Since a youngster I've been warned that names can be deceiving and when it comes to Lonely Beach this is certainly true.
The images conjured up of crystal clear turquoise waters lapping gently at the miles of stretching white sand, not a single sunbather, lilo or towel in sight, are shattered as soon as you leave the narrow, twisting road that circles Thailand's second largest island.
The sound of music beating from the scattering of beach bars that are home to a hive of hippies, the towels littering the beach and the cries of swimmers seeking a break from the relentless midday sun are a sure sign that this spot is far from lonely.
Since being planted firmly on the tourist trail, Lonely Beach may well have lost its seclusion but it still holds tightly onto its laid-back, bohemian vibe.
Beach parties, reggae and rock bars, fabulous food joints, barbecues and an endless trail of travellers keep the pace pumping, and the intimate setting of the area make this a great destination for solo travellers as a familiar face is never too far away.