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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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5 February

February 5, 2015 – 3:58 PM |

Koh Chang made it onto the national news.  The army have been checking on , what they a say are illegally built resorts, businesses and homes.  These are built too close to the sea; on National Park land or on untitled farmland, which according to the letter of the law shouldn’t be sold or built on.  But due to the lack of available land on Koh Chang, has been.  Over 500 buildings are reported to be illegal.  At present, no-one knows what will happen to them or how serious the Army will be about tearing them down.  English language news story.

Among the businesses affected are the ramshackle bungalows on the hillside at the north end of White Sand beach. This photo was sent to me through Facebook by Michael, who’s here on holiday.  Shows the army on an inspection tour last week.

Army on Koh Chang

One of the other main areas affected is probably Lonely beach ( although the news reports haven’t mentioned specific places )  Years ago I was allowed to take photos of a map showing original National Park boundaries.  This also showed land plots.  Before the island was developed for tourism, all of Lonely beach was within the National Park boundary, which ran along the coastline from the south of Kai Bae village down to Bailan before coming inland again.  Over the years I have a feeling the boundaries may have been redrawn to benefit landowners – as has happened in many other National Parks.  So, again, it’ll be interesting to see what, if anything, happens in the coming months.

Down on Koh Kood the Navy have been doing the same thing.  Warning people off buying Por Bor Tor 5 farmland and taking notes on , possibly, illegally built resorts.

I went out of the scooter the other day to see if I could find anything interesting and ended up on a hilltop at a new statue of the mother of a local landowner.   This is in Klong Prao and is visible from the main road but to get to it involves going through what is probably private land so best not to put details of how to get there here.  ( Hint: For anyone wanting an adventure, access is from the back of the hill. )

Some things never change.  Such as the waste water that gets pumped from businesses onto White Sand beach.  The walkway between KC Grande Resort and Yakah Bungalows, a public  accessway to the beach, is shown the photos below.  Another drainage channel nearer the south end, adjacent to Kacha Resort, isn’t much better.  I can only assume that the local businesses don’t care so long as they continue to make money.   The good news is that it will get cleaned up. Eventually. Because enough people will complain and so the powers that be will sense a photo opportunity & will turn out in force for a clean up.  The drainage channels will be cleaned, garbage removed.  Handshakes and ‘Wai’s all round and that will be that. Job done.  Until the next year.  One thing that won’t happen is that anyone will bother to find out where the waste is coming from and have words with the culprits.

I added a post about the harm visitors are doing by feeding the wild monkeys.  So it was nice to see these monkeys doing what monkeys should do and foraging for food by the roadside on the hill near White Sand beach the other day.

A couple photos of the ferries arriving on Koh Chang.  At the main pier, Ao Sapporot and the less popular but friendlier, Centrepoint pier.   Unless you are arriving from Koh Mak or Koh Kood, you’ll set foot on Koh Chang at one of these piers.  Aerial video of Koh Chang Ferry

I also got a cheap underwater camera to play around with.  not specifically for use here, but this time next month we’ll be taking a holiday in one of the world’s best snorkelling spots, so I thought it’d be handy to have a camera.  This video and photos were taken at Koh Yuak, a small island off the west coast of Koh Chang.  It is possible to kayak out there – but take lots of water.  Alternatively,  Kai Bae Hut Speedboat often run short snorkelling trips here as do some resorts that have their own boats.

Koh Chang’s First Adventure Trail Run – UTKC2015

February 28, 2015 – 10:47 AM |
Ultra Trail Koh Chang 2015

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I’m going on holiday today for a week, so no time for a proper write up.  But early this morning, it was a 6.30am start, I took part in the Ultra trail Koh Chang event in the south east of the island.  Pics taken with my phone …

Koh Mak in the New York Times : ‘Old Thailand’ Found on Sleepy Islands

February 22, 2015 – 7:55 AM |
Koh Mak in the New York Times : ‘Old Thailand’ Found on Sleepy Islands

