The Guide For Independent Travelers to Koh Chang »

Island Guide

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.

Read the full story »
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 2015 »

11 March

March 11, 2015 – 8:12 PM |

Back on Koh Chang after a well deserved holiday in The Maldives.  This was a tax-deductible fact finding mission to determine how the Koh Chang archipelago, described by some attention seeking politicians and the TAT as the ‘Maldives of Thailand’ compared to the real thing. Needless to say the real thing is far more expensive but also a few steps up in quality from anything on offer here.  These photos are from the real Maldives.  The Maldives of Thailand is “Same same but different” 

The mangrove walkway in Salakphet, which was only re-built a couple of years ago is already falling apart.  However, in an especially sad attempt to make the entrance more attractive a new sign has been erected.  It’s a sign warning of the fines for damaging coral.  Why? Probably because someone had a budget for these signs and then had to place them somewhere, regardless of how inappropriate or pointless they were.   But the views from the walkway are as spectacular as ever.  It’s a very scenic stroll to the head of the bay.  But please remember not to touch or chase any coral reef creatures that you way see during your walk.

The Russian Orthodox Church has completed it’s franchise on Koh Chang – built in the name of St. Sergius of Radonezh.  The church was consecrated last month and may well be open now.  It’s hard to tell.  There’s no sign up yet but the door was open so I wandered in.  Sadly, no information in English.  Located in Klong Son valley in the northwest of the island.

An increasing number of Chinese visitors are driving to Koh Chang.  Chinese plated vehicles are now pretty common sight during February, usually the month for Chinese New Year.  Most seem pretty sensible drivers, as you’d expect seeing as they’ve managed to get here by driving through China, Laos and the length of Thailand. But one guy tried to go off-roading on Pearl Beach.  He ended up getting stuck for several hours until his car was dragged out of the sea by the rescue guys.

Chinese driving

Meanwhile, Thailand’s still operating under military rule and lest anyone forget that, the army on Koh Chang are continuing their program of ‘Zero Tolerance of Minor Niggles & Annoyances’.  The recent successful raid on an illegal ‘casino’ i.e. a card school for several local housewives, was followed up by a crackdown of scooter rental companies parking scooters on the main road.  They also helped pick up some litter from the roadside.

Army on patrol

Koh Mak made the international news when a rather optimistic article on how it was ‘Old Thailand’ was published last week in the New York Times.  This portrayed an idyllic, laid back lifestyle a world away from the package tourists, noise & crass commercialisation of other islands.  Apparently, the locals understand sustainable development and don’t want to see the island go the way of islands in the south of Thailand.

It’s probably good luck that the reporter has already left, as Koh Mak is the place to rave from now until 21 March as the annual multi-day German techno party scene hits the island.  This 10 Day event has helped establish Koh Mak as a premier party island –  that is, if you’re German and on an expensive techno dancing package tour. Thai Break on FB

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

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

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
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 …

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 …

A Quick Look Around Salakphet

March 15, 2015 – 7:23 PM |
Salakphet Koh Chang

January and February have been far busier than normal, so I haven’t had time to get out and about to take photos and as as much content to the site as I’d have liked.  Usually when I had a plan to something came along and the plan was scrapped.  Or …

11 March

March 11, 2015 – 8:12 PM |
Chinese tourist drive into the sea on Koh Chang

Back on Koh Chang after a well deserved holiday in The Maldives.  This was a tax-deductible fact finding mission to determine how the Koh Chang archipelago, described by some attention seeking politicians and the TAT as the ‘Maldives of Thailand’ compared to the real thing. Needless to say the real thing …

* Only 6.9 Million Baht * Two Bed Corner Unit Condo with Panoramic Sea Views

March 10, 2015 – 10:06 AM | Comments Off

New Two Bed Condo – Corner Unit. Great Views. This is a corner unit and has uninterrupted views over Bangbao and towards the islands to the south of Koh Chang.  The condo is fitted and finished to western standards with double glazed windows, a built in kitchenette with Electrolux appliances, parquet flooring etc.  Ready to move into.  Price: 7,900,000 Baht

Island in the Sun ( Koh Mak in The Bangkok Post )

March 8, 2015 – 5:41 PM |
Island in the Sun ( Koh Mak in The Bangkok Post )

 Bangkok Post 5 March 2014
Crystal clear water, uncrowded beaches and sunshine are not the main reasons for Sel Bellai, a Dutch businessman, and his family to visit Koh Mak every year for four years.

“We love Koh Mak because it’s the real Thailand,” said Bellai, who has been to many places …

Koh Chang’s First Adventure Trail Run – UTKC2015

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

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 whilst running, so not …

Island Guide

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.

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 …