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Island Guide

February 22, 2015 – 9:08 AM | Comments Off on Island Guide

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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June 8, 2015 – 12:37 PM | 4 Comments

23 July – You’ll have noticed it’s been a while since I did an update.  I’ve been busy updating other areas of the site, in particularly the hotel reviews which were getting old.  These have been updated with the help of visitors to this site who I contacted to ask to write their opinions of the resort they stayed in.  So, putting all that together has taken a lot of time.  Still got 60 or so more reviews to add.  And also, as it’s low season, having some holidays, doing some fun runs around Thailand and working on a couple of my non-Koh Chang related websites.   The next proper update is due in mid-August when I get back from a trip to Europe.

In the meantime, here are a couple of new resources if you’re looking for a hotel for your holiday on Koh Chang:

The Best Luxury Hotels on Koh Chang

My Picks of Resorts for Families

See my Facebook page for random Koh Chang related stuff & updates plus photos from wherever I happen to be.

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The Green / Low / Rainy Season in now upon us, which should mean that I’ve got time to sit around and catch up on all the TV series I’ve downloaded over the past 6 months and haven’t had time to get round to watching.  Unfortunately not yet.  Still plenty to keep me occupied . . . .

A trip to Hua Hin and another to Chantaburi for a couple of 10Km fun runs.  As there’s the aforementioned temptation to sit around and spend too long catching up on TV shows it’s also nice to have a bit of motivation to do some exercise.  There’s always a good atmosphere and it’s a fun way to spend a Sunday morning.  At the Hua Hin run the post race catering was laid on by some of the fancy resorts in the area, in Chantaburi it consisted of free Durian.  A couple more weekends away later this month for runs in Bangkok and Ratchaburi.  Some photos from Chantaburi where the run coincided with the start of the annual fruit festival which included the almost famous ‘World Durian Championships‘ which, to no-one’s surprise were won by farmers from Chantaburi.

Meanwhile on Koh Chang the weather has been pretty good.  Probably drier than normal.  Of course there has been some rain, but not enough to ruin a holiday and there have been numerous days with gorgeous weather.  Actually better than High Season, it’s hotter; the sky is clearer; the tides are lower – so the beaches are wider; the sunsets are better and there’s only a few lucky people here to enjoy it. The photos below are all from the past couple of weeks.

The tides are so low at this time of year that you can actually walk to an island just off Kai Bae beach.  In High Season visitors paddle a kayak out there but on certain days for the next couple of months the tides will be low enough for you to safely walk from Koh Chang to Koh Man Nai.  It’s a fun activity, but be sure to wear walking sandals or footwear that can get wet but is strong enough not to be punctured by some sharp shells and stones.   This is the view you’ll have.  The guys you see in the video are harvesting shellfish:

I did a quick trip to Phnom Penh, the idea was to put myself in the shoes of a hardy, independent traveller and take the minibus.  But in the end I decided that driving to the border and then taking a taxi was a far better option for two reasons. 1) I’m not really into suffering for my art 2) If I took the minibus I’d miss Happy Hour at the FCC Phnom Penh.  More on how you can do the trip in under 8 hours, door-to-door with the minimum of hassle on the all new ‘How to get from Phnom Penh to Koh Chang‘ page.

Whilst in Phnom Penh I also did a nice little 60Km bike ride out of the city to Oudong, the old capital.  I’ve done a few rides in Cambodia, all with Grasshopper Adventures – who are an excellent company.  They also have branches in Thailand and other SouthEast Asian countries.  Well worth checking out if you enjoy cycling through remote areas in 35C temperatures.

If you look at the three photos below and thinking to yourself, ‘That’s big enough to play cricket on‘  then you’re the type of person who might be interested in Koh Chang’s first International Beach Cricket Tournament.  A grand title for a not too serous beach cricket bash that will be held on 21-23 August at Siam Royal View, Koh Chang.  Teams from around Thailand and also Macau are already confirmed.  The matches are six-a-side affairs with each team having an innings of six overs.  So, they aren’t long enough to get boring.  Keep an eye on the Koh Chang Beach Cricket site for more details.

Finally, if you’ve ever wondered how Tripadvisor restaurant reviews , which in the main are written by tourists, relate to reviews written by locals then this might be of interest.  I set out to compare Tripadvisor’s 83rd ranked restaurant on Koh Chang with the one rated #1, not just on Koh Chang but in Trat province, on the Thai foodie app Wongnai.  Picking a winner wasn’t easy . . . but someone’s got to do it.  The best seafood on Koh Chang?

