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February 22, 2015 – 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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9 April

April 9, 2015 – 2:00 PM |

A friend sent me an old postcard of Koh Chang that he had bought here a few years ago.  The photo itself was far older.  So I decided to do a comparison between the picture on the card and the current view.  As you can see it’s impossible to get the same view.  There are bungalows blocking it and also the trees by the shore have grown a lot. However, those old bungalows are there and they haven’t changed – possibly had a coat of paint but they haven’t been rebuilt or renovated in the past 15 years or so.

Old Siam Bay Resort

Siam bay Resort

This led to the idea of looking for more old postcards.  Fortunately, the postcard vendors on Koh Chang have stocks of cards with photos taken a decade or so ago.  So it was quite easy to find a few cards to use.  More examples of  Then & Now photos with Postcard Views of Koh Chang & Postcard Views of White Sand beach

If you’re into Koh Chang nostalgia.  These are the oldest photos I have of the island, taken by a German travel writer and photographer in the early 90s.  I’ve also just been sent a few from 1996.  The best is this one I added for Facebook.com/iamkohchang showing houses on the river where we live.  If you’ve got any Koh Chang photos from years ago, I’d love to see them.

Something else I’d been thinking of doing but hadn’t was a guide to riding a scooter around Koh Chang. This is done and I’ve also added real time videos of the ride from the ferry pier in the north east of the island to Klong Kloi beach on the southern coast.  Hopefully they will answer all your questions about what it’s like riding a scooter here and you’ll get an idea why some stretches of road have a lot of accidents.  It’s also handy to see the route for yourself on video rather than just reading a description or looking at a few photos.

And Chantaburi now has a cat cafe – which is a surprisingly fun way to enjoy a good coffee and play with some Persians if you happen to be passing by.  Gatto Cat Cafe, located on the Chantaburi junction – opposite the Shell gas station.

Quick kayak trip along the ‘Amazon of Koh Chang’ a.k.a. the river estuary in Klong Prao.  I tell all out guests to go for a paddle here but I seldom do – so it thought it was about time I had a little paddle upstream from our house.  If you’re staying anywhere in the Klong Prao area and have access to a kayak, then it’s a very nice detour off the beach.  And one that very few people do.

It’s pretty much the end of High Season now which mean Construction Season is beginning.  The popular Palm Beach & Lay Lay Tong restaurants on Klong Prao beach will soon be torn down to make way for the expansion of Flora I-Talay Resort.  Leaving the north end of the beach with no standalone beach restaurants.  In the centre of White Sand beach the old tiger bungalows and a couple of roadside tailors & massage shops have now been reduced to rubble.  presumably for more hotel rooms.

Next week is the Songkran ( Thai New Year ) holiday. Expect a bit of tradition if you go to Klong Prao temple from 11 – 15 when the Songkran fair will be held and also in Salakphet from 1`7 – 19 April, when they are having belated Songkran festivities.  Expect to get wet if you’re anywhere near the main road between late morning – late afternoon.   Early morning and in the evening you’ll be safe, no-one will be throwing water.  If you’re arriving and taking a pick up truck taxi from the ferry pier, expect to get very wet – along with your bags.  You’ll be ambushed and will be sitting targets when you pass through White Sand beach where dozens of people armed with ice cold water guns await.

 

 

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Koh Chang Bike Crash Could Be Forced out of Hospital

April 15, 2015 – 10:50 AM |
Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Koh Chang Bike Crash Could Be Forced out of Hospital

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Leicester Mercury, 13 April
A motorcyclist who was badly injured in a bike crash in Thailand fears he could be forced out of hospital if his money runs out.
Carlos Nunez is currently in intensive care at the private Bangkok Trat Hospital after suffering serious spinal injuries, seven …

9 April

April 9, 2015 – 2:00 PM |
Old Siam Bay Resort

A friend sent me an old postcard of Koh Chang that he had bought here a few years ago.  The photo itself was far older.  So I decided to do a comparison between the picture on the card and the current view.  As you can see it’s impossible to get …