New York Times, 20 February 2015
Under a blazing midday sun in late 2013, Allen Stewart surveyed the scene before him: The Gulf of Thailand, a spectrum of blues, stretched out as far as the eye could see. To the west, the jagged, emerald-hued peaks of Koh Chang emerged; the Cardamom …

Koh Chang Wedding Photography

February 13, 2015 – 5:39 PM |
Koh Chang Wedding Photographer

Planning to get married on Koh Chang?  You need a wedding photographer!
Why do you need a wedding photographer? An increasing number of people are now choosing to get engaged, celebrate a special occasion or even get married, or at least have a blessing ceremony, here on the island.  You can …

Lovely Waterfront House For Sale – Ideal as a Rental Property

February 13, 2015 – 11:03 AM |
House for sale on koh Chang

Here’s one of those properties that fall into the category of “I’d buy it if I had the cash“.  And to be honest there aren’t many of those.  If you have money sitting in the bank earning zero interest.  Then this is worth considering.
This is a two bedroom house owned …

The Big Race: Getting Fit For UTKC 2015

February 13, 2015 – 8:01 AM | 2 Comments
Koh Chang Trail Race

I mentioned this when the inaugural Ultra & Trail Koh Chang 2015 was announced last October.  This is Koh Chang’s first adventure race and is being organised by Go Adventures Asia, an event planner that specializes in organizing races, triathlons etc across SE Asia.  So it’s a professionally organised and …

Dan Kao Beach a.k.a Sai Daeng Beach a.k.a that Beach just South of the Ferry Piers

February 8, 2015 – 5:09 PM |
Amber Sands Beach Resort

Drive a couple of minutes south of the main ferry pier on Koh Chang and you’ll pass Centrepoint pier, the much quieter ferry from the mainland, and then a few hundred metres to the south you’ll reach a small beach which is home to three great little resorts.
I’m not exactly …

5 February

February 5, 2015 – 3:58 PM |

Koh Chang made it onto the national news.  The army have been checking on , what they a say are illegally built resorts, businesses and homes.  These are built too close to the sea; on National Park land or on untitled farmland, which according to the letter of the law shouldn’t …

The Findig Shop – Proof Time Travel is Possible

February 2, 2015 – 8:18 PM | One Comment
The Findig shop Koh Chang

If you can remember shopping in the late 70s or early 80s then this is for you.  Koh Chang offers visitors a chance to relive their youth with a throwback to the days when stores such as Littlewoods or Woolworths ruled the world.
They succeeded by piling all manner of crap …

Crackdown on Koh Chang Land Encroachment

February 1, 2015 – 7:10 AM |
koh chang army

31 January 2015, NNT
The director of the National Parks Bureau has visited Koh Chang in Trat province to gather information on the land encroachment problems on the island.
After a meeting with chief of Koh Chang National Park Weera Khunchairak, director of the National Parks Bureau, Samak Donnapi, disclosed that 38 …

Ao Sapporot Ferry Pier From The Air ( Video )

January 28, 2015 – 7:44 PM |
Ao Sapporot Ferry Koh Chang

Chances are this will be where you set foot on Koh Chang for the first time.
Ao Sapporot is the Koh Chang pier for ‘Ferry Koh Chang’ the busiest of the two ferry companies which bring people from the mainland to Koh Chang.  The majority of buses and minibuses coming from Bangkok …

Snorkelling ( Feeding the Fish ) at Koh Yuak

January 25, 2015 – 9:20 PM |
Koh Chang Snorkelling

I just got a cheap underwater camera, in preparation for a proper snorkelling holiday in a few weeks time.  Today we decided to test it by having a late afternoon, ‘Baan Rim Nam’ staff outing to  the island of Koh Yuak, a few kilometers off Klong Prao beach.  This is …

How to Get to Soneva Kiri’s Private Beach

January 21, 2015 – 12:27 PM | One Comment
Soneva Kiri Beach

Soneva Kiri is a luxury 6 star resort ( similar to a luxury 5 star resort, only it’s one better )  on Koh Kood.  The resort prides itself on keeping their guests and normal people well away from each other.
If you try to ride your scooter to the resort you …