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Island Guide

February 22, 2015 – 9:08 AM | Comments Off on Island Guide

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.

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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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8 June

June 8, 2015 – 12:37 PM | 2 Comments

The Green / Low / Rainy Season in now upon us, which should mean that I’ve got time to sit around and catch up on all the TV series I’ve downloaded over the past 6 months and haven’t had time to get round to watching.  Unfortunately not yet.  Still plenty to keep me occupied . . . .

A trip to Hua Hin and another to Chantaburi for a couple of 10Km fun runs.  As there’s the aforementioned temptation to sit around and spend too long catching up on TV shows it’s also nice to have a bit of motivation to do some exercise.  There’s always a good atmosphere and it’s a fun way to spend a Sunday morning.  At the Hua Hin run the post race catering was laid on by some of the fancy resorts in the area, in Chantaburi it consisted of free Durian.  A couple more weekends away later this month for runs in Bangkok and Ratchaburi.  Some photos from Chantaburi where the run coincided with the start of the annual fruit festival which included the almost famous ‘World Durian Championships‘ which, to no-one’s surprise were won by farmers from Chantaburi.

Meanwhile on Koh Chang the weather has been pretty good.  Probably drier than normal.  Of course there has been some rain, but not enough to ruin a holiday and there have been numerous days with gorgeous weather.  Actually better than High Season, it’s hotter; the sky is clearer; the tides are lower – so the beaches are wider; the sunsets are better and there’s only a few lucky people here to enjoy it. The photos below are all from the past couple of weeks.

The tides are so low at this time of year that you can actually walk to an island just off Kai Bae beach.  In High Season visitors paddle a kayak out there but on certain days for the next couple of months the tides will be low enough for you to safely walk from Koh Chang to Koh Man Nai.  It’s a fun activity, but be sure to wear walking sandals or footwear that can get wet but is strong enough not to be punctured by some sharp shells and stones.   This is the view you’ll have.  The guys you see in the video are harvesting shellfish:

I did a quick trip to Phnom Penh, the idea was to put myself in the shoes of a hardy, independent traveller and take the minibus.  But in the end I decided that driving to the border and then taking a taxi was a far better option for two reasons. 1) I’m not really into suffering for my art 2) If I took the minibus I’d miss Happy Hour at the FCC Phnom Penh.  More on how you can do the trip in under 8 hours, door-to-door with the minimum of hassle on the all new ‘How to get from Phnom Penh to Koh Chang‘ page.

Whilst in Phnom Penh I also did a nice little 60Km bike ride out of the city to Oudong, the old capital.  I’ve done a few rides in Cambodia, all with Grasshopper Adventures – who are an excellent company.  They also have branches in Thailand and other SouthEast Asian countries.  Well worth checking out if you enjoy cycling through remote areas in 35C temperatures.

If you look at the three photos below and thinking to yourself, ‘That’s big enough to play cricket on‘  then you’re the type of person who might be interested in Koh Chang’s first International Beach Cricket Tournament.  A grand title for a not too serous beach cricket bash that will be held on 21-23 August at Siam Royal View, Koh Chang.  Teams from around Thailand and also Macau are already confirmed.  The matches are six-a-side affairs with each team having an innings of six overs.  So, they aren’t long enough to get boring.  Keep an eye on the Koh Chang Beach Cricket site for more details.

Finally, if you’ve ever wondered how Tripadvisor restaurant reviews , which in the main are written by tourists, relate to reviews written by locals then this might be of interest.  I set out to compare Tripadvisor’s 83rd ranked restaurant on Koh Chang with the one rated #1, not just on Koh Chang but in Trat province, on the Thai foodie app Wongnai.  Picking a winner wasn’t easy . . . but someone’s got to do it.  The best seafood on Koh Chang?