Koh Chang By Scooter. Part 5: Bangbao Peninsula

April 7, 2015 – 6:36 AM |
Along the Bangbao peninsula

A few hundred metres before you reach Bangbao you’ll see a road on the right which is signposted to Nirvana Resort, Resolution Resort, Cliff Cottage and a couple of other resorts and bungalows.
These are located on a peninsula, from which you get some great views across Bangbao Bay.  The road is …

The Reality of Postcard Views of Koh Chang – Part 2

April 6, 2015 – 7:31 AM |
Postcards from White Sand beach, Koh Chang

A few more comparisons of postcard views compared to reality.  All these are from White Sand beach.  The original photos used on the postcards are over a decade old. As these are from the same beach, I’ve added a photo of the current view from roughly the same spot.  Overall, …

Koh Chang By Scooter. Part 4: Lonely Beach to Klong Kloi Beach

April 5, 2015 – 8:00 AM |
Driving on Koh Chang to Bangbao

This video assumes that you’ve made it down the hill to the north end of Lonely beach, at Siam Beach Resort and are now heading for your final destination in either Bangbao or Klong Kloi beach on the south coast of Koh Chang.
There are only four resorts on Lonely beach …

Koh Chang By Scooter. Part 3: Klong Prao to Lonely beach

April 4, 2015 – 7:28 AM |
Riding a scooter to Lonely Beach

Continuing our scooter ride along the west coast of Koh Chang.  This video is from the northern end of Klong Prao village to Siam Beach Resort, the first resort at the north end of Lonely Beach
A wide, flat road leads from Klong Prao village to Kai Bae, the next beach. …

Koh Chang By Scooter. Part 2: White Sand beach to Klong Prao village

April 3, 2015 – 7:37 AM |
Riding a scooter on Koh Chang

Having survived the scooter ride over the big hill from the ferry pier you find yourself in White Sand beach.  The northernmost of the main west coast beach areas.  It’s not a village, just a kilometre long strip of tourist shops, bars, restaurants and resorts that runs parallel to the …

Koh Chang By Scooter. Part 1: Ferry Pier to White Sand Beach

April 2, 2015 – 7:43 AM |
Riding a scooter on Koh Chang

I thought it was about time I strapped a camera to my bike and headed out onto the open road in order to give you an idea about what it’s like to ride a scooter on Koh Chang.  Hiring a scooter or motorbike on Koh Chang is a very popular …

Bangbao Bay Timelapse Video

March 31, 2015 – 7:18 AM |
Bangbao Bay, Koh Chang Video

Here’s an example of how to make a timelapse video of Koh Chang interesting.  Often timelapses just show one view over a period of time – usually the sunset.  But here we have several shorter scenes taken at various locations around Bangbao Bay, Koh Chang at different times of day …

Thai Beach Holiday Takes a Naked Twist ( via Sydney Morning Herald )

March 29, 2015 – 9:08 AM | One Comment
Thai Beach Holiday Takes a Naked Twist ( via Sydney Morning Herald )

Sydney Morning Herald, 25 March 2015
My first thought, on seeing a wiry, bearded man walking towards me on the beach: Catweazle, that 11th-century wizard who time-travelled into our lounge rooms via the magic of television in the ’70s, has come to Thailand.
It was early morning and I’d come to Klong …

Flying over Koh Rang and Koh Chang

March 27, 2015 – 12:54 PM |
Koh Rang Island

Another great example of the fun that can be had with a quadcopter.  This visitor to Koh Chang took some good footage of the island but the most interesting for me is that taken on Koh Rang.  This is a large island, south of Koh Chang, that’s home to a …

The Reality of Postcard Views of Koh Chang – Part 1

March 18, 2015 – 1:28 PM |

A friend, Skipper, who’ve I’ve never met but who I’ve been in touch with for a few years, first by email and now on Facebook sent me an old postcard of Koh Chang.  He bought it whilst he was on the island several years ago.  But looking at it, the …