Jae Eiw Seafood

How To Take Awesome Holiday Photos on Koh Chang

August 1, 2015 – 8:36 PM |
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Travel Photography on Koh Chang

I like to take photos, and you’ll see a few thousand of them on this site.  But they aren’t great.  I don’t have a good camera and tend to use my phone for most photos nowadays.  My photos look OK.  But when …

Pajamas Hostel, Klong Prao

July 28, 2015 – 4:58 PM |
Pajamas Hostel

Pajamas Hostel

Pajamas Hostel is one of the new breed of ‘flashpacker’ hostels that have been growing in popularity in Bangkok and have now spread into other areas of Thailand.
Today’s backpackers often want a clean, air-conditioned room that provides safety but with the friendliness and conviviality of old style backpacker hangouts. …

Noren Resort, Klong Prao

July 26, 2015 – 4:07 PM |
Noren Resort

Noren Resort

Noren Resort is a small bungalow resort by the roadside at the southern end of Klong Prao village.   The bungalows are very nicely appointed and facilities include a small restaurant and pool area.   Local shops and restaurants are only 2 minutes walk away.
The rooms are very close …

Magic Resort, Klong Prao beach

July 25, 2015 – 3:02 PM | 2 Comments
Magic Resort Koh Chang

Magic Resort

Magic Resort is most definitely more of   a ‘Thai style’ beach bungalow resort. It’s the sort of place you stay when you want to park outside your bungalow, plug in the rice cooker and crank up the mobile karaoke machine.
As the majority of guests are Thai the emphasis …

Koh Chang Resort, Klong Prao beach

July 24, 2015 – 6:20 PM |

Koh Chang Resort

Koh Chang Resort is a resort that has seen far better days, the early 1990s for example, when most of it was built.   When people tell me they are staying there, my only question is “Why?” as the bottom line is that there really is   no …

Chai Chet Resort, Klong Prao

July 22, 2015 – 11:41 AM |
Chai Chet Resort

Chai Chet Resort

Chai Chet Resort is located in a superb location on the headland overlooking Klong Prao beach.   Whilst the resort doesn’t have any actual beachfront, it is only a 2 minute walk to the beach from the reception area.
This resort is very popular with Thai groups, so before …

Iyara BR Resort, Klong Prao

July 21, 2015 – 10:19 AM |
Iyara BR Resort Koh Chang

Iyara BR Resort

Iyara Resort is situated in the centre of Klong Prao village.  It’s tucked away out of sight of the main road, so is quiet but also in a very convenient location for shops and restaurants.  A 7-eleven, good cheap restaurants and great bakery are all right outside.
The location …

Good News – Australian Visitor Numbers to Koh Chang Up

July 19, 2015 – 7:39 PM |
Good News – Australian Visitor Numbers to Koh Chang Up

Sydney Morning Herald, 18 July
Bali and Thailand – the preferred escapes for Australians wanting cheap dental work and plastic surgery – has now become a destination for ice addicts wanting rehabilitation.
( OK So the bad news is that the increase in visitors is from drug addicts – but right now …

Barali Beach Resort, Klong Prao beach

July 19, 2015 – 7:24 PM |
Barali Beach Resort

Barali Beach Resort

Barali Beach Resort is one of those places that could, and really should, do much better.   It’s got a good location, the bungalows / villas are pretty good, yet it’s just missing that spark or special something to make it a really good resort.
The ‘could do better’ …

Chok Dee Resort, Klong Prao beach

July 18, 2015 – 8:30 AM |
Chok Dee Resort

Chok Dee Resort

Chok Dee Resort is one of the original, locally owned ‘Thai style’ resorts on Koh Chang.  Established 20 or so years ago to cater for groups of Thai visitors and other tourists who just wanted a basic bungalow by the sea.
It’s in a great location.  The newest rooms, …

Sea Breeze Resort, Kai Bae

July 16, 2015 – 12:30 PM |
Sea Breeze Resort Kai Bae

Sea Breeze Resort

Sea Breeze Bungalows are located on the main road towards the south of Kai Bae beach.
They provide functional, clean air-conditioned rooms just off the street, which are fine for budget travellers.
The beach is 3 minutes walk away and you have a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants in …

Klong Prao Resort, Klong Prao beach

July 15, 2015 – 6:21 PM |
Klong Prao Resort

Klong Prao Resort

Klong Prao Resort is located on a great stretch of sand in the centre of Klong Prao beach.   The location plus the recently built Sea View Villas are the two overriding reasons for staying here.
Cheaper rooms are available, from under 2,000 Baht/night but they are quite old.   …