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Island Guide

February 22, 2015 – 9:08 AM

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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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.


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 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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20 August

October 4, 2015 – 2:44 PM

White Sand beach

Over two months since the last update.  That’s a record. It’s usually far more frequent.  But there’s usually not too much happening on Koh Chang during the rainy season.  And this year is no exception.

In addition, I’ve been busy with non-Koh Chang related activities, mainly various other websites; some running and a few holidays elsewhere in Thailand and abroad.

This time of year is known in tourism circles as the Green Season, as Rainy season puts people off visiting.  It’s also Construction Season, the time of year when a hotelier’s mind turns to putting up new rooms as quickly as possible in order to have them completed for the start of the coming High Season.

This year, White Sand beach is ground zero for construction projects.  Two new hotels plus what will be the nicest beachfront bungalows on the island, plus a Makro superstore are are going up as I type.

More interestingly are the Paradise Beachfront Villas at KC Grande Resort.  You’re looking at around 8,000 Baht / night in High Season but for that you get a 54Sqm bungalow right on one of the best beaches on the island.

This rainy construction green season hasn’t been too wet.  Which is a problem, as along with most of Thailand, the rainfall this year has been far lower than average.   But the past few days have made up for part of the shortfall, whilst the days have been great – plenty of sunshine and blue skies, at night the thunderstorms roll in and there’s torrential rain for a couple of hours.  However, despite the overnight rain the sea is calm right now and very clear.  And , as the European summer holidays are drawing to an end, the beaches are all very quiet.  The photos below were all taken yesterday.

Rainy season sunshine

A few people have emailed or sent messages about my attempts at running, so some time in October or November, I’ll have a site about the joys of trying to run, repeatedly getting injured and taking part in some fun 10Km runs around  Thailand.  A few pics below from runs in Bangkok, Pattaya, Nakhon Nayok, Khao Prabatchang.   Next year is when I’ll try some longer distances first of those will be two trail races, the 25Km North Face trail race in Khao Yai in January and the 33Km Koh Chang trail race at the end of February.

The main new thing that’s being added to the site is some reviews of hotels from readers of this site who’ve stayed in them.  Over the past couple of months I’ve been asking people who like the site to write a review of a hotel they stayed in on Koh Chang.   I gave them an outline and structure and have been adding those to the site, quite a big job as I’ve got a around 100 to add.  But hopefully they’ll be of use to someone.

You’ll also see – if you are looking for ideas for hotels – there are new pages on :

The Best Luxury Hotels on Koh Chang – because you deserve the best.

A Few Value For Money Resorts – as not everyone wants, needs or can afford a 5* holiday

Top Small Resorts  – as some people prefer places where you arena name not a room number.

And David from the Sawadee Koh Chang site has done a run down of the resorts on Koh Chang who won big in Tripadvisor’s annual awards.



Are These the Best Places to Stay on Koh Chang?

October 2, 2015 – 1:51 PM
best places to stay on Koh Chang

You’ll find details of loads of places to stay in the Accommodation section. But if you want a few places where you can’t really go wrong then take a look at this page. Just six resorts / bungalows / guesthouses plus a few alternatives ranging from 5 star luxury to basic beach huts.

Koh Chang Grand Orchid Resort

September 5, 2015 – 10:34 AM
Grand Orchid Resort

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Koh Chang Grand Orchid Resort and Spa

Grand Orchid Resort is one of those places that makes you wonder what it would be like to be so wealthy that you could build a luxury resort and not care where it was located.   It is on the …

Siam Beach Resort

September 4, 2015 – 6:11 PM
Siam Beach Resort

Siam Beach Resort

Siam Beach Resort occupies the prime, private location at the northern end of Lonely Beach on Koh Chang.   The location, about 400 metres north from the nearest resort ensures that guests enjoy peace and quiet.
Although there is plenty of late night bars and restaurants at the backpacker area …

Aunchaleena Beachfront Resort, Bangbao

August 28, 2015 – 11:03 AM
Aunchaleena Beachfront Resort

Aunchaleena Resort

is the largest resort on the island, occupying well over   60 Hectares of land on the south coast of Koh Chang.   But unless you are Thai and on a 3 day / 2 night company outing from Bangkok or a Russian package tourist, it is highly unlikely you …

Remark Cottage, Pearl Beach

August 28, 2015 – 9:29 AM
Remark Cottage Koh Chang

Remark Cottage

When it opened, Remark Cottage was one of the nicest small bungalow resorts on the island.   The owners spent a lot of time and effort to create a small ‘designer hut’ resort set amidst beautiful, landscaped tropical gardens.
The actual bungalows were pretty simple, wooden design and fitted out and …

Kai Bae Beach Resort

August 27, 2015 – 12:08 PM
Kai Bae Beach Resort

Kai Bae Beach Resort

Kai Bae Beach Resort has been undergoing a face-lift and modernisation over the past coupe of years.  New swimming pool, hotel block and beachfront coffeeshop / bar have been built and the old restaurant is currently ( Aug 2015) being rebuilt ready for the coming High Season.
The …

Changburi Resort and Spa

August 25, 2015 – 2:35 PM
Changburi Resort

Changburi Resort & Spa

Note than Changburi is basically two resorts – Changburi hillside and Changburi Resort.  In the paste they operated under the same name but have now been split into separate entities.  This page is for the much nicer, more expensive Changburi Resort.
Down by the beach you have accommodation …

Chivapuri Beach Resort, Klong Kloi Beach

August 25, 2015 – 11:46 AM
Chivapura Beach Resort

Chivapuri  Beach Resort

Chivapuri Resort is the only luxury option on Klong Kloi beach, once of the most scenic beaches on Koh Chang.
The beach is located on the southern coast of Koh Chang.  From the beach there are excellent views south to the outlying islands.  On a clear day you can …

Mac Resort

August 24, 2015 – 2:46 PM
Mac Resort

Mac Resort

Mac Resort is a small beachfront resort with hotel rooms and a handful of bungalows.   At first appearances it   looks pretty nice, they even have a chandelier in reception, but although it is relatively new the rooms are beginning to show signs of wear and tear.  That …

Keereeta Resort

August 24, 2015 – 8:25 AM
Keereeta Resort

Keereeta Resort

Keereeta was one of the first real boutique hotels on the island. No doubt about it, it is a lovely design with all rooms being individually furnished and decorated.   So as far as the actual building goes, you wont be disappointed and the rooms represent good value for …

Ramayana Resort

August 23, 2015 – 11:49 AM
Ramayana Resort

Ramayana Resort

First the bad news, if you want to see the sea or even be able to easily walk to the sea from your resort on Koh Chang then Ramayana isn’t the resort for you.
But all is not lost.   There is a regular shuttle that takes guests to the …

BanPu Resort, White Sand Beach

August 22, 2015 – 2:33 PM
BanPu Resort Koh Chang

BanPu Resort

BanPu isn’t a resort to get over excited about.   It’s on the beach, although not the best section, and is conveniently located for shops, restaurants etc but it has   a very dated feel to it. Lots of dark wood used on the interiors – for the floor, …