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Island Guide

October 22, 2014 – 9:08 AM | Comments Off

The island of Koh Chang . . . to some it’s the ‘Maldives of Thailand‘ to others ‘The Oriental Eden of the East‘ or even the ‘Last Paradise of Natural‘ but to anyone who has ever been here, or who lives in the real world, this is all marketing nonsense. What you want to know is ‘What is Koh Chang really like?‘ The good, the bad and the stuff hotel booking sites ‘forget’ to mention. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place to find out.

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Accommodation

Koh Chang resort and hotel reviews. Room rates and locations of over 70 Koh Chang hotels, resorts, guesthouses and slummy chipboard huts from 300 - 30,000 Baht/night. Book online or through a reputable local tour agent.

Activities

Koh Chang activities. You'll probably want to leave the confines of your hotel at some point. But what will you do? Where will you go? Who will organise it for you? Read this and discover the numerous ways to fill your days on Koh Chang.

The Guide For Independent Travelers to Koh Chang

Read the Koh Chang Island Guide. Each beach on Koh Chang attracts a different type of visitor. Find out what you need to know about the different areas of the island. There is something for everyone whether it be beer and hookers or peace and quiet.

Property

Property on Koh Chang. Everyone will be your best friend once they know you want to buy real estate here. Listings of businesses, homes and land for sale on Koh Chang and Koh Mak. Plus new information on what not to buy and why not to buy it.

Photo Galleries

Pictures of Koh Chang and other islands. Unimaginative, but un-Photoshopped, photos taken around the island which should give you an idea of what to expect when finally reach Koh Chang, if you can't be bothered to read the 'Island Guide' section.

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14 December

December 14, 2014 – 11:21 AM |

Roadworks.  If you’re visiting Kai Bae over Christmas you might notice that the planning authorities, in their infinite wisdom, have decided that the best time of year to fix the bridge in the middle of the village is right now.   At the busiest time of year.  This means that all the traffic has to do a detour around the back of the village along a dirt road. There are signs up to advice people – however, they’re all in Thai  – nothing in English ( or even Russian for that matter ) which might might have been an idea as this is tourist destination.

On the plus side . the main street is a night place for  a stroll in the evenings now as there is no traffic running along it.  It’s also possible to pay badminton in the centre of the road, as a couple of kids were doing yesterday morning.

More new resorts.  On White Sand beach, Kacha Resort’s new rooms are almost complete and nearby two new resorts have now opened adjacent to each other.  These are the reincarnations of the old Bamboo Bungalows – now Bamboo Resort and Apple bungalows – now Apple Resort.  In both cases, old bungalows have nee replaced by new hotel rooms and a small pool plus beachfront restaurant.  They both still smell of paint but are now open and taking walk in guests.

Apple have done the nicer job in my opinion.  It’s a bit more stylish and the two floor, wooden beach restaurant is very nice.   Unfortunately, neither are on the main online booking sites.

On Klong Prao beach the latest resort to open in an annex to Klong Prao Resort called ‘Bhu Tarn Resort‘.  It’s just off the main road close to the entrance of Klong Prao resort.  So the beach is only 2 minutes walk away.  Plenty of small shops and restaurants in the vicinity and it looks a nice alternative to staying in Klong Prao Resort itself as it’s smaller, so no large tour groups, and the rooms are more stylish.  There’s a pool and High Season rates are under 3,000 Baht / night.  So well worth considering.

Another new hotel is opening soon by the roadside at the south end of Klong Prao beach, adjacent to Noren Resort.  ‘The Gallery’ is a curious project.  When we first came here, over 11 years ago, the shell was already built.  The owner was the father of a well known Thai singer.  However, there were always problems with architects, builders etc and it had taken years for the project to get even half completed.  For several years nothing happened.  A couple of half-hearted attempts were made to continue the building work, but there was no real progress.  It was then sold and the new owner has now, finally, completed it. I expect it to be open in time for New Year.   Again, I cant find it on any online booking sites, so worth checking ut for a reasonable priced room over New Year if you decide to show up on the island without anywhere booked.

rotaryfair 540x270 14 December photo

Koh Chang Rotary Club are in charge of running the New Year’s celebrations this year.  So expect lots of photo opportunities for local Rotarians and good wholesome family fun.  It’ll be held on a big patch of vacant land by the roadside in Klong Prao  The last time the Rotary Club organised an event, their 1st Anniversary party,  it was a car audio show featuring scantily clad dancing girls.  I still get emails about that, mainly from single Indian guys, asking when the next event will be and where they can meet the girls.  But since then the Rotary Club Facebook page consists of them wearing a range of colourful polo shirts and meeting other Rotarians – which is expected but a bit dull.

This coming weekend, 19 & 20 December, sees an event called  ‘Chill on the Beach’ taking place at the north end of Klong Prao.   They’ll be lots of paragliders here, led by members of the Thai national paragliding team; kayak racing of some kind, a beach marathon – i.e. short jog on the beach; a ‘Miss Hula’ contest; plus DJs and live music.

chillonthebeach 14 December photo

In case you missed it . . .the Best Video of the Year for this part of Thailand . . . is . . . .  Happy from Koh Kood.  Tourist authorities with their infinite budgets can never come up with something like this.  But a guy with a camera, a Macbook  and zero budget can.  Guaranteed to make you smile and a great way to promote the island.

