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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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11 January

January 10, 2015 – 8:15 PM |

Been a bit busy recently as mid-December  to mid-January is the busiest time of year on the island.  So aside from the guesthouse, we had a couple of trips elsewhere, the busiest month ever for transfer bookings and our new holiday home to deal with.  So not a lot of time for doing website stuff.

We did  a quick trip down to Koh Kood recently.  A cracking island.  As I’ve mentioned previously, probably the best in Thailand for riding a scooter around.  An undersea electricity cable will soon be switched on which will the the catalyst for big changes.  Once electricity from the national power grid reaches the island, ATMs and 7-elevens will follow.   Unlike Koh Chang, Koh Kood isn’t National Park and so come the next economic boom, Koh Kood will be ripe for development.   If I was thinking of starting a small guesthouse or business now, I’d be looking there rather than Koh Chang.  All you need to know about Koh Kood can be found at Destination Koh Kood

Chantaburi is the province neighbouring Trat and one that is overlooked by most visitors to this part of Thailand.  But it’s got a lot of potential.  There’s a Thai guy on Facebook who is doing a great job of promoting the province and taking people who find themselves in Chantaburi on some great adventures. See:  Love Chantaburi The photo below is one of his.  It is of one of the two herds of wild elephants that live in the hills in the northwest of Chantaburi province.  At this time of year they come out of the hills and head towards farms to look for food.  In total, there are only around 70 wild elephants in the province.

Woild Elephants in Chantaburi

The Trat Sailing Fest!

Of course you haven’t heard of it, that’s because the Tourism Association of Thailand are ‘promoting’ it. But it does sound very interesting. How does 3 days cruising around the islands south of Koh Chang, in a private cabin, for only 5,000 Baht sound?  Gulf Charters are organising a trip, under the banner ‘Trat Sailing Fest’ to promote sailing in the archipelago. This runs from 23 – 26 January.  Spaces are limited as there are just four catamarans and one monohull taking part.  For more information or to reserve your cabin email: events@gulfchartersthailand.com

After Koh Kood it was time for a quick trip to Siem Reap.  Combining Koh Chang and Siem Reap in a  two week holiday is increasingly popular and it’s a great combination.  Fly into Bangkok, head to Siem Reap for a few days of temples, great hospitality and food and then down to Koh Chang for some beach life with a couple of nights in Bangkok for a bit of shopping before heading home.  You can’t really go wrong.  I skipped the main temples this time as I’ve seen them a few times, my first trip there was back in 1997, and to be honest they don’t change much from year to year.  So this visit’s highlight was a bit of cycling on Kulen mountain – north of Siem Reap which is where the Khmer empire was founded.

Meanwhile on Koh Chang work was still continuing on rebuilding a bridge over a small stream in the centre of Kai Bae.  For some reason the work had to be done over Christmas and New Year – the busiest time of year on the island.  Forcing anyone wanting to get to the southern part of Koh Chang to take a detour on dirt roads around the back of the village.   It wasn’t surprising that many visitors ( along with local business owners ) weren’t too happy about this.  The disappointing aspect was that the local authorities made no effort at all to inform visitors of the work; explain why it was necessary or apologize for the inconvenience.  There was a single sign in Thai at each end of the detour and that was it.  Nothing in English, or Russian, at all.  The end result is that a lot of visitors were far more pissed off than they would of been had the authorities shown that they cared or were interested in informing people of what was going on and why.  It was as though tourists were being taken for granted and the impression many got was that those responsible for running the island weren’t interested in basic courtesy to visitors.   With the number of visitors, especially Russian,  down on last year, this isn’t the right time to be alienating the people who do visit the island.

It rained on Koh Chang.  For a couple of hours.  It was chaos.  After no rain for a few weeks the roads, especially on the hills, turned into ice rinks.  Cars couldn’t get up them and those on scooters dismounted and walked their bikes downhill rather than risk riding them.  If  it does rain, which is unlikely at this time of year then you need to take a lot of care.  it wont ast long and it;s better to wait for the roads to dry out.  These photos from Facebook, are of the hill between Kai Bae and Lonely beach.