Jae Eiw Seafood

The Chill Resort and Spa, Kai Bae beach

July 4, 2015 – 12:44 PM |
The Chill Resort Koh Chang

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The Chill Resort and Spa

The Chill is one of the resorts to put on your shortlist if you just   want to get away from it all and have a week or two of boutique luxury on Koh Chang.
The smallest room is 50sqm and all are …

Lazy Republique, Bailan

July 4, 2015 – 11:18 AM |
Lazy Republique, Bailan

Lazy Republique

Lazy Republique is one of the best reviewed ‘flashpacker’ resorts on Koh Chang.  It’s a small place with only a handful of bungalows.  Guests can relax in the restaurant or spacious garden area.  Free wifi is available and the cool, concrete bungalows have all the conveniences you need without being over fussy.
With …

Panviman Koh Chang Resort, Klong Prao beach

July 3, 2015 – 7:26 PM | One Comment
Panviman Resort Koh Chang

Panviman Koh Chang Resort

The Panviman Resort is located in the centre of Klong Prao beach.   This is one of the quietest areas of beach on the west coast of Koh Chang.   Even in high season you will only see a couple of dozen people out of the beach …

Aana Resort and Spa, Klong Prao beach

July 3, 2015 – 7:20 PM |
Aana Resort & Spa Koh Chang

Aana Resort and Spa

Aana Resort is located just off Klong Prao beach on the Klong Plu river estuary.  It’s hidden away, out of sight of the main road and with no loud bars, tailor shops, tour agents etc nearby.
Whilst the resort itself is very nice, with villas tucked away on …

Mercure Hideaway Resort, Bailan

July 3, 2015 – 11:25 AM |
Mercure Hideaway Koh Chang

Mercure Hideaway

The Mercure Hideaway  Resort in Bailan, 2km south of Lonely Beach, which, to my mind, tends to fall into the ‘Why stay here when there are better alternatives?’ classification.
Some people are big fans of the Mercure brand and I am sure they won’t be disappointed.   There’s good service and …

Sea View Resort and Spa, Kai Bae beach

June 25, 2015 – 2:54 PM | 2 Comments
Sea View Resort Kai Bae

Sea View Resort and Spa

Sea View is one of the most popular 3-4 star resorts for families looking to stay in a peaceful beachfront setting.
It is located at the far southern end of Kai Bae beach, so be prepared to have a 20 minute walk if you want to get …

Kai Bae Beach Video Guide – Sand or Stones?

June 23, 2015 – 5:46 PM |
Kai Bae Beach Videos

Kai Bae beach is the second busiest beach on the island after White Sands.  However, unlike White Sand beach it still has some charm.  There are still plenty of bungalow resorts in which to stay.  And in recent years the central area of the beach has been developed and now …

The Green Dream ( Bangkok Post article )

June 18, 2015 – 2:40 PM |
The Green Dream ( Bangkok Post article )

Bangkok Post, 18 June 2015
Located 315km southeast of Bangkok, the resort island of Koh Chang in Trat is a five-hour drive from the capital city and a 30-minute ferry ride from the mainland. Technically, travelling to any destination increases carbon emissions. Koh Chang is a long-time popular tourist destination, meaning …

A New Arrival. Baby Born at Baan Chang Thai Elephant Camp.

June 15, 2015 – 8:19 AM |
Baby Elephant on Koh Chang

At 3pm on 12 June, Baan Chang Thai elephant camp, In Klong Prao, Koh Chang had a new arrival.  The elephant calf, weighing in at around 70Kg, was born to ‘Som-O’ a 19 year old elephant.  The gestation period for an elephant is around 22 months.  So the mother is …

Lonely Beach Videos

June 11, 2015 – 7:43 PM |
Lonely Beach Videos

Just a couple of short videos I took today on Lonely Beach.  These are only short – 30 seconds each as I just wanted to show the views to give you an idea of what to expect if you booked a hotel on Lonely Beach.  A couple of thing’s you’ll …

Koh Chang Underwater Clean-Up For World Ocean Day

June 10, 2015 – 8:22 PM |
Koh Chang Underwater Cleanup

A mortar round . . .one of the more unusual items recovered from the sea bed and beaches in Koh Chang Chang Marine Park during the clean-up on 8 June.
The clean-up of dive sites and beaches around Koh Rang was orgniased by BB Divers in support of World Ocean Day. …

8 June

June 8, 2015 – 12:37 PM | 2 Comments
Chantaburi run

The Green / Low / Rainy Season in now upon us, which should mean that I’ve got time to sit around and catch up on all the TV series I’ve downloaded over the past 6 months and haven’t had time to get round to watching.  Unfortunately not yet.  Still plenty to …