And if one great video wasn’t enough.  Second best of the year is this recent one from my friend Mo who runs Koh Chang Sailing Club.

He has a couple of Hobie Cats and Laser dinghies for hire either with a skipper or without at Emerald Cove Resort and also Centara Tropicana Resort, both on Klong Prao beach.  Next year he’s planning sailing trips by Hobie Cat to Koh Mak.  This video does a great job showing what’s possible for people who want to escape Bangkok and get out on the water.

The Dan Mai Bypass

December 17, 2014 – 2:49 PM |
Dan Mai

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Dan Mai, the administrative capital of Koh Chang now has a new road.  Pretty exciting news ( if you happen to live in Dan Mai ) and, to be fair, it is probably the most interesting thing to happen there since the fish sauce factory closed down …

14 December

December 14, 2014 – 11:21 AM |
Chill on the Beach Koh Chang

Roadworks.  If you’re visiting Kai Bae over Christmas you might notice that the planning authorities, in their infinite wisdom, have decided that the best time of year to fix the bridge in the middle of the village is right now.   At the busiest time of year.  This means that all …

Video: Bangkok to Siem Reap to Koh Chang

December 5, 2014 – 9:32 AM |
Siem Reap to Koh Chang

For many people on a two week holiday the Bangkok to Siem reap to Koh Chang route is a popular way oif combining a bit of culture with a bit of beach and also some shopping. Combining Koh Chang with a few days seeing the temples in Siem Reap is …

East Coast of Koh Chang Trip

December 1, 2014 – 7:36 PM |
Around Koh Chang

A few days ago I took a couple of our  guests, Seppo & Anita, on a little trip around the island.  They’ve stayed with us a few times but never made it away from the west coast of the island.  Last time they were here I convinced them to go …

Koh Chang Developer Turns to Thai Buyers. Foreigners Unhappy with Political Woes

November 27, 2014 – 2:04 PM | 2 Comments
Koh Chang Developer Turns to Thai Buyers. Foreigners Unhappy with Political Woes

Bangkok Post 25 November
The company plans to develop six new condo buildings worth a combined 1 billion baht and a 350-million-baht hotel on Koh Chang, close to the Cambodian border and part of Trat province.
Chief executive Roland Steiner said political crises in Thailand including martial law had affected residential demand …

Koh Chang Monk Hugging Foreign Babes to be Investigated

November 25, 2014 – 11:09 AM | 2 Comments
Klong Prao monk

This news has been all over Thai Facebook pages and also there was a 5 minute segment with report and analysis on the breakfast news yesterday.   That’s what happens when a monk gets even a little bit frisky with a female.  The monk in the photos has been at …

Klong Kloi Beach – the new Lonely Beach(?)

November 24, 2014 – 9:30 AM |
Klong Kloi Beach

I was down in Klong Kloi beach the other day and it struck me that it was becoming another Lonely beach.  I don’t mean the modern Lonely beach where bars compete with each other to have to loudest sound systems and you can’t get to sleep until 5am due to …

19 November

November 19, 2014 – 2:24 PM |
Koh Chang Trail Race

Who fancies some exercise?
On 28 February Go Adventures Asia, an event planner that specializes in organizing races, triathlons etc across SE Asia is holding Koh Chang’s first adventure race the ‘Ultra & Trail Unseen Koh Chang 2015‘ . There are three events – 13Km, 35Km and 66Km.  The event will …

Ultra & Trail Unseen Koh Chang Adventure Race – Feb. 2015

November 16, 2014 – 9:52 AM |
Unseen Koh Chang Race

So who fancies a bit of exercise?
On 28 February Go Adventures Asia, an event planner that specializes in organizing races, triathlons etc across SE Asia is holding Koh Chang’s first adventure race the ‘Ultra & Trail Unseen Koh Chang 2015′ .  There are three events –  13Km, 35Km and 66Km. …

Blessings From the Godfather – at Lonely Beach

November 14, 2014 – 10:22 AM |
Lonely beach Sprits

In Klong Son, there’s a Chinese style temple.  The original settlers on Koh Chang were Chinese sailors and until around 100 years ago there was a Customs office in Dan Mai village that dealt with Chinese merchants who were sailing past on their way to ports on the east coast …

‘Sea of Lights’ – Loy Krathong Festival in Salakphet, koh Chang

November 10, 2014 – 12:02 PM |
Loy Krathong Koh Chang

The Loy Krathong festival was held across Thailand on the night of 7 November.  On Koh Chang the main festivities for people on the west coast of the island were centered around Klong Prao temple, where there was the usual temple fair, loud music, games, food and plenty to drink.
However, …

Loy Krathong Festival on Koh Chang

November 8, 2014 – 10:13 AM |
Loy Krathong 2014 Koh Chang

SITREP: Mission Accomplished.  Novelty plastic garlands secured. Request permission to take out the old lady attempting to sing on stage.
Another year, another Loy Krathong festival at Klong Prao temple.  These don’t really change much year on year.  You know what you’re going to get.  Occasionally there’s a nice surprise – …