 

The Big Race: Getting Fit For UTKC 2015

January 25, 2015 – 8:01 AM |
Koh Chang Trail Race

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I mentioned this when the inaugural Ultra & Trail Koh Chang 2015 was announced a couple of months ago.  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 …

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 …

Koh Chang’s Monkeys – Why You Shouldn’t Feed Them

January 19, 2015 – 11:42 AM | One Comment
Don't Feed the Monkeys

Not a very nice sight is it? But this is happening more on Koh Chang as monkeys become more dependent on food given by humans and more frequently come down to the roadside.
I remember when seeing monkeys was relatively rare in the High Season.  They usually kept away from people …

Crossing the Aranyaprathet / Poipet Border ( Siem Reap – Koh Chang )

January 18, 2015 – 12:17 PM |
Aranyaprathet to Poipet border

I thought I’d add a few photos of the Aranyaprathet / Poipet border crossing experience as a lot of people are now combining Siem Reap and Koh Chang in the same holiday.   A typical 2-week itinerary consists of flying into Bangkok then heading to Siem reap for a few …

For Sale: The Best Small Beachfront Resort on Koh Chang.

January 14, 2015 – 12:50 PM |
Amber Sands beach Resort

OK.  We’ll keep this simple.  Amber Sands Beach Resort is probably the best run and best reviewed small resort on Koh Chang.  For the past three years it’s been voted as one of the Top 25 Small Resorts in Thailand.  ( In 9th place for 2014 )
You’ll find over 250 …

Beautiful Riverside Home For Sale. Only THB 2.1 Million.

January 14, 2015 – 11:55 AM |
house for sale koh chang

If you are looking for a simple, but tastefully designed home in a peaceful area yet within easy reach of the west coast beaches and for a very reasonable price then this might be for you.
This two bedroom house has a footprint of 8m x 14m.  It has been designed …

11 January

January 10, 2015 – 8:15 PM |
Chantaburi elephants

Been a bit busy recently as mid-December  to mid-January is the busiest time of year on the island.  So aside from the guesthouse, we had a couple of trips elsewhere, the busiest month ever for transfer bookings and our new holiday home to deal with.  So not a lot of time …

Two Bedroom Homes For Longterm Rent on Koh Chang

January 7, 2015 – 8:52 PM |
House For Rent on Koh Chang

Two brand new two bedroom houses for rent in Kai Bae, Koh Chang.
These new rental homes have just been completed and are available for longterm rent – from 6 months to 1 year.  They are located in the valley in Kai Bae, just over 5 minutes walk from the main road …

Sailing / Yacht Charter

January 4, 2015 – 8:53 PM | One Comment

Koh Chang isn’t the first place you think of heading to for a sailing holiday when in Thailand. But every year more and more yachts make their way here and the fleets of charter boats at Sunsail & Gulf Charters grow in size.
You’ll find far more yachts and far better …

Thailand’s Best Street Food – Book Review

January 1, 2015 – 2:03 PM |

It’s not often that I do book reviews. But the publisher’s of a recently released book on the Best of Thailand’s Street Food were kind enough to send me a copy of the snappily titled ‘Thailand’s Best Street Food’  and it turns out it’s a very interesting & informative read.  In …

Kulen Mountain Cycling – Off the Beaten Track in Siem Reap

December 31, 2014 – 1:36 PM |

A lot of people now combine Siem Reap and Koh Chang in a holiday.  It’s the ideal combination of culture and beach.  There are also a lot of interesting tours you can do in Siem Reap , aside from the usual temple tour to Angkor Wat.
For example, a couple of …

Koh Kood By Scooter

December 28, 2014 – 7:45 AM |

I’ve added a few galleries of photos from Koh Kood over the years.  It’s a great island to visit if you love nature, peace and quiet, crystal clear water and deserted beaches.  But it is too quiet for some people and you can find yourself stuck in your resort.  It’s …