to end a day relaxing on the beach. Watching the silhouettes of fishing boats slowly making their way back to shore added to the feeling of tranquility.

sunset on lonely beach koh chang

One of my favourite places to watch the sunset is on the beach! Even though it was too cloudy on this particular night, I love the pink hue of the sky while the sea reflects a neon orange.

sunset on lonely beach koh chang

Walking back to my guesthouse after a day spent sunbathing on the beach, I couldn’t help but take a photo of this intense orange sunset through the trees.

sunset lonely beach koh chang

With so many clouds in the sky, I was disappointed with the sunset on our final night. I shouldn’t have been though – within 30 minutes of the sun sinking below the horizon the clouds had turned a bright pink, slashed with blue streaks of sky.

sunset in koh chang

And finally, the photo that I feel perfectly sums up Koh Chang – the warm orange glow of the sun, hints of purple in the sky and one of the many palm trees leaning out towards the ocean.

sunset on lonely beach koh chang

I thought I had seen some amazing sunsets around the world on my travels, but they were nothing compared to the ones I experienced on Koh Chang.

If you love watching sunsets then head to Lonely Beach. You won’t be disappointed.



  1. Micamyx|Senyorita
    May 26, 2012

    Beautiful indeed!

  2. DebbZ
    May 26, 2012

    Noted! Those are gorgeous sunset shots.
    I’d love to be there :)

  3. Lindsey
    May 27, 2012

    Wow, I love that second last photo! These all taken with your DSLR?

  4. Aaron
    May 27, 2012

    Amazing photos – we never made it to Koh Chang, looks like another place I’ll have to add to the list. I particularly like the one with the silhouette of the fisherman. Very well done.

    • June 7, 2012

      Thanks, Aaron!

  5. May 27, 2012

    Gawjus! Sigh, there’s so much to love – and miss – about Thailand…

    • June 7, 2012

      I know… I’m glad I’m only spending 6 months away from Thailand!

  6. A Montrealer Abroad
    May 27, 2012

    Wow! I particularly love the last one. So iconic!

  7. These are all amazing sunsets!

  8. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy
    May 27, 2012

    Thailand is high on my list. Maybe I should start here too!

    • May 29, 2012

      I highly recommend it, Scott!

  9. Liana
    May 28, 2012

    Beautiful! I just returned from a trip to Thailand…unfortunately we didn’t get to explore much of the islands or beaches. Already looking forward to my next trip there!

  10. May 29, 2012

    I LOVED Koh Chang. It was my favourite paradise in Thailand – but I really didn’t make it to the beach – I was staying inland in Jungle Way and hanging at the elephant sanctuaries! :D

  11. Vi
    May 29, 2012

    It really fantastic sunsets!

  12. Jen
    May 30, 2012

    Gorgeous, I want to be lying underneath that palm tree now! x

  13. Ali
    May 30, 2012

    I am such a sucker for sunsets, and these photos are gorgeous! Definitely sounds like a great place to be!

  14. Waegook Tom
    May 30, 2012

    Beauuudifulll! Love the photos, Lauren, especially how the sunset gives the water an orange tinge, like you’re in heaven where the sea is made of sangria.

  15. June 4, 2012

    Spectacular pictures! I will be heading to SE Asia in a couple weeks and I am looking forward to seeing such beauty with my own eyes. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Jennifer
    June 4, 2012

    It was my favourite paradise in Thailand – but I really didn’t make it to the beach – I was staying inland in Jungle Way and hanging at the elephant sanctuaries! Thanks that you’ve shared this with us.

  17. Arjun
    June 5, 2012

    Brilliant photographs complimented with very descriptive writing style. You are quite a package. Keep it up. :)