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Island Guide

April 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.

For 2014 »

2 September

September 1, 2014 – 12:17 PM | One Comment

Phuket & Hua Hin have being getting all the press recently as far as Junta cleanups of undesirable beach restaurants, illegal buildings etc go.  But there has been some low key action taken on Koh Chang which hasn’t been mentioned in any English language news, but has been featured on the Thai news.   The most recent was the army inspecting title deeds relating to the large prawn farm in Salakkok and Tantawan Resort in the south east of the island.  Both owned by the same person, who’s resort in Kai Bae was also investigated in the past for encroaching on National Park land and having an illegally built suspension bridge.   The prawn farm was in the news a decade ago when National Park officials expressed their surprise at title deeds could be issued for what was previously mangrove swamp.  Tantawan Resort is an odd place in that it never seems to have any guests or staff – due to the remote location and only easy access being by 4×4 or boat.  Previously it was a much smaller resort with basic huts over the water.

There’s a video of one of the lengthy news reports on the dodgy title deeds here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLpfBRW8enQ

I added a page with some Google Earth comparisons of how the island has changed in the past decade, the photo below shows the changes in the south east of Koh Chang.  Click for the larger image.

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Here’s an interesting place . . . a mysterious freshwater pool complete with its own with waterfall, hidden away in Klong Son valley.  If you’re thinking of trying to find it, expect snakes too.

After a very wet July, August turned out to be a very good month to be taking a holiday on the island.  There were three weeks or so of excellent weather with some beautiful sunny days interspersed with cooler, cloudier but rain free days.   That’s ended now and we’re back in typical rainy season mode – with overnight and early morning rain followed by grey skies with the sun occasionally peeking through.   But when the sun did shine, it was glorious.  No people.  No traffic.  The ideal day to get out on the scooter and enjoy the island.

As mentioned in the past, I’ve seen some good drone videos taken on Koh Chang ( and elsewhere ) and having an eye in the sky really does open up a whole new world of possibilities, especially for a travel site.  With that in mind, I decided to take the plunge and get my own drone.  For anyone who’s interested, it’s a Phantom 2 Vision +.  A couple of photos and video below.  Unfortunately the weather isn’t great, so no opportunity to add more pics at this stage.  I also need to spend more time learning how to fly it properly and how to make videos.  These will have to wait until October when I’m back from holiday.

More of this in the coming High Season.  I’m off on holiday now for a month, so next update will be some time in mid-October.

2 September

September 1, 2014 – 12:17 PM | One Comment

Phuket & Hua Hin have being getting all the press recently as far as Junta cleanups of undesirable beach restaurants, illegal buildings etc go.  But there has been some low key action taken on Koh Chang which hasn’t been mentioned in any English language news, but has been featured on …

Koh Chang Weather for August 2014

September 8, 2014 – 8:09 PM |
Koh Chang Weather for August 2014

A quick summary of the weather on Koh Chang in August 2014     August is usually pretty good, especially the last two weeks of the month.   And this year was no exception.  After a wet start of the month the sun came out and there were almost three weeks of …

A Rare, 1 Rai Plot of Seafront Land, Chanote, For Sale on Koh Chang

September 7, 2014 – 9:20 AM |

It’s very hard to find 1 Rai plots of beachfront land for sale anywhere on the island.  This rare opportunity plot we offer for sale is located just a short drive south from the ferry piers on the outskirts of a local village. A hospital, police station, small shops & …

Low Carbon Image for Koh Mak

September 7, 2014 – 8:04 AM |
Low Carbon Image for Koh Mak

The Nation,  04 September 2014
Thailand’s first “low carbon” destination, Koh Mak in Trat province, was launched yesterday in a bid to enhance “quality” tourism and attract niche markets.
The Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta) and the Institute for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (ISMED) yesterday introduced Koh Mak, an …

One & Two Bedroom Longstay Apartments & Houses in Kai Bae – Weekly & Monthly Rates

August 31, 2014 – 10:50 AM | Comments Off

All units renovated in mid-2014.
Whilst it is now pretty easy to find a small bungalow or one bedroom place to rent on Koh Chang it is very difficult to find a larger bungalow especially one with two bedrooms. These new homes, completed a couple of years ago fill the need.
These …

Thailand Officials Crackdown on Land Misuse on Koh Chang Island

August 30, 2014 – 8:33 PM | One Comment
Thailand Officials Crackdown on Land Misuse on Koh Chang Island

Thailand Law Forum, 27 August
Thailand’s Department of National Parks, with the help of marines from the Royal Thai Navy and local police, initiated a large scale investigation of alleged forged or improperly issued title deeds in Koh Chang on Tuesday, August 26, according to ASTV Manager, a Thai television station.
Theerapat …

Google Earth – Koh Chang Then & Now

August 29, 2014 – 5:13 PM |

Google Earth gives you the ability to not only see the current satellite photos of pretty much any location worldwide but also those from the past.  Although they don;t go too far back, 2000 is pretty much the earliest.  But for tourist areas, which have a habit of developing quickly, …

Walking to the other Waterfall

August 26, 2014 – 12:32 PM |

If you are staying in the Klong Prao area then it’s a not too difficult to walk to Klong Plu waterfall, which is the largest on the island and where you have to pay 200 Baht National Park entrance fee to get in.  However, there’s no reason not to walk …

Beautiful Beach House for Weekly Rent on Koh Chang

August 21, 2014 – 7:55 PM | Comments Off

Baan Rim Had, ( The Beach House )  is a beachfront villa located on Koh Chang’s largest luxury development.  The property includes three ensuite double bedrooms, western kitchen, living room,upstairs sun terrace and a garden that leads onto a 1.5Km private beach.
The house is fully airconditioned and decorated and furnished …

Who’s Pool is This? A Secret Waterfall in Klong Son

August 19, 2014 – 11:41 AM |

It’s always fun to head out on the scooter and along dirt tracks to see where they lead.  Often there’s nothing of interest at the end and a couple of kilometers on a gradually narrowing, potholed dirt track ends at the house of a bemused rubber farmer or fisherman who …

( Sadly, Not a ) Typical Rainy Season Day

August 15, 2014 – 9:54 AM |

At this time of year you can expect the average day, weatherwise, to consist of some heavy overnight rain; the occasional daytime shower; a grey morning but brighter & driver afternoon; a little sunshine and fairly rough sea.  But, if you have good luck then you can also experience near …

Tourists Discover New Island Resort In East Thailand

August 13, 2014 – 7:14 PM |
Tourists Discover New Island Resort In East Thailand

Shanghai Daily 12 August
Move over Phuket and Pattaya. Here comes Thailand’s easternmost seaside resort of Koh Chang (Elephant Island) which has seen a record turnout of tourists over a long weekend that ended Tuesday, thanks to ferry boat services plying between Trat province and its tropical island lying in the …